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Earthquake and Typhoon: Update for Tourists

Panglao, Monday, 4 November 2013 (updated: Sunday, 17 November 2013)

Typhoon Yolanda

Bohol was just to the South of the path of Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) and suffered relatively little additional damage. However, power-supply is limited, as the power lines to the major source of electricity in Bohol are cut (the Tongonan geothermal power-plant in Leyte).

The resorts in Panglao are operating as usual, although using generators at times.


We received the following update on the situation in Panglao from Holger Horn, proprietor of Philippine Fun Divers.
  • Alona Beach and the areas within the municipality of Panglao were basically not affected!!!
  • Some buildings outside the Alona Beach area encountered only minor damages because of weak structures;
  • The municipality of Dauis on Panglao Island experienced damages to their church;
  • The 2 bridges connecting Panglao Island with Bohol Island are intact and fully functional. There was a minor damage to the bridge closest to Tagbilaran City which is repaired;
  • Domestic flights from and to Manila and fast ferries from and to Cebu City are on normal schedules;
  • The roads from the airport and pier in Tagbilaran City, the roads in Tagbilaran City, passing over the 2 bridges connecting Panglao with Bohol, and the roads on Panglao Island to our scuba diving operation are safe and without damages. There were minor cracks at one side of the pier but it's already attended to;
  • There were no damages to any of our dive sites/dive spots. Balicasag Island dive spots are as great as it was before the earthquake;
  • With regards to scuba diving and resort operations, everything is back to normal and business as usual since the following day after the earthquake;
  • We actually never had an interruption except for one day, the day of the earthquake. October 15 the earthquake shook us at 08:12a.m. for a period of under one minute. That day Philippine Coast Guard didn't allow any boat travel. Next day was already operation as usual;
  • There were a few aftershocks, mild and 1 to 2 seconds only and rest periods in between a very long. This is normal because of the fact that the 2 fault plates are setting in;
  • Philippine Fun Divers relief operations are on-going into the mountainous areas of Bohol. We update you about it on a regular basis on Facebook.

See you in paradise and please help us to spread this news in order to pre-empt and to correct misinformation's.

Thanks and best regards, The management

Holger Horn

What readers think...

David Stewart wrote:
Sunday, 22 December 2013 00:29:58 PHT
I am bringing a group to Bohol in March of 2014 and have been unable to reach the Water Gate Inn. Can anyone please provide information regarding Talibon and possibly a new number for the Water Gate. Thank you in advance for any feedback and information.
Jake wrote:
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:51:13 PHT
My family and I are scheduled to visit Bohol. I just would like to ask regarding the power supply? is there any shortage? Also, can we still travel to Danao? is the E.A.T. still operational? can you post a list of tourist spots that are still operational or hasn't been damage. We really need this info since we'll fly there on the 1st week of december thank you.
CJ wrote:
Sunday, 17 November 2013 15:08:00 PHT
My family and I are traveling to Panglao Island for a holiday but are thinking of cancelling. Could you please inform us of the latest situation after the second earthquake and typhoon. Is it safe to travel by the end of Nov? Could you please let us know, so we make an ealier arrangement. Thanking you, CJ
Jane wrote:
Thursday, 14 November 2013 16:50:47 PHT
Thanks for your comment. Can the website please post an update of bohol after the typhoon. What are the conditions like now, after the earthquake AND typhoon?
Rigo C. Mijos, Sr. wrote:
Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:18:03 PHT
How true is the story that appears on FB today that there is a huge Y-shaped cracks (6-8 meters) underwater traversing from Tagbilaran, Maribojoc and Loon? This was collaborated by the story that there's also a crack underwater close to Panglao Island Nature Resort in Bingag Dauis? I also heard stories that people on that side of Bingag, Dauis are scared of fishing due to this cracks? Please check.

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