June 20, 2022 | Exaweb Corp
Maayong Pag-Abot Sa Panglao! A First-Time Traveler’s Guide to Bohol
In 2018, the contribution of tourism to the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product reached 12.7%
. That’s how much people around the world love traveling and exploring different tourist spots and hidden gems in our country. Most people travel in groups or with their special loved ones. And indeed, traveling is one of the best ways to enjoy life and bond with other people. But, how often do you think of buying a plane ticket to a place you’ve never visited just for yourself? Traveling alone is among the most exciting and, at the same time, scariest things you can do. The thought of exploring an unknown place by yourself—not knowing their language and without any familiar people around might terrify you. However, there are numerous lessons
you can learn once you muster the courage to do it. If you are ready to do so, Bohol is the best place to start. Several accommodations like Modala Beach Resort
offer Bohol travel packages convenient for first-time solo travelers. With Bohol tour packages, you can explore the whole island without worrying about building a complicated itinerary and booking different activities.
Is Panglao, Bohol a Nice Place To Visit for First-Time Travelers?
One of the perks of solo traveling is you get to pick your destination and the activities you want to do. For first-timers, you might want to acquire Bohol travel packages as the island, especially Panglao, is relatively easy to navigate. Furthermore, there are several lovely accommodations by the beach where you can stay at while exploring the island. Here are more reasons to book a package tour in Bohol:
Easy To Navigate
You can enter Panglao through the Panglao Bohol International Airport
, the first eco-airport in the Philippines. It only takes about an hour and a half to get to the island when you take a plane from Manila. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the majestic seas, you can also ride a ferry boat to the Tagbilaran Ferry Terminal, which takes 25 hours and 33 minutes. Once you get there, many modes of public transport await you—from taxis and buses to jeepneys and tricycles. When you have a Bohol travel package
arranged from Modala Beach Resort, we can directly pick you up at the airport or the ferry terminal. Our car transfers accommodate up to three adults, or two adults and two children under the age of 12. This is a great help for solo travelers since they can be confident that a ride is waiting for them once they arrive at their tourist destination. To roam around the island, you can rent motorcycles and ride their public transportation from one tourist location to another. Some famous sceneries are quite close to each other, so the travel time won’t take so long.
Being hospitable is a known trademark of all Filipinos
. Wherever you go, may it be in Manila or our provinces, Filipinos will always welcome tourists with a smile and make anyone feel right at home. This is the same attitude Panglao locals show when tourists visit their beautiful island. As a first-time solo traveler, you will find yourself constantly asking for directions or looking for local restaurants and shops
despite having a Bohol itinerary. Locals can be easily approached when you have questions. Some of them will even go out of their way and volunteer to accompany you.
Reasonably Priced Items
In every getaway, it is expected for you to do activities, eat local delicacies, and take home souvenirs. While doing so, you must not forget about the budget you allotted for the trip. When you visit Panglao and get an island tour package, you will save more money as the price you will pay will be fixed already. However, if you do not book one, the costs of the activities, accommodation, and meals are still reasonable, so you don’t have to worry that much. You might also want to include a budget breakdown when creating your Bohol itinerary. Their local restaurants offer dishes starting at P60. Meanwhile, there are cheap resorts that can provide you with a room for only a minimum of P1,000 per night. Moreover, some tourist spots only require entrance fees that will not exceed P100.
Tips for People Traveling to Bohol for the First Time
Once you book a stay
at Panglao, Bohol, an overwhelming feeling of excitement and happiness fills you. Every first-time solo traveler has been in that position. But do not let that thrilling feeling blind you from the responsibilities that come along when you explore a new destination alone. There are several things you should remember, and Modala Beach Resort is here to give you tips.
Make a Comprehensive Bohol Itinerary
An itinerary is a must-have when it comes to traveling alone. This keeps you on schedule and prepares you for your solo adventure. Before creating one, you should first consider the best time to visit Panglao and the activities you can do on the island. By doing so, you can start planning what month to go and book a roundtrip plane ticket in advance. Moreover, you can align your itinerary based on the activities. One of the most important things to include in your itinerary is your hotel accommodation. It is recommended to book a Bohol travel package with a reliable beach resort like Modala to avoid spending the night in some random hostel. By getting one with us, you are promised a beautiful Filipino-themed room
complete with amenities like a smart TV, bed, hot and cold shower, 24/7 internet access, a safety deposit box, and a tea and coffee facility. Lastly, your itinerary should also contain an emergency plan
if things don’t go your way. Accidents, robberies, or medical issues are unavoidable when traveling alone. Thus, it is better to be prepared. Research for nearby hospitals, police stations, and other public facilities you can ask help from. It is also important to bring your medications with you as well as a small first aid kit containing alcohol, gauze pad, plasters, and pain killers.
Hide Your Money in Multiple Spots
Having pocket money in cash is a must when traveling alone because you can’t expect every establishment or shop to have various payment methods. For provinces like Panglao, where people live on islands and barely go to malls, they usually transact and pay for goods in cash. If you are carrying a lot of money because you want to maximize your trip and do most of the water and land activities in Bohol, you can secure your cash by hiding them in multiple spots. Just make sure to place enough money in your wallet for food, travel expenses, and activities. Moreover, when you get a travel package to Panglao, Bohol from Modala, we can provide you with a safety deposit box in your room, so you can safely leave your valuables when traveling.
