Bohol is a beautiful tropical island located in the Philippines suited to nature lovers and adventurers alike.
We’d heard a number of great things about the island of Bohol when researching our one month trip to the Philippines, however, we heard even more great things from fellow travellers during our visit which convinced us that we simply had to spend some time on the island.
The weather in Bohol is warm all year round. However, you’ll want to avoid the rainy season where you can. This spans from June to December, however, is especially bad from August to October.
Instead, try and book your trip to Bohol during the summer months of January through to June when rain is minimal and the temperatures are at an all-time high.
Depending on whether you’re travelling internationally or internally from elsewhere in the Philippines will depend on whether you fly or get a boat to the island of Bohol. As we came from Oslob on the island of Cebu we took a boat.
There are daily flights from both Manila and Cebu City with major airlines such as Jeju Air, AirAsia, and Philippine Airlines.
A one-way flight usually costs around 5,000PHP per person, however, this can be more during the peak season and less when booking in advance.
When it comes to where to stay for your four day trip to Bohol, I recommend either; Alona Beach or Dumaluan Beach in Panglao. In these regions, you’ll be able to find budget rooms and hostels as well as luxury resorts.
All of these resorts are a great base for visiting everything we have planned for our four-day itinerary on the island of Bohol. However, the majority do require some travelling so you’ll want to consider how you plan to get about during your visit.
Personally, we opted for a mixture of pre-booked tours using the Klook platform, walking where applicable and simply flagging down a tricycle tuk-tuk to take us to different locations.
You could also look at hiring a car for around 2,500PHP per day if you’re confident in driving abroad as the roads in Bohol are much calmer when compared to some of the major cities within the Philippines.
Table of Contents
- Day 1 – See Bohol’s Main Attractions
- Day 2 – Explore Panglao Island
- Day 3 – Hang out by the Loboc River
- Day 4 – Island Hopping
Day 1 – See Bohol’s Main Attractions
Two of Bohol’s most famous attractions are the Tarsier Sanctuary and the Chocolate Hills. These attractions are approximately an hour apart.
Personally, we opted to do this day as part of a Klook day trip. The minibus picked us up in the morning, took us to the following two sights as well as the manmade forest and on the Loboc River for lunch.
This really took the stress away from getting a tuk-tuk or hiring a car and left us free to enjoy the journey and our experience at both of these incredible attractions.
Bohol is well-known for the endangered tarsiers that inhabit their island. Tarsiers are small primates with huge eyes. They are sensitive creatures that are upset by loud noises.
The Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella focuses on providing the tarsiers with a safe place to call home. You will find other tarsier exhibits on the island, but this is the only location truly focused on conservation and providing the tarsier with the best possible environment.
The Tarsier Sanctuary allows tourists to visit the tarsiers and spend time with these rare creatures. The tour is very fast, typically lasting about 30 minutes.
Tour guides will point out the sleeping tarsiers, as they are nocturnal, and will tell you more about these wonderful creatures.
You are allowed to take pictures of them as long as you are quiet, turn off your flash, and stand at least 3.5 ft (1 m) away.
The sanctuary’s hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The price for this tour is 60 PHP per person, although as we had booked a day trip our admission was paid for as a part of this.
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
The Chocolate Hills are Bohol’s number one attraction. They are made up of over 1,200 dome-shaped knolls. They were named the Chocolate Hills because they turn brown in the summer, which makes them look like large mounds of chocolate (yum)!
The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP) is an action-packed way to experience these beautiful hills. The park has over 30 thrilling activities for adults and children to participate in.
One of their most popular attractions is the Rush Bike Zip. This amazing zipline allows you to pedal through the air on a bicycle.
You’ll get breathtaking views of the Chocolate Hills as you zip through the air on this 0.34 mile (550 m) long course. Other thrilling attractions include the Wave Runner Surf Zipline and several rope courses.
If heights aren’t your thing, the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park also offers attractions that allow you to stay on the ground!
If you are a nature lover, you’ll enjoy their eco-hiking trails and wildlife exhibits, including a butterfly garden, chicken and fish feeding areas, and Serpentarium, which is a cabin on the property that houses multiple species of snakes.
The Entrance fee is 60PHP which again was paid for as a part of our day trip. You’ll have to pay an additional price for every activity you want to participate in. If you’d like to know the price for each activity, check out the package rates in advance.
Day 2 – Explore Panglao Island
Panglao island is an extremely popular tourist destination and is most likely where you will be staying while you are on Bohol. Panglao island is known for its picturesque beaches and delicious restaurants, among other things.
Dumaluan Beach is a beautiful alternative to the more popular Alona Beach (we have an entire blog post dedicated to the best beaches in Bohol you should check out if you’re looking to make the most of the sun, sea and sand during your trip).
Although Dumaluan Beach is somewhat commercialized, its busyness doesn’t take away from its charm.
This picturesque beach features white sand beaches and clear water that will be perfect for enjoying a midday swim. It is truly something out of a travel magazine!
