An uninhabited place that stands alone, the Virgin Island looks like it is misplaced in the middle of the sea. Nevertheless, when viewed on a closer perspective, it becomes a mesmerizing sight and a flawless beauty, a fact that made it known to many as a hidden oasis.
A motorized outrigger boat ride from Panglao Island to this one-of-a-kind tourist spot takes about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mood of the weather and the waves. You will be directed to a sandbar of powdery white sand that stretches to a semi circle or crescent moon shape and that is filled with thriving vegetation on one end. Also known as Puntod Island, this small unspoiled area expands to around a hectare during low tide, allowing tourists to enjoy and witness the animated marine life surrounding it. Visitors also get to see a wide variety of crustaceans, as well as shells, starfishes, and sea urchins or “Swaki” a local favorite, and are often eaten raw and served as a side dish. If you happen to get exposed to this unique palatable treat, you might as well taste this local gastronomy, if you have a brave heart of course!
When in Bohol’s Virgin Island, you can enjoy your day swimming and splashing along the pristine beach with its cool and clear waters. You can wait out at the end of the day to catch a stunning and romantic sunset. Unmistakably, the Virgin Island never fails to take one’s breath away with its natural and immaculate beauty. This island is simply one of the too good-to-be-true places ever found in Bohol.
Getting to the Virgin Islands:
Catch a jeepney or hire a “habal-habal” (motorcycle) to get to the town proper of Panglao. Once you arrive there, locate the Church and make your way around to the other side where you can find a set of outrigger boats and pump boats on standby who can take you to Virgin Island. Certain negotiations can be made for a cheaper price.