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Friday, January 8, 2010

Panglao Island, Bohol

Panglao is an island located in the Central Visayan province of Bohol. A bridge connects the island to Tagbilaran, Bohol making land travel possible. Panglao is known to have a rich marine biodiversity. More than 2,500 species of mollusks and 250 species of crustaceans are said to be found around the island according to the latest findings of marine biologists who worked on the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project that started in 2004.

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There are many resorts on the island. After traveling the countryside of Bohol, I ended up at Dumaluan resort which is situated beside the Bohol Beach Club. I settled on the cheapest room available took a short rest and proceeded to take a walk at the long stretch of white sand. The weather was sunny and the bright sun ads to the blinding effect of looking ahead the shore as far as my eye can see.

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There were many people on the beach that day, but not that crowded as compared to other popular beaches. Family members occupies nipa hut cottages enjoying a morning picnic, others were playing beach volleyball, while some were doing skimboarding and I was was just trying to grasp the beautiful sight in my head with the intent of remembering each image for a long time.

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That and taking some photographs and wondering how it is like to live near a place like Panglao. Reminding me again of that dream of living in a small house by the beach someday and Panglao fits that ideal setting. I'll keep that in mind in case I win the lottery one day. :P

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As I see the beach crowd thinned during when the sun was about to set. I took another long walk along the shore, passing nearby fishing villages and ending up on the other side of the Island. The sun moves magically and slowly at the corner of my eye, as the white sands turns to golden sheets and the sound of waves gets more and more infectious, the place around me soon has become something that is hard to describe not because it's shallow or forgetful, rather at a loss for any proper word that will give justice to it.

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Soon my feet has gotten wet as the tide have slowly risen up and the sea level at that moment has occupied part of the shore where I was walking in straight line minutes before. I decided to go back to the resort where I was staying and I got back at the exact moment the darkness took a bite of the remaining sunlight and as if on cue, the neon and Christmas starts lighting up around the resort and at a concert stage being set up nearby, the music starts to reverberate a party atmosphere.

I only spent one night in this place, wish I have more to spare as there's still many things I'd like to do and places to explore around Panglao Island.

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Among the activities you can enjoy at Panglao aside from swimming and laying unmindful of the world's and your personal problems under the sun, are dolphin watching - best to do early in the morning when dolphins tend to be more visible and diving and snorkeling around Panglao and at nearby Balicasag Island. Around Panglao Island there's also Hinagdanan Cave with its underground lagoon, walk back in history by visiting some old churches and historic watchtowers and taking a heavy breakfast at the Bohol Bee Farm is highly recommended as well.

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The next morning I got up early, starving as I've only eaten a few bites and a bit hangover from the night before. I got out of my room intent of having an early breakfast but my plan changed as I saw the sun gearing up for another day. I had my camera with me and I just clicked it and with every shutter sound the sun rises up about a centimeter from the lens of my Nikon and at unknown distance looking from the shore where I stand to over the horizon of the sea, fishing boats, birds flying and the clouds over and below the sun.

Some images of the sunrise at Panglao:

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I will never tire of traveling around the Philippines for places like Panglao and others I've been fortunate enough to set foot on, has been continuously lighting up my desire and cracking up additional pleasure for myself to gather my backpack, save enough money, make little plans, book a cheap plane ticket and just explore places both new and old with the same passion of a six year old having that kind of wonder around a toy store.

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The Philippines has many places to ignite again that childish wonder we thought to have lost forever amidst the pressure of adult life. Traveling and exploring, I think is just what the doctor ordered for people like me who at one time has penciled out being able to live a life without anything to look forward to.

I now look forward to coming back again to Panglao Island and the many places in the Philippines I've yet to explore.

4 comments:

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Cagayan de Oro map said...

Shoot! Panglao has such beautiful white sand beaches.. Do want to plan out a travel getaway there pretty soon...http://www.cdokay.com/

fetus said...

i'm very privileged to have lived in tagbilaran, bohol. during summer vacations as a small kid, we enjoyed in these aquamarine and white sandy beaches. as i grew older and got to places, i realized how lucky i was. :D

Marky said...

@fetus, very lucky indeed. The countryside was really beautiful. I look forward to exploring the places I missed when I went there.

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