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It’s no news that the Philippines  gained more international attention in the past years, and there are two main contributors that I could think of: first , the successful campaigns put forth by the DOT (Department of Tourism, “It’s More Fun in The Philippines”) , and second : the articles (which often went viral) that are posted by several travel writers who have been enchanted by the country’s beauty. (Bohol)

In a blink of an eye, the Philippines’ white sand beaches, limestone formations, and pristine islands have easily become a hit to a lot of foreigners.  However , what a lot of people might not know is that there is still MORE to the country than the sea-and-sun combo. For one thing, apart from our breathtaking beaches and coastlines, we also have a rich collection of fauna, flora, history, landmarks, landscapes, and underwater life.

A perfect example of this would be this gem of a place in the Visayas called Bohol!

Deemed as the 10th largest island out of the 7,000 others in the Philippines, it’s not as internationally famous as  Boracay  or Palawan ; yet, Bohol holds incredible sights and dive spots that can easily capture anyone’s heart. And I deem myself as fortunate to have seen its beauty, albeit for a short time.

It was in 2013 that I went here with two friends who graciously invited me to join their trip. It was for just two days, but we were able to do the following activities that already gave us a glimpse of the wonder that Bohol holds — which I hope you could see for yourself!

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» visit the famous ‘chocolate hills’.

Chocolate Hills

As a Filipino, I first saw Bohol’s Chocolate Hills in a ‘ Sibika ‘ (History) book back in elementary school and I find it a shame that I didn’t see it sooner… but I guess, it’s “ better late than never “, right?

Now, as you can see, the Chocolate Hills (or as we Filipinos would call it: Tsokolateng Burol) is a unique geological formation comprised of unique cone-shaped hills that all look identical — almost. From what I’ve learned, there are at least 1,200 of them that span an area of more than 20 square miles! To be more precise though, these ‘hills’ are actually made of limestone covered with grass and they vary in sizes from 30 up to 120 meters in height.

“…WAIT. You say ‘Chocolate Hills’ but they look so GREEN! What’s so chocolate-y about this?!”

You might be wondering this ^ and well, they are called as such because during the dry season, between months of December and May, the grass that covers these limestone hills would dry up and turn into a browner color. This will then make them seem like endless rows of Hershey’s chocolate kisses — hence, the name. (We rather visited in the month of July).

TRIVIA : Legend has it that these Chocolate Hills were created by 2 giants who decided to have one big messy fight with one another using sand and stones. When they became exhausted, they suddenly turned into friends. They started to have a jolly good time with one another, that as a result, they forgot to clean up their mess — which brings us Chocolate Hills today. . Before we drown ourselves in an amusing fantasy, the reality of course is that this didn’t happen. But I guess this is a more ‘cool’ explanation to give to tourists than saying: “We don’t really know how exactly…” I say this because there is actually no consensus yet as to how the hills have formed. The most accepted theory they have is that the hills are “weathered remains of some marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay”. . NOTE : Apparently, you can also rent an ATV and venture out into these hills. It’s worth a try if you ask me!

» Linger in Bohol’s Mahogany Forest

Bohol Mahogany Forest

On your way to the Chocolate Hills, it will be hard to miss Bilar and Loboc’s 2km “Man-Made” Mahogany Forest what with its carpet of trees that tower on both sides of the highway, standing tall, uniform, and green.

Apparently, this was part of a bigger reforestation project that was created in the 90s as a response to the deforestation caused by a slash and burn farming system that we call in the Philippines as kaingin . As such, it’s a man-made forest being that the seeds were planted by humans.

NOTE :  In here, there are no parking spaces but if you’re with a tour group, they would usually stop by somewhere on the road so that you can step out and venture into the forest. Most people prefer to just stay by the highway to take photos though — wait, scratch that: people prefer to stay in the middle of the road to take photos! . It’s fine to do this, but just remember to  EXERCISE CAUTION. This is still a highway; so before you go crazy doing jump shots or whatnot, please pay careful attention to your surroundings.

» Witness the ‘Tarsier’ (arguably the world’s 2nd smallest primate)

Bohol Tarsier

Much like the Chocolate Hills, I was also very excited about the chance of finally witnessing the world-famous tarsier that is said to be the 2nd smallest primate in the world . They are predominantly found in certain parts of Southeast Asia only, one of which is here in Bohol in the Philippines (yep, we’re absolutely lucky to have them!)

As based on my books back in school — and as you can see in the photo — they also look so cute; so naturally, I was looking forward to it a lot!  (If you’re a Star Wars fan, they definitely look like a cuddlier and smaller version of Yoda, no?)

…But much to my dismay, I was unknowingly brought to a place that did NOT practice responsible tourism. This saddened me because the Tarsier is an endangered animal that is very delicate.

For instance, did you know that if they are handled wrongly, touched carelessly, be surrounded by too much noise, or simply held captive, they can easily get stressed and commit suicide ? Therefore, when I found out that the place we visited, the  Loboc Tarsier Conservation Area in Bohol , was NOT a certified Tarsier sanctuary and which also had such poor conditions set out for the Tarsiers, I absolutely felt the need to spread the word to you guys!

Please, please, please, don’t support this center. If you really want to witness the Tarsiers, it’s better to head over to  Correla ‘s Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary which is not only a certified sanctuary for Tarsiers but also practices responsible tourism for these animals.

To see a detailed discussion as to why, where, and how, please see my post below.

» READ: Why You Should Avoid Loboc Tarsier Conservation Area in Bohol

» Do a Loboc River Cruise

Bohol Loboc River Cruise

Some people tend to skip this activity but I found it a fascinating experience nonetheless — so why not try it out? Besides, they serve scrumptious Filipino food WHILE you’re cruising down the river. Oh wait, did I mention that it was a buffet feast? Yup. It is! ( DISCLAIMER : The food isn’t that spectacular but it’s hearty enough to fill you up.)

But in order to not seem too much of a glutton, of course, there is more to the river cruise than the food (which I have now painted as sub-par — please hang on, I’m getting to the good part).

You see, apart from the love songs that they will be playing in order to ‘serenade’ you during the cruise, you will also be leisurely gliding through the Loboc River as you glance upon the rustic terrain that surrounds the area. There is also a stop along the way that lets you watch children and old people alike perform native Filipino performances.

Busay Falls

At the end of the voyage, you will also glance at  Busay Falls  — it’s not a big natural display but it remains to be quite a charming ‘ending’ to the river cruise.

Overall: the Loboc River Cruise is a chill activity and if you’ve got the time, it’s a nice thing to try out. Otherwise, if you’re thinking of a different activity for this river area, you could actually try  standup paddleboarding  and there are providers around the area that can give you the equipment that you need.

» Step into Baclayon Church

Baclayon Church

Declared as a National Cultural Treasure and a National Historical Landmark, Baclayon Church is the 2nd oldest church in the Philippines. This is a nice stopover to make while in Bohol especially if you want to take a glimpse into the early history of the Philippines during the Spanish occupation.

Built by Jesuit priests back in 1959, this church holds several important relics and images that date back to the historic Roman Catholic religion in the country. Just look at that altar — it’s an interesting display, isn’t it?

NOTE : Do dress appropriately when you visit the Baclayon Church; rest assured though, if you’re wearing shorts like I did, they will hand out shawls by the entrance so that you can cover yourself.

» Have some fun in the sea

Bohol Panglao Island

Bohol is an island after all, and there are long stretches of picturesque beaches that you can head off to. In fact, it has 75 more minor surrounding islands! For the topmost places to take note of:

Panglao Island: This place is easily accessed via a bridge that connects it to the main island (Bohol). It has several beaches but the one that’s notable would have to be Alona Beach — a gorgeous stretch that is about 1.5 kilometers long. It is lined with a lot of resorts so you could also choose to have your accommodation here when in Bohol. For activities, you should definitely try snorkeling if not scuba diving.

TIP : Go here to book a half-day guided tour to Panglao.

Virgin Island:  A small uninhabited island that has a picturesque sandbar. Though there’s not much to do here, it remains to be a quaint place to lounge in and soak some sun.

Balicasag Island:  This is considered one of the best diving spots in the country! Wall dives can be done 50 meters from the beach as it falls down to about 50 meters. If you’re not experienced yet, you can always snorkel around the island to see the colorful corals and fishes. (On your way here, you can actually sight dolphins too!)

NOTE : For other things to do, you can check by Chocolate Hills Adventure Park or do an exhaustive Bohol Guided Tour !

Bohol Travel Guide

» how to get to bohol.

By air.  There are no direct international flights to this island. To get here, you would need to take a flight either from Manila or Cebu in order to head on to Tagbilaran Airport (Tagbilaran is the name of Bohol’s capital).  Flights from Manila or Cebu can go for as low as $10 (Php 500) especially when you watch out for promos from local airlines like Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and PAL Express.

By boat. There are ferries that sail every day from the port of Cebu and Dumaguete. To book, go to the links below: – From Cebu to Bohol and back – From Dumaguete to Bohol and back

» Where to Stay in Bohol

READ: Best Hotels in Bohol

A lot of people would prefer to stay in Panglao Island and so when it comes to the best accommodations on any kind of budget, I recommend the following:

  • Budget:  Alexis Cliff Dive Resort 
  • Mid:  Panglao Homes Resort & Villas
  • Luxury:  Henann Resort Alona Beach

If you rather want to stay on the main island in Tagbilaran:

  • Budget:  Tr3ats Guest House Bohol
  • Mid:  Ocean Suites Bohol Boutique Hotel
  • Luxury:  Peacock Garden (we stayed here as part of our sponsored trip and this place was hands-down amazing!)

Otherwise, you can always check Agoda.com or Booking.com for the best deals on other hotels, inns, and hostels in Bohol!

» How to Get Around Bohol

By motorcycle.  There are a lot of rental shops in Tagbilaran and Panglao and you can rent a motorcycle for as low as $4~ (Php 200). In this way, you will have enough freedom to go to any place you want in your own time.

By car.  Car rentals are also possible of course and the rental shops are mainly found in Tagbilaran with a starting cost of $31~ (Php 1,500).

By public transportation.  There are tricycles, jeepneys, and buses that are very cheap and they can be found easily in the main streets. But they don’t typically have fixed schedules, so if you’re setting off from one far-off place to another and are pressed for time, it can be tough to hail one down. It’s better to rent your own vehicle if not join a tour.

By arranged tours.  Like I said, if you sign yourself up for a tour beforehand, your transportation woes within the island are easily fixed!

* For island hopping, boat rentals typically cost $31~ (Php 1,500) to $62~ (Php 3,000) depending on the type of boat and the number of passengers.

» Top Bohol Tours «

Chocolate Hills Adventure Park

Chocolate Hills Adventure Park Experience a thrilling day at this eco-tourism park!

Panglao Island Hopping

Panglao Island Hopping …with dolphin watching!

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If you’re planning a summer getaway to the Philippines, it should be apparent by now that a trip to Bohol should be a part of your itinerary! Not only will you experience more of the country’s sea-and-sun combo, but you will also get to experience several other unique experiences and sights that are unique to this area.

…So what are you waiting for? Go and book your tickets!

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Juliet

Bohol is an amazing place. Been there 2 times and dying to go back. Please drop by Bohol Bee Farm. Try their honey, muffins, and everything in between :)

Maria

What a great blog. My family and I also visited Bohol before the pandemic hits. It’s such an amazing place, we really had so much fun.

Spencer

I had a trip to the Phillipines lined up before Co-vid hit. I might need to add Bohol in to the itinerary when I do go. The beach in particular looks amazing!

Angel

This is probably one of the travel locations I want to travel with after this pandemic. My colleagues went there last year but since I focus on my job, my dream didn’t happen yet. For now, igala mo muna ako :)

Garrett

Never got the chance to visit Bohol. Been to Coron (I think in 2016?) though, they have something similar to chocolate hills there ;)

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Sunny day at Balicasag Island in Bohol, Philippines

Bohol Philippines Travel Guide: What to Do + Hotels

Kara Santos

Best Time to Go to Bohol

Dry and summer season | december to may.

  • Holy Week | March to April

Sandugo Festival | July

Climate and weather.

  • What to Wear

How to Get to Bohol

Getting around bohol, main public transportation terminals, common types of transportation.

  • Where to Stay in Bohol

Types of Accommodations

Neighborhoods and areas, accommodation highlights in bohol, what to see and do in bohol, see the iconic chocolate hills of bohol, discover panglao island and hinagdanan cave.

  • See Tarsiers Up Close

Go on a River Cruise in Loboc

Drive through a man-made forest, visit baclayon church, unwind at the beaches of anda.

  • Go Island-Hopping on Pamilacan Island and Balicasag Island

Try Fun Bohol Activities

  • What to Eat and Drink in Bohol

Local Cuisine

Recommended best restaurants and bars, practical information and tips.

  • Sample Itineraries in Bohol
  • Day 1: Arrival + Countryside Tour

Day 2: Island-Hopping Tour + Firefly watching

Day 3: panglao island + bohol bee farm + anda beach.

  • Day 4: Danao Adventure Park

Day 5: Alona Beach water activities + Departure

The famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

Explore the natural wonders of Bohol, home to the iconic tourist spots called the Chocolate Hills. Find out the best time to visit, how to go, where to stay, and what other tourist spots and activities you shouldn't miss.

Bohol is one of the most popular and  top tourist destinations in the Philippines . This island province in the Central Visayas region attracts visitors from all over the world because of its stunning and diverse attractions , with the Chocolate Hills as one of the top Visayas tourist spots .

  • ​​​​​Book  Bohol Chocolate Hills tours
  • Experience a Bohol Lila whale shark tour
  • Check out this Bohol Beach Club package

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol is a one-of-a-kind geological formation of grass-covered hills that turn brown during the dry season. Bohol is also known as the home of the world’s second smallest primates, the tarsiers.

Philippine Tarsier in Bohol

The province has a rich history and is home to churches dating back to the early years of Spanish colonization. For adventure lovers, Bohol offers a host of adrenaline-packed activities . But the white sand beaches , world-class dive sites, and generally laid-back provincial atmosphere of Panglao Island are what give Bohol its unique charm.

See our popular Bohol Vacation Packages

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Bohol is composed of one main island and 75 minor surrounding smaller islands, so it can be quite overwhelming to decide where to start. This travel guide will help you navigate the province and choose the best tourist spots in Bohol to visit.

Alona Beach in Bohol, Philippines

If you are going to Bohol for sightseeing and water activities , it's essential to take note of the climate, weather, and temperature before booking your plane tickets. 

Like most regions in the Philippines, the temperature in Bohol varies so little throughout the year. Bohol is hot all year-round. However, the chances of rainfall fluctuate throughout the year.

You will want to take note and avoid the months with high chances of precipitation, especially if you’re going to make the most out of the beaches and the water activities in Bohol . Additionally, knowing when peak season is will help you gauge the sizet of crowds you can expect.

See our popular Bohol Tours and Activities

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Aerial view of Balicasag Island in summer

Summer is also the best time to see the Chocolate Hills in their iconic chocolate brown color. Naturally, most travelers prefer visiting Bohol during these months. This means you can expect to see crowds at Bohol beaches and attractions.

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Holy Week | March to April 

The Holy Week falls within the best time range to visit Bohol in terms of weather. Thus, many local visitors flock to Bohol's beaches during the months of March to April.

The Holy Week is considered a holiday in the Philippines. You can expect large crowds during this time, a great opportunity to meet and mingle with locals.

If you prefer fewer crowds while still making the best out of the dry season, you can plan your trip in January, February, and May.

Every year, Bohol celebrates the Sandugo Festival in Tagbilaran City. The festival commemorates the historic blood compact (Sandugo) between Datu Sikatuna of Bohol and Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. It is a month-long festival that involves beauty pageants and street dancing competitions. 

If you plan to visit during this time, you will be treated to an immersive cultural experience. As with other Philippine festivals , you can expect the celebration to be vibrant and extravagant. Expect crowded streets and heavy traffic around Tagbilaran City during this festival.

The temperature in Bohol varies very little throughout the year. However, Bohol experiences significant variations in monthly rainfall. The wet season starts from June to November, with June and October receiving the most rain. Whereas, the dry season in Bohol begins in January and ends in May, with April having the least chance of rainfall. 

To witness the Chocolate Hills in their iconic chocolate brown color, you’ll want to come during the dry months of January through May. These months are the peak season, so be ready to compete with the Holy Week crowd.

Here's an overview of the average monthly Bohol temperature and rainfall:

Average monthly temperature in Bohol, Philippines

Source: NOAA

Average monthly rainfall in Bohol, Philippines

Source: Weather Spark

What to Wear 

When visiting Bohol, expect a tropical climate. So dress in casual breathable clothes, especially during the dry months. If you're in the malls or outdoors at night, especially during the holiday or rainy season, it's best to bring a light jacket with you to keep you warm.

Bohol is the prime tourist destination for local and foreign travelers. It is accessible from the major cities of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, which are the primary island groups of the Philippine archipelago.

Major jump-offs in Luzon include the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga. On the other hand, Davao International Airport in Davao City is the primary jump-off in Mindanao.

Aside from air travel, you also have the option to travel by sea. You can reach Bohol via fast craft from Cebu, Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Camiguin.

Bohol Philippines Travel Guide: What to Do + Hotels

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The Bohol-Panglao International Airport services the whole Bohol Province. Bohol-Panglao Airport is dubbed the “Green Gateway to the World” and the first “Eco-airport in the Philippines” because of its environment-friendly equipment and facilities.

