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
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.
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 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.
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
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:
- Best Places to Visit in Bohol Island
- Lake Side View , Guindulman, Bohol
- Anda de Boracay
- East Coast White Sand Resort
- The Buzzz Cafe (Bee Farm Restaurant)
- Loboc Church , Man-made Forest, and Ship Haus
- Experiencing Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
- Encounter with the Tarsier
- Baclayon Church of Bohol
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.
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
(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: email@example.com
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.
A view from East Coast White Sand Resort, Guindulman, Bohol
FACES OF BOHOL ISLAND
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…)
River Cruising: Enjoy the scenic view of Bohol while enjoying your sumptuous meal at Loboc River.
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.