bohol tourist spots itinerary

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The Island of Bohol is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the Philippines attracting tourists from various parts of the globe. 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.

 

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

BOHOL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, ITINERARY, BUDGET

Presented below are several activities which you can do for 5 days stay in Bohol Island:

  • Day 1 Bohol Countryside Tour
  • Day 2 Bohol Island Hopping
  • Day 3 Panglao Island Tour
  • Day 4 Danao Adventure
  • Day 5 Anda Beach Adventure

Of course, your trip and the adventure you will pick would depend as to how many days you will be staying on the Island.

BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR (1 DAY)

This itinerary will cover for a day visiting historical landmarks of Bohol as follows:

  • Blood Compact Site
  • Baclayon Church
  • Bohol Outdoor Adventure Park
  • Tarsier Sanctuary
  • Loboc River Cruise
  • Bilar Man-made
  • Hanging Bridge
  • Batuan Shiphaus
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Python, Forest Butterfly Conservation Center – Honestly, I skipped these two during my visit because I don’t find it really spectacular. Rather, I spent more of my time in some other attractions. However, if you really wanted to see these, they are just along the way as you head towards the chocolate hills.

LOBOC CHURCH

The Loboc Church in Bohol suffered much 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

BACLAYON CHURCH

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

LOBOC AND BILAR MAN-MADE FOREST

The Loboc and Bilar Man-made forest is a 2 kilometer stretch of hardwood trees planted on the border 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 CHOCOLATE HILLS

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

Must read: Chocolate Hills

BOHOL TARSIER SANCTUARY

While in Bohol, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of the province’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 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, zip bike, 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

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.

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 span 40 meters long. While crossing, the bridges sway 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 through its “Sandugo Festival”.

BUDGET/RATES

I did not get any tour package during my trip and I was traveling alone. For backpackers traveling alone, you can simply rent a hab-habal which definitely cost much lower. However, at that time I was not perfectly well so I rented a car to bring me around. Here are the rates of car rentals in the Island. The rates might have increased, but for sure it will not be really that significant.

  • Van php 2,500
  • Car php 2,000
  • Bus php 9,000
  • Coaster php 6,000
  • Loboc Cruise/Buffet Lunch – P450/head
2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Baclayon Church. One 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.

BOHOL ISLAND HOPPING TOUR (1 DAY)

It would be best to ask the assistance of your hotel to help you arrange for this tour. This tour will cover the following:

  • Dolphin and Whale Shark Watching
  • Balicasag Island Snorkeling
  • Virgin Island

DOLPHIN AND WHALE SHARK WATCHING

One exciting activity during this tour is to see up close beautiful sea creatures found in Bohol. Guides and spotters for this tour used to be hunters of sea dolphins and they are very much skillful where to find these creatures.

BALICASAG ISLAND SNORKELING

It would be best to bring your underwater camera for this part of the tour. Bohol Island’s marine life is so rich and you will surely enjoy watching colorful tropical fishes and corals.

VIRGIN ISLAND

The Virgin Island is one small Islet in Bohol which is usually part of the circuit for this tour. The pristine blue waters and white sand of the Island will surely delight you.

BUDGET/RATES:

Pumpboat Rental

  • 1-4 pax P 1,800
  • 5-10 pax P 2,000
  • 11-15 pax P 2,500
2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Loboc Cruise

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Hennan Beachfront in Panglao Island.  Photo from the Hennan’s site

PANGLAO ISLAND TOUR (1 DAY)

This itinerary covers the following destinations:

  • Dauis Church
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Bohol Bee Farm
  • Shell Museum

DAUIS CHURCH

One old church in Panglao Island, Bohol is the Our of Assumption Church popularly known as Dauis Church. The church building made of stone was constructed during the Spanish Colonial era. The church’s belfry is detached from the church.

HINAGDANAN CAVE  

Still, in the Municipality of Dauin in Panglao Island, Bohol is another popular tourist attraction, the Hinagdanan Cave. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a deep lagoon, can be found inside the 100 meters cave. The cave is naturally lit by sunlight coming from the holes in the ceiling.