Hence, you might want to book your accommodations in Panglao Island itself or start your Bohol adventure in the tourist spots in Panglao for your convenience. If you booked a hotel in Tagbilaran, there is a regular air-conditioned bus from the airport to Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City.

At the moment, Bohol is only connected to domestic destinations. If you are coming from outside of the Philippines, you will have to fly to Luzon or Mindanao to catch a plane to Bohol.

From Luzon or Mindanao in the Philippines to Bohol

Traveling by air is the most convenient and hassle-free way to reach Bohol. If you’re coming from Luzon, you can fly directly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport  (NAIA) in Manila to the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.

It will take you approximately an hour and a half. Philippine Airlines , Cebu Pacific , and Air Asia have daily flights from Manila to Bohol.

Another Luzon jump-off option you have is Clark International Airport in Angeles City. The trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights from Pampanga to Bohol.

If you're in Mindanao, you can fly to Bohol directly from the Davao International Airport. It will take just about an hour. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have daily flights from Davao to Bohol. 

Aside from going to Bohol from Luzon and Mindanao, you can also opt to fly to Cebu first and explore the Queen City of the South's tourist spots . From there, you can hop on a fast craft to Bohol at the Cebu Port.

From Outside of the Philippines to Bohol 

Bohol is an international airport, but it currently has limited international flights, which includes flights from and to Seoul. For other destinations, you will have to fly to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Airport.

NAIA is connected to several international destinations in Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, North America, and Europe. From the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you can fly directly to the Bohol-Panglao Airport.

Another way to reach Bohol is by traveling by sea. While this route may take longer, you will get to experience a different kind of adventure. Several ferries can take you to Bohol from Cebu, Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cagayan de Oro, and Camiguin. 

  • Book your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket

OceanJet, Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, and Super Shuttle Ferry are the leading ferry companies that travel to Bohol from various locations in Visayas and Mindanao.

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  • See our Cebu-Bohol tour packages

OceanJet has daily trips to Bohol from Cebu, Dumaguete, and Siquijor. Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, and Lite Ferries have weekly trips to Bohol from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao. Super Shuttle Ferry also has daily trips from  Camiguin to Bohol.

From Cebu by Ferry

If you’ll be coming from Cebu, the fastest way to reach Bohol is via fast craft. You will reach Tagbilaran Port after two hours. OceanJet has several trips from Bohol to Cebu every day. 

You can also take the slow ferry to get to Tagbilaran. Lite Ferries have daily trips to Tagbilaran. While a slow ferry is cheaper than a fast craft, it will take you four hours to reach Bohol.

There are five major passenger ports in Cebu; Pier 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Take note that OceanJet and Lite Ferries operate at Pier 1. You can purchase your tickets at the ferry terminal, but it is more advisable to buy them in advance.

Bohol Philippines Travel Guide: What to Do + Hotels

If you're coming from Dumaguete City , you can travel to Bohol by fast ferry. The trip to Bohol from Dumaguete will only take two hours. There are limited options when you're going to Bohol from Dumaguete.

OceanJet has two visits to Tagbilaran every day. If you're traveling during peak season, be sure to book your tickets in advance, as they usually sell out quickly.

From Siquijor by Ferry

If you're in Siquijor, you can travel to Bohol by fast ferry. The trip will only take approximately one hour and a half. Similar to Dumaguete, you'll have limited options when traveling from Siquijor to Bohol.

OceanJet has one fast ferry trip from Larena, Siquijor to Tagbilaran, Bohol every day. If you're going to Bohol during peak season, be sure to book your tickets in advance, as they usually sell out quickly. 

From Camiguin by Ferry

If you’re in Camiguin , you can travel to Bohol via the Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) vessel. A RoRo is a vessel commonly used to transport wheeled vehicles such as buses across the sea to various island provinces in the Philippines.

Super Shuttle only offers one daily RoRo trip from Balbagon Pier in Mambajao, Camiguin to Jagna Pier in Bohol. The trip will take approximately four hours. Jagna is at two hours away from Tagbilaran City, and one hour and a half from Panglao Island.

From Davao via Cagayan de Oro or Butuan by Ferry

No ferries are plying from Davao to Bohol. However, you can head to Nasipit Port in Butuan or to Cagayan de Oro Port where you can take a ferry to Bohol. The trip from Butuan to Bohol can take five to seven hours, depending on the shipping line. While the journey from Cagayan to Bohol takes five hours.’

Lite Ferry offers two trips from Cagayan de Oro to Jagna every day. Trans-Asia Shipping Lines has three trips to Jagna every week. On the other hand, Cokaliong Shipping Lines only has one trip to Jagna every week. 

Lite Ferry offers four trips from Nasipit to Jagna every week. The trip typically takes 7 hours. On the other hand, Cokaliong Shipping Lines has one trip from Nasipit to Jagna every week. The journey takes 5 hours.

Take note that the drive from Davao City to Nasipit is six hours, whereas the drive from Davao to Cagayan de Oro is five hours. These routes are a long way to get to Bohol. You can always fly directly from Davao to Bohol. But if you fancy a road trip through Mindanao, then this route can be quite an experience.  

Traveler passing by the Man-Made Bilar Forest in a motorbike

Take note that once you arrive at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport, taxis will be your only transportation option. Jeepneys and tricycles are not allowed in the airport complex. So unless you have pre-arranged transportation to fetch you and take you to your accommodations, you’ll have to take a taxi. 

However, if you’re coming to Bohol by sea, you’re in luck. You can find plenty of tricycles and some taxis around the Tagbilaran Port. Tricycles can bring you to most locations within Tagbilaran City and neighboring towns.

You will need to hop on a jeepney, a bus, a van for hire (popularly called V-Hire), or motorbikes for hire (known as habal-habal) to get to distant towns. 

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Another essential thing first-time travelers to Bohol need to know are the main transportation terminals around the island. Take note of these areas where you can board the transportation options when getting around Bohol.

City Square Mall

If you're traveling within Tagbilaran or to nearby towns, head to the City Square Mall. It is where you will find public transport for short distances destinations such as Lila, Baclayon, Cortes, Corella, and Loboc. If you’re heading to the historic Baclayon Church or Loboc River, you can catch a ride at City Square Mall in Tagbilaran City. 

Island City Mall- Dao Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal 

Most public transportation departs from Dao Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal, which is located near the Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City. It is where you'll find buses bound for towns such as Anda, Jagna, Ubay, Carmen, and Danao, among others. You can also find jeepneys or multicabs that go to Panglao Island here.

If you traveled to Bohol by ferry and don't want to spend a lot on a taxi to your hotel in Panglao, you can catch a tricycle to Island City Mall. You can buy supplies at the mall and hop on a jeepney to Panglao at the nearby terminal. This way you can cut your taxi costs.

If you’re planning to explore the beautiful beaches of Anda or check out the iconic Chocolate Hills in Carmen, you can also catch a bus at the Integrated Bus Terminal. You can also find a bus here to take you to Danao, where the Danao Adventure Park is.

Depending on where you're staying and your budget for commuting, it's essential to take note of the following types of transportation for a more convenient getaway. 

Van or Car Rental

If you prefer to get around Bohol in a private vehicle, you can rent a car in Bohol. There are several car and van rental companies in Bohol. You can hire a private car or van with a driver for your trip.

It is more convenient, especially when you're traveling with a group and doing  countryside tours of Bohol . There are also car rentals in Bohol that allow you to drive the vehicle yourself. 

If your destination is outside of Tagbilaran City, you will have to get on a bus at the Tagbilaran Bus Terminal near Island City Mall. On the other hand, if you’re coming from outside Tagbilaran City, take note that buses do not pass through the city center. They will only take you as far as the Integrated Jeep and Bus Terminal. From there, you can take a tricycle or jeepney to your destination.

Buses can take you to towns such as Anda, Jagna, Ubay, Carmen, Danao, and Panglao island.  Unlike jeepneys, buses have conductors whom you will be giving your fare to. Tell the conductor your destination when you hand in your payment. 

Several small independent bus companies are servicing Bohol.  Buses traveling to significant towns follow regular schedules, whereas buses going to smaller towns only have a few trips per day.

Jeepneys in the Philippines

Jeepneys routes in Bohol are not numbered. Instead, their signages will indicate specific points and roads within Tagbilaran City. Provincial jeepneys, on the other hand, will indicate the town name. Most routes converge at Island City Mall and Integrated Bus, as well as Jeepney Terminal. Some routes are also covered at the Tagbilaran City Square Mall.

You can hail a jeepney from any major road. However, jeepneys do not have a fixed schedule, and waiting for a jeepney may take up to 30 minutes. Additionally, jeepneys frequently stop to drop off or pick up passengers, which can extend your travel time.

When riding a jeepney, take note that payments are handed to the driver during the ride. If you’re seated at the far end of the jeepney, politely ask other passengers to pass it to the driver for you.

Be sure to say “Palihug” (Please) as you hand them your fare. Likewise, if you happen to be the one sitting close to the driver, offer the same courtesy to passengers at the far end by passing along their fare to the driver. 

When you're about 5 to 10 meters away from your stop, say, "Para po!" (Please stop), to notify the driver to slow down and stop at the nearest unloading station.

Motorized tricycles, or simply tricycles, are the local form of the auto-rickshaw similar to Thailand’s tuk-tuk. These public utility vehicles ply a set route in inner roads. Built-in a variety of styles that differ from city to city, these are usually made locally by building a sidecar affixed to a motorcycle. These can accommodate 2 to 4 passengers only.

You can hail a tricycle from any part of the city. But you can also find tricycles lined up in front of Island City Mall. You can hire a tricycle like a taxi or charter it for day tours around Bohol. This type of arrangement is tagged as a "special trip," and so will cost you considerably more.

V-Hire is short for "van for hire." V-Hires are air-conditioned mini-vans that can carry 12-15 people to routes across the major towns in Bohol. They are a more comfortable and faster option than buses. They also typically cost twice the price of a bus ticket.

V-Hires have designated stops, where they can drop off or pick up passengers. V-Hires have terminals in Carmen, Tubigon, Guindulman, Ubay, Talibon, and Trinidad. In Tagbilaran City, you can find V-Hires at the Integrated Jeep and Bus Terminal.  

If you're a solo backpacker or in a hurry, you can hire local motorcycle drivers to give you a lift. These motorcycles for hire are locally known as habal-habal.  It is often the only way to reach interior towns if you have missed the bus.

Habal-Habal is also a good option if you don't want to spend too much on a taxi or you don't want to wait for a jeepney. Fair warning, habal-habal drivers tend to drive fast over rough roads. If the speed of the driver is starting to alarm you, politely ask the driver to slow down a little. 

Only a few taxi companies operate in Bohol. You can usually find taxis outside the seaport and near malls. Taxi drivers will generally turn on the meter when traveling within Tagbilaran City. However, if you’re going outside the city limit, the driver may ask for more since he will have to drive back to the city to pick up his next passenger.

Where to Stay in Bohol         

The white sand tropical beach of Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines

Accommodations in Bohol range from 5-star resorts (some of which offer  Philippine luxury vacation packages ), glamping resorts , mid-range, and budget-friendly hotels. Some of the best beach resorts in the Philippines can be found in Bohol. Depending on your preference, here are some of the best accommodations for all budget types. 

Depending on your budget and preference, it's essential to research Bohol hotels and other types of accommodations before your visit. Here are some of the usual accommodations in Bohol. Be sure to check if this accommodates the number of people you are traveling with. If you're looking for cheap hotels in Bohol, vacation rentals, Philippines honeymoon resorts , or luxury accommodations, you won’t be disappointed.

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Beach Resorts and Hotels

Whether you're staying for work or leisure, there are various hotels and resorts in Bohol , ranging from budget to luxury. Luxury accommodations in Bohol offer amenities such as a swimming pool and a spa, making them ideal for a honeymoon in the Philippines .

The best  resorts in Bohol are usually found on the beachfront of Panglao Island or Anda. 

Budget Hotels and Inns

If you prefer to allocate more of your budget to exploring Bohol’s tourist attractions, then book a budget hotel. You can find a handful of budget accommodations  in Bohol that offer dorm-type rooms and private rooms with basic amenities.

When deciding on which budget accommodation, assess if it is located near the attractions on your Bohol itinerary to avoid overspending on transportation.

Vacation Rentals

If you're looking for privacy, renting a private house in Bohol will work best. There are several vacation rentals throughout Panglao Island, Tagbilaran City, and Anda. It's better if you're in a group so you can share the expenses.

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Map of neighborhoods and areas in Bohol, Philippines

Location is a significant factor when booking your hotel in Bohol. Bohol has a range of accommodations catering to different types of travelers. There are luxury resorts as well as budget accommodations concentrated mostly in Panglao Island, Anda, and the capital Tagbilaran City. 

Panglao Island

Panglao Island is the top beach destination in Bohol. It is located southwest of mainland Bohol and east and south of Cebu. Panglao Island is connected to Bohol's main island by the Suarez Bridge and Gov. Borja Bridge.

The Bohol-Panglao Airport is on Panglao Island, so staying at hotels in Panglao would be very convenient. There are several attractions on Panglao Island itself.

Panglao has a land area of 91.12 square kilometers (35.18 sq mi). It comprises two municipalities: Dauis and Panglao. The famous Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach are located in the municipality of Panglao.

Another fascinating attraction on the island is the Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis. Additionally, Balicasag Island and Pamalican, both popular destinations to try island hopping in the Philippines  and explore  Bohol diving spots , are close to Panglao Island.

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Alona Beach

White sand Alona Beach in Bohol, Philippines

Aside from swimming, there are lots of water activities you can do at Alona Beach. You can go snorkeling, scuba-diving, island-hopping, dolphin-watching, and kitesurfing.

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The Alona House Reef is a popular diving site thanks to the variety of colorful sea creatures, including lionfish, clownfish, and frogfish, that call it home.

Balicasag and Virgin Island are also near Alona Beach. You can go on a Balicasag island tour to get a chance to see sea turtles. Virgin Island is an unspoiled sandbar that’s perfect for Instagram-worthy photos.

You can also catch a glimpse of dolphins when island-hopping from Alona Beach.

Dumaluan Beach

Dumaluan Beach is an excellent alternative to Alona Beach. It has the same powdery white sand and crystal clear water but has fewer visitors. The sunset in Dumaluan is stunning as well.

Dumaluan also has its fair share of beach resorts and hotels. The best part is the accommodations in Dumaluan cost less than those in Alona Beach.

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Anda is two hours away from Tagbilaran City and Panglao Island. This town is an excellent option if you want to go off the beaten path. There are several budget accommodations here. Although it is a bit farther from the city center, you may want to check in at a hotel here instead.  

Anda is blessed with beautiful beaches, cerulean waters, diving spots, and cave pools. Anda's Quinale Beach boasts coconut-fringed shores with hardly any travelers.

Anda is also an excellent jump-off point for diving. Anda has pristine reefs, caves, caverns, and coral gardens that are teeming with vibrant marine life.

Tagbilaran City

Tagbilaran City is the capital of Bohol Province. If you’re traveling to Bohol via ferry, you will arrive at the Tagbilaran City Seaport. There is no shortage of hotels in Tagbilaran. Booking your accommodation in Tagbilaran is a good option if you plan to dedicate more time exploring the inland Bohol tourist spots.

Tagbilaran is the jump-off point to Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, the Philippine Tarsier Conservation Area, and the historical and heritage sites in Bohol. Tagbilaran is also not that far from Panglao Island if you want to go swimming or island-hopping.

Depending on your budget and preference, it's essential to take note of the following: location, price, and service. While it's okay to stay in a cheaper place, one should consider the number of people that will be staying.

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If you're in a group, it might be better to rent a private house or stay at hotels in Bohol that offer family rooms. Here are some of the popular accommodations in Bohol:

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Luxury Accommodations

Bohol is home to several 4-star and 5-star beach resorts and hotels that offer world-class facilities and services. The majority of these are located near Alona Beach. Here are some top-rated Bohol resorts and hotels :

Henann Resort Alona Beach, Bohol

Beachfront of Henann Resort Alone Beach, Bohol

Henann Resort Alona Beach is Bohol’s premier beachfront accommodation. The resort occupies 7 hectares of tropical grounds along Alona Beach. Henann offers rooms equipped with free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, and mini fridges.

Pool view twin bed room in Henann Resort Alona Beach, Bohol

Henann Suites include Nespresso machines, and separate living room and dining rooms. Some suites even have sea views. 

The resort offers free breakfast for its guests. They also have a fine-dining restaurant and several bars by the pools. Other amenities include a private beach area, a gym, and a spa.

The Bellevue Resort

Deluxe Ocean View room in The Bellevue Resort, Bohol

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The Bellevue Resort is a five-star resort in Bohol. It is also an ASEAN Green Hotel awardee. Bellevue Hotel is located on Doljo Beach, overlooking the Cebu Strait. They offer elegant private rooms with WiFi and flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, and minibars.

Private jacuzzi in The Bellevue Resort's Bellevue Suite

You can go for an upgraded room if you want a balcony and a beach view. The Bellevue hotel also has suites with an outdoor whirlpool tub.

The Bellevue Resort's poolside view

The resort has an international restaurant that offers open-air dining, as well as a seafood restaurant with beach views. Other amenities include a bar, an infinity pool, a spa, a gym, water sports facilities, a game room, and a playroom.

