The Whiteness of Alona Beach, Panglao Island




Forget about Bohol Beach Club, it’s for people afraid of roughing it. In fairness, BBC is comfortable, has the amenities of a first rate resort and also has its share of white sand beaches. Truth be told, it shares the same stretch of beach as Alona Beach (formerly Alona Q), except that it’s too exclusive for my taste.

If you’re one for solitude (and some spare change in your pocket), BBC is the place to be. But if you’re looking for the newly developed resort with a tinge of that wildness before civilization set-in, Alona Beach is the destination in Panglao Island.

I have a certain fondness for Alona Beach because it was there that I had my first experience with a topless woman. No, nothing of that sort (shut that sordid mind of yours), I was merely walking along the beach one fine sunny morning when I noticed two foreigners sunbathing. I thought both folks were male as they were both sporting short hairs. Upon closer inspection (from a distance of course) however, the other one turned out to be a girl. Now this experience is something to scoff at, but if you’re an impressionable 14-year-old provincial kid, that kind of encounter leaves an indelible footprint in your mind.

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