Staying overnight at Panglao Island has been in our itinerary even before we went to Bohol. Our little boy loves the water so much, and I can now attest that we as a family are beach lovers na nga.
However, booking an accommodation at Panglao took a backseat for me since we were so busy with work. We initially wanted to stay at Alona Swiss Resort, but when we saw the Panglao Island map, it is located quite far from the beach shore. We have to let go of that plan and search for a resort close to the beach.
A colleague suggested Bohol Divers Resort. I searched online for reviews and found good ones but were dated some 4-5 years ago. I didn’t mind the dates of the reviews so I booked Bohol Divers Resort for 2 nights at TravelBook.ph, where I got the lowest rate.
We booked the Cella room, which has 2 double beds, a bathroom, air-conditioning unit, and breakfast for 2 costing us Php5600 for 2 nights.
Our room viewed from the outside.
When we arrived at Bohol Divers Resort, around three in the afternoon, we were quite confused. Bohol Divers Resort is a very big hotel with lots of room accommodation BUT with few guests (I wasn’t able to see anyone other than us, actually).
Checking in was a breeze, because there were no other guest. We traveled as a family of 4 (Papa Leo, Mama Nerisa, Ate Espie, and Neo). We were asked to pay Php700 for extra pax per night.
Let me give you an honest review of Bohol Divers Resort.
Room – 2 out of 5. The Cella Room, which we booked, is very spacious. TravelBook.ph says it has 18sqm floor area. It has 2 double beds, cabinet, small television, air-conditioning unit, water dispenser, spacious bathroom, small dining area, and a veranda with table. I will be honest, I wasn’t too pleased with the room, and I am very easy to please. The 2 double beds have old thin foams, 1 pillow each, and old blankets and linens. The small television has only few channels. The spacious bathroom luckily has hot and cold water, but has old and damaged fixtures. The air-conditioning unit is very old and is very dirty; I don’t want to know when the last time they cleaned it. There were even no toiletries inside the room, and we have to ask for the reception to give us some. One of the good things in this room is the water dispenser, but sadly it doesn’t offer cold or hot choices, just plain water. Oops, the lock of the doors doesn’t seem to be sturdy, so we have to make sure to put the chairs as blockage in the door when we were sleeping as an extra precaution.
Goofing at the dining area.
Amenities – 3 out of 5. Bohol Divers Resort might have been a very nice hotel before. It has a very beautiful swimming pool, but we weren’t able to try it. The rooms and the reception of Bohol Divers are far from each other. I think there’s another hotel in between. So you have to go down to the beach shore and go up to the reception if you needed anything. And there is no telephone to contact reception.
The swimming pool inviting us to take a dip.
Staff – 2.5 out of 5. Because this resort doesn’t have a lot of guests, I seldom see staffs roaming around. The few staffs you will see won’t even offer a smile. Even during breakfast time. L During the time we were checking in, the receptionist was even combing his/her hair while entertaining us. The only time I feel staffs are okay was when they helped us send our luggage to our room when we checked in.
Food – 4 out of 5. With only 2 viands plus an omelet, this is one of the plainest buffet breakfasts I have ever tried. They offer banana as dessert, 3in1 coffee, and juice as well. This is quite bias of me, but the viands they served were Cebu chorizos and danggit – two of my favorite Cebuano foods, so I am happy with the breakfast they offered.
Sea view during breakfast.
Location – 3.5 out of 5. Bohol Divers Resort is located at the farthest end of Alona Beach. The location is very ideal for us because we don’t want a crowded shore or beach. But if you’re someone who loves a crowd, this might not be the place for you. What saddens me on the location of Bohol Divers is that it’s located at the far side, with few guests, very lonely ambience with no visible security too L
Value for Money – 2.5 out of 5. For Php2800 a night (+Php700 for extra pax), I think Bohol Divers Resort’s room rates is not very competitive with the other hotels at Alona Beach. For the rate they’re charging their costumers, I think this hotel needs an overhaul.
Overall, Bohol Divers Resort seems to be a very popular resort some 5 years ago. With the competition they have right now at Alona Beach, they can try to refurbish their rooms and services to better attract tourists to stay at their hotel.