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Amorita Resort

Amorita Resort is a secluded luxury resort located on a limestone cliff on the southern edge of Bohol’s Panglao Island. This tranquil seaside retreat combines world-class service with signature Filipino hospitality and is a favorite of those who want quiet luxury.

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Mid-range Accommodations

Not willing to splurge for high-end amenities but still want a comfortable hotel to stay in Bohol? You can find several accommodations that offer excellent service and facilities without burning a hole in your wallet. 

Dumaluan Beach Resort

Dumaluan Beach Resort is a three-star hotel on Panglao Island. This resort offers excellent value for money. If you want to get accommodations by the beachfront, Dumaluan Beach Resort is a great option.

Dumuluan beach is just as scenic as Alona Beach, but the accommodations in Dumaluan Beach Resort costs way less than Alona's Henann Resort.

Dumaluan Beach Resort offers suites, private rooms, and family rooms with air-conditioning and cable TV. Their private bathrooms also have a hot and cold shower.

The best features of the Dumaluan Resort are its private beach, outdoor pool, restaurant, and coffee shop. Their restaurant serves sumptuous international and Filipino cuisine.

Bohol South Beach Hotel

Bohol South Beach Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for mid-range accommodations. This hotel is also conveniently located near Alona Beach and the Philippine Tarsier Foundation.

Deluxe Ocean View room in Bohol South Beach Hotel

Bohol South Beach Hotel offers private rooms with WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, and a coffee maker. You get a sitting room, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a beautiful beach view if you upgrade your room. You can opt for room service, or go to their restaurant, which has direct beach access. 

Bohol South Beach Hotel's infinity pool

Photo from Bohol South Beach Hotel

This 3.5-star hotel boasts a roof-top bar and an infinity pool. They also have other recreational facilities such as a private beach, and a spa. You also have the option of express check-in and checkout.

Budget Accommodations

If you’re backpacking or traveling on a tight budget, then budget-friendly accommodations are perfect for you. You can find top-rated low-cost accommodations in Bohol that have all the basic amenities. 

TR3ATS Guest House 

Private room at TR3ATS Guest House in Bohol, Philippines

TR3ATS Guest House is a great budget accommodation in Bohol. It is in Tagbilaran City, only 2 km away from the Tagbilaran Seaport, and a 10-minute walk to the National Museum of Tagbilaran.

This white low-rise guesthouse offers rooms with basic accommodations and free WiFi. Their private rooms have bathrooms and flat-screen TVs.

They also offer mixed and female-only dorms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. Other amenities include a cafe and a garden with a lagoon-style pool.

Panglao Island Inn

Panglao Island Inn is within walking distance from the famous Alona Beach. This homey inn is another excellent budget-friendly option considering its proximity to the beach and other Panglao tourist spots like the Hinagdanan Cave.

Panglao Island Inn is a great choice, especially if you’re traveling with your family or your group of friends, since they offer dorm-type rooms and family rooms. Their rooms are air-conditioned, and they also have free WiFi in their communal areas. 

Panglao Island Inn’s other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, free parking, a garden area, and a smoking area.

Guide to the Philippines' map of things to do in Bohol

Bohol offers various fascinating attractions and experiences. You can see most of the main landmarks and tourist spots by availing of packaged Bohol countryside tours , usually inclusive of transportation costs and entrance fees.

The countryside tours usually include visits to historical sites and churches such as the Compact Blood Site and the Baclayon Church. This Bohol itinerary also usually includes stops at the Tarsier Sanctuary, Loboc River, The Bilar Man-made Forest, the Hanging Bridge, the Chocolate Hills, and the Butterfly Garden.

View of the iconic Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines

Bohol is mainly associated with the Chocolate Hills , a unique geological formation of grass-covered hills that turn brown during the dry season. It is one of the country's most iconic landmarks and is featured in local currency.

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Two hills have been developed into resorts with viewing decks for tourism. The Chocolate Hills Complex, located in Carmen, is roughly 55 kilometers from Tagbilaran.

There’s also a viewing deck located at Sagbayan Peak, about 18 kilometers away from Carmen. Both tourist spots in Bohol offer stunning views of the surrounding hills. 

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Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao Island of Bohol, Philippines

Panglao Island, located southwest of the main island of Bohol, contains most of the high-end resorts and excellent restaurants. The most famous spot here is Alona Beach, notable for its white sand and clear water.

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This island is connected by bridges to the rest of Bohol and includes several other smaller islands, including Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag, which are famous for island-hopping tours. 

Another exciting geological feature on Panglao Island is Hinagdanan Cave, a naturally lit cavern with a deep lagoon and an underground water source. 

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See Tarsiers Up Close 

Tarsiers are small animals with big, round eyes that feed primarily on insects

For first-timers in Bohol, one of the main attractions worth seeing are the Philippine tarsiers, cute animals with big, round eyes that feed primarily on insects. Tarsiers are nocturnal, so during the day, they’re mostly hiding or sleeping. 

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The Philippine tarsier is a species of tarsier endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the Philippines, particularly on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.

You can see tarsiers up close at the Tarsier Sanctuary, situated in a forest in Corella. Note that tarsiers are very sensitive to loud noises and lights, so travelers should not use flash when taking photos. Visitors are not allowed to touch the animals.

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Bohol private countryside tour with loboc river cruise buffet & transfers.

Aerial view of the Loboc River Cruise in Bohol, Philippines

Loboc River is another major tourist attraction in Bohol. Located in the town of Carmen, the river takes a westerly course for a distance of about 1.5 km, then flows due south into the Mindanao or the Bohol Sea.

The Loboc River Cruise is a must-try when you’re in Bohol. It involves an hour-long cruise on floating huts with buffet meals  and entertainment from local folk singers. The clean and green river flanked by coconut trees provides a very scenic and peaceful backdrop for river cruises. 

If you want to explore the Loboc River differently,  stand-up paddleboarding or SUP is a different attraction being offered in the area.

Sunrise view of Bilar Man-Made Forest in Bohol, Philippines

The Bilar Man-Made Forest, stretching in a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located on the border of Loboc and Bilar towns, is another popular spot.

It is often a side trip for travelers going to the Chocolate Hills from Loboc. The forest creates a scenic tunnel of trees bordering the road, which makes it a good spot for photos.

Facade of the Baclayon Church Ruins in Bohol, Philippines

The town of Anda boasts several beautiful white beaches and other natural attractions. Located on the far eastern side of the province of Bohol, about 100 kilometers from the capital along the coast, Anda offers a more tranquil and isolated getaway with fewer commercial accommodations.

You can expect the same beautiful white sand beaches. The main beach area is about 1.5 km long, but there are other beaches along the coast.

Go Island-Hopping on Pamilacan Island and Balicasag Island    

Aerial view of a boat in Pamilacan Island, Bohol

Pamilacan Island is a small island that has become a favorite among divers and snorkelers. It’s a great place to go snorkeling, dolphin-watching , and whale-watching. Balicasag Island, on the other hand, is where travelers head to watch sea turtles. Balicasag is also known for its underwater attractions, which you can see for yourself when you book Bohol diving packages .

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Aerial view of Balicasag Island in Bohol, Philippines

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Top view of a traveler at Danao Adventure Park in Bohol, Philippines

For adventurous travelers, the Danao Adventure Park offers extreme activities, including caving, ziplining, rappelling, kayaking, root climbing, and bungee swinging.

For those who prefer to explore land-based attractions on their own, motorcycle rentals are available in Bohol. For avid cyclists, you can opt to explore the Bohol countryside by bicycle.

Some shops offer mountain bike rentals so you can explore on your own. Other tour operators offer guided mountain bike tours with prices that vary depending on the length of the tour.

What to Eat and Drink in Bohol             

Oysters, crabs, shrimps, okoy and fish are local dishes in Bohol, Philippines

Bohol is a great place for foodies to discover tasty, homegrown dishes. If you’re craving seafood, you won’t be disappointed!

Being an island, you can expect the freshest seafood in Bohol, which you can try when you book an  oyster and seafood buffet tour . 

Bohol Cuisine is similar to that of Cebu and other neighboring Visayan provinces. However, Bohol is famous for its local delicacies such as Peanut Kisses and Kalamay. 

Peanut Kisses is a peanut delicacy inspired by Hershey's Kisses. This sweet and crunchy snack is made of high-quality peanuts and egg white. Peanut Kisses are also shaped like Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. This treat is a must-try if you’re in Bohol. It is also an excellent snack to take home.

On the other hand, Kalamay is a sticky sweet delicacy made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and glutinous rice. Kalamay is exceptionally sticky and runny when it is warm. It is typically packaged inside an empty polished coconut shell. It works great as a filling for bread, although it is also excellent on its own.

There are a lot of restaurants in Bohol that serve distinctly Visayan cuisine. Aside from sweet delicacies, Bohol is home to restaurants that serve not only great food but also a great experience. 

Bohol Bee Farm

Dine at the Bohol Bee Farm

One of the best places to try is the Bohol Bee Farm, an organic farm that offers a great spot for healthy lunches and light meals in a rustic setting. Be sure to try their farm-fresh salads and soups, stir-fried organic veggies, or seafood.

Shaka Bohol

Vegetarian meal options offered by Shaka Bohol

If you’re looking for a vegetarian restaurant in Panglao, head to Shaka Bohol. This eatery is a vegetarian paradise. They serve delectable and filling vegan burgers, fries, pancakes, tacos, and many more. They are also famous for their selection of smoothie bowls that are made from fresh fruits.

Shaka also serves cocktails and craft beer from Cebruery, a Visayan brewery famous for its artisanal ales and lagers. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you might want to try their Chocolate Hills Porter!

Tarsier Paprika

For those who want a fine-dining experience with a view, Tarsier Paprika at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary (one of the Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines ) in Panglao is the right choice. The resto-bar sits on top of a cliff and blends international flavors with fresh local ingredients and garden herbs. 

Gerarda’s Family Restaurant

Are you craving authentic home-cooked Filipino cuisine? Gerarda’s in Bohol is sure to satisfy your craving. This well-loved family-owned restaurant in Tagbilaran City is a converted ancestral house that boasts antiques and elegant classic Filipino furnishings. 

More than its elegant interior and homey ambiance, Gerarda’s prides itself on its sumptuous Filipino meals in generous servings and reasonable prices.

Their best-selling dishes include dinakdakan, beef kare-kare, and crispy tadyang (ribs). Aside from Filipino food, they also have vegetarian and vegan options.

Buzz Cafe is a popular Alona Beach restaurant. It is managed by the Bohol Bee farm and conveniently located along Alona Beach. This beachfront establishment serves the same fare as the Bohol Bee Farm, but with a different view.

Be sure to try Buzz Cafe’s famous homemade ice cream served in cassava cones. They usually come in unique flavors like malunggay, honey, spicy ginger, pandan, and dragon fruit.

Before you start planning your Bohol trip, take note of these essential practical travel and safety tips for a hassle-free and convenient trip to this beautiful island province. These tips are especially useful if it's your first time in Bohol. 

Major establishments in Bohol accept credit cards. There are also ATMs and money changers in the city center of Tagbilaran City. You will find the best rates at the money changers in Island City Mall, and on the street between Rose Pharmacy and the Jollibee Restaurant.

However, it is still better to bring enough Philippine Peso (PHP) with you, and smaller bills in 20, 50, and 100 denominations for faster transactions.

Additionally, always carry loose change and bills in small denominations. They will come in handy when you ride public transportation, or when you have to buy food and small items from vendors. 

The majority of Bohol locals can speak Cebuano and Tagalog. Most locals also understand English well, so don't be afraid to ask questions or directions. Say "Hello," first when approaching them to establish a friendly tone. 

Sample Itineraries in Bo hol          

Loboc River Cruise in Bohol, Philippines

Day 1: Arrival + Countryside Tour 

08:00 am - Arrival at Tagbilaran Airport

08:30 am - Check-in at the hotel

09:00 am -  Countryside Tour : Tagbilaran, Baclayon, Albur

11:30 am - Loboc River Cruise with lunch

01:30 pm - Try fun activities at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park

06:00 pm - Dinner at Tarsier Paprika

05:30 am - Depart for the islands 

06:00 am -  Island-hopping: Virgin Island and Balicasag Island

04:00 pm - Back at the resort or lounge by Alona Beach

05:30 pm - Abatan River firefly watching tour or Loay firefly watching tour

08:30 pm - Dinner and drinks at Shaka Bohol

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06:00 am - Inland tour of Panglao Island

10:00 am - Early lunch at Bohol Bee Farm

11:00 am - Explore Anda Beach

06 : 00 pm - Back at the resort

08:00 pm - Dinner at Alona Beach

Day 4: Danao Adventure Park  

05:00 am - Early breakfast

06:00 am - Danao Adventure Park tour

04:00 pm - Back to the hotel

06:00 pm - Dinner at Gerarda’s in Tagbilaran

07:00 am - Breakfast at Buzz Cafe

09:00 am - Try water activities at Alona Beach: parasailing , banana boat , fly fish , UFO  

12:00 pm - Check out of the hotel  

02:00 pm - Flight 

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Bohol Travel Guide: Discovering the Beauty of the Philippines 2023

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Bohol, an enchanting island paradise in the Philippines, beckons travelers with its pristine beaches, vibrant underwater world, unique geological formations, and rich cultural heritage.

Bohol Island in the Philippines has recently gained prestigious recognition by being designated as the country’s first UNESCO Global Geopark . This remarkable accolade, bestowed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights the island’s unique geological identity and heritage. Spanning an impressive 8,808 square kilometers, the geopark encompasses both land and marine areas, offering a rich tapestry of natural beauty and geological significance.

The UNESCO Global Geopark status was officially declared on May 24, 2023, during the 216th UNESCO Executive Board Session in Paris, France. This declaration not only places Bohol on the global stage but also underlines its exceptional natural landscapes and geological features. The inclusion of Bohol Island in the UNESCO Global Geoparks network is a testament to its outstanding geological characteristics that have been shaped over millions of years.

Our all-new comprehensive Bohol Travel Guide offers valuable insights and up-to-date information to help you make the most of your trip to this captivating destination. From discovering the iconic Chocolate Hills to swimming with sea turtles, Bohol has something for everyone.

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Getting to Bohol:

Bohol is easily accessible by air, sea, and land. The newly-opened Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) is the primary gateway for domestic and international flights. Bohol is well-connected to various regions of the Philippines, including Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Here’s how you can reach Bohol via flights and ferries from these regions:

From Luzon:

1. Flights: The most convenient way to reach Bohol from Luzon, particularly Manila, is by flying to the Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA). Multiple airlines, such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia, operate daily flights from Manila to Bohol.

2. Ferry: Alternatively, you can travel by sea. Take a bus from Manila to the Port of Batangas, then board a ferry to Tagbilaran, Bohol’s capital. Ferry operators like 2GO Travel, OceanJet, and Starlite Ferries provide services on this route, with travel time ranging from 8 to 12 hours.

From Visayas:

1. Flights: If you’re coming from Cebu, you can catch a direct flight to Bohol-Panglao International Airport. The flight takes around 30 minutes.

2. Ferry: The most common way to reach Bohol from the Visayas, particularly Cebu, is by fast ferry. Several ferry operators, such as OceanJet, SuperCat, and Lite Ferries, offer services between Cebu City and Tagbilaran. The ferry ride takes about 2 hours. You can also find ferries connecting Bohol to other Visayas destinations like Dumaguete and Siquijor.

From Mindanao:

1. Flights: If you’re traveling from Davao, Cagayan de Oro, or other major cities in Mindanao, you can find direct flights to Bohol-Panglao International Airport with airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Flight durations vary depending on the departure city but generally range from 1 to 2 hours.

2. Ferry: You can also travel by sea from various ports in Mindanao to Bohol. For instance, you can take a ferry from Cagayan de Oro to Jagna, Bohol, operated by Lite Ferries and Trans-Asia Shipping Lines. The journey takes approximately 8 hours. Additionally, you can take a ferry from Surigao City to Tagbilaran, which takes around 6 hours.

Top Attractions:

1. Chocolate Hills: Marvel at the iconic Chocolate Hills, a unique geological formation consisting of over 1,200 symmetrical grass-covered hills that turn brown during the dry season.

2. Loboc River Cruise: Embark on a scenic cruise along the Loboc River while enjoying a delicious buffet lunch and live music from local performers.

3. Tarsier Sanctuary: Visit the Philippine Tarsier Foundation’s sanctuary in Corella and catch a glimpse of the world’s smallest primate in its natural habitat.

4. Panglao Island: Explore the stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life of Panglao Island, a popular destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

5. Anda Beach: Discover Anda Beach’s white-sand shoreline and turquoise waters, a hidden gem perfect for a relaxing beach day away from the crowds.

6. Hinagdanan Cave: Delve into the natural beauty of Hinagdanan Cave, a limestone cavern adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, and take a refreshing dip in its underground pool.

7. Blood Compact Shrine: Pay homage to the historic Sandugo or Blood Compact, a symbol of friendship between the Filipino chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi, at this iconic shrine in Tagbilaran.

8. Bamboo Hanging Bridge: Cross the picturesque Bamboo Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, a thrilling and unique way to experience the natural beauty of Bohol’s Loboc River.

Outdoor Activities:

1. Diving and Snorkeling: Dive into Bohol’s underwater paradise at sites like Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island, and Alona Beach, teeming with vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and even shipwrecks.

2. Dolphin and Whale Watching: Join a boat tour to spot playful dolphins and majestic whales in their natural habitat around Pamilacan Island.

