Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol


Virgin Island is one of the several islands included in Bohol Government’s jurisdiction. It is located 15-20 minutes away from Panglao Island in the Philippines. This is known to local as the Virgin Island because nobody lives here and the place is not always visited by tourists even though it’s opened to the public a long time ago. Virgin Island is one of the many islands in the Philippines where a big area of the beach sink during high tide and only the palm trees in the middle of the island are visible.

Known to many locals as the “hidden oasis”, Virgin Island is clearly an attraction due to its long stretch of white sand beach during low tide which spans around 1 hectare. The problem during shallow waters is that some motorized outrigger boats can’t dock in the island because a lot of sea plants surrounding the area near the docking station will stick to the propeller causing it to malfunction. There’s no other docking station except for this single area of the island because most of the parts have very shallow water even during high tide which can cause the outrigger boats to get caught on the underwater rocks or sands.

Virgin Island, Panglao, Bohol

Virgin Island, Panglao, Bohol

Our Motorized Outrigger Boat

Our Motorized Outrigger Boat

Docking area for motorized boats

Docking area for motorized boats

Some locals using their paddles to propel their outrigger boats usually sells pearls and shells that have edible meat. In Virgin Island, one can see different kinds of sea creatures from a variety of fishes, sea urchins or “swaki”, shells, star fish and a lot more.  Sometimes Boholanos also sells edible “swaki” which is called as the “fear factor” food because many people haven’t tried it. It is usually found in high end Japanese restaurants and dipped in a soy sauce or wasabi to make it taste even better.

Panglao Island on the other side

Panglao Island on the other side

Pearls and Accessories

Pearls and Accessories

Shells with edible meat

Shells with edible meat

Going to Virgin Island is easy. If you’re in Tagbilaran City, you can take a jeepney going to Panglao or tell a “habal-habal” (motorcycle for hire) to take you to Panglao Beach. Be sure to negotiate the fare first because some drivers offer high rates especially to foreigners. Once in Panglao, you can approach any outrigger boat available in the island and negotiate to bring you and your friends to Virgin Island. The payment for the whole ride is at P400-P1000 or you can negotiate for an even better price if you’re not many in the group.

Relax and enjoy at Virgin Island! Even though it’s not that quite amazing (for some) compared to the other tourist attractions in Panglao such as the Bee Farm, Shell Museum or Hinagdanan Cave, experiencing the white sand of the island and its shallow waters can definitely take the stress out of your system.

Beach and Oasis

Beach and Oasis

Shrub in the water

Shrub in the water

Unusual Starfish

Unusual Starfish

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  1. rose marie Vicente says:

    Cool… i wish i could go there but i’m so far.. i’m came from leyte…. ^_^

    By the way,, please add me on facebook.. ” Rose Marie Vicente(ChristianBeadlesForever) ..

    Thnaks,..!!! :))

  2. rose marie Vicente says:

    oops…

    CORRECTION!!
    I came from leyte****

  3. Cha says:

    Nice! I love the Virgin Island in Bohol

    I wish I could stay there for good.

    Here is my take on the island

  4. nenz says:

    hope i can go to virgin island soon…
    What day is surely nice to go there?
    im so curious in that island

  5. Julius says:

    I want to say Thank You to Mark Maranga for writing about Kuya Dodong’s tour packages in Bohol.

    I was able to bring my siblings in Bohol and they enjoyed the experience and majestic beauties of the Panglo Island, Balicasag Island, and the hard to reach Virgin Island (because of shallow water).

    The entire experience is superb.

    • nan says:

      hi… pls give me the contact number of kuya dodong. im planning to go there with my family by january and still looking for a not so expensive but a good package tour. hope u can help me re this matter. tyvm

  6. Justine de Leon says:

    Its more Fun & exitement in the Philippines!!! TRUE!!! we went to Bohol lst Apr. 4-7 tour the best spots like chocolate hills, blood compact,baclayon chruch, tarsiers sanctuary, pythons, dolphin & whale watching, balicasah island, snorkeling, virgin island ( beautiful & white!!!) bee farm, alona beach, butterfly garden ……really great tour & accomodation @ Panglao Regents Park Resort Hotel @ Panglao!!! .. 100% fun, excitement, historical, value for money with embracing memories of the Bohol Island!!! Pls. visit Bohol!!!

  7. Raymund says:

    Wow, i like the white sand and the submerged sea grass. Boracay is so over rated.

  8. steph says:

    hi, can i just rent a boat and go to the Virgin Islands by my self or i need to go with a tour guy? i just like to get on my boat and do and stay there as long as i like then get back when i want :)

  9. Jay says:

    Hello there sir!

    Thank you for this helpful tips and great pictures. If I may ask, how much do habal-habal usually cost/charge heading to Panglao beach?

    Thanks!

  10. Mariah Canata says:

    This is a nice island i wish the coral reefs are good =)

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