BOHOL ISLAND ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE |TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 BOHOL ISLAND: YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE

BOHOL ISLAND ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE |TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, BEACHES

The Island of Bohol is a favorite tourist destination in the Philippines attracting tourist from various parts of the globe. Bohol is a province in the Philippines regarded as one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Tagbilaran is the city capital and center of trade and commerce of the Province of Bohol.

Bohol is composed of one main island and 75 smaller islands and islets.

The Altar of the  old Baclayon Church

Another interesting feature of the Bohol island is its collection of historical and cultural heritage dating back to the Spanish colonial era. It’s century old churches and its museum are must see places.

Hennan Beach front in Panglao Island.  Photo from the Hennan’s site

WHAT TO DO | BOHOL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS 

PANGLAO BEACH

One of the most popular Bohol Island tourist attractions is the Panglao Island. Its main attractions are its white sand beach, clear waters, and tranquil ambiance.Its rich marine life is ideal for snorkeling and, now attracting several divers from all over the place.

ANDA BOHOL

Still, on its way to being a famous destination – Anda in Bohol. The place offers another option should you wish a bit mellowed place. It has talcum white sand beaches which any beach lover will surely love.

Must Read: Anda Bohol

BOHOL CHOCOLATE HILLS

Bohol Island will never be Bohol without the chocolate Hills. Composed of an approximately 1,700+ hills which turned brown during summer. These hills are very iconic of Bohol Island.

Must read: Chocolate Hills

BACLAYON CHURCH

Baclayon Church is the oldest church in Bohol. The church building which suffers from the 2013 earthquake was constructed in 1727. It has a museum housing amazing collection of religious artifacts and treasures.

LOBOC CHURCH

Another old church in Bohol which suffered during the 2013 earthquake. While still unrepaired as of this moment, it would also be interesting to pay a visit to this monumental church in Bohol.

Must Read: Loboc Church, Man-made Forest, Ship House

CRUISE LOBOC RIVER

While in Bohol, try to experience the Loboc River Cruising. While riding the floating restaurant carried by 2 banka-hauls, music is played while you enjoyed your buffet meal.

LOBOC AND BILAR MAN-MADE FOREST

The Loboc and Bilar Man-made forest is a 2 kilometer stretch of hardwood trees planted on the boarder of Loboc and Bilar Towns. Because of the uniformity of trees growing in the area, tourists can’t help but notice such an amazing kaleidoscope of foliage lining the route.

BOHOL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PARK

Another  tourist spot in Bohol is the Chocolate Adventure Park which offers various outdoor activities such as canopy walk, zip line, hiking trail, pipe dreams, bike zip,monkey bridge, and 275-meter zip line using a mountain bike to cross from one chocolate hill to another .

Must Read: Bohol Outdoor Adventure Park

BOHOL TARSIER SANCTUARY

While in Bohol, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of the place’s icons, the Tarsiers. These little creatures just measure 5- 6 inches and considered as world’s smallest primates.

Must Read: Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary

HANGING BRIDGE

Bohol created 2 bamboo bridges at Sipatan River connecting two Barangays in Sevilla, Bohol . The Hanging bamboo Bridges measure 20 to 25 meters high above and spans 40 meters long. While crossing, the bridges sways giving you a different kind of thrill.

 

BLOOD COMPACT SITE

Even for a few minutes, do drop by at the Blood Compact Site in Bohol located in Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City. The Bohol Blood Compact Site was made in remembrance of the historic event in the Philippine history done between Spain’s Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Bohol’s Rajah Sikatuna.

National Artist Napoleon Abueva created the sculpture depicting the   Sikatuna-Legaspi blood compact which is considered as the First Treaty of Friendship between Spain and the Philippines. This historical event is now celebrated in Bohol with its “Sandugo Festival”.

Here are my other articles about my travels in Bohol Island:

MONEY 

When in Bohol Island it is recommended to use most of the time your cash. Only big restaurants, hotels, and resorts are accepting credit cards. ATM machines and money changer can also be found especially in Tagbilaran.

