Tagbilaran

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Tagbilaran is the Capital of Bohol and the main point of entry to the island, including nearby Panglao Island.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

You can fly with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines from Manila or take a boat from Cebu City directly to Tagbilaran.

AirAsia also offers direct services from Manila.

By boat[edit]

The Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier handles more than 4,000 travelers on a daily basis. Nine daily ship calls from Cebu City are processed efficiently, with other ships from Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Iligan City, Larena, Plaridel and Ozamiz City also welcomed on a regular basis. Another four port terminals cater specifically to Cebu City and northern Mindanao routes. Additional berthing space for fastcraft ferries is currently under construction.

Sunday ferries from Tagbilaran to Cebu are often fully booked, so book ahead or use the port in Tubigon if leaving on a Sunday.

By bus[edit]

Tagbilaran is about an hour away by direct bus from Tubigon, port city with ferries going to Cebu. Jagna is also approximately an hours bus away, and has a daily direct ferry to Balingoan on the island of Mindanao.

Buses and Jeepneys also regularly travel between Tagbilaran and the other towns on Bohol.

Get around[edit]

Taxi[edit]

There are very limited taxis in downtown, most are found at Tagbilaran pier and airport. You can hire a taxi for a full day for under $35.

Tricycle[edit]

Tagbilaran has plenty of tricycles that can take you around. A trip from downtown to Dao bus terminal is about P30. Shorter rides within the city are P8 per person.

Jeepney[edit]

Jeepneys to Panglao Island can be taken from the Jeepney terminal or by the National Museum opposite St. Joseph Cathedral. Fare to Alona Beach is P25.

Bus[edit]

There are various small bus terminals scattered around town. Long distance busses are in Dao terminal, quite far from downtown. Small express busses can take you from downtown to Dao bus terminal for P8. From Dao there are busses to Loboc, Loboc Tarsier foundation, Carmen, Chocolate Hills, Tubigon and other places of interest in Bohol.

Car / Motorbike Rental[edit]

Most accommodations can assit guests with booking a car or a motorbike / scooter for a day or for multiple days. Some rental agencies will provide discounts on rentals of three to five days, or more. Most rental companies will bring the scooter, motorbike or car to the accommodations and will pick it back up too. There will be no need for you to go to the rental agency, unless you want to see all their stock in person. If you do go to the rental shop note that taking a Tricycle to a rental agency may add a cost. If you just ask a Tricycle driver to take you to a rental agency they will take you to one that will pay them for delivering you to their door. The commission price the rental agency pays the Tricycle driver will be added to your rental fee. As of July 2016 daily rentals range from 350 to 600 depending on the vehicle, the agency, if it is automatic or manual, the number of days you will take it for, and of course your bargening skills. Always check that the vehicle is in good working order, check the tires, ensure the vehicle is registered to the rental company (if stopped by police you must be able to provide this paper work), ensure you have your own license on you, take photos of any damage that was present before you take out the vehicle (and let the owner see you taking these, so they know they can't take you for a rider later) and, finally, ensure there is enough gas in the tank before you hit the road.

  • Richard's Motor and Car Rental Address: 31-A Palma Street; Phone: 0918-655-2296 or 0925-300-1907; E-mail: chardsepe@yahoo.com. They had newer bikes and sctoors in good conditions (July 2016) and were able to provide all their registrations for the vehicles. They also dropped off and pick up the vehicle prompty. Note they will charge extra if you are brought to their shop by Tricylce (they will pay the Tricycle operator a finders-fee, which will come out of your pocket). Once piece of ID must be left with them for collateral (Passport, a second drivers licence, etc.).

See[edit][add listing]

There is not much for a tourist in the city, other than food rest and shopping, but once you leave the city there is much in Bohol to see and do.

Do[edit][add listing]

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are a few nice malls, Island City mall is the larger of them and offers nice shopping and decent food.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Tableya - Made from pure cacao. Tableya is one of Bohol's pasalubong.Chocolate drink called sekwati is made from tableya.
    • Dalareich Tableya (One of the best known makers of tableya in Bohol), Booy, Tagbilaran City, (+63) 9272141456 or (+63)9203605799. You can buy Dalareich Tableya in Tagbilaran City supermarkets and malls and Alturas Talibon. Or directly from the supplier. Registered by DTI and BFAD.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Darunday Manor, 22 J. A. Clarin St, +63 38 411-2512, [1]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Nine air-conditioned rooms, each room with solar-heated showers and baths. from US$28.  edit
  • Marcelina's Guest House, 53 Lamdagan Street, +63 38 412-4169, [2]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: noon. Air conditioned rooms with ensuite or communal bathrooms, walking distance to airport & 15mins walking from the port. A mini-kitchen with fridge, kettle, free water and cooking/dining facilities. Free wifi. ₱600+.  edit
  • Metro Centre Hotel, CPG Ave, +63 38 411-2599 (), [3]. At the heart of the financial and commercial district stands the imposing 8-storey Metro Centre Hotel and Convention Center. Health club features exercise facilities that include sauna, jacuzzi and massage.  edit
  • Nisa Traveller's Inn, 14 C.P.G. Ave., Tagbilaran City, +63 38 411-3731 or mobile +63 932 518 2755, [4]. Good location. Hospital-like rooms, some windowless. Also has air-con rooms and rooms with en suite showers. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi in the lounge area. Twin with fan and shared bathroom ₱600.  edit
  • Solidad Suites, J.C. Borja St. cor M. Parras St., Tagbilaran City, Bohol Philippines, +63 38 411-3074, [5].  edit
  • Vest Pension House, Tamblot Ext., Tagbilaran City, Bohol Philippines, +63 38 501-8079, [6].  edit
  • Hat's Inn, Old house turned into a family-run budget hostel. Local confort with share bucket shower. Fan and air con rooms. Wifi. From 200P for single room and 350P for double room. No fixed rates so bargain. Good location: it is a 2 minutes walk south of Rizal Park on Carlos P Garcia Ave.

Get out[edit]

Get out[edit]

By boat

There are several boats from Tagbilaran Pier daily to Cebu, and one boat daily at 10:30am to Dumaguete. Fare to Cebu with OceanJet is P500, P700 to Dumaguete.

By air

There are several flights daily to Manila.



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