3. Stand-up Paddleboarding: Explore the serene waters of Loboc River or the picturesque coastlines of Panglao Island on a stand-up paddleboard, a fun and eco-friendly way to experience Bohol’s natural beauty.

4. Bike Tour: Pedal through Bohol’s scenic countryside, visit local villages, and discover hidden gems on a guided bike tour.

5. Ziplining and Adventure Parks: Get your adrenaline pumping at the Loboc Eco Adventure Park or Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, where you can zipline across lush landscapes, tackle rope courses, and enjoy panoramic views.

6. Firefly Watching: Embark on a magical firefly-watching tour along the Abatan River or Loboc River, and witness these enchanting creatures illuminate the night.

Cultural Experiences:

1. Bohol Bee Farm: Learn about organic farming, beekeeping, and sustainable living practices at the Bohol Bee Farm, and enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience.

2. Baclayon Church: Visit the historic Baclayon Church, one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines, and admire its well-preserved architecture and religious artifacts.

3. Bilar Man-Made Forest: Stroll through the serene Bilar Man-Made Forest, a testimony to Bohol’s successful reforestation efforts and home to diverse flora and fauna.

4. Local Markets: Immerse yourself in Bohol’s local culture by visiting bustling markets such as Tagbilaran’s City Public Market or Tubigon’s Loom Weaving Center, where you can purchase handwoven fabrics, crafts, and local delicacies.

Travel Tips:

1. Best Time to Visit: Bohol’s dry season (November to April) is the ideal time to visit, with sunny skies and minimal rainfall. However, be prepared for larger crowds during peak travel seasons such as Christmas, New Year, and Holy Week.

2. Currency and Money Matters: The Philippine Peso (PHP) is the official currency of the country. Be sure to carry cash, as not all establishments accept credit cards. ATMs are available in major cities and tourist areas, but may be scarce in remote locations.

3. Language: While English is widely spoken in Bohol, learning a few basic phrases in the local language, Bisaya or Cebuano, can help you connect with the locals and enrich your travel experience.

4. Transportation: Bohol’s public transportation options include jeepneys, tricycles, and buses, which are affordable and easy to navigate. Alternatively, you can rent a motorcycle or hire a private car or van with a driver for added convenience.

5. Safety and Security: Bohol is generally a safe destination for tourists. However, it’s always wise to take necessary precautions, such as securing your belongings, avoiding poorly lit areas at night, and staying informed about local news and advisories.

6. Local Etiquette: Show respect for local customs and traditions by dressing modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Also, be mindful of your environmental impact by practicing sustainable travel habits, such as using reusable water bottles, avoiding single-use plastics, and respecting local wildlife.

Where to Stay in Bohol?

Bohol offers a diverse range of accommodation options to cater to all preferences and budgets. Here are some suggestions for where to stay in Bohol, based on location and type:

1. Panglao Island: Known for its stunning beaches and vibrant marine life, Panglao Island is a popular choice among travelers. Consider these options:

  • Luxury: Amorita Resort , BE Grand Resort , or Henann Resort Alona Beach
  • Mid-range: Alona Vida Beach Resort, Bohol Sea Resort, or Lost Horizon Beach Resort
  • Budget: Alona Hammocks, Natura Vista, or Chill-out Guesthouse Panglao

2. Tagbilaran City: As the capital of Bohol, Tagbilaran offers convenient access to various attractions, shopping centers, and transportation options. Accommodation options include:

  • Luxury: The Bellevue Resort or Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort
  • Mid-range: Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel, Bohol Tropics Resort, or MetroCentre Hotel
  • Budget: TR3ATS Guest House, Panda Tea Garden Suites, or 717 Cesar Place Hotel

3. Anda: For a more secluded and serene experience, Anda Beach offers pristine white sands and turquoise waters. Consider these options:

  • Luxury: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa or Blue Star Dive Resort
  • Mid-range: Anda Cove Beach Resort or Anda White Beach Resort
  • Budget: Anda de Boracay, R & S Seaside Unit, or Old Castle Bed & Breakfast

4. Off-the-beaten-path options: For a more authentic and immersive stay, consider these unique alternatives:

  • Homestays: Experience local hospitality by staying with a local family, such as the Loboc Homestay or Nipa Hut Village.
  • Eco-lodges: Immerse yourself in Bohol’s natural surroundings by staying at an eco-lodge, such as Bohol Bee Farm, Nuts Huts Resort, or Fox & The Firefly Cottages. These accommodations often focus on sustainable practices and promote responsible tourism.

5. Luxury Resorts: If you prefer indulging in upscale amenities and services, consider these luxurious resorts:

  • Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa : Located on the southern tip of Panglao Island, this exclusive resort offers private villas, a spa, and world-class dining.
  • Hennan Resort Alona Beach: This beachfront resort in Panglao features multiple pools, a spa, and various dining options, catering to travelers seeking luxury and relaxation.
  • Mithi Resort & Spa : This upscale resort is nestled on a secluded beach in Panglao and offers well-appointed rooms, a private beach, a spa, and beautiful ocean views.

Conclusion:

This comprehensive and up-to-date Bohol Travel Guide is designed to help you plan the perfect getaway to this captivating island paradise in the Philippines. With its diverse attractions, rich cultural heritage, and unforgettable outdoor experiences, Bohol promises an unforgettable adventure for every type of traveler. So pack your bags, and get ready to discover the wonders that await you in Bohol! Balik sa Bohol !

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The island province of Bohol is located in the middle of the Philippines in the Visayas region. It is a popular tourist destination not only because of the Chocolate Hills, but also for its beaches and diving attractions.

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Bohol Island, Philippines – Comprehensive Travel Guide

Welcome to our comprehensive Bohol travel guide, a part of our larger guide to the Philippines. Bohol, located in Central Visayas region and almost at the heart of the Philippines, is one of our favorite travel destinations for its unique combination of natural beauty and man-made attractions, including the serene Bohol countryside and exciting Bohol countryside tours. Although it’s not as popular as other tourist spots in the Philippines, our numerous trips here have shown us that each trip to Bohol reveals more of its beauty. This guide aims to provide comprehensive information for travelers to Bohol, especially if it’s your first time in Bohol.

How to Get to Bohol Island

Embarking on your trip to Bohol starts with choosing your mode of transportation to this enchanting destination in Bohol. Accessible by both air and sea, the journey itself is part of the Bohol experience. Flights, especially those by Cebu Pacific, offer a quick and convenient way to get to Bohol. This section of your travel guide to Bohol details all you need to know about reaching this beautiful island, whether it’s your first-time in Bohol or a return visit.

Regular flights from Manila make it convenient to fly to Bohol, arriving at Panglao Airport. The flight duration, usually around an hour, makes a quick trip to Bohol quite feasible. Notably, in our last visit in June 2023, we were pleasantly surprised when our journey to Bohol from Manila landed us directly in Panglao, a popular starting point for many Bohol itineraries.

There are direct international flights going to Bohol, but they’re mostly from Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea. It changes from time to time though. And in our last visit, the only international flight schedule I saw was from South Korea. So if you’re coming from another country, the best option you have is to get a connecting flight from your country to Manila International Airport, then get on a plane to Bohol from there.

Click here to know more details about how to get to Bohol.

If you’re adventurous, I know there’s an option to go to Bohol by Ferry . You can go to Cebu City first and hop on a Ferry from there. Travel time to the island of Bohol from Cebu is 1 to 2 hours. Choose fast craft vessels for a faster and more comfortable travel. Click here for more information on how to go to Bohol from Manila .

Hotels and Accommodations

Bohol offers a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly options to luxurious hotels and resorts in Bohol. Whether you’re planning your stay around the island or seeking a beachfront property, you’ll find suitable options for every travel lifestyle. Below are some tips to help you choose the best place for your Bohol trip.

Budget Hotels

There are numerous budget hotels in Bohol. On our last visit we stayed at a budget hotel for $100/night, breakfast included. The room easily fits 5 people.  And the room right beside even had a family of 8 inside.

Boutique Hotels

If you want a more personalized experience and service, go with boutique hotels. They typically have 10 to 20 rooms. This means less noise and foot traffic and more attentive service.

Vacation Rentals

This could be private villas, apartments, or houses available for rent for a period of time. This is great for travelers who want more space, privacy , and just be able to move the way you want to. that home-away-from-home experience. Kind of like having a home away from home. If you’re traveling in a big group, I think this is a great choice.

I’ve seen some recently near Alona beach. They provide room accommodation only with basic amenities like bathroom and air conditioning. If I remember correctly I saw the ad saying $20 a night. Could be worth looking into for backpackers. After all, backpacking in Bohol is very economical.

I love resorts because they combine comfort, luxury, and stunning views. Bohol offers a number of notable resorts, including luxury resorts, with a loyal following. And most of them have their own beachfront. It could be a bit pricey but it’s worth it especially if you want to combine adventure and relaxation.

Some of the more popular resorts in Bohol are the Bohol Beach Club, South Palms Resort, and Henann Resort in Alona.

With this many options, choosing your accommodation in Bohol should not be a problem, just make sure to consider the hotel’s price and location to get the best hotel in Bohol for your stay. And if you’re still wondering what area to stay in Bohol, click here to read the article.

Bohol Tourist Spots

If it’s your first time to visit Bohol, I highly recommend that you stay in Panglao first. It’s “beginner friendly” as it’s the most visited place in Bohol. And there’s a lot of tourist spots in Panglao and nearby places. If you want to learn where to go in Bohol Panglao, read this article .

Chocolate Hills

These hills are actually grass-covered hills shaped like chocolate kisses. Chocolate hills got it’s name from the fact that they turn to chocolate brown in the summer or dry season. So, if you want to catch the chocolatey color, you better visit during summer time in the Philippines(March to May).

Fun fact, we were told initially that the chocolate hills count to around 1200. But it increases every time we visit. In our last visit, our local guide said its number sits at 2000 plus, I’m not sure if that’s accurate. I don’t even know who’s counting! Just to add, I read that these hills are made with marine limestone or something.

Take note that if you want to get a vantage point, you will have to visit the town of Carmen where the Chocolate Hills Complex is located. Then you have to get to the summit of the viewing area. It’s around 200 steps to the top. It’s worth it though, you can take great pictures there for your instagram. This is one of the best places to visit here so make sure to include this in your itinerary.

When you’re in Bohol, definitely come and see these hills. This could be the single top reason why you should visit Bohol in the first place.

Tarsiers are endemic to the Philippines. One of the smallest primates in the world, measuring only about 3 to 6 inches. They have big brown eyes. And looking into those eyes you’ll read “please let me sleep” because they are nocturnal animals. So I don’t look them in the eye. Luckily every time we visit they are mostly asleep. It seems they’re not disturbed much by the noise.

You can visit these little creatures at the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in the municipality of Corella. Although tarsiers are considered a tourist attraction, please be considerate and don’t make any loud noises. Make sure to turn off your camera flash too.

I can say that the beaches in Bohol rival the more popular ones in the Philippines. The white beaches have powdery sand too and the water is just beautiful, oh my goodness most waters in the beach are turquoise green! It’s very pleasant to the eyes and very serene.

Alona beach is actually one of the most popular beaches here, I think it’s because it’s one of the first commercial beaches in the area. There’s tons of businesses and establishments on the sandbar. And just nearby the beach, there’s Alona Square where firedance happens every night, and most tourists gather there too.

Historic Sites and Landmarks

If you’re a history buff or you’re just someone who likes to know stories about the places you visit, you’d be pleased to know that Bohol has some places with historic significance. Churches that are hundreds of years old. Sites where this and that happened, I think the most famous one is the blood compact. I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember all those events from our history class.

Loboc River

Yes, Loboc River is a famous tourist spot, but I think it’s more the Loboc River Cruise than the actual river itself. It’s a river cruise where you get to eat on the boat while it’s cruising. And at the end of the trip you’ll see some natives or locals doing their dance and you can take a picture with them.

Oh, it’s a buffet so you can eat as much as you want. And they are serving Filipino dishes of course. There’s also a small band playing “oldies but goodies” songs if you’re into that.

Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol bee farm is an organic farm showcasing their sustainable practices. At the heart of the farm if of course their bee colonies where they get their honey from. They have this farm-to-table model where all their ingredients are freshly picked from their farm. If you only eat organic foods, this is one of the best places you could. If you’re in to sustainable tourism , this is a must visit.

We tried their organic ice cream, which was surprisingly good. I thought it was going to taste like something else but it was really good. I think they also sell their ice cream in the nearby areas because I saw a stall selling it in Alona Square.

If you’re wondering where else you can find a place to eat, read this article .

Virgin Island

One of the top tourist spots in Bohol, I think it’s because of the name, it’s very intriguing right? This is actually a very small island with a white sand beach. The thing is, during high tide, you can’t see the beach, and the whole island, because it’s covered in water. I would rename it to “Hiding Island” because of this, but that’s just unappealing I guess and the water only goes up to your shin at max.

Fun fact, there used to be some restaurants on the island a few years back where you can enjoy fresh seafood, But because there were reports of overpricing from tourists, the local government removed them altogether to protect the visitors and preserve the integrity of the place. I think this is a great testament showing the government’s concern for the place and the tourists.

Something to take note of, before going to Virgin Island, you will have a stop-over at Balicasag Island. This is a good site for snorkeling.

There’s a ton of popular destinations here in Bohol. I can’t cover them in one go, but I am going to release more articles to cover more places and detail each one according to our experience. To give you more ideas, you can visit the official Bohol page of the Philippines Tourism Department .

Activities in Bohol

Aside from visiting famous places in Bohol, there’s a lot of other activities you can do. Here’s a list but this is not exhaustive, there may be some activities that we haven’t tried yet.

  • Island hopping
  • Dolphin watching
  • Cave exploration
  • Ride an ATV
  • Swim in waterfall basin

There’s a lot of things to do in Bohol but for now I’ll leave the list at that. There’s also a tourist package that includes multiple activities from the list above. You can talk to your hotel staff or even your driver, if you hired one, about these packages.

Sample Travel Guide and Itinerary

So, this is this is what we did on our 2nd day in Bohol, just to give you an idea of how your day may be like when you go on a tour. We got the Panglao Island tour.

  • 0600H – Our driver picked us up from our Hotel. Take. note that we were all ready at this time, we just needed to get in the van.
  • 0800H – We arrived at our first destination, Bohol’s famous chocolate hills. We stayed here for about an hour.
  • 0930H – We were already at the tarsier sanctuary to see the Philippine tarsier. I think it took only about 30 minutes to get from the entrance to the exit.
  • 1015H – We arrived at the Bohol Butterly and Lemur Sanctuary. This is where python was placed around shoulder so I can take a picture of it while feeling somewhat…horrified.
  • 1100H – We were at the man-made forest, our driver advised us to get off the van and take pictures, made me think it was necessary. It was a nice place though.
  • 1220H – We arrived at the Loboc River Cruise. This is where we ate lunch.
  • 1345H – By this time we were on our way back to the hotel and we stopped at the Baclayon church to take some pictures.
  • 1415H – We stopped by at the Sandugo Blood Compact shrine for some last stop picture taking.
  • 1445H – We were back at the hotel.

All the traveling combined with the heat was a little exhausting so we decided to take a nap. We were traveling with a toddler so we can’t really travel all day. But that’s how a typical travel day in Bohol would look like.

How to Get Around Bohol

There are various ways to get around Bohol , the following are the ones that I know of and the most common. This is how we get around when we explore Bohol. Take note that these are not the only mode of transportation though. Knowing how to get around is important because this will affect your decision on how long to spend in Bohol .

You can hire or rent this. There’s not shortage of people offering different packages. They even have tour packages too. If you don’t want the tour package you can just rent a car and hire a driver. The driver can of course serve as your guide too.

If you don’t know the place well, hiring a driver can save you a lot of time in finding a place you want to go to. Most drivers here have at least a decade of experience so they know the shortest route to every place.

Tip: If you plan to rent a van or get a tour, make a deal outside of the airport, it’s much cheaper. There’s not shortage of people offering different packages in Bohol.

If you want to get around on your own terms and break a little sweat while traveling, maybe renting a bicycle is for you. Expect that you could be sweating a lot though. Those rent-a-bike businesses do not have a website for now, I’ll post it here when I find one. In the meantime, you can ask the locals where you can rent one, they would be very glad to help you out.

You could also get around just by riding a tricycle. This is way cheaper than renting a car, but less comfortable. However they are always available almost anywhere, especially around beaches and restaurants. In our case we usually make a deal with a tricycle driver, we get their contact number, and send them a message if we want to get picked up. We pay extra but it’s still much cheaper. And we only do this when going to nearby places from/to the hotel.

Weather in Bohol

Because Bohol is in a tropical country, it’s mostly sunny throughout the year. Weather becomes erratic during the rainy season due to thunderstorms. June and October receives the most volume of rainfall, in fact we were just there in June and there were 2 consecutive afternoon that it rained. Summer is in March to May, so during this time you’ll get pretty stable sunny days.

The average temperature can range from 71 to 89, the highest temperature recorded 91 in the summer. You can refer here for more weather details in Bohol.

Best Time To Visit Bohol

When planning a trip to Bohol, one of the key considerations is identifying the  best time to visit . Typically, the dry season in Bohol, which runs from March to May, is ideal for tourists looking to enjoy the island’s best beaches and engage in various Bohol tours. During this period, the Bohol sea remains calm, perfect for those planning to explore Bohol and Panglao or embark on a Bohol adventure.

