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Filipino Community Camping - Doljo, Panglao Island

Homestay Description
You couldn’t get more beachside than this!! Let Jonas and Dhora pitch a tent for you under the 300 year old Talisay tree that the community uses as a meeting point. Watch the sunset over the peaceful ocean right next to your bedroom. Doljo beach is a long strip of white sand with a spectacular reef . Some pay megabucks to stay in the resorts in the area. But you’ll pay just 600P a night for a beachside tent! Bliss! Jonas and Dhora speak good English and are fun Filipinos, always up for a laugh and a drink or two under the Talisay tree. Don’t worry you will feel safe with Jonas sleeping right outside your tent (although there are never any problems in Doljo) this is laid back island living.
Homestay Features


Well it depends what you want from a bedroom but in our books a beachfront tent aint bad! Let the sea breeze wash over you and sleep under the stars. The ultimate in simple living with friendly locals en joy the evening with. Don’t worry the tent does come equipped with mattress pillows and towel.


The bathroom is not for the faint hearted, for one it is a short walk from the tent. We’re talking outhouse bucket toilet and bucket shower – but who needs to wash when you’re right near the ocean!!

Living Area

Jonas and Dhora sleep in a single room next to Dhoras family. The family home has a simple living area which you are welcome to use, but this is a short walk from the tent.


Stay at the beach and explore the coral reef just outside your tent, go boating with Jonas, take a banca to nearby virgin island and balicasag for some snorekelling, bike around panglao island.


Staying right on Doljo beach has to be the best of our register location wise! The beach isn’t as developed as others in the area but definitely has charm. It is a 15 minute walk or 2 minute bike to Panglao town where you can get public transport to anywhere else on the island.

Comfort Level

Given the tent, and bucket shower and toilet factor we’d say that you’ll be out of your comfort zone staying in this location. But life isn’t about always being comfortable!


Jonas and Dhora will be able to have a conversation with you about most topics. You’ll have to talk slowly and simply to make sure the convo flows, but you won’t have to worry about the language barrier.


Jonas can rustle up a mean kinilaw (raw fish dish). It is very likely that the menu will consist of some sort of seafood, so if this is your thing then you will love the food at this homestay.
Close to – Doljo Beach! Momo Beach, Alona Beach, lots of beaches! Famous offshore sites of Virgin Island, and Balicasag dive and snorkeling spot. Diving also takes place at Doljo point and Doljo reef within walking distance of the homestay. How to get there – Catch a bus from Tagbilaran city (outside Bohol museum) and tell them you want to go to Panglao town. Jonas or Dhora can then meet you at Panglao town.

Note: We do not provide the exact address of the homestay owner. We will give you further directions after your booking is made. You will also receive the cellphone number of the homestay owner and you will use this to communicate your arrival time to them and/or arrange pick up.

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You will pay 300P/night deposit to secure your booking, the remaining 300P/night is paid to the homestay owner on arrival.

Last minute bookings: For bookings within two days of arrival will be required to provide Your philippines mobile number so we can get in touch with you if there are problems with confirming the booking. your payment will not be claimed until the booking is confirmed with the homestay owners.

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  1. I was not supposed to stay with Dhora and Jonas in the first place. The homestay I booked was not available, Dhora waited for me at Sawang Port when I returned from Balicasag to help me transfer to Cabilao Island.

    She is so sincere that I decided to stay at her place. It is a camping site!!! What a surprise! I have to admit that Dhora and Jonas’s house is not the best, compares with other families; but it is Dhora and Jonas makes the experience precious! I like both of them and enjoy my stay with them.

    I was there on Feb. 13. I left my Lonely Planet to Jonas because I know I will come back. Oh! Don;t you worry, Jonas. I am back to meet you and Dhora, not get LP back. (i have booked my flight, see u this July.)

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