Talk to the Locals
Meeting new people and becoming friends while traveling alone is one of the best things you can experience. Try talking to the locals of Panglao— ask them questions about hidden tourist spots in the area and tips on how to make your time worthwhile when exploring the beach. If you do not want to be totally alone when traveling, you may also ask them to join you, even just for lunch or a fun night out at the al fresco bars around. Having strangers to talk to and freely share stories without judgment is a liberating experience. After hanging out and talking with the locals, you may even exchange numbers or social media accounts so you can keep in touch once you return home. Not only did you experience traveling alone, but you also gained friends.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Fixing up a wardrobe for your beach trip can be overwhelming. You have to consider so many factors. For instance, you must be ready if it rains or stays sunny and if you need clothes to cover up when it gets chilly at night. Remember to pack appropriate clothing so that you can stay comfortable when traveling alone. During worst-case scenarios, you may buy shirts or swimsuits at nearby malls or shops if you run out of clean clothes. Several beach activities also require the appropriate clothing and gear, like scuba diving suits and equipment
. However, you do not have to worry because you can easily rent one out directly from those offering the said activities.
Consider Booking Package Tours in Bohol
If you are not the best planner, you can always book a travel package in Panglao, Bohol. This will save you time and effort in completing an itinerary. Moreover, some Bohol tour packages are inclusive of transportation, allowing you to navigate the island without worrying about getting lost alone. Suppose it is also your first time exploring a new place by yourself. In that case, this is ideal to avoid physical accidents or unexpected turn of events because tours are usually done in groups.
What Is Usually Included in Panglao Island Tour Packages?
If you are convinced to purchase a tour package, you can expect many perks. Some of those are:
You have to prepare cash to pay for every land or water activity that you want to try. With a travel package, some of those activities, such as snorkeling or island hopping, are already included when you pay for the whole bundle. In case you want to add more activities on top of your tour, you are also free to do so.
You can’t pass on good food when traveling. Eating local dishes is one of the most enjoyable activities you can do alone. And when you get a travel package, your tour guide will take you to the best restaurants on the island. Some of the food that will be served are already included in the package, but you can order more if you see exciting dishes you want to taste.
Having a tour guide is a must, especially if you do not have an itinerary. They can take you to the most majestic places and share stories or the history of those spots, making the tour enjoyable and educational at the same time. Having one also ensures you won’t get lost alone in some unfamiliar location on the island. Travel packages usually include a local tour guide who will be with your group all throughout the day.
Navigating the whole island of Panglao can be challenging without transportation. When you book a tour with Modala, we can pick you up from the airport and handle transportation to and from your chosen destinations. You can also ask for assistance from our staff with the vehicles available outside the resort. These can be taxis, tricycles, or rented motorcycles.
At the end of a tiring day, we all need a comfortable hotel room to sleep in. Hotel accommodations are included in travel packages, and you can freely use the room service to buy food and request assistance while staying there. Furthermore, resorts like Modala also offer amenities like pools, bars, and restaurants, which you can freely visit and use.
Activities in Panglao for First-Timers
Having fun alone is easy when a bunch of activities is lined up for you. Whether you want to chill or seek adventure, Panglao, Bohol is ready to give you a wonderful time. Here are some things you can do on the island:
The marine life in Panglao is diverse. There are hundreds of species underwater, as well as coral reefs and a beautiful turquoise sea. You can marvel at them when you go snorkeling in the middle of the ocean. This activity is also best for beginners who are not yet ready to go full scuba diving deeper into the sea.
Glide over lakes and enjoy the fantastic view while riding a kayak by yourself. This is a chill activity you can do during quiet afternoons on the island. You can rent out kayaks from different locations in Panglao, like Firefly Kayaking Trail. After a peaceful paddling activity, you can swim or lounge around, as these locations also offer other activities.
Just like snorkeling, you can interact with marine life up close when you try scuba diving. For beginners, you can ask instructors to accompany you while exploring underwater. With scuba diving, you can also swim deeper into the ocean and discover more colorful and unique sea creatures.
For adventurous individuals who seek thrill even when alone, cliff diving is the perfect activity for you. There are local guides who can accompany you while hiking to the top of limestone rocks around the island. From there, you can dive into the water. Just make sure to stay safe and not do this without proper guidance or in prohibited areas.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
If you are an animal lover, you can try watching dolphins and whales as they swim by your boat. This is a well-loved activity by tourists as it does not require gear or equipment. You can simply bask at beautiful sea creatures leaping and swimming around you. If you get lucky, you can even catch them in photos and take fantastic selfies.
Have the Time of Your Life at Modala Beach Resort
Are you ready to travel alone for the very first time? Do it with Modala Beach Resort! We are a Filipino-owned hotel resort located on the breathtaking island of Panglao, Bohol. Our services and other offerings will surely help you make the most of your time on the island. For inquiries about our booking procedures and travel packages, simply contact our team
. You may also check our website from time to time as we give out discounts and promos, which can save you money when traveling.
Isn’t it wonderful to say that at least once in your life, you have tried exploring such beautiful places like Panglao all by yourself? Traveling alone can be scary at first, but it is empowering and liberating once you try doing it. So, pack your bags, book the best hotel resort, and get an all-in travel package for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!