For first-timers in Bohol, this season offers comfortable weather to experience the vibrant towns in Bohol, located southwest of mainland Bohol, and to visit the capital of Bohol. The climate in Bohol during these months is typically hot, ideal for outdoor activities and making the most of your tour in Bohol. Additionally, this is a great time for food enthusiasts wanting to eat in Bohol and try specialties at various restaurants in Bohol, including the famous Shaka Bohol.

What to Wear

Now, with the information about the weather and the activities you can do, you should now have an idea of what to wear in Bohol . Light clothing for your everyday use, at least a pair of swimwear, and some shirt for outdoor activities. Try to bring extra because there are many outdoor activities that are famous in Bohol .

Travel Tips for Bohol

  • Getting to Bohol:  The travel time to reach Bohol is typically around an hour by flight from Manila. For a scenic approach, Bohol is also accessible via ferry. This is crucial in your trip plan and sample itinerary.
  • Climate Considerations:  Bohol is hot most of the year. Light, breathable clothing is recommended, especially when exploring Bohol’s best tourist spots.
  • Accommodations:  A wide range of options available in Bohol includes hotels, resorts, and local inns. Booking in advance is advisable, particularly during peak seasons.
  • Local Transportation:  Travel via tricycle, motorcycle, or car. Each mode offers a unique perspective of Bohol in the Philippines and is adaptable to your schedule, especially useful if it’s your last day in Bohol.
  • Food and Dining: Bohol offers a diverse culinary scene. From local eateries to upscale restaurants, there’s something for every taste. Click here to go for a food tour in Bohol.
  • Health and Safety:  Prioritize hydration, sun protection, and be mindful of local health advisories for a safe trip.
  • Exploring Bohol:  While this Bohol travel guide provides essential information, don’t miss out on spontaneous adventures. Every hour in Bohol can lead to new discoveries and memories.
  • Visa Duration and Extension:  If considering an extended stay in Bohol, be aware of the visa extension procedures to avoid overstaying. Always ensure your visa is valid until your departure date.
  • Consult Official Sources:  For the most accurate visa information, consult the official Philippine immigration website or your local embassy. This ensures a smooth experience, especially for those visiting Bohol’s best tourist spots. Check out our guide here if you plan to apply for a visa soon.

For more Bohol travel tips, go to our page here .

Tourism in Bohol Philippines

Although not as great as before the pandemic, tourism in Bohol is still going great. Although not as many tourists come here compared to the more popular islands in the Philippines, I can say that Bohol is just starting to get discovered around the world. More and more people will come this island province as it gains popularity.

As a last note, there’s no more travel requirement in Bohol, even the VAX card is no longer required. You can read this news article about it.  

Come See the Magic of Bohol

Bohol is a really special place in the Philippines with beautiful beaches, fun adventures, and friendly people. It’s perfect for everyone – whether it’s your first trip or if you’ve been here before, there’s always something cool to see and do. We invite you to come and explore all the fun and exciting things in Bohol. You’ll make lots of great memories and have stories to tell about the awesome time you had here. We can’t wait for you to see how amazing Bohol is!

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How to plan a Bohol Trip

Bohol: plan your trip.

Bohol and Panglao Island are highly sought-after tourist destinations in the Philippines, with many travelers seeking guidance on the best time to visit and places to stay. We trust that this article has provided valuable insights to help you plan a memorable trip to Bohol and Panglao Island.

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Bohol and Panglao Island are popular tourist destinations in the Philippines that can be visited all year round.

High Season

The high season is from November to early May, with public holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and Easter attracting large crowds. During this period, it’s best to book your accommodations well in advance.

The low season is from June to October, and adverse weather can occur during this period. Travelers should be prepared for adverse weather conditions, such as tropical storms or low-pressure areas, that can ruin their vacation.

Bad weather

The last significant typhoon to affect Bohol was Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, which caused some damage to the province.

When planning a trip to Bohol and Panglao Island, it’s essential to be aware of the weather conditions that could impact your travel. While these destinations can be visited all year round, adverse weather can occur anytime and potentially disrupt your plans.

In case of bad weather, ferry and flight schedules might be canceled, and it’s essential to note that all tour operators in Bohol and ferry companies are not responsible or liable for any extra expenses incurred due to these situations. Therefore, purchasing travel insurance is highly recommended, especially during the wet season. Most travel insurance policies cover trip cancellation due to reasons beyond your control, such as adverse weather conditions.

Attractions You Should Consider Visiting:

  • Chocolate Hills
  • Alona Beach
  • Dumaluan Beach
  • Tarsier Conservation
  • Loboc River

Classic Bohol Tour Options:

A cute tarisier on a tree in Bohol Island

The Bohol Countryside Tour is a must-do experience when visiting Bohol. The tour takes you to some of the most famous landmarks and attractions in the area, including Chocolate Hills, Tariser Sanctuary, Bilar Manmade Forest, Loboc River and Butterfly Sanctuary. It’s a perfect way to immerse yourself in Bohol’s rich culture and natural beauty.

Experience the best of Panglao Island with our island hopping tour! Watch dolphins play in the waters around Pamilacan Island, explore the colorful Balicasag Reef, and relax on the pristine sands of Virgin Island

Danao Adventure Park is an eco-adventure park in Bohol, Philippines that offers various outdoor activities such as zip-lining, rappelling, river trekking, caving, and more. It is a popular destination for thrill-seekers and nature lovers.

Discovering Bohol in 4 days:

Day 1: Arrival in Panglao Island Upon arrival at the airport, take a private transfer to your hotel in Panglao Island. You can spend the day settling in and exploring the nearby beaches, such as Alona Beach, or simply relax and enjoy the tropical scenery.

Day 2: Bohol Countryside Tour and Chocolate Hills Start your day early with a Bohol Countryside Tour that will take you to the famous Chocolate Hills, one of the most popular attractions in the region. You’ll also visit the man-made forest, the tarsier sanctuary, the Loboc River, and other interesting landmarks. 

Day 3: Panglao Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching Take a boat tour around Panglao Island to discover its hidden gems and see the dolphins in their natural habitat. You can visit Balicasag Island, Virgin Island, and other nearby islands, where you can swim, snorkel, and dive in crystal-clear waters. 

Day 4: Departure from Panglao Island Enjoy your last day in Panglao Island by relaxing on the beach or exploring other nearby attractions, such as the Hinagdanan Cave or the Bohol Bee Farm. Depending on your flight schedule, you can arrange for a transfer to the airport or take a ferry to another destination in the Philippines.

Where to stay:

Aerial view of Bohol Beach Club Resort

If you’re planning to explore Bohol, Panglao Island is an ideal location to stay. Connected to the main island by a bridge, Panglao boasts stunning beaches and diverse accommodations.

For those seeking a vibrant atmosphere, Alona Beach is the perfect destination, with numerous hotels and restaurants nearby.

On the other hand, if you prefer a serene and peaceful environment, we highly recommend visiting Dumaluan Beach. Its tranquil ambiance and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit location during your stay in Bohol.

Bohol Beach Club is a beachfront resort that offers a relaxing tropical getaway. It features a private white sand beach, outdoor pool, and lush gardens. The resort has various types of accommodations, including deluxe rooms and beach cottages that are designed with traditional Filipino-inspired interiors.

Guests can enjoy a range of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. The resort also has a restaurant that serves local and international cuisine, as well as a beach bar where guests can enjoy refreshing drinks while lounging on the beach.

With its serene ambiance and natural beauty, Bohol Beach Club is an ideal destination for those who want to unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Dumaluan Beach.

Amorita Resort Bohol is a luxurious resort located in the beautiful Alona Beach. The resort offers breathtaking views of the Bohol Sea and the surrounding lush greenery. Amorita features elegantly designed rooms and suites that are well-appointed with modern amenities, and some even come with their own plunge pools.

The resort boasts an infinity pool, a spa, and a restaurant that serves delectable cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy various activities such as island hopping, diving, and snorkeling, or simply relax on the pristine beaches. Amorita Resort is a perfect getaway for those seeking a luxurious and tranquil retreat.

Located on a lush 6.5 hectare property on the pristine shores of Alona Beach in Panglao Island, Bohol, the Henann Resort Alona Beach welcomes guests with beautifully designed structures and warm, open spaces. The coastal-inspired interiors emit a relaxing vibe, offering guests an instantly tranquil stay.

With a commitment to providing exceptional experiences, Henann Resort Alona Beach offers a plethora of features that ensure guests get the best of everything, whether visiting for a vacation or business. From luxurious accommodations to modern facilities and amenities, everything has been carefully curated to provide ultimate comfort and convenience.

Guests can immerse themselves in the resort’s stunning swimming pools, indulge in delicious cuisines at the on-site restaurants, and be attended to by warm and friendly staff

What to bring along:

Are you planning a trip to  Bohol? Don’t forget to pack these beach essentials to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable vacation.

  • Swimsuit: Pack one or two depending on how often you plan to swim.
  • Shorts and Cotton T-Shirts: A few lightweight, breathable shirts and shorts are perfect for casual daytime wear.
  • Flip Flops: Essential for any beach vacation, flip flops are perfect for the sand.
  • Beach Bag: essential for carrying all your beach gear.
  • Beach Towel: Pack a lightweight, quick-drying beach towel to dry off after a swim or lounge on the sand.
  • Beach Pareo: Pareos are versatile and lightweight cover-ups that can be used as a scarf and shawl.
  • Sunhat and Sunglasses: Stay protected from the sun's harmful rays with a sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Refillable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day with a refillable water bottle.
  • A good book/Kindle: Relax and unwind with a good book or Kindle on the beach.
  • Insect Repellent: Keep mosquito away with a good DEET insect repellent, especially during the evening.
  • Raincoat: Pack a lightweight raincoat just in case of an unexpected rain shower during your trip.
  • Waterproof phone case : to take underwater pictures without damaging the phone.

Useful information

Getting around bohol and panglao island.

There are many ways to get around the island of Bohol. All vehicles with a “rainbow plate” are accredited by the Department of Tourism. Public transportation options include tricycles, which are the most popular mode of transport in Bohol and can take you to most locations within Tagbilaran City and Panglao Island.

Tricycles are motorbikes with carriages on the side and a luggage compartment at the rear and can carry up to three passengers. Longer routes to neighboring towns are served by multicabs, buses, and jeepneys.

Bohol offers a range of dining options. Higher-end restaurants are located within beach resorts, while many restaurants in Tagbilaran City and Alona Beach offer inexpensive dishes that combine classic Filipino delicacies with western food.

For a unique dining experience, try a “dampa” in Alona Beach, where you can choose your own selection of fresh seafood and have it cooked by a local chef. The seafood can be grilled right off the hook for an authentic gourmet treat, and San Miguel Beer is a popular choice to wash down your meal. Most nightlife is found along Alona Beach, where the majority of tourists prefer to stay.

Shops, Markets, and Crafts

Bohol is known for its handicrafts, including mats, baskets, raffia woven cloth, fashion accessories, woodcraft, processed food, and ceramics. There are countless gift shops all over the island where you can buy native delicacies and souvenirs.

Special buys include Peanut Kisses (a famous Bohol delicacy shaped like the Chocolate Hills but made out of peanuts), purple yam (locally known as Kinampay or Ubi), and baskets from the town of Tubigon made from local fibers and buri leaves.

Bohol is a top destination for diving, with impressive coral gardens teeming with colorful marine life. The island’s unique dive sites were created by continental shifts during prehistoric times, resulting in deep, steep walls. Diving is close to most resorts, so you don’t have to travel far from the dive shop to the actual dive site. The majority of Bohol diving is concentrated around the southwestern end of the Bohol mainland.

The islands of Panglao, Balicasag, Pamilacan, and Cabilao are all synonymous with excellent diving year-round. Panglao is a great place to base yourself, but resorts are also available on the outlying islands. Whichever you choose, diving is close to shore and very accessible.

  • Travel Guide to Bohol, Philippines – Budget & Itinerary

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This Bohol travel guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the most diverse and adventure-packed islands in the Philippines. Things to do, how to get around, food and even a sample itinerary. In other words, a must-have for first-timers in Bohol !

I see the island of Bohol as a showcase of what you can find in the entire Philippines . Paradisiac beaches, mangroves, river cruises, jungle adventures and top-notch diving spots all in one place.

This travel guide of Bohol and Panglao is packed with the most up-to-date and reliable information (up to 2024) to start planning your journey.

Find here tips about where to go, what to do, where to eat, budget and much more.

Sections of this Bohol travel guide

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Bohol Overview

There are exactly 7,641 islands (!) in the Philippines , but Bohol is surely one of the most diverse and interesting ones you can pick to visit.

If you visit Bohol alone you get a decent idea of what the entire country is all about. An eco-tourism paradise suited for adventurers. Tropical beaches (not the best ones in the country, but we’ll get to that), lush jungle, friendly people and top-notch diving spots all in the same place.

But Bohol checks all those boxes and raises the parade with some unique experiences that you can’t find anywhere else. Odd landscapes like the Chocolate Hills . Architectural heritage from Spanish colonization. Or the endangered tarsier, the smallest mammal in the world.

In other words: in case you’re still having FOMO about the itinerary for your Philippines trip, don’t. Bohol is absolutely a great choice.

How to get to Bohol island

Whether you come by air or by sea, the main point of entry to the island is Tagbilaran City . It’s less than an hour’s drive to the adjacent island of Panglao , where most visitors stay.

If your hotel doesn’t have the transfer included, you can easily arrange a van, taxi or tricycle to get to Panglao . We paired up with a group of tourists and were able to negotiate a van for five.

Here’s how you can get to Bohol from other places in the Philippines .

Manila to Bohol ✈️

The easiest way to get to Bohol from Manila is by plane (1h30). There are several airlines flying from Manila to Tagbilaran airport in Bohol :

  • Cebu Pacific
  • Philippines Airlines

Flights are generally inexpensive but book ahead to guarantee a good price.

Cebu to Bohol ⛴️

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The best way to get from Cebu to Bohol is to use the fast ferry (a 2-hour trip).

There are mainly two main ferry companies that do the route Cebu City – Tagbilaran several times per day: SuperCat and Ocean Jet .

Ocean Jet is slightly more expensive (800-1000 pesos), but from what I’ve seen the boats seemed newer and more comfortable. Keep an eye on special promos they offer sometimes.

You can purchase tickets in advance directly from the company websites, or through third-party providers like 12Go Asia .

Alternatively, just head to the ferry terminal and get your tickets there, to be honest, it’s unlikely they’ll be sold out.

Ferry schedules between Cebu and Bohol (updated September 2018)

Bohol (Tagbilaran) – Cebu (Cebu City)

  • Ocean Jet : 6:00,7:05,8:20,9:20,10:40,11:40,13:00,14:00,15:20,16:20,17:00,17:40,18:30
  • Supercat : 5:50,8:15,11:00,13:15,15:35,17:45

Cebu (Cebu City) – Bohol (Tagbilaran)

  • Ocean Jet : 5:10,6:00,7:00,8:00,9.20,10:40,11:40,13:00,14:00,15:20,16:20,17:40,18:40
  • Supercat : 5:50,8:15,11:00,13:15,15:35,18:00

Dumaguete to Bohol ⛴️

A 2-hour ferry trip is the best way to travel from Dumaguete to Bohol (Tagbilaran) . Ocean Jet makes this trip twice a day (9:50 and 14:30).

Siquijor to Bohol ⛴️

If you’re in the beautiful island of Siquijor and want to get to Bohol, Ocean Jet makes this trip once a day (12:30). It connects Larena pier in Siquijor to Tagbilaran in Bohol .

Best time to visit Bohol

Like most of the Philippines , Bohol has a tropical climate, which means very rarely the temperatures drops below 20 degrees Celsius. This would make Bohol pleasant for a visit at any time of the year… if it wasn’t for the rainfall. This the key!

June to December is normally considered the rainy season – you can expect much less sunny days around this time. Heavy frequent showers are more common between August and October when the southwest monsoon prevails. You’ll want to avoid this time to visit. Late December is also a peak season for locals so there will likely find more crowds and inflated prices in Bohol .

Anywhere between January and June is a good time to visit Bohol . If you come right after the end of the rainy reason – January to March – the rice fields are still vivid green, everything looks more fresh , and photo ops multiply. If you decide to come between April and June, fields will be likely more brown, including the almighty Chocolate Hills .

My weather experience in Bohol

I visited Bohol in mid-December. The temperatures were warm without being unbearable. However it was still very unpredictable. The weather changed from a clear sunny day to heavy stormy showers in a short bike ride. We were struck by surprise twice when we were on the road.

The good thing is that the rain never lasted for long. 1 hour tops. And being soaked while driving just made us appreciate the warm sunny weather even more!

Weather in Bohol

To help you understand better how does weather work in Bohol , here is some more detailed info about temperature and rainfall.

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What to pack

Don’t overthink your clothing options too much. As a tropical island with almost-constant temperatures all-year-round, with light summer clothes, you’ll be fine. Pick comfortable and breathable pieces.

A light rain jacket is recommended – we never know when the occasional storm will appear – and you’ll also want to have long sleeve piece to enter churches.

Landscapes are incredible and the adventure activities are a must, so make sure you bring a good camera and consider getting a GoPro if you haven’t got one.

Other than that, don’t forget sunscreen, a snorkeling mask, and a dry bag to keep your stuff. The latter is super useful if you’re doing sea activities or to simply go to the beach.

