Alona Beach on Panglao Island is easily the most popular and densely populated beach in Bohol. Ironically, though it is named after '70s sexy star Alona Alegre, who shot a scene running along the beach naked for one of her movies, Alona Beach isn't a wild and racy place, but instead a haven for divers and snorkelers, thanks to the lush coral reefs off the shore.
The beach itself is reason enough to visit, even for non-divers. The soft white sand beach stretches one and a half kilometers along the coast, and in many areas is wide enough to accommodate deck chairs and beach massages as well as seaside bars and restos, while leaving enough space for others strolling along the shore. The sea can get a bit crowded with docked pumpboats, and seaweed and urchins can plague the area during certain seasons, but swimming is still possible, especially at the eastern end of the beach.
Many resorts line the beach, ranging from backpacker havens to more luxe getaways, and offering immediate shore access to divers or wide expanses of sand for sunning or building sandcastles. If you're looking to book a beachfront resort to maximize your stay on Alona Beach, here are ten places to consider:
Alona Tropical is located at the east end of the beach, fronting the widest and most private portion of the beach. The native angled roof of the resort's beachfront bar and restaurant is a distinctive feature of Alona's shoreline. The sizeable compound has a pool with an outdoor Jacuzzi and several types of rooms spread out throughout the grounds. Most rooms and cottages are designed to evoke a rustic feel, using woven kalakat walls and bamboo furniture, but there are also more modern rooms available.
Learn more about Alona Tropical Beach Resort here.
The Henann Resort consists of 12 luxury villas spread out over large tropical grounds. Previously operated as the Alona Palm and reopened under the Boracay Regency Group of Resorts, this upscale resort remains very well maintained. Thanks to the size of the property, guests can enjoy a long stretch of wide beach which has direct access to the resort's infinity pool and restaurant.
Learn more about Henann Resort here.
Peter's House comprises four fan rooms located above the Genesis Divers dive shop. The rustic and inexpensive rooms are popular with backpackers and divers taking courses at Genesis Divers. Peter's House also has a pizza restaurant with tables laid out on the beach.
Learn more about Peter's House here.
The Alona Vida Beach Resort and Coco Vida Bar and Restaurant are located along the part of Alona Beach densely packed with restos, bars, and resorts. The restaurant fronts the beach, while the eight rooms and resort pool are located in a garden setting further inside the compound.
Learn more about Alona Vida Beach Resort here.
A popular party spot on Alona Beach, Oops Bar serves international cuisine and a wide range of cocktails, shooters, and refreshing island drinks right on the beach. A selection of pastries is also available at the Oops Beach Café, a full service coffee shop with a classic café atmosphere. Beyond the bar are native fan cottages arranged in a tropical villa setting.
Learn more about Oops Bar and Cottages here.
Standing next to Alona Vida, the charming three-storey structure of Hayahay, with its coco-lumber lined walls and tropical but still contemporary design, towers over the beach. The resort's height and beachfront location affords its rooms an excellent view of the sea and the surrounding areas.
Learn more about Hayahay Resort and Restaurant here.
The peak-gabled roofs of the Pyramid's restaurant and spacious two-level native cottages are a recognizable landmark along Alona Beach. Within the compound, the pharaoh-named cottages are clustered tightly around the resort pool, and the grounds are landscaped in a distinctly tropical style.
Learn more about Alona Beach Pyramid Resort here.
One of the largest resorts along Alona Beach, the Alona Kew has a wide range of rooms in different styles to suit every budget. There is an open air restaurant beside the beach, in addition to the more formal dining areas inside the new main building nearer the access road. Accommodations near the beach are in the form of native cottages, but the newer Villa Catalina building has more modern rooms opening onto the beach as well.
Learn more about Alona Kew White Beach Resort here.
Like most resorts along the beach, Lost Horizon has a restaurant and dive shop fronting the shore, with rooms further into the island. The resort also has an annex located even beyond that, with cheaper rooms and its own set of amenities such as its pool. The contemporary style rooms have excellent views of the sea.
Learn more about Lost Horizon Beach Dive Resort here.
Another large resort with many different types of rooms, Bohol Divers Resort has villa type rooms, a dive shop, function areas, and a restaurant right on the beach. The rest of the available accommodations are spread out over their property, and take many forms, from native cottages to basic hotel rooms to lavishly furnished villas.
Learn more about Bohol Divers Resort here.