If you aren’t the type to simply relax at the beach, there are plenty of activities available along the shore. You can play a game of beach volleyball, rent a jet ski, go kayaking, and more. It costs 75 PHP per person to visit the beach. This includes the tricycle parking fee.
Bohol Bee Farm
The Bohol Bee Farm is a relaxing haven located on top of a cliff in Panglao. From the farm, you are able to see amazing views of the ocean below.
This beautiful farm isn’t only famous for its bees, but for its exquisite cuisine. The bee farm has amazing restaurants that serve organically-grown produce. In fact, the entire farm is focused on inspiring others to practise organic farming and healthy eating.
One of the most popular things to eat here is ice cream! The Bohol Bee Farm has a restaurant called the Buzzz Cafe that offers a number of delicious ice cream flavours.
The Bee Farm also has a resort. Many visitors come here to get away from city life and to spend time in the farm’s natural oasis. Many of the rooms at the resort look out onto the farm’s gardens, allowing visitors to appreciate the naturally grown produce around them.
Day 3 – Hang out by the Loboc River
Loboc is a popular tourist attraction. It is famous for its amazing lunch cruises along the Loboc River. Loboc is also well-known for its Bamboo Hanging Bridge and for housing some of the oldest churches in Bohol, including the Baclayon Church.
Loboc River Cruise
The Loboc River is a stunning waterway surrounded by an undisturbed jungle. One of the best ways to experience the river is by taking the Loboc River Cruise.
We did this as part of the one-day Klook tour (as mentioned above). However, if you’re looking for a slightly slower-paced trip then consider doing this on day three instead.
The Loboc River Cruise departs from Loay, a municipality on the outskirts of Loboc. The departure point is right by the Loay Bridge.
Once onboard, you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff who will take you to your seats. A short while into the trip, you’ll be presented with a buffet filled with authentic Filipino cuisine. While you are eating, you’ll be serenaded by live musicians.
During the cruise, you’ll make a quick stop at a site along the river. During this time, local people dressed in traditional clothes will perform a cultural show for you and the other guests.
After the performance, you will make your way to Busay Falls, which is a small waterfall right by the river’s edge. This will mark the end of your cruise. This relaxing cruise lasts approximately 4 hours, so you’ll have ample time to enjoy the beautiful views of the river and lush greenery.
Bamboo Hanging Bridge
After the cruise, you’ll head over to Loboc’s Bamboo Hanging Bridge, otherwise known as the Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge. It is called the “twin” hanging bridge because it is made up of two bridges. These bridges both go over the Loboc River.
Originally these bridges were constructed with only bamboo and rope. Today they are reinforced with steel cables, making the trek across them much less perilous.
Although the bridges are safer than they used to be, they will still bounce up and down and sway side to side, providing you with a thrilling experience.
The bridge is open all of the time. However, if you visit during the day, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of 35PHP per person (I believe children under the age of 9 enter for free).
The final stop of the day will be at the Baclayon Church, which is considered to be a National Historical Treasure of the Philippines. The church is a 30-minute drive from the Bamboo Hanging Bridge.
This amazing church was founded by Jesuits in 1596, making it the first Christian settlement ever established on Bohol.
This cross-shaped church is truly a sight to behold. Although the church has become weathered from time and was damaged during an earthquake that struck Bohol in 2013, it is still a stunning site that is worth the visit. Inside the church, you will see its amazing 19th-century Baroque and Neoclassical pulpit.
This church still holds services, so make sure to dress appropriately. Typically, shirts with sleeves are required for church entry.
For 50 PHP, you can enter the church’s museum where you will find old religious relics, including priest’s clothes, hymnal books, and several small statues.
Day 4 – Island Hopping
There are 75 islands and islets surrounding Bohol. Although we’d love it if you could see all of them in one day, that isn’t exactly feasible.
Instead, you’ll be hopping on a boat tour that will take you to one of the most popular nearby islands, Balicasag, and another small island known as Virgin Island.
Panglao Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching Tour
For your last day, why not explore some of the amazing islands surrounding Bohol? One of the best ways to do this is by signing up for the Panglao Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching Tour.
Your day will begin with an early wakeup. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:30am, so you won’t have to worry about transportation. Then you’ll hop on a boat and head to your first destination, Balicasag Island.
Balicasag Island is famous for its marine life. It is home to over 11 species of dolphins, which you’ll be able to view from the boat. After you’ve seen the dolphins, you’ll hop in the ocean for some snorkelling!
You’ll see a wide variety of fish and coral during your swim. Before you leave Balicasag, you’ll have the opportunity to feed some fish along the Balicasag Reef.
Next, you’ll cruise over to Virgin Island. Virgin Island is a sandbar that visitors can stroll along when the tide is low. You’ll have the opportunity to try some unique foods while you’re on the island, including sea urchins!
This tour only costs 2000 PHP ($41.35), which is much more affordable than renting your own boat for the day.