I knew I wanted to go there the first time I saw pictures of the resort in the internet. But there was only one “major, major” problem which almost prevented me from visiting PINRS. Spending the night there was way out of my budget. Accomodation was reasonably priced though, considering that PINRS can offer world class amenities. The place is so serene and relaxing and guests can stay in one of the beautiful native bungalows and enjoy their very own outdoor private jacuzzi. How cool is that?
But I am a budget traveller and I take pride in spending less amount of money whenever I go on a trip. I was about to cross PINRS off my list of places to visit in Bohol, but as I searched for more information about the resort, I found out that they are actually offering a day tour to the resort.
Surprise, surprise! A day tour to PINRS would only cost P450.00 each, P350.00 of which is consumable. That would mean that we would only pay P100.00 each for the entrance fee. Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa. Check!
PINRS can be reached from Tagbilaran City in about 30 minutes. At the resort’s entrance, there were security guards who check on people entering the area. From there, it would take approximately 3-5 minutes to get to the reception building. As we entered the reception area, we were welcomed by the staff. They seemed to be warm and accommodating. After we paid our day tour fees, we went inside the resort and were immediately impressed by how well the resort was designed. It was well planned with all the resort’s ameneties carefully built and put at the right places.
My favorite was the infinity pool. It has a tropical garden whirlpool on one side where one could just relax in the water and enjoy the view. On the other side is a pool bar.
We spent the first hour exploring the area. Following a pathway down to the beach, we walked for a few minutes to check out the man-made island. It was low tide when we were there so we were able to walk from the beach to the island. We took some pictures for a while then decided to swim in the waters surrounding the island for a few minutes before we went back to the resort.
We spent the rest of the morning swimming in the infinity pool, occasionally playing billiards and table tennis in a game area located just a few meters away from the pool.
Lunch was lovely. We went up to the restaurant and chose an area with a very nice view of the sea and the islet to eat lunch. Though we went over a couple hundred pesos more than the consumable P350.00, we simply did not mind spending more. The food was awesome. It was worth it!
After lunch, we went to a natural cave inside the resort. They were working on installing a new cave lighting system and other facilities at the time of our visit and from the looks of it, this would surely become another amazing feature of PINRS. The cave’s swimming area had very clear freshwater, and with the lights inside, we could actually see the white sand at the bottom.
We would have wanted to spend the rest of the day here, but we needed to go to Dumaluan beach to meet a group of friends from the office who were also on vacation that time.
We had a great time at PINRS. The day tour was very affordable and very relaxing, it let us indulge in luxury without going over the budget. Now, who says luxury always comes with a high price tag? Another “must-do” when one visits Bohol. Check out their website for more info. Cheers!