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Getting around Bohol

Bohol is one of those places I absolutely recommend getting your own wheels. Not only the public transportation is unreliable, but it gives you freedom of schedules and itineraries. It can also be cheaper, with rates ranging from 300 PHP to 600 PHP per day. All depends on the number of days you’re renting and your haggling skills.

In fact, one of my best memories and experiences of Bohol was riding a bike around the island. You get to drive next to vivid green paddy fields, forests or just stunning beaches with a view to the Pacific.

You can also get around by tricycle , a kind of moto-taxi that has a capacity for about 3 people, give or take. They usually don’t have meters and prices are haggled by destination. For a journey of about 10km, expect to pay around 400-450 PHP.

Other more local ways of transportation include jeepneys and buses .

Getting from Tagbilaran to Panglao

Most travelers arrive in Tagbilaran to then get to Alona or Dumaluan in Panglao , where most beach accommodation is located. To make this trip, you have some options:

  • Hire a taxi. Most convenient but also more expensive.
  • Hire a tricycle. It should be around 500 pesos.
  • Go on a van. Share it with other people – just ask around – and haggle the price down.

We ended up sharing a van with other travelers to Alona . We were 5 in total paying 400 pesos, which totals a very inexpensive 80 pesos per person!

Are tours in Bohol worth it?

As I mentioned, personally I feel the best way to explore Bohol is to get your own wheels. There’s no need for tours if you’re young, active and know how to ride a motorbike – it adds to the adventurous vibe of the island after all.

However, there are some pre-defined day tours to explore the island – these will cost around 500 PHP to 1500 PHP per person. These are usually rushed, covering all the main sights of Bohol in one day.

Jeepneys and tricycles in Bohol

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Jeepney is a local’s favorite and prices depend on the distance. Most jeepneys going along the south side of the island depart from Dao Terminal, including Baclayon , Carmen and Jagna . They’re mostly used by locals.

Don’t expect luxury. Jeepneys are often old and overcrowded. While the experience of a ride amongst dozens of Filipinos as well as animals like chickens (and other random creatures) might be appealing, note that distances in Bohol often mean more than 1-hour long trips.

You can also hire a tricycle driver to get you around Bohol for the day. This can cost you between 800-1000 pesos per day.

Fun fact: did you know tricycle drivers are obliged to place verses from the Bible on the back of their vehicle? Yes, it’s a mandatory law by the Government!

Vans and buses in Bohol

Air-conditioned vans with capacity for 10-11 people are also available. However, they tend to depart from the Dao terminal only when they are absolutely packed with more than 15 people.

Buses going North of the island – Loon , Calape and Tubigon for instance – start from Kogon Market in Tagbilaran .

What to do in Bohol

Bohol is a perfect for for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. The island is packed with 7 outdoor experiences and unique activities .

If you’re looking for a more relaxed time, hop on a river cruise in Loboc or hit the white-sand beaches of the twin-island of Panglao await you.

To make things visual, I’ve prepared a map of all the main sights in Bohol . In purple the main towns; in orange the main sights; in blue the main beaches.

Tarsier Sanctuary (the real one!)

🇵🇭 PHILIPPINES | 🐒Sanctuary. This little guy is a tarsier and is the smallest primate in the world (size of a human fist! 😅). It’s also one of the most endangered animals: there only 130 left in the wild worldwide. He needs an hectare of forest to live and when kept in cages, he often attempts suicide. It’s a hard task to protect him but sanctuaries like this one in Bohol are key to make this alien-like creature thrive! #Philippines #itsmorefuninph #boholovers #primate #Bohol #animal #tarsier #ig_NeverStopExploring #WanderOut #Destination_Earth #NatGeoTravel #BeautifulMatters #TourThePlanet #TheGlobeWanderer #OurPlanetDaily #boholphilippines #WeLiveToExplore #wwf #PassionPassport #MyTinyAtlas #WildernessCulture #TravelPhotography #lonelyplanettraveller #Goph #the_ph #comeseeph #traversePhilippines #TravelStoriesPH #travel_philippines Uma publicação partilhada por BRUN🌎, The Travel Geek (@bruno_mb) a Dez 11, 2016 às 6:14 PST

When in Bohol you’ll see that are quite a few tarsier “sanctuaries” in Bohol . Make sure you go to the Tarsier Sanctuary near Corella , the only “real” one.

They have less than a dozen animals, but it’s the only place where they live in the wild and have enough space to have an acceptable quality of life. See, when they tarsiers don’t have an hectare of forest to live and are enclosed in little cages, they often attempt suicide. 😥

Corella Tarsier Sanctuary

  • Ticket price: 60 pesos
  • How to get there: Follow the road to Corella and Sikatuna , turn left on the fitting Tarsier Sanctuary Road. There are buses from Tagbilaran to Sikatuna where you can drop off nearby too.
  • What to do: Your main task is to spot the tiny tarsiers in the middle of the trees!

Loboc River

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I found Loboc to be one of the most interesting little towns in Bohol . People are friendly and the setting is beautiful, right next to the jungle-resembling Loboc River .

Next to it, the Baclayon and San Pedro churches, destroyed during the 2013 earthquake that stroke the Philippines are there to remind of the country’s Spanish colonial past.

Loboc is also popular for its cruises that take you up and down the river, and often include a fancy meal aboard.

  • Ticket price: N/A
  • How to get there: Loboc is nearly halfway between Tagbilaran and the Chocolate Hills.
  • What to do: From the popular floating restaurants to mountain biking & paddleboarding tours, there’s a lot to do here. Don’t miss the iconic bamboo bridge!

Chocolate Hills

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Probably the most iconic postcard of Bohol , the Chocolate Hills are a geological formation consisting of 1,776 conical-shaped hills ranging from 30 to 120 meters high. The name comes from the fact that during the dry season they change their color to a light brown color. In the rest of the year, they’re actually a lovely vivid green!

The Chocolate Hills Complex is located in Carmen , in the very center of Bohol . The road there wanders across beautiful paddy field sceneries but nothing prepared me for the moment I got to the viewpoint. The hundreds of identical hills going as far as your eyes can see are dazzling. Don’t miss this.

  • Ticket price: 50 PHP
  • How to get there: Follow the road to Carmen . After you pass the Man-Made forest, it’s a fairly straight ride. If you’re on a a bus, take one at Tagbilaran bus station heading to Carmen . You can ask the driver to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills .
  • What to do: On a clear day, you can spend hours admiring the landscape.

Balicasag Island

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The Marine Sanctuary of Balicasag is a world-class diving spot. Featuring rich wildlife of fish, dolphins, turtles, and corals it’s a must if you’re into the underwater world.

That said, there have been rising environmental concerns regarding snorkeling. The high number of boats with careless tourists touching starfishes and turtles (they’re sensitive to human bacteria) and swimming with sunscreen on (whose chemicals can literally destroy the corals). Please be aware of this when going there.

To get away from it all, you can also spend the night in Balicasag Island Dive Resort .

  • Ticket price: Don’t pay more than 300 PHP if you’re going on a organized tour
  • How to get there: Join an organized tour or haggle with a boatmen to take you there on a outrigger
  • What to do: Snorkeling and diving are the main highlights here.

Beaches of Bohol & Panglao

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To be completely honest, I was expecting more from the beaches in Panglao . My biggest disappointment was the infamous Alona Beach . What once was a tropical paradise, now it’s a dirty overcrowded beach, full of restaurants, bars and dodgy stalls oriented for mass tourism.

I’ve toured across other beaches and whether was the trash, the algae or the total absence of sand to lay in, they all seemed they needed some kind of maintenance.

While Bohol has Anda Beach , a rising eco-tourism hotspot, most beaches are actually located in the twin island of Panglao . On the map it looks like an appendix , but this place boasts a different vibe from Bohol .

Panglao is packed with at least a dozen white-sand beaches to choose from. Some of them boast beautiful palm trees, clean sand, and crystal clear beaches, especially if they are maintained by resorts or hotels. In this category, Dumaluan Beach was my favorite.

If you’re a beach bum and mostly want beach time, there are better islands in the Philippines .

Beaches in Panglao and Bohol

  • Alona Beach : don’t matter what Google images tell you, skip it. What it used to be a picture-perfect beach in Panglao , today is a mega-touristy and rather depressing stretch of sand full of boats, trash and restaurants.
  • Anda Beach : unspoiled stretches of sand in the southeast tip of Bohol . A great choice if you’re looking for the off the beaten track.
  • White Beach : packed at first, but pretty secluded after a 10-minute walk. I still found some plastic and trash on the sand, but nothing dramatic.
  • Dumaluan Beach : awesome. You need to pay an entrance fee to the STUNNING Bohol Beach Club , but it’s worth it. This the kind of beach you see in travel magazines.
  • Doljo Beach : the scenery here is stunning. The sand is so white it creates a natural mirror during low-tide. Lots of starfish. I didn’t find it amazing for swimming though.
  • San Isidro Beach : super disappointed with the level of trash and low level of sand. The way I’d describe it: a dirty rocky bay.
  • Danao Beach : another one not inviting enough to lay around for long.

Sample Bohol Itinerary

Find below a suggested itinerary to explore Bohol and Panglao . Even though I’ve created a list of sights up until 5 full days available in Bohol , I’d say 2 full days is the absolute minimum to have a well-rounded experience of the island.

This itinerary is in order. If you only have 3 days available on the island, my suggestion is that you do the things on the first 3 rows.

Where to stay in Bohol

My first suggestion is to skip beach-front accommodation in Alona Beach . Firstly, all the prices are inflated. And then from what I’ve seen, I can hardly call it a “beach” anymore.

Basing yourself in Panglao is a good idea, specially if you’re looking for some beach-bum time. But instead, base yourself near Alona Beach . If your budget allows, don’t even think twice. Stay in Bohol Beach Club :

Bohol Beach Club

You might never want to leave this place. The setting is fantastic and right next to the best beach I’ve seen in the entire Philippines . Book now >>

I understand if you can’t spend that much. Here’s another suggestion of good value:

Bohol South Beach

Comfy hotel, cose to a private beach. The breakfast is rated as excellent.

Find your accommodation in Bohol

If you want to find your own hotel, start with this shortlist of the top-rated hotels and resorts in Bohol, with WiFi and breakfast included .

Or make your own research:

Food in Bohol

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Compared to other places in Southeast Asia like in Vietnam , the food in Philippines can be somewhat disappointing.

Or maybe I was biased because I came to the Philippines coming from Ninh Binh in Vietnam which has some of the most delicious food I’ve tasted.

In any case, I had some pretty nice meals in Bohol .

What to eat in Bohol 🍳

  • Chicken Adobo : chicken marineted in a delicious rich sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves
  • Kare-Kare : traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. Beef, pork, ox or chicken meats can be used.
  • Lechón : roasted suckling pig. I don’t eat babies so I didn’t try this, but I got to say it looked good!
  • Halo-halo : the most famous dessert in the Philippines . It’s a rather odd and indulging mix of shaved ice, jelly, sweet beans, coconut and fruits.

Places to eat in Bohol 🍽️

Bohol bee farm restaurant (panglao).

This restaurant in Panglao is part of a hotel with the same name and serves healthy, organic food.

The ingredients come from the owner’s farm and the view of the sea brings up the experience by a notch. They also have a smaller café right in Alona Beach – The Buzz Café – where I went religiously every evening for their organic ice creams.

Gerarda’s Place (Tagbilaran)

Located in Tagbilaran , this family-owned restaurant serves unpretentious, delicious and inexpensive food. Good for trying local flavors. Try the buttered chicken, actually served on butter!

The Wine Cellar (Panglao)

It’s on the higher end of the price spectrum but when you’re on vacations, sometimes you need a treat. Boasting a wide choice of Asian and European dishes and wines from Germany and Austria, you can rest assured to have a neat meal here.

Sunset Grill Authentic Mexican Food (Panglao)

Well, the name says it all! When you’re traveling through Asia , mixing things up with different flavors is a breath of fresh air. This authentic Mexican place with great food and big servings is the place to go.

Coco Loco (Anda)

One of those beach bars serving delicious food all-day-long. Come for the breakfast menus, stay for craft beers. Perfect spot to unwind, with the beach just a few steps away.

🇵🇭 PHILIPPINES | 🌱 Paddy fields. When you stop the bike on the middle of the road to take a picture you know it’s going to be a good one. Paddy fields are such an eye-candy here! #Philippines #itsmorefuninph #PaddyFields #green #nature #ricefields #landscape #ig_NeverStopExploring #WanderOut #Destination_Earth #Wonderful_Places #BeautifulMatters #Fantastic_Earth #TourThePlanet #TheGlobeWanderer #OurPlanetDaily #EarthPix #Sourceadventures #EarthOfficial #WildernessCulture #RoamThePlanet #ThePhotoSociety #TravelPhotography #Goph #the_ph #comeseeph #traversePhilippines #TravelStoriesPH #travel_philippines Uma publicação partilhada por BRUN🌎 (@bruno_mb) a Dez 22, 2016 às 8:37 PST

Cost of things in Bohol

To give you a good idea of the budget you can expect, I’ll give you some examples of what things can cost. The prices are up-to-date at the date of writing of this article.

Bohol budget and daily costs

  • Transportation : The ferry from Cebu on Ocean Jet was 500 pesos (plus extra 100 for the luggage). We haggled down the price of a van from Tagbilaran to Alona for 400 pesos.
  • Vehicle rentals : motorbikes can be rented from 350 pesos per day next to Alona Beach . I’m sure you can find for less in other more remote areas.
  • Gasoline : if you go to the petrol station, filling your tank can be as low as 100 pesos
  • Food : Local restaurants serve main dishes starting at 60 pesos, but on average a lunch would cost around 150-200 pesos. Some restaurants in Alona can be slightly more expensive during dinner: a full meal for 2 people starts at around 300 pesos. A beer starts at 40 pesos.
  • Water : don’t forget to hydrate! A big water bottle (1,5L) was around 15-25 pesos.
  • Accommodation : I’d say you can expect to pay somewhere between 1000 and 1600 pesos per day for a medium-quality double room in most places in Bohol . Even in Alona Beach . Of course there are backpacker dorms cheaper and resort rooms more expensive than this.
  • Entrance fees : everywhere you go in the Philippines you need to pay a small entrance fee (even in airport terminals!). See below the entrance fees for the main sights in Bohol .

I found the prices in Bohol to be in line as compared to other places in the Philippines and a bit lower than in touristy hotspots like El Nido .

If you’re traveling with more people, you can easily get around with less than 1000PHP or 50EUR/USD per day.

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Bohol Travel Tips

  • Bring sunscreen. You can get burned easily if you’re not careful. Read other stuff to pack while traveling in Southeast Asia .
  • Always have some change and small money with you. In the Philippines (too) many places ask for a minimal entrance fee (even churches and airport terminals). They might just change their name to FEE-lipphines.
  • Don’t stay right in Alona Beach. Biased by Google Images results and promises of a tropical paradise, I almost made this mistake.

Bohol Review

Bohol stroke me as the most diverse place in the Philippines . While other islands excel in beaches or jungle landscapes, this one seems to have a bit of everything. Sort of a mini-showcase of the Philippines .

While the Chocolate Hills and Dumaluan Beach were definitely an highlight, my fondest memories were actually small things on the day-to-day. Like driving through the island. The winding roads through paddy fields and lush forests are beautiful to look at. The school kids waving at you and older people smiling every time you enter a restaurant or a shop.

The level of infrastructure is just right and it is suited for all kinds of people, from the budget backpacker to the most luxurious traveler. However, some places are starting to lose its charm and yes I’m speaking again of Alona Beach . What a disappointment!

In any case, Bohol is safe, friendly and the definition of adventure. If it’s your first time in the Philippines I highly recommend you stay for a few days.

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The Province of Bohol in central Philippines is gifted with so many natural wonders. Without a doubt, it is one of the top tourist destinations and most visited tourist spots in the Philippines.

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3D/2N: Sample Bohol Itinerary (3 Days and 2 Nights)

Day 1: arrival + bohol countryside tour.

  • 06:00 am - arrival at Panglao Airport [ BOOK AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE ]
  • 07:00 am - proceed to your hotel
  • 08:00 am - arrive at your hotel / leave bags at the hotel

FOR PRIVATE TOURS:

  • 09:00 am - hotel pick up
  • Blood Compact site
  • Baclayon Church
  • Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
  • 12:00 pm - Loboc River Cruise Buffet Lunch
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Python Sanctuary
  • Hanging Bridge, Loboc
  • Bilar Manmade Forest
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Souvenir shopping
  • 04:00 pm - hotel drop off

FOR JOIN-IN TOURS:

  • 12:00pm Loboc River Cruise Buffet Lunch
  • 04:30 pm - hotel check-in
  • 05:00 pm - freshen-up and rest
  • 07:00 pm - dinner
  • 09:00 pm - sleep

DAY 2: PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING + MANGROVE RIVER KAYAKING

  • Panglao Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching - [ BOOK HERE! ]
  • 05:30 am - meet up at beach area
  • Dolphin watching in Balicasag Reef
  • Snorkeling and fish feeding in Balicasag Reef
  • Virgin Island
  • 11:00 am - drop off at beach area
  • 11:30 am - back at the hotel and have lunch
  • Bohol Mangrove River Kayaking Tour - [ BOOK HERE! ]
  • 01:00 pm - hotel pick up
  • 01:30 pm - arrive and checkout paddle
  • 02:00 pm - mangrove tunnels kayak
  • 04:00 pm - return to hotel

ANOTHER OPTION is to do a Bohol Firefly Kayaking Tour at night. See tour rates and availability here.

