6. Panglao in Bohol is not just an alternative
When it comes to white sand beaches in the Visayas, Panglao is one of the few that comes to mind. Alona Beach is the most popular in Panglao but there are other beaches like Bagobo, Bolod, Danao, Doljo, and Momo beaches that offer equally scenic beach front.
Take Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways, or Philippine Airlines from Manila to Tagbilaran. There are local transport services in Tagbilaran City that offer to convey you to Panglao.