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2020 BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG: Top Things to Do, Tourist Spots, Itinerary, Recommended Resorts and Tours, Travel Tips and More!

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Planning a trip to Bohol? Let this Bohol Travel Guide Blog with sample itinerary, ultimate list if top things to do in Bohol, tourist spots, and attractions, recommended hotels and tours, and travel tips help you plan an unforgettable Bohol adventure!


Bohol is a top tourist destination in the Philippines and is popular for its pristine beaches, uncrowded islands, amazing resorts, and of course the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Less than an hour plane ride from the Philippine capital of Manila or a 2-hour ferry ride from Cebu City will bring you to the beautiful tropical island province of Bohol. Because of its countryside charm and beautiful landscape, it is considered as one of the most-visited province in the Philippines among local and foreign tourists.

There are some many things to do and to enjoy in Bohol, both on land and underwater. It boasts of breathtaking sights, old and historic churches, white sandy beaches, world-class beach resorts, diverse underwater treasures and marine life, and other man-made and natural wonders. You can find many places and do many things in Bohol. Explore the city’s top tourist spots from a selection of Bohol tours on Guide to the Philippines that you, your family, and friends will certainly enjoy.

In this Bohol Travel Guide Blog, I will share to you some of Bohol's top tourist spots, attractions and things to do and to experience, insider tips on what to do and must-try activities, how to getting around, sample Bohol itineraries, and many more that I hope will also serve as your guide in exploring this beautiful Central Visayan island province.

BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2020 FOR FIRST-TIMERS (UPDATED MAY 2020)



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QUICK FACTS ABOUT BOHOL


  • Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines in terms of land area. It is consisted of Bohol island itself and 75 surrounding smaller islands including Panglao Island.
  • Tagbilaran City is capital city of Bohol Province. Panglao Island near Tagbilaran City, where most resorts are located is a popular destination among tourists.
  • Access: Bohol has a new international airport, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport also known as New Bohol International Airport. It services all flights coming to the province. You can also reach Bohol via ferry from Cebu, Dumaguete or Siquijor.
  • Language: Boholano or Cebuano, but English and Tagalog are also widely spoken.
  • Currency: Philippine peso (PHP).
  • Mode of Payment: Most hotels and resorts, especially the big ones accept credit and debit cards. But cash is preferred in most establishments. Some big resorts have ATMs if you need to withdraw cash. Or you may go to Tagbilaran City where many banks and ATMs can be found. Money remittance centers such as Western Union can also be found in the city.
  • Public Transportation: Main mode of transportation within the city is the jeepney. Buses, shuttle vans and tricycles (3-wheeled vehicles) are also available.
  • Both Globe and Smart mobile signals work very well in Bohol, especially in the city. Mobile data internet are also available in many areas in the city and in Panglao Island.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BOHOL?


The most popular festival in Bohol is the Sandugo Festival held every July in Tagbilaran City. If you wish to join the festivities and events, schedule your trip in July.

Weather-wise, Bohol is hot all year-round. For me, the best time to visit is during the dry or summer season which is from December to May. This is the season when the weather is a bit colder (December to February) and there are less chances of rains. March to May is the peak of summer in Bohol where temperatures could go around 38 to 42 degrees celsius. If you want to see the Chocolate Hills in its famous chocolate brown color, summer is the best time to visit Bohol.

The wet or rainy season starts from June to November, with July to October getting the most rain. This is also the "low season" for tourists in Bohol. This means lesses people on the beaches, cheap airfares and hotel accommodations. Compared with other provinces in the Visayas, Bohol is not frequented by typhoons. So, it's still good to visit it even during the monsoon months.

HOW TO GET TO BOHOL?


You can get to Bohol via a direct flight from Manila and from other key cities in the Philippines. Upon arrival at Bohol-Panglao International Airport, you may take an airport transfer to your booked resort. See rates and availability here.

You can also get to Bohol from Cebu City, Dumaguete, Siquijor or even El Nido. Check out the wide array of transportation options below:

You can also SEARCH ferry schedules and availability below:


Cebu to Bohol


If you're coming from Cebu, you may travel to Bohol via OceanJet Ferry which is one of the most popular ferry operators in Central Visayas. Offering a wide variety of departures daily, you can choose a departure time that perfectly fits your desired itinerary.

RESERVE FERRY TICKETS HERE


Siquijor to Bohol


You can also get to Bohol from Siquijor. OceanJet Ferry also offers this route with hassle free booking and fast ferry ride between Bohol and Siquijor.

Dumaguete to Bohol


Ferries are also available if you're going to Bohol from Dumaguete City You can also book it in advance online.