COMMUNICATION

For foreigners, you can simply buy your sim card in many stores the moment you arrive Tagbilaran, Bohol. Area Codes are as follows: Philippine : +63. Tagbilaran  (38).  Some hotels , resorts and restaurants   have WiFi internet connection. A few internet cafes can also be found around the island.

WHERE TO STAY | LIST OF BOHOL HOTELS

There many accommodation facilities in Bohol Island. You can choose between the quite expensive Hotels and Resorts down to the budget  Pension Houses or Inns.

HOW TO GET  TO BOHOL ISLAND

You can reach Bohol by air and sea. Various domestic airlines offer direct flights to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. There also passenger ships and ferries plying the routes between coastal cities and towns of Bohol

By Air: For guests coming abroad, you can take a flight to either Manila or Cebu before taking another flight or boat ride to Bohol. Cebu City is preferable than  Manila since it is closer. If you are flying in Manila, you can take any of the daily domestic flights to Tagbilaran City which takes about an hour and fifteen minutes.

By Sea: Much slower than an aircraft, Ferries and ships  can save you a whole lot of money, especially if you are not in a hurry. There are RoRos coming from Manila that pass by Tagbilaran, Bohol.

From Cebu, you may choose to ride a fast craft to Tagbilaran City seaport. This usually takes about an hour and a half. For guests traveling on a budget, there are slower ferries that can take you to Bohol at less than half the price of fast crafts, but they usually travel in four hours.

There are also boat rides  in the Northern part of Bohol such as Tubigon or Talibon. From Tubigon or Talibon, you can then ride a van or bus to Tagbilaran City or any other town within Bohol.

You can pass by this man-made forest when your visit the Chocolate Hills

Cebu Airport to Tagbilaran City – From Cebu International Airport you can take a taxi to Pier 4. You will then have to take a ferry. All ferries take an approximately 2 hours to get to Tagbilaran City.

Tagbilaran City to Panglao – The moment you arrive at Tagbilaran City, you can take a taxi or a tricycle (a small motorcycle cab) to your hotel. Taxis are few in Bohol so your best choice is to get a tricycle. It would be best to agree first on a fixed rate before taking your ride.  For routes outside the city, you can take the jeepneys or multi-cabs.

Panglao Island – Guests going to Panglao Island, specifically Alona Beach, can have their hotel pick them up in Tagbilaran City airport or pier for an additional fee. Alona beach can also be reached by taxi or tricycle.

The Hanging Bamboo Bridge in Bohol

SCHEDULE OF FERRIES  (Schedules are subject to change without prior notice)

Shipping Line: 2Go Travel

  • CEBU-TAGBILARAN (4 trips/ day; 2 hours travel time): 7:00 am, 8:45 am, 1:45 pm, 7:40 pm
  • TAGBILARAN – CEBU (4 trips/day, 2 hours travel time): 6:30 am,  9:25 am,  11:15 pm,  5:25 pm

Address: 2Go Travel/ SuperCat Fast Ferry Corporation (SFFC)
Pier 4, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Philippines
Customer Care : Trunkline: (+63 32) 2337000, Fax: (+63 32) 2349667
Website: http://www.SuperCat.com.ph | Email Address: SuperCat-Customercare@2go.com.ph

Shipping Line: Weesam Express

  • CEBU – TAGBILARAN ( 2 trips/ 2 hours travel time): 6:00am, 4:30 pm
  • TAGBILARAN – CEBU (2 trips/ 2 hours travel time): 8:15 am, 6:30 pm

Address: Weesam Express
Pier 4 North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
(032) 412-9562 or 231-7737 | 09228660347 | 09177104967
Tagbilaran City
(038) 501-8223 | 09228660336

Shipping Line: Ocean Jet Ferries

  • CEBU-TAGBILARAN (9 trips, 2 hours travel time): 6:00 am,7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:20 am,10:40 am, 11:40 am, 2:00 pm, 4:20 pm, 6:35 pm
  • TAGBILARAN-CEBU (9 trips, 2 hours travel time): 7:05 am,8:20 am, 9:20 am, 11:40 am, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:20 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm

