Alona Beach is much more beautiful from the sea ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Alona Beach is much more beautiful from the sea ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

Why I'm running away from Alona Beach

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  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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Turquoise water and white sand... Alona beach, on Panglao Island in the Philippines, is certainly beautiful. But as soon as I arrive, I have just one desire: to run away as soon as possible.

Alona Beach ... the clash of cultures

How to say ... I knew I might find the crowd at Alona Beach, but I was far from suspecting it would be so!

Certainly, it takes something for everyone. But the holidays I aspire do not correspond at all to what I discover in Alona. I do not see the point of staying in the middle of this not very pleasant tourist fauna, in crowded and overpriced hotels. In the Philippines, the big resorts are clearly not for me.

Alona Beach is much more beautiful sea view ... From here, we can not distinguish so many resorts, restaurants, bars, dive shops that pile up along the beach. (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Alona Beach is much more beautiful sea view ... From here, we can not distinguish so many resorts, restaurants, bars, dive shops that pile up along the beach. (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

Of course, as I come from the peaceful village of Padre Purgoson the island of Leyte, the contrast is violent. After the crossing, I decided very quickly not to hang out more than one night on the spot.

It all started well though…

From Leyte to Bohol by ferry

I made the crossing between the islands of Leyte and Bohol... early in the morning. I was a bit afraid I was going to have a hard time, but it's actually very easy to get from one to the other! The morning boat, which connects the ports of Bato (on Leyte) and ubay (on Bohol), is not hypothetical at all, contrary to what I feared.

In fact of "ferry", the boat that I take is a big one banca or banka or bangka - traditional rocket boat, typical of the Philippines - which is designed to accommodate passengers.

The 8h Bato-Ubay banca, between the islands of Leyte and Bohol ... The canvas in the foreground protects from the sun that hits some forty passengers. There are still about twenty others in the cabin. (Philippines, Visayas, February 2008)
The banca Bato-Ubay from 8am, between the islands of Leyte and Bohol ... The canvas in the foreground protects from the sun that hits some forty passengers. There are still about twenty others in the cabin. (Philippines, Visayas, February 2008)
Passengers and luggage (my bag is on the right, in the foreground) pile up on the benches away from the sun. (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Passengers and luggage (my bag is on the right, in the foreground) pile up on the benches away from the sun. (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Sun of lead and sea of oil during the crossing Bato-Ubay, between Leyte and Bohol ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Sun of lead and sea of oil during the crossing Bato-Ubay, between Leyte and Bohol ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

For 200 pesos (less than 3 €), I took the very first boat, the 8 o'clock boat. Flat sea like a lake, quiet crossing of a little more than two hours. A nice Filipino guy politely talks to me and tells me the rest of the way.

Once in Bohol, all you need is a tricycle ride (bike or motorcycle with kind of sidecar, the local version of becak Indonesian, from cyclo Vietnamese or tuk-tuk Thai) to be driven to the bus terminal. There, we can find a minibus (ask the V-Hire) which makes the connection until Tagbilaran, the big city located just before the peninsula of Panglao (connected by road to Bohol Island), where is located Alona Beach.

The bicycle tricycles (pronounced "traille-ci-keule", in English) wait for the customer at the terminal of Ubay, port located north of Bohol. (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
The bicycle tricycles (pronounced "traille-ci-keule", in English) wait for the customer at the terminal of Ubay, port located north of Bohol. (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Minibuses, the "V-Hire" will leave once filled. (Bohol, Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Minibuses, the "V-Hire" will leave once filled. (Bohol, Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

Tourist crowd at Alona Beach

I think I preferred the trip to the finish itself ... My fears about the crowd at Alona Beach were quickly confirmed! Fortunately, I came across a nice tricycle driver, who kept my big bags while I toured hotels, resorts, cottages, dive shops piled on top of each other on this stretch of beach.

I regret my quiet hometown in Leyte ...

Despite the white sand and the coconut palms, Alona Beach is actually a beach without great charm, totally dedicated to tourism. We meet old paunchy people in underwear with reserved deckchairs, young redheads in shorts with a bottle of beer grafted in their hand, hordes of Asian families on vacation (Koreans, Chinese from Hong Kong, Shanghai or Taiwan, etc. ). And everyone crowds in the same place, in overpriced resorts. ????