RESERVE FERRY TICKETS HERE



TOP THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL (TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS)


Here are the top things to do, activities, tourist spots and attractions you should not miss to include in your Bohol itinerary. Let's explore the best things to do in Bohol!

TRAVEL TIPS: For ease and convenience, you may avail a packaged Bohol Tour when exploring the island. You may choose between Bohol Countryside Tour or a Bohol Countryside with Panglao Highlights Tour. For solo travelers, you may opt to join a group tour to save on travel expenses. If you're traveling with a group, I highly recommend getting a private Bohol group tour.

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

1. Visit the Blood Compact Shrine in Tagbilaran City


Located in Tagbilaran City, this is the site where the historic Blood Compact happened between Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. This act symbolized peace and friendship which took place on March 16, 1565.

Address: J.P Inting Street, Tagbilaran City, 6300 Bohol

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

2. River Cruise at Loboc River


Enjoy the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the clean flowing Loboc river. You could have your lunch here at the floating restaurants where one can relish lush greens all around that are captivating against a perfectly blue sky. It adds tranquility to the ride and also not to forget the great music by the singers from the band aboard the floating restaurant while enjoying a hearty buffet lunch onboard. The Loboc river cruise is definitely a must-do activity when in Bohol!

Address: Poblacion Sawang, Loboc Bohol

Other must-try activity in Loboc River


Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

3. Visit Baclayon Church


Considered as one of the oldest Catholic stone churches buildings in the Philippines, the Baclayon Church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Baclayon was founded by the Jesuit priest Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sánchez in 1596. This Roman Catholic Church is also known as La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church. Baclayon church was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Address: Main Road, Baclayon, Bohol
Entrance Fee: Free

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4. Take a closer look at the Chocolate Hills in Carmen


Who would miss out going to the world's famous landmark of Bohol? Formed centuries ago by tidal movements, the hills are considered as a National Geologic Movement. During summers, the dome-shaped hills covered with grass dries up and turns brown, which makes the area into seemingly endless rows of chocolate kisses.

Address: Carmen, Bohol
Entrance Fee to the view deck: 100.00 PHP

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

5. Cross the Bamboo Hanging Bridge in Tigbao


It is made of steel cables and bamboo flooring. When you walk through the bridge it is pretty shaky and swings a lot, but it's a lot of fun! On the other side, you'll find some souvenir shops and the "buko king" of Bohol. This is definitely a must-try for the adventurous tourists!

Address: Tigbao, Loboc Bohol
Entrance Fee: Free

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

6. Explore the Man-made Forest in Bilar


It is a stretch of two-kilometer, densely planted area of Mahogany trees. When you're there, you'll feel like you are entering a different world - it's refreshing and you can feel the fresh air around you. According to our guide, the mahogany trees found in the area were planted by the students of Holy Name University several years ago.

Address: Loay Interior Road, Bilar, Bohol
Entrance Fee: Free

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

7. Meet and greet the cute little Bohol Tarsier


Another popular icon of Bohol is the tarsier. The Philippine Tarsier, known locally as Mamag is one of the smallest primates in the world and is considered to be the mammal with the biggest eyes. Please take note that you are not allowed to touch them and you should turn off your camera's flash when you take pictures of these lovely tarsiers.

Address: Philippine Tarsier Foundation Inc., Corella Bohol
Entrance Fee: 60.00 PHP


8. Beach Bumming in Alona Beach, Panglao Island


Located in the southwest portion of Panglao island, it boasts of more than a kilometer of glittering white sand beach. As one of the most popular beaches in Bohol, different resorts lined up its shoreline. If you're staying in Panglao, you may also consider getting a Panglao island land tour to see the best tourist spots and attractions on the island. It is available for groups, for as low as 600 pesos!

CLICK HERE TO SEE RATES AND AVAILABILITY


Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots
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9. Experience Extreme Adventure at Danao Adventure Park


Located 2 hours away from Tagbilaran City, the town of Danao offers one of the newest attractions in Bohol - The Danao Adventure Park. It offer adventure seekers with a wide range of activities that will surely test your limits. Some of the adventurous activities that can be done here include: sky ride, the plunge, river trekking, river tubing, river kayaking, wall climbing and spelunking, to name a few.

For convenient and hassle-free travel to Danao Adventure Park, you may avail a Private Car Charter from Tagbilaran City or Panglao Island.

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

10. Dauis Church


Located on the island of Panglao, the 18th-century Dauis Church is dedicated to the Our Lady of the Assumption. Many locals and tourists go here because of the image of the La Señora de la Asuncio which is famed to be miraculous.

Address: Dauis, Panglao Islnd, Bohol

Doljo Beaches in Panglao Bohol

11. Doljo Beach


This serene and peaceful beach is distinctly low-key and quiet compared to the Alona Beach. Doljo Beach takes pride in its crystal clear water, fine white sand, and a wide array of resorts where guests can have a memorable and relaxing stay. If you're looking for a beach in Pangalo that is away from the huge crowd, visit Doljo Beach!

