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Bohol Travel Guide: An Excellent Guide to the World

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This Bohol Travel Guide helps you make the most of your three days on the island. It features a well-crafted travel itinerary and a detailed budget for the trip.

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Bohol is known for two unique things – the Chocolate Hills and the Philippine Tarsier.

In 2012, I visited Bohol for work and to see close the iconic tourist site and the second smallest primate. Due to a tight work schedule, I failed to take even a glimpse at the island’s famous attractions. Hence, I left Bohol with a heavy heart and committed to returning for complete leisure and a relaxing treat.

The word came into reality after waiting a decade long. Bohol offers vast breathing space and boasts a mix of unspoiled natural sceneries and historically relevant sites. This three-day vacation is not complete without visiting two of Bohol’s well-known interests that puts me in great pleasure.

Bohol has more to offer aside from what it’s known. Perhaps, exploring Bohol for three days is not enough. However, there’s still a next time to explore your unexplored.

Bohol Travel Guide Contents

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Quick Fact About Bohol

The island of Bohol, together with Siquijor, was part of Cebu until 1854. Its name originates from Bool – a neighborhood in Tagbilaran and a historical ground of the first Filipino-Spanish Treaty of Amity.

Climate in Bohol

Bohol experiences a tropical rainforest climate. Thus, the island remains warm, humid, and wet throughout the year.

Best Time to Visit Bohol

Bohol is an all-year-round tourist destination. And, a visit to the island during the summer is best to witness the iconic hills in their deep-brown color.

December to May

The months from December until May are the dry season in Bohol. Hence, the best time to visit Bohol island. Visitors may expect a colder atmosphere from December to February.

Conversely, the hot summer weather welcomes tourists from March until May. The summertime also hoards crowds, especially during the observance of the holy week.

June to November

The wet season commences in June and lasts until November. Hence, visitors may likely experience rain showers and downpours during these months. Visiting Bohol during the lean season benefits travelers as airfares and accommodation rates plummet. 

Language in Bohol

Boholano, a native tongue of Cebuano, is widely spoken in Bohol. Fret not Boholanos or the locals also speak Tagalog and English.

Here are essential Boholano words and phrases to learn before your trip to Bohol, Philippines. 

  • Maayong buntag – Good morning
  • Kamusta naman ka? – How are you?
  • Maayong pag abot – Welcome
  • Pasaylo – Sorry
  • Unsay imong ngalan? – What is your name?
  • Tana – Let’s go
  • Ali diri – Come here
  • Asa man CR? – Where is the toilet?
  • Unsa ni? – What is this?
  • Tag pila? – How much?
  • Ihatag nako – Give it to me
  • Pwede mo hangyo? – Can I get a discount?
  • Mahal kaayo – Very expensive

Currency in Bohol

Philippine Peso is the official currency in Bohol, Philippines. The exchange rate as of September 30, 2022, is PHP 58.55, or USD 1.

Modes of Payment in Bohol

Hard cash is the preferred mode of payment in Bohol. However, several shops, restaurants, and hotels also accept major cards.

Cash withdrawal is not a problem in Bohol since banks and money changers are widespread over Tagbilaran and Panglao.

Ways of Getting to Bohol

Located in the Central Visayas, Bohol is accessible via air and water. The Panglao-Bohol International Airport and the number of seaports across mainland Bohol serve as the main gateways.

By Air

The most efficient way of getting to Bohol is via air, going from parts of Luzon and Mindanao. A few domestic airlines provide direct flights from Pasay and Davao.


Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia offer flights to Bohol from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Travel time between Pasay and Bohol is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.


From Mindanao, spend about a couple of hours to reach Bohol from Davao’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport via major airlines.

By Water

Cebu, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Camiguin, and Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental is Bohol’s neighboring island provinces. Several shipping lines provide sea transfers to the island.

Cebu to Bohol

The Cebu to Bohol sea lane takes roughly two hours from the Cebu Pier 1 to Tagbilaran Port. Lite Shipping, OceanJet, and FastCat are the three major lines that follow this route.

Dumaguete to Bohol

OceanJet Line departs from Negros Oriental via Dumaguete Port to Tagbilaran Port twice daily. Passengers spend around two hours to reach Bohol.

