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Bohol is the main island of Bohol Province which has 75 minor surrounding islands. The island lies southeast from Cebu Island and southwest of Leyte Island in the Central Visayas region. This oval-shaped island is the tenth largest island of the Philippine archipelago.


The rice terraces of Candijay, Eastern Bohol

Another gem of the Visayas, Bohol is a tropical haven of natural beauty. The coastline of the island is skimmed by gentle coves and white sand beaches. Bohol is not as internationally famous as far-away Boracay off the island of Panay, but is well-known locally as a paradise for divers and snorkellers.

Dolphin watching and whale watching tours are popular with both residents and visiting tourists. The best season is from March to June, but dolphins can be seen year-round.

In addition to white sand beaches and dive spots, Bohol is famous among other sights, for its Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier – arguably the world’s smallest primate, heritage sites and old stone churches.


Anda Quinale beach
  • Tagbilaran — Capital of Bohol and the main point of entry to the island, including nearby Panglao Island.
  • Anda — A small seaside town on the east coast with a long white sand beach that has nothing to envy Alona. Amazingly friendly and refreshingly relaxed; here you are treated as a person and not just as a client like in Panglao. A few decent resorts dot the beach.
  • Loboc — Rivertown with historic church and idyllic falls. Home of the famous Loboc Children's Choir. Also famous for its River Cruise including serenade and buffet lunch.
  • Carmen — Launching point for tours of the Chocolate Hills
  • Corella — The best place in the Philippines to spot a tarsier in the wild.
  • Tubigon— Port town with great connections to Cebu and the Loom Weaving Cooperative is worth a visit.
  • Baclayon — Port with tours to Pamilacan Island and the town where the old Baclayon Church (established in 1727) is located. Elegant heritage houses line the main road.
  • Bilar — Gateway to Bilar & Rajah Sikatuna National Park.
  • Dauis — Historic Church with lovely seaside setting, pilgrimage site, and venue for heritage-themed dinners, exhibits, tours, cafe, craft shop featuring local jewelry
  • Dimiao — Village on southern side of Bohol with sunrise and sunset views, tide pool, waterfall hike, romantic outlooks from karst rocks, river trekking, snorkelling

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By Bus[edit]

Silver Star Bus Company is providing a Daily trip going to SAMAR, LEYTE AND BOHOL. Fully Aircondition Bus and they also have service from Quezon City, Metro Manila to Tagbilaran City, Bohol. The ticket  P 2,676.00 (2019) for one way trip. This price is estimated change can be upon booking. For schedules of trips and updated price / Silver Star Bus Schedules

By plane[edit]

Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, and Air Aisa all service the Panglao International Airport (opened Nov 2018). There are seven (7) daily flights to the new airport from Manila daily. An airport bus travels to the Tagbilaran Island City Mall for 50 pesos or $1.

By boat[edit]

One of the fast ferries that operate on Cebu-Tagbilaran route

The Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier handles more than 4,000 travellers on a daily basis. Nine daily ship visits from Cebu 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 and northern Mindanao routes. Additional berthing space for fast-craft ferries is currently under construction.

One way from Cebu is ₱500 by ocean jet and ₱800 for the round trip. (April 2014) / Bohol fast ferries schedule

Another easy entry point to Bohol isTubigon. The port city in the North East has over 20 daily ferry connections to Cebu and the ride takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Also, it is somewhat cheaper option than taking the ferry directly to Tagbilaran - a ride costs 300 pesos. Tubigon is connected to all the major tourist attractions on Bohol. Tagbilaran, Panglao and the Chocolate Hills can be reached by bus or V-hire from here but be prepared to wait 30-60 minutes for bus as there's no fixed schedule.

Get around[edit]

Bohol Island is easily accessible by bus, private cars, taxi and rental cars or motor bikes. Many of the towns in Bohol have a bus terminal where one can get a ride to other towns. Tagbilaran City, the capital city of Bohol has an integrated bus terminal located in Dao, where you can get a bus ride to get in most towns in Bohol. Most bus lines operate follows daily schedules. To go the the Chocolate Hills, one had to take the interior-route like Carmen-Sierra Bullones.

  • There are now large Southern Star Transit air conditioned buses going from the Integrated bus Terminal in Tagbilaran going to Panglao international airport via Alona Beach. the fare is P50 and the traip takes 30 mins.

Other ways, to get to different places in Bohol is to rent a car. There are several different transportation companies in Tagbilaran City where you can make arrangements to rent a car, motorbike, van or jeepney. Taxis are also available, but usually you have to pay in pre-negotiated fare called Pakyaw. Note that many rental agencies will pay a commission to Tricycles/Taxies that bring them clients, this cost is then usually added onto what you will pay for the rental (essentially you will pay the Tricycle operator twice, once up front and once when you pay for your motorbike or car rental). It is suggested that you walk into shops yourself to save that cost difference. If you are taking a Tricycle to get to the shop ask them to drop you somewhere just nearby and not at the actual shop.

