There’s no place in the whole Philippine archipelago quite like Bohol. For years, this island province has been luring travelers with its enthralling mash-up of man-made marvels and natural wonders. From the renowned Chocolate hills to Spanish-colonial-era churches, the island is home to some of the finest and most popular attractions in the country. And, in spite of the calamitous 7.2-magnitude Bohol earthquake in 2013, the province continues to flourish and rise like a phoenix. In fact, it has a bunch of new attractions and a new international airport, making a Bohol tour even more appealing.
So, have you been itching and dreaming of exploring Bohol? Got no clue on what to do in Bohol? Guess what? We’ve got a list of tips to help you experience a Bohol tour for the ages!
How to get to Bohol
The eco-friendly and brand-new Bohol-Panglao International Airport opened officially in November 28, 2018, replacing the old airport. Currently, the Bohol airport only accommodates domestic flights. But, with the recent upgrade and expansion, the airport will soon serve direct international flights.
Of course, there are loads of options, when it comes to flights, for local travelers like you. To get to Bohol-Panglao international airport, you can fly from Clark, Manila, Davao, Caticlan, Cebu or Maasin.
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What to do in Bohol
See the mesmerizing Chocolate Hills
No Bohol tour is complete without a visit to the iconic Chocolate Hills. Famed for its symmetry and chocolate-like mounds, it’s a sight that will definitely leave you speechless and in awe. Even if you don’t see yourself as a selfie addict, you’ll, all of a sudden, find yourself snapping dozens of photos with the picture-perfect Chocolate Hills in the background.
There are plenty of places where you can lay eyes on these natural wonder, such as Sagbayan Peak and the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park. The best place to catch them, though, is the Chocolate Hills Viewpoint. With its perfectly perched lookout, the place offers breathtaking overlooking views of Chocolate Hills, Bohol.
And, by the way, the Chocolate Hills Viewpoint is usually the starter of every typical countryside Bohol tour.
More information about the Chocolate Hills Viewpoint:
- Entrance fee: PHP 50
- Opening times: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Take a countryside Bohol day tour
For first-time visitors, there’s no better way to kick-start your trip than to take a countryside Bohol tour. Not only does this Bohol tour feature the Chocolate Hills, but it also has stops to a variety of attractions. Highlights of a countryside Bohol tour include the Sevilla Hanging Bridge, Man-Made Forest, Baclayon Church and Loboc River Cruise. Depending on your tour operator, you can modify or add other Bohol attractions to your itinerary:
Van or car rental cost for this Bohol tour: PHP 2,500 to PHP 5,000
Experience Bohol’s Sea of Clouds
Want to see something spectacular in Bohol? Like the Alicia Panoramic Park, the Sea of Clouds Bohol isn’t usually included in most typical Bohol tours. Still, it’s a majestic adventure that should on your Bohol tour and itinerary. With beautiful thick clouds blanketing the verdant hills of Danao, it’s totally a visually appealing experience that will appease your wanderlust. Well, it’s a sight that will remind you of Sagada, Mount Pulag and even Indonesia’s Mount Bromo.
- Entrance fee: PHP 25
- Opening times: It normally appears from 04:00 AM to 07:00 AM
Unwind at Alona Beach
A great way to end a fun-filled countryside Bohol tour is to chill at Alona Beach. Here, you can indulge on a rejuvenating massage, take a swim or dine and drink at any of the nearby restaurants and bars. The following day, you may go an island hopping escapade, hitting splendid places like Balicasag Island and Isola di Francesco.
- Entrance fee: Free
- Opening times: 24/7
Explore Candijay and Anda
See a different side of Bohol by traveling to the underrated towns of Anda and Candijay. From rice terraces to cave pools and pristine beaches, these towns offer a perfect combo and recipe for a memorable Bohol tour. To make things even better, Candijay is the neighboring town of Alicia – home to the Alicia Panoramic Park, or also known as Binabaje Hills.
Hike The Alicia Panoramic Park
Looking for offbeat things to do in Bohol, Philippines? Then, make sure to include a pit stop to the Alicia Panoramic Park to your Bohol tour itinerary. Tucked away in the highlands of Alicia, this wondrous park will sweep you away with its surreal scenery, fresh mountain breeze and laid-back ambiance. As an added bonus, it’s not as crowded as compared to the other mainstream Bohol tourist spots.
- Entrance fee: PHP 30
- Guide fee: PHP 300 for day hikes and PHP 500 for those who camp (good for 5 people)
- Motorcycle ride: PHP 200 back and forth per person
Where to stay in Bohol
There’s no shortage of options, as far as accommodations in Bohol are concerned. Here are some of the inns, hostels and hotels in Bohol that you might to consider for your trip.
- Hennan Beach Resort Alona Beach (Panglao)
- Panglao Regents Park Resort (Panglao)
- Belian Hotel (Tagbilaran)
- The Lucky Place Budget Inn-Bohol (Tagbilaran)
- Blue Star Dive and Resort (Candijay)
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Sample Bohol tour itinerary
Day 1: Bohol countryside tour
- Chocolate Hills Viewpoint
- Baclayon Church
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
- Sevilla Hanging Bridge
After your Bohol tour, head to Alona Beach to cap off your first day on a high note. From hostels to classy resorts, Alona Beach has a wide range of accommodations to offer to all types of travelers.
Day 2: Panglao Island Hopping
- Alona Beach
- Balicasag Island
- Isola di Francesco
Island hopping tours in Panglao last 4 hours and start around 5 in the morning. When you’re done with the tour, go to Dao Terminal in Tagbilaran City, and take a bus/van bound for Candijay or Alicia.
Day 3: Alicia and Candijay
- Binabaje Hills (Alicia Panoramic Park)
- Can-umantad Falls in Candijay
- Cadapdapan Rice Terraces in Candijay
Day 4: Anda
If you still have enough time, travel to Anda from Candijay. Afterward, stay there for a night, and explore the beach and cave pools of the town, the following day.