Day 3: panglao island land tour + departure.

  • Breakfast, prepare your bags and leave bags the hotel
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Dauis Church
  • Panglao Church
  • Shell Museum
  • 11:30 am - lunch at Bohol Bee Farm or any restaurant of preference within Panglao
  • Alona Beach/Bolod Beach
  • 01:00 pm - hotel drop off
  • 02:00 pm - hotel check-out
  • 02:30 pm - proceed to the airport [ BOOK AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE ]
  • 04:00 pm - departure

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4D/3N: Sample Bohol Itinerary (4 Days and 3 Nights)

Day 3: anda beach private day tour.

  • 07:00 am - breakfast and prepare for the tour
  • Combento Cave
  • Candijay Rice Terraces
  • Can-Umantad Falls
  • 06:00 pm - hotel drop off
  • 07:00 pm - freshen-up and rest
  • 08:00 pm - dinner
  • 10:00 pm - sleep

DAY 4: PANGLAO ISLAND LAND TOUR + DEPARTURE

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5D/4N: Sample Bohol Itinerary (5 Days and 4 Nights)

Day 3: bohol waterfalls tour.

  • Dimiao Twin Falls
  • Canawa Cold Spring
  • 05:00 pm - hotel drop off
  • 06:00 pm - freshen-up and rest

ANOTHER OPTION: Mag Aso, Kawasan, and Camugao Falls Tour

  • Mag-aso Falls
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Camugao Falls

DAY 4: ANDA BEACH PRIVATE DAY TOUR

Day 5: panglao island land tour + departure.

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6D/5N or More: Sample Bohol Itinerary (6 Days and 5 Nights or More)

Cebu day trip from bohol itinerary.

  • 05:00 am - hotel pick up
  • 06:00 am - Tagbilaran via OceanJet
  • 08:00 am - arrive at Cebu
  • 08:30 am - Magellan's Cross
  • Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Parian Monument
  • Taoist Temple
  • 12:00 - pm buffet lunch at Pino restaurant (local cuisine)
  • Mactan Shrine
  • Guitar Factory
  • Souvenir shop
  • 05:30 pm - depart Cebu via OceanJet
  • 07:30 pm - arrive at Tagbilaran; hotel drop off

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Scuba diving sample itinerary (morning/afternoon dive).

  • 07:45am - 8:30am / 12:45pm - 1:30pm - hotel pick up (for guests staying in Alona Beach only)
  • Orientation and briefing
  • Confined water (swimming pool) skills training
  • Transfer to dive spot
  • Boat transfer and open water dive in the sea
  • Transfer to dive center
  • Photo taking
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm / 5:00pm - 5:30pm - hotel drop off (for guests staying in Alona Beach only)

I hope these SAMPLE BOHOL ITINERARIES help you plan an exciting and memorable Bohol Adventure! For more things to do, tourist spots, attractions and where to stay and how to get there, please check out my BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS .

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So, you’re thinking about traveling to Bohol? Good choice! This island is one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or have an adventure, Bohol has got you covered. And lucky for you, this Bohol Travel Guide has all the essential information you need, including the must-see tourist spots, things to do, and how to get there. So, let’s dive right in and get you ready for the time of your life in Bohol!

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Beach Hopping in Panglao Island

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Bohol offers world class attractions both in-water and outside. The best way to get the most out of your stay is to combine countryside tour with island-hopping excursion, and then spend the last day relaxing on the beach. This will allow you to fully discover the many faces of this island which makes it so special. In this Bohol Travel Guide, I included the top 5 tourist spots in Bohol that I personally recommend to anyone visiting for the first time.

There’s no doubt that Bohol boasts some of the best beaches in the Philippines, if not the world. In Panglao Island alone, you can find Alona Beach , which is arguably the most famous beach in the island. Here you can find many beachfront resorts, restaurants and bars.

Another famous beach in the island is Dumaluan Beach , where you’ll find some of the most popular beach resorts like South Palms, Bohol Beach Club and Dumaluan Beach Resort. Unlike Alona Beach, Dumaluan Beach has fewer tourists and is quieter at night. While you’re in Dumaluan, you can continue walking towards Libaong Beach , which is not that touristy.

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If you’re looking for less touristy beaches in Panglao Island, Doljo Beach located on the northeast coast of the island might be for you. It features the longest stretch of white sand in Panglao and offers one of the best sunset views in the island.

If you love adventure, I highly recommend Stand-Up Paddle boarding in Loboc River. You can avail a 1-hour Loboc River SUP Tour with SUP Tours Philippines , which is the first SUP school in the country. SUP tour rate is 800 pesos per person and includes SUPs, paddles, guide and refreshments after the tour. Most resorts along the river also offer SUP tours so no need to make prior arrangements.

stand-up paddle boarding in Loboc River

One of the best experiences I had in Bohol was an encounter with a sleeping tarsier in Corella, Bohol. Founded by the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in 1996, the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary provides a natural habitat for these endangered primates. Unlike the sep up in Loboc Tarsier Conservation Area, where they are held captive in small enclosures, the tarsiers here can roam around a big forested sanctuary. Thus, tourists are only allowed in the designated pathway (Tarsier Trail) where you can look for the tarsiers in their natural habitat.

Note: Most tours in Bohol offers a visit to the Loboc Tarsier Conservation Area. This is not the place you would want to visit if you care about wildlife. Make sure to request Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary instead. They will probably ask for additional fee because the location is far from Tagbilaran and Loboc.

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Chocolate Hills is one of the top tourist attractions in the Philippines. They are arguably one of the top reasons why travelers want to go to Bohol. When I first traveled to the island, it was one of the first destinations that I visited. It did not disappoint so I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Bohol for the first time.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol

To get a stunning panoramic view, you can visit the Chocolate Hills Complex Viewpoint in the town of Carmen, the main viewing destination in Bohol. You can also take a trip to Sagbayan Peak , a 5-hectare mountain resort located in the town of Sigbayan. It’s farther than the viewing point in Carmen but it’s less touristy so it may be worth the drive.

Bohol Marine Triangle is one of the richest marine biodiversity hotspots in the world. It includes the threes islands, Panglao, Balicasag and Pamilacan, home to hundreds of coral species and marine animals such as whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and many more.

For freedivers and scuba divers, Napaling Dive Point should be included in your itinerary. For non-swimmers and snorkelers, Balicasag Island is one of the best places to see sea turtles.

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Discover the hidden gem of Pamilacan Island, a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the pristine beauty and rich culture of Bohol firsthand. This exclusive Pamilacan Island day tour allows you to snorkel among coral reefs, spot sea turtles in their natural habitat, and enjoy dolphin watching, among other adventures.

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The best time to visit Bohol is from January to March for the ideal weather and fewer crowds. However, visitors can still enjoy the beauty of Bohol at other times of the year, depending on their preferences and tolerance for heat and rainfall.

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Bohol is an hour and a half away from Manila by plane. There are flights coming in from dozens of different places, including Manila, Cebu, Davao and many more. With so many available flights, it is very easy to find a cheap one, with regular prices ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 pesos.

Alternatively, you could catch a ferry from various islands in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Oceanjet Ferry , one of the most reputable ferry operators in the Philippines, caters to passengers from Cebu to Bohol (Tagbilaran) and vice versa. For as low as 890 pesos, you can book your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket via Klook and get instant confirmation. Your seat is guaranteed upon booking!

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In order for you to make the most of your time in Bohol, I highly recommend renting out a motorcycle and start exploring as early as you can. Additionally, there are others ways to get around the island such as hiring a tricycle or a private car for a day. Also, if you are solo traveling, find other tourists to join the tour so you can split up the cost.

You may avail a private car charter via Klook for a hassle-free tour. For as low as 2,800 pesos (1-3 pax) for a 4-hour tour or 3,200 pesos (1-3 pax) for an 8-hour tour, you will have the freedom to see as many attractions as you want. For bigger groups (4-10 pax), the 4-hour tour costs 3,200 pesos while the 8-hour tour costs 4,100 pesos.

mangrove forest in Modala Beach Resort

Being one of the most popular tourist spots in the country, Bohol has literally hundreds of different places to choose from. These range from budget-friendly to high-end luxury, and you can easily find your preferred mode of accommodation with a simple Google search.

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Peak season is between March and May, so booking in advance is advised to get better deals. If you prefer to stay near the beach, I recommend beachfront resorts in Panglao such as Modala Beach Resort , Hennan Tawala Resort , Mithi Resort and Spa , and South Palms Resort . If you prefer to stay in mainland, I recommend Water to Forest Ecolodge in Loboc.

Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner, healthy eats, or traditional Filipino cuisine, these top 10 restaurants in Panglao, Bohol are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

  • Garlic ‘n lemon bistro – This restaurant is known for its Mediterranean-inspired dishes, including its signature garlic shrimp and lemon chicken.
  • Luna Rossa Vegetarian Italian Restaurant – A great option for vegetarian and vegan travelers, Luna Rossa serves up authentic Italian dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast – A great option for pizza lovers, Giuseppe Pizzeria serves up authentic Italian-style pizza and other Italian dishes in a casual, laid-back setting.
  • Shaka Bohol – A popular spot for healthy eaters and surfers, Shaka serves up a range of smoothie bowls, salads, and wraps made with fresh, organic ingredients.
  • Mangaon Ta Restaurant at Modala Beach Resort – This beachfront restaurant is known for its delicious Filipino dishes, including grilled seafood, adobo, and lechon.
  • Vanilla Sky Restaurant – With stunning ocean views, Vanilla Sky is a romantic and upscale dining option serving up fresh seafood, grilled meats, and other international dishes.
  • Bohol Bee Farm Restaurant – A must-visit for foodies, the Bohol Bee Farm serves up farm-to-table dishes made with organic ingredients, including its famous homemade ice cream.
  • Saffron – This restaurant offers a fine dining experience with its fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, paired with an extensive wine selection.
  • Bougainvillea Spanish Restaurant – For those craving Spanish cuisine, Bougainvillea serves up tapas, paella, and other traditional Spanish dishes in a cozy, intimate atmosphere.
  • Sisa Bistro – Located in a restored heritage house, Sisa Bistro offers a unique dining experience with its fusion of Filipino and European cuisine.

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Bohol Travel Guide: Sample 4D/3N Itinerary

If you are the explorer type who likes DIY trips, it is certainly possible to do this tour on your own. You can rent a motorbike pretty much anywhere in Panglao, or head to Tagbilaran and rent a car or a van for the whole day. You can also book a Bohol Countryside Tour via Klook.

  • Early flight to Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG)
  • Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary (Corella)
  • Chocolate Hills View deck**
  • Man-made forest
  • Loboc River stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Check in resort in Panglao at around 4 PM

In Carmen, where you will find the Chocolate Hills, it is possible to go down closer to the hills by ATV tour . It’ll just mean the rest of your itinerary will be a bit more cramped.

Freediving in Napaling Reef in Panglao, Bohol is an unforgettable experience that allows you to explore the underwater world and witness the beauty of the coral reefs and marine life in their natural habitat. Located just off the coast of Panglao Island, Napaling Reef is known for its crystal-clear waters, stunning coral formations, and diverse marine ecosystem.

  • Pickup from resort at 6 AM
  • Dolphin watching in Balicasag Island
  • Continue to Balicasag Marine Sanctuary
  • Snorkel with sea turtles at Balicasag Island
  • Move to the 2nd snorkeling spot in Balicasag Island, which has stunning coral reefs and fish
  • Virgin Island
  • Back to resort around 1 PM to freshen up
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon at Alona Beach or Dumaluan Beach

Spend your last day in Bohol to relax and recharge your batteries. Bohol has some of the nicest beaches you’ll ever see, and you can also rent a motorbike and spend a full day going between different beaches. The main beach is of course Alona, but Dumaluan is just as nice.

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How about you? Have you been to Bohol? What can you add in this itinerary? Let’s chat down below!

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2024 Bohol DIY Travel Guide (Itinerary + Budget)

Accessible, beautiful, diverse. This is Bohol – a province that holds almost every bit of the thousands of islands of the Philippines. From the world-famous naturally diverse dive sites, rivers, hills, canyons, mangroves, caves, pristine beaches, historical and cultural sites, wildlife to fun-filled adrenaline rushing adventures; Bohol has it all in its plate which makes it an ideal place to visit and explore. If you also plan to visit the province soon, here’s a Bohol DIY adventure guide to help you with!

About Bohol

Bohol is a province in the Central Visayas region that is widely known to be the home of the famous Chocolate Hills and the smallest primate in the world, the tarsiers. But more than these, the province is actually a place of culture and history and a home to overwhelming wonders in the land and the seas. These made the province a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. Bohol can provide you with both a relaxing to an adrenaline-packed adventure.

Bohol DIY Adventure to Balicasag Island

Best Time to Visit

Safe to say, the best time to visit Bohol is during the dry season in the country – around March to May. This is also when you can best enjoy its pristine beaches and you’d be able to witness the Chocolate Hills being the ‘chocolate brown’ that they are. However, expect a surge of tourists in these times. Generally, though, Bohol is among those places in the country that can be visited all year round.

Though the wet season comes around the third quarter of the year, some tourists would opt to visit the province especially the city of Tagbilaran to attend the Sandugo Festival held every July. This Festival is a celebration and commemoration of the blood compact between the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the chieftain of Bohol, Datu Sikatuna.

Language Spoken

The language that is widely spoken in the province is Bisaya. Most of the Boholanos, though, could understand and speak Tagalog and could converse in English.

Getting to, Around and Away

How to get there, from manila to panglao, bohol.

  • Book a flight from Manila to Panglao. Cebu Pacific , Philippine Airlines and AirAsia has two flights from Manila to Panglao daily.
  • From Bohol-Panglao International Airport, you can take a van just outside the Arrivals to your hostel. Fare is usually at Php 100.00 per person.

From Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

OceanJet has four trips daily from Cebu Pier to Tagbilaran, Bohol that departs every two hours. The first trip is as early as 7:00 AM with a travel time of more or less two hours. Fare ranges from Php 655.00 to Php 1,175.00.

Lite Ferries, another shipping line that is currently operational, is a cheaper option with a fare starting at Php 255.00. However, take note that travel time is longer as it is a cargo ship (RORO).

From Balbagon, Camiguin to Jagna, Bohol

The Super Shuttle Ferry sails daily from Balbagon Port in Camiguin to Jagna, Bohol. Travel time is around 4 to 5 hours. The same ferry departs from Jagna port at around 1:00 PM. Fare is at Php 425.00 for Economy class.

You may also want to read: CAMIGUIN DIY TRAVEL GUIDE 2021 (Itinerary + Budget)

From Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to Tagbilaran, Bohol

Trips from Dumaguete City to Tagbilaran, Bohol are very limited as it is only on Mondays and Fridays. There’s only one trip as well which is usually at 2:30 PM. Travel time is around 2 hours with the fare starting at Php 700.00.

From Larena, Siquijor to Tagbilaran, Bohol

OceanJet has only one trip everyday at departing at 12:30 PM from Larena Pier in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Pier in Bohol.

Bohol DIY Adventure to Chocolate Hills

Getting Around

  • Rent a Motorbike – If you opt to go into short rides here and there, renting a motorbike is more ideal and practical. You can rent and drive your motorbike around for only Php 350.00 (gas not included). There are lots of shops around where you can rent one. Just make sure that you at least have a driver’s license with you.
  • Rent a car – Shall you decide to go on a long drive or road trip for your Bohol DIY trip, renting a car is among the best options. We rented one (Toyota Innova) which costs Php 2,300.00 a day (gas not included).

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You may opt to book your self-drive motorbike for as low as Php 350.00 and car at Php 1,500.00 via Book2Wheel . This website allows tourists or travelers to book their desired ride in advance, anytime and anywhere. To book your ride in Bohol, click the photo for 10% discount upon booking. You may also use my unique code, “ Queen-Cebu ” to get an additional 25% discount.

3. Hire a Tricycle – Tricycle fare starts at Php 50.00. However, we noticed that we are usually charged Php 150.00/head especially when going to South Palms, Napaling and the port/ tourism office. This is only ideal if you are going out maybe once or twice. If you do more than that, rent a motorbike instead.

Where to Stay

For expats and travelers on a budget, hostels are always the top and best choice of accommodation. One of the best hostels to stay at in Panglao near Alona beach is Moon Fools Hostel. You’d really get that backpacker feels as you share rooms, breakfast and common areas with other travelers. What we also loved about it is that it is just a few minutes away from Alona beach, the banks, convenience stores and restaurants.

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Apart from Moon Fools, here are the other hotels in Panglao that you may want to consider:

  • Moon Fools Hostel (Panglao) +63925 588 9868
  • Island World Panglao (038) 427 4925
  • Ecostay Panglao +63939 155 3800
  • Amihan Resort Panglao (038) 427 1929
  • Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort (038) 416 0695
  • Modala Beach Resort (038) 411 0808
  • Hennan Resort, Alona Beach, Panglao
  • South Palms Resort Panglao

An aerial view of the Reimer Residences

During our Bohol DIY road trip, we planned to visit the town of Tubigon and stay for the night in there, too. We found out about this resort called Reimer Residences in a private subdivision in the town. We had the whole resort to our group which definitely gave us a break from the tourist-packed places that we’ve been to in the past few days. It was also just few minutes away from the town proper where the market is as well as lots of stores and shops for food. Further, the host was very nice and accommodating!