Siquijor to Bohol

Spend an hour-and-a-half journey to Bohol via the OceanJet and Lite Ferries, departing from Larena Pier to Tagbilaran Port

Camiguin to Bohol

It will take roughly 4 hours to reach Bohol from Balbagon Port, Mambajao, to Jagna Seaport. The Super Shuttle Ferry operates through this route thrice weekly.

Cagayan de Oro to Bohol

Spend approximately seven hours traveling from Cagayan de Oro Pier to Tagbilaran Port. Major shipping lines like Trans Asia, Lite Ferries, and Cokaliong offer sea transfers to the island.

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Getting Around Bohol

There are several ways of getting around Bohol once you set foot on its soil. Bohol has an integrated transport terminal in Tagbilaran that stations major transports like buses, jeepneys, and vans.


Public buses are the ideal transport for far-off destinations in Bohol. Buses usually depart at Dao Integrated Terminal near the Island City Mall and follow a particular route.

Also, there are paid shuttle services at Panglao-Bohol International Airport, which provide direct transfers to Tagbilaran and vice versa. 

Jeepneys and Minicabs

Minicabs and jeeps are multi-seater transports that roam throughout Tagbilaran’s neighboring towns. These transports ply the main roads and most stations at the Dao Integrated Terminal.


Passenger vans or ‘V-Hires’ are the more expensive yet convenient ways of getting around Bohol. It can load up to 14 passengers at a time. However, it can only depart once the van is full. In addition, it also serves as a transport mode for Bohol’s countryside group tours.


City cabs are rare in Bohol, yet an alternative for a more convenient trip on the island. Many of them park near malls, hotels, and ports.

Car Rental

The hassle-free and most convenient way to navigate Bohol is by chartering a private car – with or without a driver. This transport is ideal, especially for places not covered by public vehicles. You may opt to hire four or eight-hour exclusive car use for Bohol Countryside Tour.

Tricycle and Habal-Habal

A tricycle is a public transport designed to fit up to 4 passengers and intended for short-distance trips. You may hail or hire a tricycle in many areas of Bohol.

Otherwise, you can charter a motorcycle taxi or ‘Habal-Habal’ – a motorbike with extended back seats. The seats can carry at least two passengers at a time.

Outrigger Boats

Bohol is an archipelago of 75 islands, including Balicasag and Virgin Island. Outrigger boats are the primary transports to reach some of these islands.

Areas to Stay in Bohol

Tagbilaran City and Panglao Island are the ideal areas to stay in Bohol. These locales are the island’s commercial hubs and host a variety of accommodations, from budget hostels to luxury beachfront resorts.


Bohol’s capital, Tagbilaran City, is the center of commerce and the point of departure for countryside attractions. Stay in Tagbilaran to get nearer to the Chocolate Hills and Tarsier Sanctuaries, roughly an hour’s drive.


Located Southwest of mainland Bohol, the island of Panglao boasts beachscapes like Alona, Dumaluan, and the Hinagdanan Cave. It has plentiful accommodations, including those upscale beachfront hotels in Alona.

The Panglao-Bohol International Airport is 15  minutes drive from the Panglao town proper, where shops, restaurants, and hotels are packed.

Internet in Bohol

Bohol offers fairly decent internet speed. While several hotels, diners, cafès, and bars provide complimentary wifi.

Power Adaptor in Bohol

Bohol operates on a 220 V supply voltage with a frequency of 60 HZ and has one type of power adaptor:

• A or has two flat parallel pins

Bohol Travel Guide Itinerary

Bohol Travel Guide Highlights: Sights and Attractions
Highlights: Chocolate Hills, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Tarsier, and Alona Beach.

Day 1 - Panglao and Abatan

06:00 am – 07:30 am Flight to Bohol

07:30 am – 08:30 am Arrival at Panglao-Bohol International Airport and head to Panglao town proper

• From the Panglao-Bohol International Airport
• Take your booked van transfer to Panglao
• Alight at Panglao town proper

08:30 am – 12:00 pm Hotel check-in, rest, and have lunch

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: A hostel is a low-price shared accommodation that offers essentials such as sleep and a bath. If you are a budget-conscious traveler, book a hostel in Bohol.

12:00 pm – 04:00 pm Sunbathe and swim at Alona Beach

The Alona Beach

Alona Beach is a stretch of white-fine sands, meeting the endless azure waters of Bohol. A few meters from the island’s most touristy beachscape are rows of hotels, restaurants, and shops. 

