Where to Stay in Beautiful Panglao!
We Highly Recommend the Following Resorts!
We are based in Purok 4, Tangnan in Panglao on Panglao Island. We recommend searching for apartments on Booking.com and Agoda.com since they both price match, and have the largest selection of resorts in Panglao. If you’ve lost track of where we are based, this is us on Google Maps.
Below you will find a selection of accommodations that are all near the academy and are highly recommended. Having this said; you will likely need a scooter to go around the island, and from pretty much anywhere on the island it is no more than a 15-minute drive on good and well-maintained roads. We are located on the north side of the island which the beautiful quiet side of the island. If you prefer to stay in the tourist area where all the restaurants and bars are we recommend that you book your resort somewhere near or in Alona.
Our own Apnea Sports Resort
We started accepting bookings already! We are very proud! We just finished the first eco-friendly bamboo bungalows, all directly poolside, and they look incredible! We made the bungalows slightly bigger than initially planned, so they have more inside space, larger balcony and more comfortable shower area. The bungalows have superb heat isolation, so they stay nice and cool during the sunny Philippine days. Each bungalow is equipped with airconditioning, standing ventilator, refrigerator, queen size bed, warm water shower, a small desk and have their own dedicated high-speed fibre internet connection.
We are working on a big website update with all the information about the bungalows and Molchanovs freediving programs. If you are interested in staying with us, please contact us directly since we are now renting out the bungalows with big opening discount.
From September 1st 2019 we are diving in front of Napaling Point Resort. The cliffside resort (formally knows as Alexis Resort) is about 300 meters away from us – we use their water entry for our diving. We go there via our shuttle service or a quick drive on the scooter. We are based on the access road of the resort. The new owner of Alexis completely redid the resort, and it’s a beautiful, little nature resort with nice rooms and a great resto-bar. The ocean view and diving are the best of the island with an incredible house reef. Rooms start at about $20 per night.
Starboard Inn is the closest – and cheapest option you will find. They are located at about a 50 meters walk from us, and their rooms start at about $15. The rooms are basic, clean and okay. And especially with the distance of 50 meters to the academy ground, you can not really go wrong with the Starboard Inn.
Visit our old freediving centre! We started our freediving time in Panglao in Kalikasan. We have been based here for almost three years and had an amazing time! Kalikasan is a cliffside, beautiful green and comfortable resort. Great hospitality, nice, clean and lovely rooms with direct access to Napaling reef our house reef and training spot. We are now based on the access road to Kalikasan Dive Resort at only 300 meters away from them. Rooms start here from around $25 per night.
The Panglao Green Hills resort is a small clean, and cosy Australien owned resort with a lovely family atmosphere. They are located between the centre and Tagbilaran city. From the resort, it’s less than 8 minutes via scooter. The rooms are clean, the resort is nice and quiet and all very affordable with room prices starting at about $18 per night.
If you want luxury and the best-of-the-best, you must have a look at Mithi Resort & Spa which is located at only a 5 minutes scooter ride away from us. Mithi Resort & Spa rooms are about $230 with the luxury villa’s going for $450 per night. Mithi Resort & Spa has a private beach, infinity pools, spa’s and spectacular restaurants and is probably the single most luxurious resort in Panglao and Bohol province.
The Barefoot isn’t close by the academy, but at about 12-minute scooter drive from us. But since we get a lot of requests for affordable and nice hostels we couldn’t leave this one out. Even though the Barefoot is low budget their facility and restaurant are quite nice. The shared dormitory rooms start at about $12 per night. In our opinion, the facility and family atmosphere of the resort makes the Barefoot the top hostel on the island.
Are you staying for about a month in Panglao with for example long-term training? Then it’s wiser (and cheaper) to find an apartment around the island.
You will find more information about this in our knowledge base article ‘find long term accommodation‘.
Panglao Island is a beautiful, green and developed island. It is easy to travel to Bohol and touring around Panglao is just as easy. The roads are big and well-maintained, and you can easily commute via scooter or tricycle from anywhere on the island. Because of the distance to the centre, cleanliness and hospitality, we think the above five properties are perfect for your freediving vacation, but if you prefer something else, Panglao has something beautiful for everyone. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
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