BOHOL BEE FARM

Famous for their organic products the Bohol Bee Farm is also frequented by guests visiting the island. Guests will surely enjoy some watching activities like basket weaving, bee culture, and organic farming. The place offers also rooms for stay-in guests.

SHELL MUSEUM

The last stop for this tour would be a visit to the Bohol Shell Museum. The place showcases a large collection of common and rare seashell specimens from Bohol and other places in the country.

PANGLAO BEACH

One of the most popular Bohol Island tourist attractions is 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.

BUDGET/RATES

Car Rentals in Panglao Island covering this tour itinerary are as follows:

  • Van (Toyota Grandia) -PHP 2,500
  • Van -PHP 2,000
  • Car – PHP  1,500
  • Bus – PHP  7,500
  • Coaster -PHP 4,500

For the single backpacker, a habal-habal ride would come very practical.

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Dining in Bohol. try some organic treats from Buzzz Cafe by Bohol Bee Farm

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Bilar Man-made Forest

DANAO ADVENTURE PARK TOUR ( 1 DAY) 

For the outdoor buddies try the Danao Adventure Tour. This place offers the EAT which stands for Extreme Adventure Tour which covers activities like rappelling, rock climbing, river trekking, zip line and much more.

Located at Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kilometers from the City of Tagbilaran at approximately 3 hours ride away.

Getting to Danao Adventure Park

From Tagbilaran take a bus bound for Danao at the Dao Terminal right in front of the  Island City Mall.

Please take note of the Bus Schedule from Tagbilaran to Danao:

  • Morning:
    • 5:00 am,
    • 6:00 am,
    • 8:00 am,
    • 9:00 am
  • Afternoon:
    • 12:00 noon,
    • 1:00 pm,
    • 2:00 pm,
    • 3:00 pm,
    • 4:30 pm,
    • 5:30 pm
    • and 6:30 pm last trip.

The moment you reach Danao take a Habal-Habal or Tricycle to bring you to Danao Adventure Park. Tricycle would normally charge PHP 40/person or you can charter the ride for PHP 120/one way. Transportation going back would be scarce, so it would be best to arrange for the vehicle to wait for you, just agree on the price first.

RATES AT DANAO ADVENTURE PARK

  • Caving P 400/pax
  • River Tubing P 250/pax
  • River/Mountain Trekking/Hiking P 150/pax
  • Rappel (60 m.) P 650/pax
  • Rappel with Root Climbing P 450/pax
  • Suislide (Ziplining) P 400/pax
  • Suislide (Ziplining) – same day ride P 200/pax
  • Camping P 35/pax
  • Village Tour P 250/pax
2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The Hanging Bamboo Bridge in Bohol

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

ANDA BOHOL ADVENTURE

Still, on its way to being a famous destination, the 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.

If you want to enjoy the beach more, then you can spend the whole day or even overnight at the place.

For details about this adventure, click here: Anda Bohol

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The century-old Loboc Church, still in ruins after the earthquake

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

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Blood compact site

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.

2018 BOHOL ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE |ITINERARY,BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

at the Tarsier Sanctuary

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.

The Bellevue Resort
Barangay Doljo, Panglao Island, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines, 6343
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

Metrocentre Hotel & Convention Center
C.P.G. Avenue, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

Belian Hotel
Graham Avenue, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines, 6300
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

Ocean Suites Bohol Boutique Hotel
Blood Compact Monument, East Tagbilaran Road, Brgy. Bool, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippine
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

717 Cesar Place Hotel
CPG North Avenue, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines, 6300
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

Aliria Bed and Breakfast
0260 F. Torralba St. (formerly known as SACRED HEART VILLAGE), Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines, 6300
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

Bohol Sea Resort
Danao Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines, 6340
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE FOR THE BEST DEAL

Click below for more Hotels and Resorts in Bohol:

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.

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 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.

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):
    • 6:00 am,
    • 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

 

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Bohol Adventure Park

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 have 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 headgear.

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 of its cheap. But on my last day, I rented a car because I was already tired.

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…)

 

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

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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

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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 much about this place, but I just drop by for some photo op.

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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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