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“Sloppy beach front, lots of foreign tourists”
Review of Alona Beach

Alona Beach
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Bohol Panglao Island Tour
Davao City, Philippines
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“Sloppy beach front, lots of foreign tourists”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The natural beauty of the place has been ruined by the chaotic set up of resorts and restaurants along the beach front. You can't even walk from one end of the beach to the other without having to go up and down the deteriorating steps that resorts have put up. Most places have built right up along the water's edge cutting the beach short. It looks sloppy when you're down by the water. A couple of resorts at one end of the beach have the right idea and built their structures set back away from the water, leaving a nice grassy field of coconut trees to provide shade from the broad, natural beach. Since shade is limited, one place makes a buck by charging a fee to avail of their shade and lounge chairs. A minimum of P250/head is charged, but at least it's consumable. Unfortunately, their food costs about P500/entree. The positive thing about Alona Beach is that the resorts have not put up walls to claim ownership of certain spots of the beach, so it seems that it is still public and local fisher folks can still bring their "banca" up to the beach. Ironically, the BBQ places selling grilled fish and seafoods get their stocks from Tagbilaran, shipped in frozen daily. It would have been tasty to eat fresh grilled fish by the sea, but the eyes were red and the gills dull, so we went for chicken and pork belly instead. There is a diversity of restaurants along the beach, so it's a nice place to catch dinner, but it's pricey for local tourists. If you're from Europe or East Asia it would be very cheap. That's perhaps why the place is swamped with foreign tourists, mostly from European countries, Japan, and Korea. We enjoyed ourselves nonetheless, just to get away for a few days. With better planning and regulation, Alona Beach really could be a beautiful place.

Visited November 2012
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“Diving heaven”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Alona beach s not a resort heaven with sun loungers and cocktails but has more dive shops and sandy beaches. They would benefit from a few more umbrellas and some shade. We enjoyed the snorkeling off the each and spent a lot of time in the water. In oct there was plenty of rain. 5 out of 7 days it rained at least once a day This didn't stop us enjoying Alona beach. The slow pace was relaxing and the food at oasis very good.

Visited October 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“could have been excellent”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

i love walking along the beach, the white sands feels good on your feet. alona beach could have been excellent if not for the many boats docked near the beach. the boats somehow distract the view of the sea; still Alona beach is very nice

Visited October 2012
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“Perfect Place to Relax”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Alona Beach prides itself of its pristine white coral sand. It has clean and clear waters as well a rich marine ecology. It's just a 40-50 mins drive from Tagbilaran Port via a rented van, taxi or tricycab.

Visited October 2012
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“Excellent sunset, excellent diving, excellent island!”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I spent 5days here to learn diving and get my PADI here.
The water here is clean and blue, the virgin island is very beautiful, the underwater world here is also great!

Visited January 2012
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