Why Bohol is your perfect summer getaway

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2018 05:00 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2018 05:42 PM

Panglao Island in Bohol is a paradise on its own with its long stretch of powdery white sand beaches. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

PANGLAO, Bohol -- It's no secret that tourists flock to Bohol to see its world-famous Chocolate Hills.

But more than the picturesque land formations, the province is also home to a number of scenic spots and activities perfect for summer.

A 30-minute drive from the province's capital Tagbilaran is Panglao Island which features a long stretch of powdery white sand beach. A more laid-back version of Boracay, Panglao exudes a relaxing charm with only a number of beachfront restaurants and shops.

Tourists can opt to bask in the sun's heat, get a massage by the beach, try local treats, or simply chill at some of the beachfront restaurants and bars.

The island is also home to a number of luxury accommodations such as the Amorita Resort which prides itself with its "green" operation.

Amorita Resort is a relaxing paradise in Panglao, Bohol. Photo from Amorita Resort Facebook page

Amorita offers a complete vacation experience with its very own spa, infinity pools with stunning cliff-side views of the sea, and easy access to diving and snorkeling sites.

Guests are in for a gastronomic adventure with Amorita's Saffron Restaurant which serves all-day meals; and Tomar! which serves classic tapas, paellas, and a fine selection of wines and whiskeys.

Tomar! at Amorita Resort serves classic Tapas paired with wine and whiskeys. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

For adventurers, many resorts in Panglao offer a number of water activities such as diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, and dolphin watching.

Here are some of the things that you can do while in Bohol:

Spicy Ginger (left) and Gumamela (right) are some of the flavors offered by The Buzz Ice Cream. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

1. Try unconventional ice cream flavors

Take a break from your usual chocolate and strawberry flavored ice cream and try new ones at The Buzz Ice Cream.

For P60 per scoop, you can choose from an array of flavors such as Malunggay, Gumamela, Spicy Ginger, and Durian among others. The ice cream is served in a cassava, gluten-free cone.

Vita Isola organically grows its vegetables which are also used in its restaurant. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

2. Visit an organic farm

Aside from breathtaking sights, Bohol is also home to a number of organic farms. Among these is Vita Isola in the town of Loon which grows its own vegetables such as lettuce, okra, and different herbs organically.

The vegetables in Vita Isola’s farm are also harvested and used in its restaurant which serves a variety of sumptuous Filipino dishes.

Amorita Resort's Crispy Binagoongang Baboy is topped with Ensaladang Mangga or Green Mango Salad, which makes for a delicious summer meal. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

3. Taste Filipino cuisine the Boholano way

A visit to Panglao Island is incomplete without trying local cuisine. Amorita Resort's Saffron Restaurant serves delectable Filipino dishes with a unique Boholano touch. Among the restaurant's top dishes are its Crispy Binagoongang Baboy, Roasted Chicken, and Grilled White Marlin with Salad.