Isola di Francesco

Pontod Island, Panglao, Bohol

Isola di Francesco
4.5 Stars

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Carla Fenella A.
4.0 Stars

The island's municipal name is Pontod island. They just called it Virgin island to attract more tourists. It is owned by Ramon Rodriguez who also owns the Pio Del Pilar church at eastwood, libis. He was blind for 13 yrs and a devotee of St. Pio. When he got his sight back he promised that he will open this island for the tourists for free.

This is not part of the tour. I was only informed by one of the locals that I can go to the island at a cheaper rate after telling him my plan of going back because I wasn't able to see the sand bar the first time I went. He told me to go to the port the next day before 9am. There is a boat that services the locals to and from the virgin island.

I was expecting that the virgin island I will be seeing that time was the island I went to 2 days before when I was on a tour (island hopping tour) but guess what? It was a different island!! It was the island I saw near the so called "virgin island" I've been to the other day when I was on a tour with the other tourists. The first "Virgin island" I was talking about looks like a sunken island with only just one plant I think? There is a shack in the middle where they sell fresh bukos, banana cues, fried abalones and sea urchins. There were also locals going from one boat to the other selling pearls etc. The water is knee to waist deep high. it was a fun experience too and a different one. (First 4 pictures)

Now the real Virgin Island is different!! This one is guarded. It has security guards and life guards. It has trees, a chapel, life-sized statues, a store and a clean comfort room. There are lots of doves too!! The sandbar can be seen and experienced on this island too. I stayed here from 930am till 3 in the afternoon just to experience the sand bar during low tide. Sandbar showed up at around 230pm. You need to check the tide calendar first before going here if you want to see the long stretch of sand or you can just ask some of the locals.

Everything in this place is for donation. I was able to go here and gave 70pesos to the boatman. I saw some just gave P20 or P50. You can also grab some snacks at their store like banana cue etc. some chips and softdrinks just by donating. One of the securities told me that I can just give 1 peso. Lol. They also have shirts and Padre Pio's figurine available. You can also do kayaking for free or donation.

The island can be reached within 15minutes if straight from the port.

Some might be disappointed because of what they did to the place. It doesnt look like a virgin island at all but it has a great story behind it and the owner is generous enough to let people in, eat and kayak for free. It was once a private island but was opened to the public for free.

**one of the locals told me that they saw a 3ft wide 4-toed footprint after the place was hit by Yolanda and there are ghosts too.

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Shiela B.
5.0 Stars

A long Fine white sandbar, turquoise waters, blue skies---ahh! Indeed! This must be a paradise! 128525128525128525 (ofcourse, finding my hubby as the model for this photo)

Another island near the virgin islands in panglao, bohol is "Isola de Francesca". It is a private sandbar (but made it opened to the public), which owned by the francescan friars.

This is a must visit island for island hopping in bohol! 128525128525

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Tei A.
3.0 Stars

It's not as beautiful as I remembered. 128532
It's not a Virgin Island anymore. There are now structures in the island, lots of boats that are docked and so many sea grasses.

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Aileen M.
5.0 Stars

It's my first time to see a sandbar and yes, I am in awe! Pontod Island or Virgin Island in Bohol is a small island where you can chill, frolic in the sand, or simply get lost. It's best to visit the place during low tide for your sand bar hunting. There's also a shrine of Padre Pio for his devotees or for those who simply want to say a prayer of thanks for just being able to see such a lovely place. Ahhhh... I miss those moments when you are stuck at the office staring at your computer. Take me back there!!!! 128526

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Yen D.
5.0 Stars

When in Bohol, take a side trip to Isola di Francesco. It is a private sandbar but the owner has opened it to the public.

During low tide, you can see the sandbar. You can go down to swim, walk or just bask in the sun. You can also buy fresh assorted seafood being sold by the locals and grilled on the spot. Enjoy fresh Uni of Abalone at Php100/stick.

Such a beautiful place!

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Nesty A.
5.0 Stars

This place is also called Pontod Island but well-known for Virgin Island.

One of the top tourist destinations in Panglao Island. And there's only one thing I can describe it: BEAUTIFUL.

When it's low tide, the white powdery sand leading to the island is exposed. It's where the boat duck also so you can enjoy exploring the island by walking on the white sand.

When it's high tide, you can enjoy yourself bathing on the crystal clear seawater.

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