Traveling to the Central Visayas region of the Philippines would be perfect for your summer vacation. Aside from the ever-famous travel spots in Cebu City, you could also try visiting some of the world class travel destinations in Bohol.
Bohol is known for its Chocolate Hills and the Tarsiers, but that’s not all. Actually, there’s a lot more things to do in Bohol aside from those. You could try dolphin watching, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, island hopping, and visiting historic sites too!
Here’s your list of 10 things to do in Bohol
10. Visit Bohol Habitat Conservation Center – Spending 30 minutes here would be enough for you to have fun! A guide will lead you to the butterflies, centipedes, birds, caterpillars, spiders and flowers. You could have them crawl on your hand while taking pictures with them. You could then visit a restaurant or ice cream shop nearby. Bohol Habitat Conservation Center is located in Bilar, Bohol.
9. Conquer your fear of heights at the Bamboo Hanging Bridge – Perfect for those who loves conquering their fear of heights and adventures. The bridge is made up of bamboos that was weaved together and has 40 meters long. Don’t worry about falling since the bridge is pretty sturdy since it was reconstructed to have cables for additional support. After you have crossed the bridge, there’s a souvenir shops on the other side which you can buy bags, shirts, keychains, magnets and more.
8. Visit the historic Blood Compact Monument – Unlike the Bamboo Hanging Bridge, this one is less challenging but perfect for those who likes to know more about the history of Bohol. The Blood Compact Shrine or commonly known as “Sandugo” commemorates the historical even that happened in 1565. This is a statue that reenact the toast of friendship between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
7. Have fun at the Hinagdanan Cave – The interior of the cave is magical! It has stalactites and stalagmites forming beautiful rock formations in the ceiling. There are a few holes in the ceiling that makes a spotlight-like light which is perfect for your ‘photoshoot’ for your Instagram post.
To get to the Hinagdanan Cave, you either take a tricycle or a jeepney going to Dauis. It’s only going to be a 15-minute ride if you’re from Tagbilaran. Entrance fee is 50.00 and if you want to go swimming, you have to pay an additional 75.00.
6. Relax at Panglao Island – Spend a day on this beautiful white sand beach by swimming, playing in the water, getting a relaxing massage, or sipping some cocktails at a beachfront bar. You could also take a boat and take you to the perfect spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.
You don’t need a boat to get there, you can easily take the small bride that connects Bohol to Panglao if you are planning on a day tour. But if you want to stay there for a night, there are plenty of accommodations for you to spend the night.
5. Baclayon Church – If you are more of a historic buff traveler, this one is perfect for your itinerary. The Baclayon Church is the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. It was founded in 1596 and still standing, this Roman Catholic Church has been officially declared as ‘National Cultural Treasure’ that attracts thousands of tourists year-round.
4. River Cruising at the Loboc River – Loboc River Cruise is the perfect place for you to take your lunch before you continue exploring Bohol. Most of their menu are Filipino dishes and there will be a band playing Filipino hits to serenade you on your meal.
Lunch package rates:
450.00 for adults and 350.00 for children below 12 years old.
While children's that are below 3 years old are free of charge.
Night cruises rates: (Friday and Saturday only)
Night cruises package costs 450.00 to 800.00 – depending on the package.
Full package includes a buffet dinner, river cruising, and a band concert by the Loboc Youth Ambassador.
3. Take a photo at the Man-made forest in Bilar – Visit the man-made forest in Bilar and have an Instagram-worth photos. This won’t take much of your time, unless you want to take a lot of pictures of you and the trees. This 2 km wide of mahogany trees bordering Loboc and Bilar is free of charge.
2. Bohol Tarsiers – There are a lot of tarsier sanctuaries in Bohol but the official tarsier sanctuary in Bohol is the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary which is located in Corella, Bohol.
To get there, you have to take the bus going to Corella or rent a motorbike from Tagbilaran City. The entrance fee is 50.00 and that includes a tour guide. And please, always follow the rules and regulations that was imposed on the sanctuary to help protect and conserve the tarsiers.
1. The Chocolate hills – Your day won’t be perfect if you haven’t visited this world class destination in Bohol. Chocolate Hills is the most famous tourist destination in Bohol. Every tourist visiting Bohol will surely have this on their itinerary. With over 1,300 of these hills and over 50 square kilometers of area, it is a true sight to behold. The Chocolate Hills is the Philippines’ third National Geological Monument and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is located in Chocolate Hills Complex, Carmen, Bohol and has an entrance fee of 50.00.
And there you have it. These are some of the best things you could do in Bohol, Philippines and there’s a lot more as well that aren’t listed here. And these are just the highlights and the must-visit in Bohol.