Dolphin Watching in Bohol

12. Bohol Dolphin Watching


The water around Panglao Island, Bohol, has some of the best snorkeling in the world. It is also known for dolphin watching. A must-experience in Bohol, dolphin watching is a popular activity in the morning where you ride a motorized pump boat and watch the playful and friendly dolphins near Panglao Island. Don't miss to experience an extraordinary adventure with these fabulous and amazing dolphins on your next visit to Bohol!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK AN ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE IN BOHOL


Balicasag Island Hopping Tours in Bohol

13. Balicasag Island


What's a trip to Bohol without exploring the underwater? When visiting Bohol, don't miss the white sand beaches and rich biodiversity of Balicasag Island. Just an hour away by boat from Panglao Island, you can enjoy sun bathing at the Balicasag Island's beach with medium to fine sand, or go snorkeling or scuba diving to discover its rich underwater wonders. To get here, just ask your resort or hotel for recommendations on boat rental service to Balicasag Island. For ease and convenience, you can book an island hopping adventure in advance.

CLICK HERE TO SEE RATES AND AVAILABILITY


TOP THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS

14. Bohol Bee Farm


Known for its organic restaurant and farm produce, the best thing about visiting Bohol Bee Farm are not the bees but the food. Enjoy their huge al fresco restaurant offering terrific views of the ocean while savoring on their wide array of food offerings. When visiting Bohol Bee Farm, don't miss dining at The Buzzz Cafe and try their amazing selection of ice cream flavors. Definitely a must-try is their Malunggay Ice Cream served in a cone made from dried cassava. It's creamy, not too sweet, but tastes really good!

Address: Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol Philippines
Entrance Fee: 30.00 PHP

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS

15. Hinagdanan Cave


Located in Barangay Bingag in the municipality of Dauis on Panglao Island, Hinagdanan Cave is one of the many wondrous caves in the island province of Bohol. A wonder of nature all by itself, it has a natural underground swimming pool with very cool spring water. If you're looking for some unique and adventurous things to do in Panglao Island, Bohol, visit Hinagdanan Cave!

Address: Bingag, Dauis, Bohol
Entrance Fee: 50.00 PHP

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS
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16. Anda Beach, Cabagnow Cave and Candijay


  • See the most beautiful sights of the eastern tip of Bohol on a hassle-free tour
  • Relax by Anda Beach, known as one of the best beaches in Bohol
  • Be mesmerized with the hole in the ground cavepool known as the Cabagnow Cave and jump in, if you dare!
  • See the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and get a glimpse of how local farmers live
  • Take a dip in Can-umantad Falls, the tallest waterfalls in the entire province of Bohol

CLICK HERE TO SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY



17. Panglao Church


Located on the southwestern side of Panglao Island, this church is dedicated to St. Augustine. Considered as the the 2nd oldest church in the island of Panglao it is known for its ceiling murals depicting the sacraments.

Bohol Souvenirs

18. Buy some Souvenirs


Never leave Bohol without buying some souvenirs. Bring home some peanut kisses, handicrafts and other local delicacies found only in Bohol.

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With so many amazing things to do in Bohol, it could be very overwhelming and it would be hard to decide where to go first. Another problem is that these tourist spots and attractions are located far from each other so getting there by public transportation is not really recommended. The best thing to do is to get a packaged tour when exploring Bohol. There are many packaged tours available in Bohol, and they differ from each other. Here are recommendations.

For ease and convenience, I highly recommend that you get affordable Bohol day tour packages that will surely make your trip more comfortable and hassle-free. Enjoy and explore the natural and cultural wonders of Bohol!

If you're coming from Cebu City and just want to visit Bohol on a day tour, you may avail a Bohol Sightseeing Day Tour. For hassle-free, affordable, and organized Bohol Tour, I recommend that you book a Sight-see Bohol Day Tour from trusted and reputable travel agency based in Bohol.


Sight-see Bohol Day Tour from Cebu


  • Catch a glimpse of the world's smallest primate - the tarsier!
  • Take a cruise along the Loboc River while eating delicious local food
  • Stand in awe as you visit Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills
  • Visit a colorful butterfly sanctuary and stroll through a lush forest
  • Hotel transfers, guide services, ferry tickets and lunch are all included in the tour

SEE TOUR PACKAGE RATES AND INCLUSIONS


If you're flying-in via Bohol-Panglao International Airport (TAG), or you're arriving by ferry from Dumaguete, Cebu, or Siquijor, you may consider these Bohol Tour Packages. Private group tours and Join-in tours are available.