Bohol is a small island and ideal for touring on a motorbike. Small bikes or scooters can be rented for 300-500 pesos per day. Most guest houses and a few motorbike rental shops can sort you out. Alternatively, Calcaben Motorbike Rentals (+63 908 895 7359) offers automatic scooters in good condition, for 300 per day. They deliver or pick up bikes anywhere around Tagliabaran (free) or from Panglao airport (100 peso surcharge). They can make arrangements at last minute. The whole coastal road is in very good condition, and people drive in a somehow safer way than the common Asian standard. The interior roads are particularly scenic, although some stretches are under construction and alternate paved portions with rocky and/or muddy ones, so watch the weather if you are on a small bike. Pension Houses can be found along the way in most market towns, with prices ranging from ₱300 to ₱1000 for a room with fan/AC and usually cable TV. "Vulcanizing" shops, where you can get small repairs or air pumps, are found all over the island. On the whole, people are surprised and happy to see you, and will give you a taste of local Boholan lifestyle away from resorts centers with inflated prices and touts.

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The Tarsier of Bohol


For the past 45 million years tarsiers have inhabited rainforests around the world, but now they only exist on a few islands in the Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. In Bohol, the Philippine Tarsier was a common sight in the southern part of the island until the 1960's. Once protected by the humid rainforests and mist-shrouded hills, these mysterious primates struggle to survive as their home is cleared for crop growing and because of poaching.

To date, the Philippine Tarsier Foundation has acquired 7.4 hectares of land in Corella, Bohol for a Tarsier sanctuary. With the Department of Environment and Natural Resources playing an oversight role, the foundation has asked other Bohol towns with Philippines Tarsier populations to donate 20 hectares (49.4 acres) of forestland for conservation.

It also runs a Tarsier Research and Development Center, which serves as a visitor center and venue for research, as well as a habitat preserve. At the sanctuary, a spacious net enclosure keeps a number of Philippine Tarsiers for feeding, captive breeding and display. Here, visitors can observe the Philippine Tarsier in their natural habitat. Within the sanctuary, the Philippine Tarsiers roam freely and all of them have got used to a seven-foot high fence that circumscribes the territory and which serves mainly to protect them from predators like feral cats while maintaining a theoretical chance for tarsiers to leave the enclosure and return as their wish. PHP 60

Do not visit the caged Tarsiers which are elsewhere on the island (especially in Loboc). These are kept in insufficient conditions and often die (commit suicide) of stress from the visitors and poor care. Dead animals are frequently replaced by new ones illegally captured from the wild, creating a high stress on the yet surviving population.

The Tarsier was used by Stephen Spielberg and Georges Lucas as the inspiration for E.T and Yoda.

The Chocolate Hills[edit]

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol

The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. The hills, which look like giant mole hill, are considered unusual geological formation that consists of at least 1,268 individual mounds that are scattered throughout the municipalities of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan. The hills range from 30 to 50m high and are covered in green grass, which turns to brown during the dry season, making them look like chocolate mounds. (Quoted from "Your Guide to Bohol" by Sanchez-Bronce, Loop and Carpentier). PHP 50

Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they became friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay.

Chocolate Hills are pretty easily accessible from Carmen city with a tricycle or a scooter.

