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BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDE 2018: Top Things to Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions + Itinerary

Bohol Travel Guide Top Best Things to do in Bohol Philippines

Planning a trip to Bohol? Let this Bohol Travel Guide help you with useful information on top things to do, tourist spots, and attractions in Bohol.


Less than an hour's plane ride from the Philippine capital of Manila or a 2-hour ferry ride from Cebu City is 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 and one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Popular among foreign and local tourists, 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 that you, your family and group of friends will certainly enjoy.

Here's a list of some of Bohol's top tourist spots, attractions and things to do and to experience that I hope will also serve as your travel guide in exploring Bohol.

TOP THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS IN BOHOL



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TRAVEL TIPS: For ease and convenience, you can 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. If you're coming from Cebu, you can purchase online your Bohol-Cebu OceanJet Ferry Ticket on this link.


1. Visit the Blood Compact Shrine in Tagbilaran City


Located in Tagbilaran City, this is the site where the 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. The Loboc river cruise is definitely a must-do activity when in Bohol!

Address: Poblacion Sawang, Loboc Bohol

Other Must-try activities 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

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

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

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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

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

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!

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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
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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

Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

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!

Doljo Beaches in Panglao 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!

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Dolphin Watching 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.

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Balicasag Island Hopping Tours in Bohol

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

14. 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

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS
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16. 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.

17. Buy some Souvenirs


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

Bohol Souvenirs

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.

Budget-friendly Bohol Packaged Tours


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

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If you're flying-in via Tagbilaran Airport or the soon to be opened Panglao Airport, or you're arriving by ferry from Dumaguete, Cebu, or Sqiauijor, 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

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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

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Things to do in Bohol Tourist Spots

Sample Bohol Itineraries


If you're flying directly to Bohol via Tagbilaran Airport, you may choose any of these affordable Bohol Tour Packages:


Bohol Countryside Tour Itinerary


Full details and package inclusions 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

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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

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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
  • 07:30pm arrive back in Cebu, hotel drop off

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I hope this Bohol Travel Guide 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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