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There were three apartments in the resort with two having its own kitchen. Rates range from Php 1,299.00 to Php 1,799.00. You can also save by renting the whole resort at only Php 4,000.00. For inquiries and booking, you may reach them through the following:

email : [email protected] Mobile (Philippines) : +63 977 0656 422 Mobile (Outside Philippines) : +4917622583529 Facebook : Reimer Residences Tubigon Bohol Instagram : @reimer_residences

Places to Visit

Blood compact shrine.

One of the most significant historical events that happened in the province is the ‘sandugo’ or blood compact between the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Bohol’s chieftain, Datu Sikatuna. Boholanos have set up a monument in Tagbilaran City to commemorate this treaty of friendship with an annual celebration through a Festival every July.

Baclayon Church

Baclayon Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The church is said to be built in 1717 from corals cemented with egg whites. Few years after the National Museum of the Philippines and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines declared it as a National Cultural Treasure and a Historical Landmark , a destructive earthquake in 2014 damaged it severely. Recently, the Boholanos reconstructed it.

Chocolate Hills

Bohol DIY Adventure to Chocolate Hills

Bohol is known to be the home of the famous Chocolate Hills. These hills are smooth, uniformly-shaped conical, isolated hills are dead build up of coral reefs, now limestones, from 2 to 5 million years ago. During the dry season in the country, these hills turn into brown – the reason why we all call it the Chocolate Hills.

Tarsier Sanctuary

Tarsier Sanctuary and Conservation Area is just a few meters away from the man-made forest. With an entrance fee of Php 100.00 ($2.00), you can see the four tarsiers (as of time of writing) in a seemingly natural habitat. I refused to see them on my visit because two of my friends who have been there told me how they didn’t like the idea of them being in the sanctuary. Tarsiers, the smallest primate in the world, are endangered nocturnal animals and they seemed to be bothered by the presence of the tourists around them in the day who visit and take photos of them. My friends said the looked distressed in people’s presence. So we honestly skipped it.

Man-made Forest

Bohol DIY Adventure to manmade Forest in Loboc-Bilar

Man-made forest is located in Bilar, Bohol. It features tall Mahogany trees on both sides of this 2-Kilometer long road. It is a reforestation project in the 1960s in response to the alarming aftermaths of Kaingin in Loboc. As peaceful and beautiful as it may seem, it is nothing but a 10-hectare land of Mahogany without a thriving wildlife. The forest is a “biodiversity-dead zone”. Mahogany trees are considered an alien and harmful to the land and researchers have explained that native ones such as Molave, Mango and others could have been more productive.

Loboc River

For only Php 550.00, you can enjoy a cruise with lunch before a cultural show for more or less an hour and a half in Loboc River. The best time to visit of course is during the dry season or when it’s generally sunny since it brings out the river’s natural beauty.

Danao Adventure Park

Giant Swing in Danao Adventure Park

If you are into extreme adventure, Danao Adventure Park is among the best places to be in Bohol. It is where you can try the famous “Plunge” – a 75-meter freefall by the canyon. Apparently, it is the highest canyon swing the world. Apart from Plunge, you may also enjoy the other activities in the park such as Suislide (zipline), Skyride, Giant Swing, Glass cliff walk, Sky biking, Kayaking, Root Climb Rappelling and more. Each ride has a separate fee apart from the Php 40.00 entrance fee to the park.

Alona Beach

Bohol DIY Adventure to Alona Beach

One of the best public beaches of the province is the Alona Beach. It is a long stretch of clean white sand beach in the southwest part of Panglao, Bohol. Apart from sunbathing and swimming, you may also go snorkeling and diving into it. There are also lines of restaurants by the beach.

Napaling Dive Point

Bohol DIY Freediving Adventure in Napaling Dive Point

If you would want to swim with the sardines of Bohol, Napaling Dive Point is the place to be. From Panglao, you can reach Napaling Dive Point in a 25-minute tricycle or motorcycle drive. The driver charged us Php 300.00 for a ride from our hostel near Alona Beach Almira’s Dive Resort in Napaling. Take note that they charge separate fees for the entrance (Php 100.00), environmental fee (Php 100.00) and guide fee (Php 100.00 per hour/ per person). There are other resorts in Napaling that you may check into. There’s Kalikasan and Molave as well whereas the former is nearer to where the sardines usually are. The fees are the same for most of the resorts but when we stayed at Kalikasan, they only charged us Php 100.00 for guide regardless of the number of hours we were diving.

Balicasag Island

Bohol DIY Freediving Adventure in Balicasag Island

If you’re looking forward to swimming and diving with lots of turtles and fishes, Balicasag Island is the place to be. On the right side of the island facing the ocean, you could dive with turtles at 5 to 7 meters depth. Be reminded not to go near them for about a meter nor attempt to touch them as they would swim away in distress.

During our Bohol DIY trip, we rented a boat worth Php 2,500.00 for a half day. Upon stepping into the island, the staff asked us to stay at the holding area to wait for our small boats. Each or two of us had to get into a smaller boat which costs Php 100.00 (per head). These took us to the dive sites where we only stayed for less than an hour.

Capadpadan Rice Terraces

Bohol DIY Adventure to Capadpadan Rice Terraces in Candijay, Bohol

Another off the beaten path destination in the province is the Capadpadan Rice Terraces in Candijay. Embarking into the long dirt road of this east countryside of the province promises a breathtaking scene. This creative farming practice by the slopes of Candijay mountains has attracted tourists who would endure a long drive from the city to experience the beauty and serenity in the place.

Capadpadan Rice Terraces, Candijay, Bohol

Can-umantad Falls

This 60-feet high tiered falls is considered to be the tallest in the province. It sits just by the Capadpadan Rice Terraces in the quaint town of Candijay. The locals named the falls after its height ‘can-uman’ which means sixty. Don’t miss out on this waterfalls bring on your Bohol DIY adventure!

After enjoying the scenes of the landscape in the east, you may not want to miss out on its very own long stretch of powdery white sand beach of Anda. One of those that you shouldn’t miss in the town is the Quinale Beach. It is among the most gorgeous and pristine beach that you’ll ever see.

An aerial view of the Benliw Dam

Benliw Dam is a Small Reservoir Irrigation Project located in the municipalit of Ubay, Bohol. It serves more or less 400 hectares of rice fields in the barangays nearby. This has recently become a favorite off the beaten path destinations of some due to the serenity of the place not to mention how dramatically scenic it is!

Cabagnow Cave Pool

Cabagnow Cave Pool, Anda, Bohol

You can also go extreme as you jump and swim into more or less a 20-25 feet deep cave pool in Anda. These cave pools are actually limestone caverns that collapsed turning into pools. Worry not, though. There are ladders that the caretakers had set up for you to climb to get out of it. There are more or less two to three cave pools around the area so if one gets crowded, you can always walk your way to the other.

Sample 5-Day Bohol DIY Itinerary

Day 1 – arrival and bohol diy countryside adventure tour.

7:00 AM – ETD from Panglao Airport 7:30 AM – Blood Compact Shrine & Baclayon Church 8:30 AM – Loboc River Cruise 11:00 AM – Man-made Forest 11:30 AM – Tarsier Sanctuary 12:00 PM – Lunch 1:00 PM – Chocolate Hills 2:00 PM – Danao Adventure Park 6:00 PM – Alicia Backpackers Inn/ Check in 7:00 PM – Dinner

Day 2 – Bohol DIY Countryside Adventure Continuation

4:30 AM – Rise and Shine 5:00 AM – The Alicia Panoramic Park 7:00 AM – Breakfast 9:00 AM – Cadapdapan Rice Terraces + Can-umantad falls in Candijay 11:00 AM – Early lunch 1:00 PM – Cabagnow/Cabugnaw Cave Pool 3:00 PM – Anda Beach 5:00 PM – ETD for Panglao 8:30 PM – ETA Panglao/ Dinner at Alona Beach 9:00 PM – Moon Fools Hostel/ Check in

Day 3 – Snorkel/Dive and Beach Day

6:00 AM – Rise and Shine; Breakfast 7:30 AM – Napaling Dive Point (Kalikasan/ Molave or Almira’s Dive Resort) 8:00 AM – Snorkel/ Dive 12:00 NN – Lunch 1:00 PM onwards – Swim and Chill at Alona Beach or at South Palms Resort

Day 4 – Dolphins and Turtles Day

5:00 AM – Rise and Shine; Breakfast 6:00 AM – Panglao Tourism Office/ Boat dock 6:30 AM – ETA for Balicasag Island 7:00 AM – Dolphin Watching 7:45 AM – ETA Balicasag Island/ Briefing 8:30 AM – Snorkeling/ Diving and Swimming with the Turtles 9:30 AM – Snorkeling/ Diving at the Wall 10:30 AM – Back to the Island 11:00 AM – Lunch at Balicasag Island

*You may opt to stay the whole day at Balicasag Island or go back to Panglao to chill and hang out at Alona Beach. If you choose to stay, you may either pay another Php 100.00 for the boat or just swim to the snorkeling areas. Make sure that you have someone to accompany you.

Day 5 – Chill and Departure

7:00 AM – Rise and Shine 8:00 AM – Swim and Chill at Alona Beach or visit Hinagdanan Cave 10:00 AM – Back to hostel; pack up 11:00 AM – Panglao Airport 12:15 PM – ETD from Panglao Airport

Going up to the view deck for a better view of the Chocolate Hills

Sample 5-Day Bohol DIY Budget

DAY 1 & 2 Car (Self-drive) rental – Php 2,300.00 x 2 days: Php 4,600.00/ 5 = Php 920.00 Gas – Php 2,500.00/ 5 = Php 500.00

Breakfast – Php 100.00 Loboc River Cruise + Lunch – Php 550.00 Tarsier Sanctuary entrance fee – Php 80.00 Chocolate Hills entrance fee – Php 50.00 Danao Adventure Park entrance fee – Php 40.00 Giant Swing – Php 800.00/ 2 – Php 400.00 Skyride – Php 250.00 Alicia Backpackers’ Inn – Php 500.00 Dinner – Php 100.00 DAY 1 TOTAL (+half of car rental and gas) = Php 2,700.00

Alicia Panoramic Park entrance fee – Php 30.00 Guide fee for Day trek – Php 300.00/ 5 = Php 60.00 Can-umantad entrance fee – Php 20.00 Lunch – Php 150.00 Cabugnaw Cave Pool Entrance – Php 50.00 Dinner – Php 150.00 Accommodation – Php 500.00 DAY 2 TOTAL (+half of car rental and gas) = Php 1,670.00

Tricycle to Napaling – Php 150.00 x 2 (back and forth Panglao) = Php 300.00 Resort entrance fee – Php 100.00 Environmental fee – Php 100.00 Guide fee – Php 100.00 Food – Php 350.00 Accommodation – Php 500.00 DAY 3 TOTAL = Php 1,450.00

Tricycle to Tourism Office/ port – Php 150.00 x 2 = Php 300.00 Boat to Balicasag Island – Php 2,500.00/5 = Php 500.00 Food – Php 350.00 Accommodation – Php 500.00 DAY 4 TOTAL – Php 1,650.00

Bus fare from Alona to Tinago – Php 50.00 x 2 Hinagdanan cave entrance fee – Php 20.00 Van to airport – Php 100.00 Food – Php 250.00 DAY 5 TOTAL – Php 470.00

5-Day Bohol DIY Trip Estimated Budget – Php 7,940.00

Take note that this budget is only estimated and does not include the airfare as its price varies depending on the season and airline seat sale. Be reminded as well that food in Panglao is a bit pricey. Staying in hostels has perks, though. You may cook your own food as they make the kitchen available to guests.

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Bohol DIY Adventure Tips

  • The best time to visit Napaling Dive Point and Balicasag Island (especially for Freedivers) is at 6:00 AM.
  • If you go around a lot, rent a motorbike instead especially if you know how to ride one. The tricycle drivers would charge you more or less Php 150.000 to Php 200.00 per ride.
  • If you want to make the most out of your Bohol trip, book the earliest flight then embark into a countryside trip especially if it’s your first time in the province.
  • Airlines are stricter especially during these times. Make sure that your hand carry baggage are not too big and bulky and your check-in baggage (if you have any) wouldn’t be more than two bags.
  • Make sure that you’ll be at the airport at least an hour and a half earlier than your boarding time especially if you have check in baggage. The counters close an hour before the flight since they need to do some disinfecting.

Bohol Travel Requirements 2023

Vaccination card.

The province of Bohol requires an entry of a fully-vaccinated tourist. You may either present a vaccination card, a Bureau of Quarantine vaccination certification or the vaccination certification from Department of Health’s website. If you are vaccinated in the Philippines, you may check your vaccination certification at https://www.vaxcert.doh.gov.ph If it does not show yours, you may apply through entering your vaccination details or present the LGU released vaccination card.

Those who are not or at least partially vaccinated should present a negative RT-PCR result.

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Anne Elizabeth Gumiran

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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Hi! We’re going to Bohol soon and planning to self-srice. Have been reading though that DIY tours are not allowed. Is this correct? Or will we be able to drive ourselves around? Thanks in advance for reading and replying.

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Hi! We rented a car and went around Bohol, literally, around Bohol on our own 🙂 There was no problem at all as long as the drivers have license, maybe.

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Hi! Do you have a contact number for the car/vehicle rental? Thank you so much for this article!

Hi! It’s in the article 🙂

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This is very helpful thank you ❤️

Thanks for reading, Alen! ?

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Thank you for the deets! Very helpful! I just have a couple of questions and it’ll be wonderful to read your response. 1. Is rtpcr required? If yes does it have to be an accredited medical services? Is antigen also allowed? 2nd is the accommodation have to be accredited also? Thank you so much! And travel safe ?

Hi! RT-PCR/ antigen tests are no longer required 🙂 As for the hotels, the opened ones are mostly DOT-accredited already. Hope this helps! 🙂

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Ashlie Dionisio

Is there a minimum stay required for a dot accredited accommodation? Tyia ?

Hi, Ashlie! None, we were not asked of any during our stay 🙂

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Hi po. How much po fare? or mas ok po ba kung mag rent kami ng Van? Thanks po

Hi! If you are a group and you have a lot of places to visit in your itinerary that are located in different towns, I think it’s better that you rent a van. If not (by that I mean the locations that you would like to visit are just nearby one another and near from your accommodation), then resorting to hailing tricycles would be ideal (fare starts at Php 100.00 per ride).

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On your day3 – South Palm Resort, did you stay there for day tour? Tama ba yun yung 500php accommodation? Thank you 🙂

Hi, Joann! We only went there to eat and hanging out is free already 🙂 We spend the whole afternoon lounging at their beach 🙂

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Hi! May I know what’s the maximum pax allocation in a boat for the Island hopping? We are a group of 9 and we want to rent a private boat going to Balicasag and Virgin Islands only. Btw, great blog, very detailed and helpful esp for those who are DIY-ing like me. More power!

Hi, Gladz! Not really sure now that the travel restrictions are lesser, but during our trip (around November 2021), the maximum capacity of the boat is at 8 pax only. Perhaps coordinating with their local tourism office would help ?

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Hi! Where did you rent a boat for the Balicadag tour?

You can inquire at the tourism office for this 🙂

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Thanks for this blog. We’re planning to go there by August. Hopefully we’ll catch a good weather despite the rainy season. We’ll be staying for 3days only so i’m planning to copy your day 1, 2 and 4. What do you think, Anne? ?

Not really sure about the weather especially now with the climate change but that itinerary sounds good! Praying with you for a good weather ?❣

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Joel B. Aberca Jr.

Hi! we are planning to go in Bohol by January 2023, for non vaccinated tourist arestill they required RT- PCR test?

Hi! Yes, they do.

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No more requirements you can go anywhere in the Philippines.

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Marcel Proksch

Are foreign tourists allowed to visit Bohol now or are there still covid restrictions in place?

Hi! Bohol has been open to tourists, even foreigners, too 🙂

Just came back from Bohol every thing is open you can go and have fun

Just got back from Bohol, Amazing times. 800 for an ocean jet ticket plus a 25 terminal fee. Staying at peace and place for 250 pesos bunk bed. Rented scooter for 300.

Amazing time. Make sure you rent a motorbike or car other wise you pay a lot. Your hostal might be far and if yo want to visit all the places above mentioned you can do it by motorbike rental or car rental.

Motorbike rental in Bohol is 300 and car is for 1500. If you rent a car in Bohol you can take other people with you to cover the cost.

Hope this can help another user. The food is nice and cheap. Many nice places to visit

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A travel brochure is a type of advertising piece that encourages people to visit a particular location. Brochures are often distributed by tourism boards, hotels, airlines and other travel-related businesses.

If you’re creating a travel brochure for a school project, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, think about your audience. Who are you trying to attract? Second, what is your tone of voice? Are you trying to be funny, serious or informative?

Once you have those things figured out, it’s time to start designing. Your brochure should include a map of the area you’re promoting, as well as photos and descriptions of the attractions. You can also include testimonials from people who have visited the area.

If you’re having trouble getting started, there are a few travel brochure examples to help you get inspired.

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Creating a good travel brochure for a school project is not as difficult as it may seem. With a little planning and some creative design work, you can create a brochure that will impress your teacher and classmates.

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When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful and informative travel brochure that will make your classmates green with envy!

What do you write in a travel brochure?

When it comes to writing a travel brochure, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Tone of voice is important – you want to sound excited and enthusiastic about the destination, without sounding too sales-y. You should also focus on highlighting the best aspects of the destination, and make sure to include plenty of images to help illustrate your points.

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