|Alona Beach Overview
|Source: The Philippine Diver
Alona Beach the perfect escape from Manila. Since years the dive sites around
Panglao Island are known by tourists from all over the world to be the best in the
Philippines and just recently divers from Manila are discovering this beautiful and
peaceful place for their weekend diving trips. At Alona Beach you got it all,
unbelievable dive sites, different variety of accommodations from P 300 to P 3000,
white sand beach, good restaurants, a nice night live (no monkey business),
friendly people, family atmosphere and easy access.
The best restaurant on the beach is for sure the Kamalig. O like Alona Tropical,
Bohol Divers Lodge or Alona Kew often have entertaining programs but also check
out the small local restaurants like Ging Ging?s, Trudies or Sea Side.
For the night live the first place to be is the famous Planet Divers Bar, here most
instructors and divemasters hang out, play some billiards and organise wild parties
starting sometimes out of nothing. The Planet Divers Bar also arranges beach
barbecue and buffet parties. Just inform Mary-Jean, the beautiful manager, one
day ahead Every Saturday there is beach barbecue anyhow.
For those who like it more relaxed and quiet, the Sam and Jerry Bar next door is
the right place. Check out some of the small, native and nice places, such as
Nollies, along the beach.
A new bar named Safety Stop will open soon.
The Dive Centers, hotels, bars and restaurants here work hand in hand to create a
totally enjoyable atmosphere on the beach. Crime, prostitution and drugs are not
known at Alona Beach at all.
For your safety, to coordinate search & rescue activities, ensure safety of live and
property at sea, reef protection and public education. Dive operators got together
and formed the Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron 203.11 says division commander
Patrick Ritter of Savedra & Great White Dive Center.
More information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary and how to start one at
Most Dive Centers at Alona Beach organize dive safaris throughout the Visayas to
Apo Island, Sumilon Island, Siquior and other destinations.
Some even have dive safaris scheduled to other destinations, where they have
branches, like Savedra & Great White to and from Moalboal (info at
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Genesis Divers to and from Camiguin (info at
email@example.com), making travelling through the Visayas more interesting.
How To Get to Alona:
Take the Asian Spirit flight on Saturday from Manila at 5:30 a.m., land direct at
7:00 a.m. on Bohol Island (Tagbilaran) and be on the beach at 8 o?clock, have
some breakfast and get ready for diving.
Back from diving relax and have some tropical cocktails at the Planet Divers Bar,
enjoy barbecue on the beach and party on. To participate on the Saturday
barbecue party at the Planet Divers Bar inform the Savedra & Great White Dive
Center on your arrival.
The next day join the Cabilao Day Tour from Savedra & Great White Dive Center,
their trips are known to be most enjoyable, they make this day unforgettable.
Barbecue on Cabilao Island, snacks, fruits and drinks are included.
Even non-divers can join this trip and go snorkeling or just sunbathing.
At night go to the Kamalig restaurant and let Christiano show you the art of Italian
On Monday you take the 6:00 a.m. Super Cat, a high tech jet boat, which brings
you to Cebu City in 1.5 hours. From here it is just a ½ hour car ride to the Mactan
Intl. Airport, where you easily catch the 9:00 PAL flight to Manila and be relaxed
and regenerated at work after lunch.
All the Panglao Dive Centers are happy to assist you in organizing weekend
package trips or individual transfers, hotel bookings, flight confirmation, money
changing and any other services, so give them a call ? and tell them you found
them through the Philippine Diver!
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