I have been to the Philippines several times and each time I enjoy it more than the last. This last trip I went to Bohol, specifically, Panglao Island. I spent a great time on the beach where every morning I woke up and had a 20 meter walk to the surf. There is nothing like taking a dip in cool water first thing in the morning.
If you have never spent time in the Philippines you have to go. There are so many islands and things to see. The people are great, the food is good, with the exception of Balut, and the scenery is fabulous.
Every time I go I try to see someplace new and with so many islands it will be a lot time before I run out of new things to see.
Bohol has a lot to offer. There are endangered species such as the Philippine Tarsier, a little primate that has a tendency to commit suicide when it gets stressed, The Chocolate Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dolphin watching, scuba and snorkeling, zip lining and adventure trekking and the Bohol Bee Farm an organic farm, hotel and restaurant.
Asia and the Pacific islands have some great beaches and islands and the Philippines are no different. Spend a week or more and you will be like me and fall in love with this place. Accommodations are plentiful. Everything from backpacker digs to upscale resorts can be found on White Beach, Alona Beach and the other popular beaches.
HOW TO GET THERE
For now you have to take a quick 1 hour flight from Manila to Tagbilaran City on the main island of Bohol and 30 minutes by car to Panglao Island. They have already broke ground for a new airport on Panglao Island that I was told will be in operation in 2014.
THINGS TO SEE
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
The Bohol Bee Farm
The Coconut Farm Restaurant
Raja Sikatuna National Park
Extreme Adventure Tour
Numerous Water Falls, Old Churches, Watch Towers, White sand beaches and more.
Spend the day and rent a boat to go scuba diving, rent a motor bike and cruise around the Island or just lay out on the beach. But you need to go.