Address: Ocean Jet Ferries
Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc. Pier 1, Cebu Pier Area, Cebu City, Cebu Philippines | Tel Nos: +63(32)255 7560, +63 (32) 255 0115, 0917 638 0000, 0918 898 2188   |   Email: customerservice@oceanjet.net

 

HOW TO GET AROUND BOHOL ISLAND

Getting around Bohol is not really that difficult. The major mode of transport in Tagbilaran City and other places in Bohol is the tricycle, in some other Asian countries they call this as “tuk-tuk”. The majority of the drivers of tricycles has a good tourism orientation. They can also act as your tour guide should you desire to hire them.  The moment you land at the Island of Bohol you will notice that tricycle drivers will offer you some tours. In my recent visit to the island, I noticed that they have standard tour rates.

Aside from tricycles, jeepneys are also available on the Island of Bohol.There are places that cannot be reached by the common mode of transportation. In this case,  Habal-habal (motorcycle) comes conveniently. However, please take note that  habal-habal is not licensed to operate, some drivers tend to drive fast without any head gear.

The easiest and most comfortable mode of transportation is the rent-a-car. Most hotels and resorts are renting cars or can facilitate renting the car for you.

I  tried Habal-habal while I was in Bohol because its cheap. But on my last day, I rented a car because I was already tired.

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A view from East Coast White Sand Resort, Guindulman, Bohol

FACES OF BOHOL ISLAND 

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Outside Tagbilaran: Lake Side View Resort is located at  Guindulman, Bohol. You may not want to stay here unless you have a specific business . (I went here to conduct a training…)

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Dining in Bohol. try some organic treats from Buzzz Cafe

River Cruising: Enjoy the scenic view of  Bohol while enjoying your sumptuous meal at Loboc River.

Souvenirs. Souvenir shops  selling magnets, shirts and much more are found in almost all of the tourist spots in Bohol…it’s nice to buy some souvenirs because this is also helping the locals

The Ship Haus. The Ship Haus (Ship House) or “Bay Barko” is another spot which you can stop on your way to Chocolate Hills. There nothing mush about this place, but I just drop by for some photo op.

The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park. The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park is one of the latest attraction in the Island of Bohol. They have a zip line, restaurant, and serpentarium.

 

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jojo vito

I am an entrepreneur, management consultant and artist who loves to travel and share my experiences with others. If you want your place to be featured, for partnerships and sponsorships, etc. - email me at jovito_intraspec@yahoo.com My Blogs: www.thehappytrip.com ;  www.toponmylist.com ; www.intraspectraining.wordpress.com www.jojovito.com 

Default Comments (48)

48 Comments:

  1. thank you for taking us on a bit of a journey I love being introduced to new sites that I may never actually be able to travel to
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  2. such a beautiful place. I am sure there is lots of adventure to find in a place like that.

  3. This looks like a fab place to visit. I would love to go to the philipines some time soon.

  4. Wow! This looks like an amazing place.

  5. Looks like so many neat things to do! Love all the churches, so pretty.

  6. This looks like an amazing place to visit! Love the photos! Will add this to my travel list 🙂

  7. Misty Nelson Dawn

    Never been in Bohol and that is the one of beautiful place and I wanted to go there if I have a chance

  8. Every time I see a knew article, I am blown away by the beauty of the Philippines! I truly would love to visit them some day.

  9. Wow! As always I wished I could change places with you for the day! Gorgeous places and beautiful pictures!

  10. I feel lucky to have seen it’s beauty. It is really an amazing place!

  11. I always go back to Bohol and enjoy outdoor activities. I still miss the place and will be back again this coming all saints day.

  12. Wow Bohol island looks just amazing! And the food from Buzzz cafe looks so delicious.

  13. This place looks simply gorgeous! I would love to visit one day.

  14. I decided to celebrate my birthday in Bohol and found this paradise in Anda. I fell inlove with the photos and fell inlove deeper when I reached the place.

  15. Bohol Island sounds wonderful. It looks like such a beautiful place. Now I’m daydreaming, maybe one day 🙂

  16. Whoa! The The Altar of the old Baclayon Church is absolutely stunning! It definitely looks like a place I would love to visit!