Bohol Countryside Tour


  • Visit the historical Blood Compact Shrine, and learn about the story behind its name
  • Marvel at the Neoclassical architecture of the Baclayon Church, which was completed in 1727
  • See the world-famous Chocolate Hills with its 1,268 cone-shaped hills that turn brown in the summer
  • Stroll through the beautiful Bilar Manmade Forest, a mahogany forest stretching in 2 kilometers long
  • Enjoy a delicious local buffet lunch on a floating restaurant that cruises through the Loboc River
  • Meet the tarsiers at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, which was built to protect the world’s smallest primates
  • Choose from either a private tour or join in group tour to take in the beautiful sights of Bohol

SEE TOUR PACKAGE RATES AND INCLUSIONS


Bohol Countryside with Panglao Highlights


  • See the famous Chocolate Hills - 1,268 cone-shaped hills that turn brown in the summer
  • Stroll through the beautiful Bilar Manmade Forest, a mahogany forest stretching over 2 kilometers
  • Enjoy a delicious local buffet lunch on a floating restaurant that cruises through the Loboc River
  • Meet the tarsiers at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, built to protect the world’s smallest primates
  • Take a dip in the mystical Hinagdanan Cave and see the stalactites and stalagmites surrounding the cave
  • Visit Daius and Baclayon Church, two of the oldest churches in Bohol and in the Philippines
  • Enjoy a 30 minute walking tour around Bohol Bee Farm to learn about the daily operations of the farm

SEE TOUR PACKAGE RATES AND INCLUSIONS


Want more? For more amazing guided tours and exciting day trips in or from Bohol - PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

SAMPLE BOHOL ITINERARY


If you're flying directly to Bohol via Bohol-Panglao International Airport (TAG), you may choose any of these affordable Bohol Tour Packages:


Bohol Countryside Tour Itinerary


Full details and package inclusions of the tour can be found here.

  • 09:00 am - hotel pick up
    • Blood Compact Site
    • Baclayon Church
    • Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
  • 12:00 pm - Loboc River Cruise Buffet Lunch
    • Bilar Manmade Forest
    • Chocolate Hills
    • Souvenir Shopping
  • 04:00 pm - hotel drop off

CLICK HERE TO SEE RATES AND AVAILABILITY


Bohol Countryside with Panglao Highlights Tour Itinerary


Full details and package inclusions can be found here.

  • 08:00 am - hotel pick up
    • Blood Compact Site
    • Baclayon Church and Museum
    • Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
  • 12:00 pm - Loboc River Cruise Buffet Lunch
    • Bilar Manmade Forest
    • Chocolate Hills
    • Butterfly Sanctuary
    • Souvenir Shopping
    • Hinagdanan Cave
    • Dauis Church
    • Panglao Watchtower
    • Shell Museum
    • Bohol Bee Farm tour
  • 06:00 pm - hotel drop off

CLICK HERE TO SEE RATES AND AVAILABILITY


Coming from Cebu, here's a sample Bohol Day Tour itinerary:


Sightsee Bohol Day Tour Itinerary from Cebu


Full details and package inclusions can be found here.

  • 07:00 am - approximately, hotel pick up time
  • 09:20 am - ferry transfer to Tagbilaran
  • 11:20 am - arrive at Tagbilaran Port
  • 11:45 am - view famous Tarsiers
  • 12:30 pm - lunch at the Loboc river cruise
  • 01:30 pm - see the famous Chocolate Hills
  • 02:30 pm - sightsee at Bilar man-made forest, Butterfly Sanctuary
  • 03:30 pm - visit Baclayon Church & Museum and Blood Compact Monument
  • 05:00 pm - end of tour
  • 05:30 pm - return ferry back to Cebu
  • 07:30 pm - arrive back in Cebu, hotel drop off

CLICK HERE TO SEE RATES AND AVAILABILITY


TRAVEL TIP: If you have more time to explore Bohol, please check out my post: Sample Bohol Itineraries for 3, 4, 5, 6 Days Tour or More!


TOP THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS

RECOMMENDED HOTELS AND RESORTS IN BOHOL


Below are my recommended hotels and resorts in Bohol that I have personally stayed at during my previous visits in Bohol. ALSO READ: Best Hotels and Resorts in Panglao Island, Bohol


CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF OTHER HOTELS & RESORTS IN BOHOL




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I hope this Bohol Travel Guide Blog helps! Indeed, there are just so many things that you can do and enjoy in Bohol that will surely make your trip memorable. Go pack your bag and experience beautiful Bohol!


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This article was first published in September 2018. Last updated on May 2020.


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1 comment :

  1. i think the chocolate hills in carmen are 1,260 all in all since the 8 hills vanished because of the earthquake.

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