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!
32 thoughts on “Day Tour to Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa (PINRS)”
This resort was one of our stops when I visited Bohol for the first time in 2005. Our two nights’ stay at our hotel in Tagbilaran earned us a free day tour to PINRS, and although we opted not to swim (we had plenty on our itinerary that day, which included some churches and lunch at Bee Farm), we enjoyed the scenery very much. I’m glad to hear that the resort has good food too! Great photos, Gerum!
Thank you again, Myles. It was just so peaceful and quiet there, I would stay there for days If I could afford to. But I was glad, and was surprised by how cheap their day tour was, considering how expensive it is to spend the night there (certainly not the right accommodation for a budget traveller like me 🙂 ) Yeah, the food was really good. You should try to stay at least for a half-day and have lunch there on your next visit.
I also visited Panglao last week, I would say the place can compete with Boracay. The place offers many exciting nearby destinations. After the tour, you can always relax on the beach. There are lots of affordable resorts too. I love the seafoods there! Awesome place. Until now, I’m not yet finished writing my review about the place.
Hi yodz. They’re both beautiful and each has something different to offer. What I lke most about Bohol are the many tourist spots one may visit there. There are just so many things to see. I was there for four days and still it wasn’t enough. I would have wanted to go to Danao too. Oh well, maybe next time. I’ve read your write-ups on Bohol. Very well done!
hello there! nice blog. we’re planning to go to Bohol this February. Your blog is very useful since it will be our first time. May i know how much is the daytour in Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa (PINRS)? thanks & more power! 🙂
hi adrianne! the entrance fee is P450.00. P350 of which is consumable. transportation is not included. to get there, you need to hire a private vehicle, cheapest would be a tricycle for not more than P1,000 if you’re coming from the city. you need to haggle though
Hi there! I’d like to know how to book a day tour with them? from what time to what time is the day tour? thank u 🙂
Hi Karen! You don’t need to do that. Just ask your driver to take you there, then pay the entrance fees 🙂
hi, may i ask if there are public transpo available from PINRS to Dumaluan Beach Resort? Would a halfday enough to tour the whole PINRS area? thanks…
Hi, Weng! Yes, half-day would be enough. I don’t think there’s a a regular public transpo going to PINRS. You may rent a tricycle to take you there though. Just like what we did. Then you may use the same trycycle to take you around other places in Panglao like the Bee farm before you go to Dimalauan beach. Have fun 🙂
hello. we will be in bohol on october with 2 kids. are they charged the same as adults? thank you.
I’m sorry, I have no idea how they charge for kids. It would probably be less depending on how old the kids are.
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We’ll be staying somewhere in Alona beach..is that near PINRS? Can we ride the trike?
PINRS and Alona beach are on opposite sides. PINRS on the north, Alona on the south. It may take you more than 30-45mins to get to PINRS from Alona thru a habal habal or a trike.
how much would it cost for the tryk from dumaluan to PINRS and what’s the start/end time of tehir day tour?
Joan, what we did was a do-it-yourself-(diy) tour and not a regular tour. PINRS is open as early as 7am. From the city, we hired a tricycle to take us to PINRS. We asked the driver to wait for us for almost 4 hours and then on our way to Dumaluan from PINRS, we also dropped by the Bohol Bee Farm. We paid him P400. If you’re just going to PINRS from Dumaluan, P100/way should already be a generous amount since PINRS is just approximately 20 minutes away from Dumaluan.
thanks for the prompt response. 🙂
I’ll go there in august and I’m torned if i’ll stay in tagbilaran on my first night( 3PM ETA @ tagbilaran) or just spend my 2 nights in dumuluan beach resort. what would you advise?
here’s what I have in my itinerary so far. let me know your thoughts.
day 1 – 3PM explore tagbilaran city
day 2 – 8-5p city tour (with tourguide) drop off to dumaluan beach resort
day 3 – 7a-12nn PINRS day tour then leave at 12 for the 3PM flight back to MNL
what time do they serve lunch?
your blog is very informative. Thanks.
That’s a great itinerary, Joan. Ask if your guided tour in day 2 includes the Mag-aso falls. If not, you can go there on your first day. :=) Check this out: https://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/09/21/bohol-the-diy-do-it-yourself-challenge-day-1/
Lunch at PINRS? There’s plenty to tempt your taste buds on their menu. Have fun and thanks!
thanks for the tip. i have to add an extra fee if I’ll include mag-aso falls on my day 2, but am sure it’ll be worth it.
Hi, will go there on mar.5, I’m planning to go there at pinrs around 10am, but d problem is Pano mgcommute from downtown to pinrs? Thanks
you can hire a tricycle from the city proper. that’s what we did 🙂
How much d rent of tricycle? Thanks again…
P800, which included a side trip to bohol bee farm, PINRS and dumaluan beach
this is awesomeness.. we may consider this place for our next visit to bohol… thanks posting this and keep travelling! ^.^
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I am confused… I want to do the city tour, I want to do the day tour at Panglao Island Nature resort, and I want to do the balicasag and virgin island tour… but I only have 2 days.. will it be enough? What time pala day tour ng PINRS?
I emailed PINRS and effective April 1 their day tour rate will be 550… 400 consumable for food and 150 for the amenities. For children 3-11 y/0 350php day tour.
Hi, do you have the contact number of the tricycle driver? Yung 800 ba 2 way or 1 way only? I plan to stay at the Tagbilaran in buenbella pension house. Plan ko pahatid ng umaga dun then pasundo ng hapon. Safe ba sa bohol? I am travelling alone for the first time there.
I don’t have his contact number. The P800-fare included a trip to the Bee farm and our ride to Dumaluan beach resort where we stayed on our 2nd night. The driver waited for us at PINRS until 2PM. I hope this would give you an idea when you negotiate with the other tricycle drivers though. It’s very safe in Bohol. Have fun:-)
Hello!!! Can I ask about the entrance of panglao island .because we plan to go there this coming August if I would pay the 450 for the entrance kasama na po ba yan sa pool or buko po ba yung pool fee or lahat na ba yan except for the meals…
Yes po. P100 entrance fee that includes the pool. P350 naman for food, and pwedeng madagdagan depende sa orders nyo 🙂 Please note though that we visited the place 4 years ago so there might be a minimal increase with the price.
Thanks for the reply…:)