Dumaluan Beach, Bohol: Important Tips

Bohol gained fame because of the Chocolate Hills and its beautiful beaches. One of the places to add to your itinerary during your stay is Dumaluan Beach. The latter’s commercialization doesn’t take away from its charm. It has fine white sand and clear waters perfect for swimming in and enjoying the company of friends or family. Its accessibility and the nearby resorts and restaurants make it a good alternative to Alona Beach.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Tagbilaran Airport (Bohol)

By Air

  1. The fastest and easiest way to get to Bohol is by plane; there are regular flights from Manila to Bohol (Tagbilaran) operated by Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, and Philippine Airlines. Wait for promo fares to get the cheapest possible tickets for the dates you want.
  2. Once in Tagbilaran, you can hire a tricycle (P300-500/trip), a van (P500/trip), or a taxi to get to Dumaluan Beach. You can share the van with other solo or small group travelers to cut down the cost. Taxi is the most convenient but the most expensive option.

 
Alternatively, you can book flight tickets to Cebu and travel by ferry to Bohol since the two provinces are near each other. The fare per way depends on the class of the seat and the shipping line; Ocean Jet’s fare is around P800 to P1000 while Super Cat’s cheapest ticket, the tourist class, is around P450 per way. There is a terminal fee of P25 and P20, if you depart from Cebu and Tagbilaran respectively.

By Sea

  1. WG&A Super Ferry and Sulpicio Lines offer Manila to Bohol (and vice versa) route several times a week. WG&A sea fare ranges from P2000 to P8000 while Sulpicio Lines fare ranges from P1800 to P3500. Check the ferry schedules of your preferred company. Travel duration is around 30 hours.
  2. Once in Tagbilaran, you can hire a tricycle (P300-500/trip), a van (P500/trip), or a taxi to get to Dumaluan Beach. You can share the van with other solo or small group travelers to cut down the cost. Taxi is the most convenient but the most expensive option.

 
Note that public transportation in Bohol can be unreliable as there are no definite schedules, especially for inter-town transfers via bus and jeepneys. It’s recommended to charter a private vehicle or join a group tour to maximize your time.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: P75 per person (inclusive of tricycle parking fee)
 
Camping Fee: It depends on the area. Ask permission first. Some areas are free, some have minimal fee of around P100 (exclusive of tent).
 
Cottage Rental Fee: Rates vary depending on size/capacity. Usually starts at P250.
 
Panglao Island Tricycle Tour: P800 (including Dumaluan Beach)
 
Transportation Rental Rates: P300/day (motorbike rental, excluding gasoline); P2500 (private car with driver); P3000 (van with driver)

 

Don’t Miss

  • Dumaluan Beach has fine white sand and clear cool waters for those who are looking for a tropical paradise getaway.
  • Don’t let the commercialization of the area deter you from enjoying; there are spots where you can get away from the crowds.
  • You can do a lot of activities since the shore is big enough: play beach volleyball, throw a Frisbee with friends, ride a jet ski, or go kayaking just to name a few.

Don’t Forget

  • Withdraw the money you need before starting activities, as you might not have the opportunity once the trip begins.
  • You have options when it comes to traveling around Bohol — by motorbike, tricycle, van, car or public bus. Again, to maximize your time, opt for joining a group tour or chartering a private vehicle.
  • Buy snacks and drinks if you plan to have a picnic on the beach, but there are restaurants near the beach, so you have alternatives. Leave no trace/trash behind.
  • Bring your own mask and snorkel if you plan to go snorkeling.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After enjoying the beach, visit the different attractions of Bohol which include the bee farm, the Chocolate Hills, Dauis Church, Hinagdanan Cave, Blood Compact Shrine, and other places.
  • You can also go island hopping with stops on Virgin Island and Balicasag Island.
  • You can also explore Cebu, if you have a few extra days to spare.

 

Where to Stay

The long stretch of white beach (which includes Dumaluan Beach) has plenty of resorts and budget-type accommodations. If you are planning to visit places in Bohol other than Panglao Island, here are some of the recommended resorts/accommodations according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

Henann Resort Alona Beach
Location: Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol

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Amun Ini Beach Resort and Spa
Location: Bas Dako, Candabong, Anda, Bohol

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Bohol Beach Club Resort
Location: Bo. Bolod, Panglao Island, Bohol

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Polaris Beach and Dive Resort
Location: Pantudlan, Cabilao Island, Bohol

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For more options, search here: Bohol Hotels


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