Alona Beach is much more beautiful from the sea ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Alona Beach is much more beautiful from the sea ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
At night and day, do not expect tranquility on the beautiful Alona Beach. (Panglao, Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
At night and day, do not expect tranquility on the beautiful Alona Beach. (Panglao, Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

In short, I found to stay a little away, for the night, at Cherry's Home: a small family hotel, in a new house, without charm but nickel, and especially in my means.

The address was unearthed by Tess and Marilyn, two very nice young Filipinos, who wanted to get me out of their cheap bamboo bungalows on the beach. Which are not bad at all (but complete for the evening), except that the bungalows in question are just in front of a building under construction. Hello tranquility & #8230;

A banca for Siquijor

In the evening, when I was at Cherry's Home, I went to inspect the area. I found two-three nice places to stay, a little away from the beach, quiet bungalow style in large tropical garden. Argh ... Not even bothering to settle down tomorrow. It's complete everywhere! ! !

But this little tour allowed me to meet Jeril, a Filipino who holds the Bananaland Cottages with his sister. The place is quite charming. A large garden not far from the beach, very peaceful, with bungalows of different categories spread far enough from each other in the shade of trees.

And I did well to stay chatting a bit ... Because Jeril organizes a trip in banca for its customers until Siquijor, tomorrow! And this is the next step that I envisioned in my journey. An island reputed quiet and very beautiful, still a little off the beaten track tourist.

Jeany Rose, the owner of the very nice "Bananaland Cottages" in Alona Beach, her brother Jeril, and the little Lauren. (Panglao, Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)
Jeany Rose, the owner of the very nice "Bananaland Cottages" in Alona Beach, her brother Jeril, and the little Lauren. (Panglao, Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

So, my decision is made! I'm going to flee Alona Beach, the atmosphere does not please me at all. No question of staying here more than one night. Thanks to the banca from Jeril, I'll be in Siquijor tomorrow. In addition, this improvised excursion will save me from having to investigate two ferries (because there is no direct connection to Siquijor). A very good plan! ! !

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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  1. I rushed to your blog as soon as I returned from the turbin, I love road movies, so yours even more; I can imagine your relative disappointment at the sight of these cosmopolitan bidochons, and indeed, the escape was certainly necessary, but there is not always a way out ... Finally, I see that you have the resource , and I would love to find myself there and share those "special" moments that would make us laugh!

    Tonight paella chorizo leclerc, while waiting for tastings of candlemas pancakes, and Schubert this weekend.
    In what language did you speak with Jeril and his sister? Come on, I know the answer, in English, no doubt ...
    No episode of the soap opera Nudibranch this time, I start to take a liking to it, me ... just for the evocative power of the name of these little beings!
    Mil needs, mam

  2. 🙂 To Eric: Thank you for that "bravo". Yes, I am lucky to be here... But I finally give up diving around Panglao (Balicasag, Cabilao) as I left Alona Beach for Siquijor des the next day. However, the dives in Leyte were so beautiful that I'm already happy. But there are some nice dives to do also in Siquijor, if I believe the reports that I read on Plongeur.com... I'm going to make some bubbles in the next few days, and I'll tell all this in a next article.

    🙂 A Mam : Yes, of course, we communicated in English, I don't speak Tagalog at all... I did well to run away from Alona. Siquijor is much nicer, more peaceful, more authentic. Since you like nudibranchs, I'll make a special "nudis" article with the most beautiful specimens I've already flashed... Mil besos too. See you soon!

    1. My dear Corinne, I am a lover of tranquility, if you have the best plan of the world, I am a taker ... .. soon / Pat. tell me about Leyte or other ... .I flashed on Patawan, south of Palawan ... ..you know? Thank you

  3. I publish below a comment of a user, Momocar (which I had banished the first comment, originally, because it was quite publicity, for what I suppose to be his guesthouse).

    I am not a cow, I slip you his link anyway (http://www.reggaeguesthousephilippines.com/, it's always a little more), because he's bothered to email me to defend his point of view on Alona Beach and criticize my way of talking about it:

    —–

    By Momocar:

    This beach of Alona Beach on the island of Panglao is so beautiful, that I want to talk positive +++.

