Bohol Island is located in central Visayas region, not far from Cebu. In Bohol you will find nice white sand beaches that are far less crowded than in more touristy islands of the Philippines. Bohol is also the place where one of the most unique natural wonders in the country, the Chocolate Hills, can be found. Bohol is also home to the smallest primate called Tarsier and these tiny nocturnal mammals can be met at the sanctuary.
The best beaches in Bohol are found on the adjacent Panglao Island.
Libaong Beach also known as White Beach Panglao is a 3 km long white sand beach in Panglao. Libaong Beach is connected with Dumaluan Beach and is the less crowded part of the beach with fewer tourists seen around. Libaong Beach is our favorite beach on Panglao Island.
Alona Beach is the most famous beach in Panglao. The beach is only about 800 meters long stretch of white, powdered coral sand but is the most developed among all the beaches in Bohol. Plenty of beachfront resorts, dive shops, bars and restaurants can be found at Alona Beach. The beach is popular between water sports enthusiasts as various activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, Jet Ski, kite surfing and kayaking are offered here.
Best money changers in Panglao can also be found in the village nearby Alona Beach. For currency exchange options and rates here check Currency Exchange Rates in Panglao.
The Chocolate Hills are the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol. The Chocolate Hills are a geological formation of about 1,500 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers in the center of the island. These cone-shaped hills are covered in green grass that during the dry season turns brown and looks like chocolate.
Loboc River is a scenic river in the Bohol province of the Philippines. The river is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol as taking Loboc River Cruise is one of the experiences that shouldn’t be skipped when visiting the island.
Tarsier Conservation Area is a tarsier sanctuary in Bohol. Philippine Tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates, is one of the icons of Bohol Island. Tarsier Conservation Area gives tourists the opportunity to see these cute primates from short distance.
Bilar Man-made Forest
Bilar Man-made Forest is a dense forest made up of mahogany trees. The forest stretches for about two kilometers along the road between the towns of Loboc and Bilar in Bohol. Bilar Man-made Forest is a popular stop for tourists going to the Chocolate Hills in Carmen. This refreshing area offers perfect photo opportunities as the view of the forest is really spectacular.
Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge
Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge links Sitio Sipatan of Barangay Ewan and Sitio Ilawod of Barangay Lobgob of the panoramic town of Sevilla in Bohol. Located about 36 km away from the City of Tagbilaran, the bridge is a popular stopover for tourists on their way to the amazing Chocolate Hills of Carmen. Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge is about 40 meters long and has been traditionally made of indigenous bamboo slats.
Blood Compact Shrine
Blood Compact Shrine is an iconic bronze monument found in Bohol. This monument commemorates a very significant event in Philippine history – the friendship sealed in blood by local chieftain Rajah Sikatuna and Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The event, commonly known as “Sandugo” is considered as the first treaty of international in the country between two different races, religions, cultures, and civilizations. It was a pact based on respect and equality.
Baclayon Church is a Roman Catholic Church in the town of Baclayon which was the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. Baclayon Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The church is constructed of coral stones.
Bohol Countryside Tour
Bohol Countryside Tour normally includes:
- Chocolate Hills
- Tarsier Sanctuary
- Butterfly Conservation Center
- Loboc River Cruise & Lunch
- Baclayon Church & Museum
- Python Sanctuary & Wildlife Park
- Bamboo Hanging Bridge
- Blood Compact Shrine
- Man Made Forest
- Loboc Adventure Park
When going on a private Bohol Countryside Tour, you can adjust the itinerary and skip some of the attractions that you might find not interesting.
Tricycle is the most popular mean of transportation in Bohol and Panglao.
If you need to exchange your currency at the port, you will find a Money Changer at Bohol Tagbilaran Port.
Flights to Bohol
Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG) is a new airport on Panglao Island in the province of Bohol. The new airport was opened at the end of 2018 and replaced Tagbilaran Airport to support increased passenger traffic.
Bohol Airport receives several daily flights from Manila, Davao, El Nido and few other destinations in the Philippines. The busiest route Manila - Bohol is served by Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines. Flight deals for this route can be found here: