Our trip around the Philippines Central Visayas was concentrated primarily on Cebu and Bohol. Panglao island is located within the Bohol Province, and it is here where we discovered the lesser-known Dumaluan beach.
Dumaluan beach is a narrow, white sand beach stretching for around 500 meters on the south coast of Panglao. It’s only a few kilometers down the coast from Alona beach, but offers a similar beach experience, more geared towards locals than foreigners.
If you get there early in the morning with a group of 6 or more, you might want to hire one of their beach cabins for the day.
It’s great for swimming as you have a safe but not too shallow swimming area up to 60 meters out from the beach. There’s even a slight swell that brings in some nice gentle waves. The beach provides a variety of naturally shaded sunbathing spots.
A trike to get there costs around 150/200 pesos from the furthest point in Panglao, a lot less if you’re closer.
Dumaluan Beach – Bring a Picnic…
There is an “entrance” fee of 25 pesos (almost certainly just for the foreigners). There’s a line of open-sided family huts for rent just behind the beach, and a barbecue/snack bar just behind that.
Your best option would be to bring along your own picnic to eat on the beach. The food options at the snack bar are limited, and the service is painstakingly slow.
If you don’t rent any of the fixed seating areas, you’ll need to find a spot on the beach to lay a towel – ideally with a bit of shade from the overhanging trees.
It was fairly busy on our visit, but it was weekend so that’s probably normal.
The Dumaluan Beach Resort is located right on the beachfront, and is popular with travelers seeking a a less hectic beach experience. However, since this beach is popular with the locals, you can expect a fair amount of Karaoke in the evenings.
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