    I can only be surprised by some comments read on this blog, and I have only one desire, is to praise this place, where tourism is essential to the economy of this country.

    I quote: "Alona Beach, apart from the white sand, is a beach without much charm, and totally dedicated to tourism. There are beautiful fat steps, young redheads in shorts with bottles of beer in hand, hordes of Asian families on vacation (Koreans, Chinese Hong Kong, Shanghai or Taiwan, etc.). And all that is piled up in the same place, in expensive resorts. And another person replies: "I can imagine your relative disappointment at the sight of these" cosmopolitan bidochons ", and indeed, flight certainly was necessary ..."
     
    But in which category do the authors of these messages rank to make such a judgment? It is a caricature, a bit easy and brittle place, and the tourist population ...

    You are among the tourists who come to visit the Philippines, right? How do you define yourself? Would you be an elite? With a manikin size? Who does not drink alcohol? Who does not blush in the sun? Who is not Asian? So give me the definition of "big stepy beautiful paunchy" and other "cosmopolitan bidochons" and please review the definition of the word "tolerance" (that is, the Asian "hordes" are a little home).
     
    Here is the message I would have liked to pass:

    We love this magical place that is Alona Beach in Panglao, on the island of Bohol. I stayed there 1 month. First: I discovered guesthouses and restaurants at very attractive rates, and very friendly, as well as smiling and welcoming people, both European and Asian! We visited, every other day, and by motorbike, the Chocolate Hills, the colorful and lively city of Tagbilaran, saw the monkeys tarsiers, borrowed the jeepneys, the Loboc River, the tour of Bohol Island, diving in Balicasag "Virgin Island", etc. etc. In short, a feast for the eyes! And alternately, we slept on the beautiful beach without being crammed ...

    Cordially.
    Momocar

    ——–

    My answer to Momocar:

    Absolutely, I am a tourist, and I do not pretend to be anything else ...
    😉

    I loved the Philippines on this 2008 trip, but I'm not a fan of very busy places like Alona Beach. By taste. Which did not stop me from going anyway to see what it looks like.

    In short, just understand that I do not really like the crowd, whether it is composed of beautiful people or not, big or thin, who drink or not, who are European or Asian ...

    My remarks mocking (and certainly easy) towards the tourist population of the place are my only commitment and are obviously to take the second degree!

    Contrary to what you imply, I am very tolerant towards my peers. When I have trouble with certain behaviors or people, I just go elsewhere, that's all ...
    🙄

    That said, compared to your remarks: I'm not a party girl who drinks excessively in the evening as some young tourists do (and I'm not judgmental, everyone does what he wants, as long as it's is respectful of others); I also have the chance not to blush in the sun 8) and not be "paunchy"; Finally, if I do not like Asian or European groups, it has nothing to do with their country of origin, but because in a group, people are often noisy, disturbing, not very respectful of tranquility. neighbor ... For this destination, necessarily, it is the Asian groups who are the first represented (normal is the door next to them), that's all.

    Lastly, such remarks are for Alona Beach as for a whole bunch of other places (and I have many in the service of Koh Phi Phi in Thailand, or Kuta Beach in Bali, which are places where I am returned several times).

    In short, during this trip to the Philippines, I was then looking for a quieter and quieter place, that's all. Which I ended up finding in Siquijor ...
    https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/siquijor-lile-tranquille-20080201/

    But rest assured, I intend to return to the side of Bohol and Balicasag next day. But maybe not at Alona Beach itself. The islands are beautiful, indeed! I'll just manage to keep myself a little away from the tourist hordes ...

    🙂

  4. Hello Corine,

    One can agree with what you say about Alona beach, but:

    - This is one of the best places I have done for diving in the Philippines;
    - By looking a little, there is always a way to stay away from groups at affordable rates;
    - There's even a way to eat locally for cheap

    But to do that, you have to look up 🙂.

  5. Hello your trip my much to question, we are currently with friends on Alona Beach and we would like to go on Siquijor.
    After many trips and some galley we do not want to take a ferry or plane.
    Talk to you about a bangka trip to go to Siquijor.
    Where to find them? Or inquire? How long have you been on this crossing ?? Thank you in advance for your valuable advice.
    Beautiful day
    Miss Virginia

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