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Interesting Boat Tour Stop

Beautiful little island where you can feed pigeons and get a snack. Maintained by the faithful as... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Jeff N
Portland, Oregon
Padre Pio Island

The Virgin Island is now called Isola di Francesco. There's no entrance fee at this place, but you... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2018
Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

Beautiful little island where you can feed pigeons and get a snack. Maintained by the faithful as religious shrine. Used to be called Virgin Island and still is by many tour operators.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Jeff N
Reviewed April 30, 2018

This island is available on an island hopping tour. It is a religious shrine in the middle of the ocean. Don't forget to feed the pigeons.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Roy J
Reviewed April 16, 2018

The Virgin Island is now called Isola di Francesco. There's no entrance fee at this place, but you cannot bring any food, or drinks in this area. There's a snack bar where you just need to donate something for the island. It's nice what they...More

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank rdmd16
Reviewed February 18, 2018

What is formerly known as the Virgin Island with it's seedy reputation is now converted into a Holy Shrine. An exact opposite of the much crowded and touristy beaches of Panglao. Most of the cost to develop this place was donated so anyone can visit...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank 277Anngie
Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

Visited this island many times and it is formerly called “Virgin Island”. It is very easy to go to this Island for free as there is Boat shuttle going to and back to Poblacion Panglao, near the Church. No entrance fee but you can give...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MsLigs
Reviewed November 27, 2017

Isola di Francesco is different from what they call the "VIrgin Island". The so-called Virgin Island is a tourist trap. Go at your own risk. A reputable tour guide would know and not bring you there, Instead, they will bring you to this beautiful island....More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Loren P
Reviewed July 30, 2017

Our boat guide took as here. He called it the VIRGIN ISLAND. Its a small island with a catholic church being operated by the FRANCISCAN ORDER, I think (not really sure about this point). It is free. No entrance fees. They do accept donations. We...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank markplim25
Reviewed May 27, 2017

You can visit by public boat, which is free (you just need to make a donation on the island). In fact everything on the island is free, including snacks and drinks (pay by donation). The island houses a pigeon sanctuary and you will see eggs...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Karen C
Reviewed March 2, 2017

As a Catholic, I appreciated the devotion of the owner to Saint Pio. He had a chapel built that was a very good place for prayer and reflection. The place was clean and serene.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Malou M
Reviewed February 15, 2017

This is a private place open to the public because of the miracle that happened to the owner. A devotee to Padre Pio who was once blind and prayed to him and his eyesight was restored!

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank MrLy
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