  17. Those mountains covered in grass are sooooo pretty!!!

  18. We are planning on a trip to Asia and I would love to include Bohol in our itinerary. The Chocolate Hills, the old churches, the views are all worth visiting! Thanks for sharing this travel guide. I wish our dream Asia trip would come true soon!

  19. I just clicked the hotels in Alona Beach. The beach is so beautiful and green. It looks peaceful too. I would love to visit this beach someday.

  20. Church and chocolate hills. These are most definitley on my must see list

  21. Leigh Anne Borders

    This looks like such an amazing place to visit. I would LOVE to get here one day.

  22. I would love to explore the old churches on Bohol Island. I am super interested in old architecture.

  23. Never been to Bohol but it seems to be a so good place. I love the photographs.

  24. What an amazing place! I have a friend who is visiting the Philippines right now, as a matter of fact. I would love to go some day. LOVE the architecture of those churches!

  25. robin masshole mommy

    That sounds like a lovely place to visit. I would love to go there someday.

  26. first of all i want to visit tha loboc church, and also to see the tarsier and the chocolate hills.
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  27. What a stunning place! It’s no wonder that it’s famous for its Chocolate Hills. They are spectacular!

  28. Bohol has a lot of history to offer. I am glad you are able to present nice stuff about the place.

  29. Never been to Bohol but will surely visit this place once I save a little money. Nice review!

  30. Thanks for sharing a wide list of things to do in Bohol. I hope we can go back there when my baby gets a little older.

  31. Hello Jo. I looked at your blog posts about Bohol and they’re really filled with helpful information. I am from Bohol but I now live in Mindanao with my husband. Through your posts, I am even discovering new places to explore there as I only come home to Bohol once or twice a year. Thank you for all these. And glad to know that you’ve had a great time there.

  32. The pictures are pretty. I love island vacations.

  33. Those beaches look stunning. I would love to visit. That bicycle zipline looks more than my anxiety can handle!

  34. Oh! The beach looks divine and I am a total sucker for nature, so the trees are just the place for me. I really like that you have provided many resources to the readers in order to get the most information for Bohol. Thanks for this nice breath of fresh air (virtually!)

  35. Oh my gaaaad Jojo! love your photos… The last time I want to bohol, we only get to experience the loboc tour and the city tour. I actually did not enjoy it because I didn’t like the person whom we are travelling with. (yes, napilitan lang ako.. hehe) I will definitely travel to Bohol and explore it once more armed with your tips and all.
    -Jaimie of THE MERMAID IN STILETTOS

  36. Bohol is really great! I’m from Philippines and it is in my bucket list. I would love to go there with my family.

  37. Bohol sounds like an amazing place to visit! Love the beach, places to visit! Amazing!

  38. My family and I went to Bohol before and it was one of the best vacations that we had. We were complete and it was just so much fun.

  39. ah! i’ve never been back in philippines for 4years! not really missing it tho but i would like to explore places like this. so much things to do and adventure

  40. That’s so amazing! I would love to travel to Bohol someday and enjoy all the attractions and the beaches! There’s just so much to see and do there!

  41. I always love visiting Bohol because of of its natural wonders from beaches, to its forest and to the chocolate hills.

  42. Everything about Bohol Island sounds wonderful! From the food to the local shops! Love it! Wish I can go visit one day!

  43. I really have to see this place. I would like to check out Bohol Island

  44. This place is beautiful. The mountains look like they are manmade, so neat. From the safety of my bed I want to try the bicycle in the air. Not sure if I would say the same thing if I was there and it was my turn.

  45. Bohol is always on my bucket list but I haven’t got the chance yet
    I saw some promo fare going to Cebu and Bohol via Air Asia and Cebu Pacific but I wasn’t able to avail any because I don’t think i can travel there alone.. I love to see the Baclayon church and the Chocolate Hills too!

  46. This place looks amazing! Such beautiful sights, really wish I could go and see it all. Brill review of the place 🙂

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