This is how Virgin Island in Bohol looks now

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | August 04,2022 - 01:47 PM

This is what the famous Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol looked like on August 3, 2022, when the local government decided to limit tourism activities there to sightseeing only. | Photo from Bohol Gov. Aris Aumentado FB

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With only sightseeing activities allowed, the famous Virgin Island in Bohol looked like it was reborn.

At least that was how several netizens described the popular tourist spot in Panglao town, Bohol when photos and videos showed its condition following the local government’s decision to suspend indefinitely all tourism-related activities starting August 3. 

However, visitors can still visit the sandbar, located a few meters off the coasts of Panglao, for sightseeing. 

Here are a few snaps recorded and published by Bohol Gov. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Panglao Mayor Edgardo Arcay. 

No more structures!!!! Virgin Island is only for sightseeing as of Wednesday, Aug. 3, after the local government unit of Panglao has prohibited food vendors and other tourism activities. | Text and photo by Bohol Gov. Aris Aumentado.

 

Background

Virgin Island became the subject of heated discussion on the internet, and government intervention when a netizen posted on social media, alleging that a group of tourists she knew was being handed a bill worth P26,000 for dining on the sandbar. 

The post quickly went viral, and it has reached the attention of the local governments of Panglao, Bohol province, and even the national government. 

An investigation on the alleged overpricing is currently being conducted. 

RELATED STORIES

No more tourism activities in Virgin Island, only sightseeing – Panglao mayor

‘Refresher course’ mulled to help micro, small tourism vendors in Bohol

Island trips in Bohol halted over pricey food

/dbs

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: bohol, Bohol news, bohol tourism, Cebu Daily News, cebu news, tourism, Virgin island, virgin island in bohol

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.