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  • Firefly Kayaking (Kayakasia Philippines), Abatan River, Maribojoc, [1]. 4:30-8:30 pm. Experience one of the best and eco-friendly tours currently in Bohol showcasing an amazing firefly experience. See the trees come alive at night in a dazzling light show from thousands of fireflies in a beautiful and quiet river. Your Bohol adventure will not be complete without experiencing this natural wonder. Kayaking is the best way to do the trip without disturbing the firefly habitat with minimal noise and no loud engine noises. PHP 1950 per person with free transport, certified kayak guides, kayak rental and full dinner.  edit
  • Danao Adventure Park (E.A.T. Danao), Barangay Magtangtang, Danao, Bohol, [2]. 8:00am-4:00pm. Extreme/Eco/Educational Adventure Park that offers various activities for all ages. It boasts of a sky-ride, zip-line, river tubing, caving and trekking activities that will surely make a visit to Bohol memorable. It promises to be a whole new experience far superior to the common offer of Chocolate Hills’ tour, tarsier and dolphin/whale watching. Due to recent earthquake damage, the Danao Adventure Park is closed until further notice. Rates vary depending on choice of package or activity.  edit
  • Island Hopping. There are several uninhabited islands to explore just ten-minute boat ride from Panglao Island.
    Bohol Virgin Island
    One can escape from the resort crowd and head for quiet towards the clean white sands of Virgin Island. Technically speaking, Virgin Island is a only sandbar. Even during lowtide, the center part of this crescent moon shaped islet is submerged under 6 inches of water. This flooding divides the Virgin Island into two islets. The submerged part of the islet is a good spot to take photographs because it gives an illusion of walking over the water. There are no accommodations or infrastructures in this small unspoiled island but this only adds its peaceful charm.
  • Massage/Spa
  • Diving: Diving from Bohol is popular. There are many diving centers to provide training courses for OW,AOW and so on.
  • Pamilacan Island, (45 minute boat ride from Baclayon). Marine sanctuary on an undeveloped island. The area is frequented by a diverse variety of marine mammals throughout the year, including up to 11 species of frolicking dolphins, as well as many other types of whales including sperm whales, Bryde's whales and even blue whales have been reported to have been sighted! The marine sanctuary close to the island is teeming with vibrant, colourful marine life and is an excellent spot to go diving, although you will need to arrange to hire equipment on the main land if you don't have your own. Contact Masters Home for days trips, overnights, and volunteering opportunities [email protected]  edit
  • Kayaking on Loboc River, Loboc River Resort, Camayaan, Loboc, Bohol, Philippines, (038) 510-6191 or (038) 537-9342, [3]. You can get to the resort easily by taking a jeepney from Tagbilaran or renting a motorbike (400 to 500 PHP/day). Kayaking here is one of the best experiences with a really calm river, amazing views and very friendly resort staff. You don't need to stay at the resort, just go there and rent their kayak. Pricing (as of July 2016) for a Single Kayak is 600 PHP for the first hour and 300 PHP for each additional hour. Pricing (as of July 2016) for a Double Kayak is 800 PHP for the first hour and 400 PHP for each additional hour. The Resort also offer Stand-up Paddle Boards with a guide at (as of July 2016) 800 PHP per hour between 8am and 4pm. Alternative Stand-up Paddle Board Tours run for a half day at 1,650 PHP or a full day at 2,550 PHP. For Stand-up Paddle Board Tours it is suggested you call ahead. They also offer Fullmoon and Firefly Sand-up Paddle Board Tours for 950 PHP (as of July 2016) which start at 6:00pm.  edit
  • Anda Kayak adventures, ''1PEACE beach resort, Virgen, Anda''. Discover beautiful places from the coast of Anda  edit
  • Can-Umantad Falls. Lovely waterfall accessible by motorcycle. It's recommended to travel via Lungsod Daan from the east as the streets are dusty and muddy 20PHP.  edit

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Bohol is known for its bee farm. The honey they get here has become a popular treat. It is also believed that honey from the Bohol Bee Farm has medicinal uses. Honey from Bohol got added uses in certain delicacies and recipes.

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  • Masters Home ([email protected]), National Highway 6305 Dimiao, Bohol, +63 (0) 928 444 2751, [4]. By reservation. This is a new home-resort and restaurant offering exquisite international style dishes and awe-inspiring views across the ocean where those early birds can marvel at the fantastic sunrises and those of you whose worst enemy is the snooze-button can catch the magnificent sunsets. Relax after dinner with a drink under the stars, listening to waves. Every day is different here at Masters. Call ahead for daily menus. Most diets can be accomodated (not halal or kosher). Book private dinners, events, sunset cruise followed by dinner, family meals, etc.  edit


  • On the road resto & bar, Anda market (Anda city center). 5pm - 2am. Anda On the Road is an place where Local people and foreigner can learn about all cultures. Bbq, fresh beer, cocktail, many kinds of music, wifi, apple tv.Tagay Amigos! (9.74184,124.57417) edit


  • Pyramid Bar and Restaurant is an al fresco restaurant along Alona Beach. Aside from fresh seafood catch, the restaurant serves other varieties like sandwiches, pasta, noodles, chili chicken, beef teriyaki and pork cordon bleu. The bar serves fresh fruit juices, carbonated drinks, beer, wine and cocktails. At night, torches complete the tropical dining atmosphere.


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Bohol's rapidly growing status as a developing tourist attraction in the Philippines has resulted in the improvement of its tourist facilities. From quality boutique hotels to delightfully quaint bed-and-breakfasts, lovely top of the line hotels and resorts to a simple bed rented from a resident. As such, whatever your budget, you could easily find a suitable place to stay. During peak periods such as Holy Week, Christmas and New Year, rooms may be a bit more difficult to find and more expensive so it would be advisable to reserve in advance.

Unless we do not have an appropriate destination article, individual accommodations are listed on the relevant destination guide - not here!

  • Seaside Beach Resort, Balbalan, Dimiao (follow the sign on the national highway), +63 915 400 7146, [5]. Located right on the tiny sand beach 4km west of Dimiao. Very helpful staff. The rooms are nice, big beds and clean. Cold showers only. Special rates available for long term stay. PHP1000.  edit
  • Moon Fools Hostel, Hontanosas Rd. cor. Ester Lim Dr., Tawala, Panglao Island, +639338592444, [6]. New, eco-industrial themed, green hostel that's 5-min. walk to the whitepowdery sands of Alona Beach. FREE light breakfast, Wifi, hot shower, aircon rooms. Perfect jump-off point to all your Bohol activities and itineraries being easily accessible to public transport and surrounded by local and international restos, bars, atm, banks, money changers, and money transfer shops. A convenient store and souvenir shop is located in the same building.  edit


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