Alona’s serene daytime atmosphere turns into a hectic and rowdy ambiance during the night. Diners and bars cater to pleasure-seekers, while performances add energy to exciting nightlife.

04:00 pm – 06:00 pm Head to the hotel, prepare and have dinner

06:00 pm – 07:00 pm Head to Abatan River Visitor Center, Cortes, for fireflies watching

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: You may book an arranged Abatan River Fireflies Watching tour and see up close these nocturnal bugs. This hassle-free trip covers your transfers and admission fee with the boat and life vests.

07:00 pm – 08:00 pm Night cruise along the Abatan River

Abatan River

Located in western Bohol, the Abatan River is around 20 kilometers long and passes through Catigbian, Antequera, Balilihan, and Maribojoc. Alongside the Abatan River is a dense growth of mangrove forest that shelters a few species of fireflies.

At sundown, these glittering lightning bugs start to amaze tourists while on board for less than an hour cruise.

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: The summer season is the ideal time to eye-witness a sparkle of fireflies flashing synchronously. Conversely, avoid wet months as it likely suspends tours.

08:00 pm – 09:00 pm Head back to the hotel

09:00 pm Sleep

Day 2 - Countryside

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: Exclusive tours allow you to explore tourist sites at your time. Hence, charter a private car to have control over your itinerary. Instead, join a shared Bohol countryside tour with fellow tourists.

06:00 am – 08:00 am Wake up, bath, and have breakfast

08:00 am – 04:00 pm Head to and explore Bohol countryside

Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are dome-shaped karst hills carpeted with vegetation. This distinct natural formation has over 1,700 humps peppered across the municipalities of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan. During summer, these mounds turn brown due to the dried grasses concealing these hills.

Chocolate Hills Viewing Deck is open from Monday until Sunday, from 06:00 am until 09:00 pm. The admission fee is PHP 100.00 or USD 1.71.

Bohol Travel Guide Fact: Peanut Kisses is Bohol’s homegrown delicacy made of high-grade peanuts and egg whites. The Kisses-inspired treat appears like Bohol’s iconic landmark – the Chocolate Hills.

Tarsier Conservation Area

Aside from Corella’s tarsier sanctuary, Loboc Tarsier Conservation Area also serves as a refuge for the world’s second smallest primate. This grayish or reddish-brown-furred mammal measures around 3 to 6 inches and weighs between 80 to 165 grams.

Philippine Tarsier’s natural habitat is in tropical rainforests and is endemic in Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and parts of Mindanao.

Tarsier Conservation Area is open from Monday until Sunday, from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm. The admission fee is PHP 100.00 or USD 1.71.

Bohol Travel Guide Reminders: The Philippine Tarsier is an emotionally fragile, stress-prone critter. Once stressed out, it commits suicide by hitting its head against a tree trunk. Before seeing closer these gentle creatures, be reminded of the following tarsier viewing rules.

  1. Observe silence upon entering. Avoid raising your voice inside the premises.
  2. Photography is allowed. However, turn off your camera flash as tarsiers are so light-sensitive.
  3. Do not touch or even feed the tarsiers.
  4. Avoid shaking branches of trees, which are the primates’ natural habitat.
  5. Do not go beyond the enclosures.

Bilar Man-Made Forest

The Bilar Man-Made Forest is a stretch of thick Mahogany trees scattered along the borders of Loboc and Bilar towns. This two-kilometer tunnel-like arrangement of lofty trees offers a stunning view as you go past and to Chocolate Hills.

Bilar Man-Made Forest is best to view during the daytime.

Loboc Church

Founded in 1596, Loboc Church is a Baroque architectural design Roman Catholic church erected along the banks of the Loboc River. It is made of coral stones and has a separate four-story campanile built closer to the river.

Church of Loboc is devoted to the town’s patron saint, Saint Peter the Apostle.

Loboc River

The Loboc River extends about 1 mile from the town of Loboc to the Bohol Sea in the south. Alongside the pristine waterway are teeming with greeneries that create a mesmerizing rural vista.

Spend the noon time break while cruising the river. The Loboc River Cruise offers an hour journey in a floating restaurant, serving buffet meals with folk performances.

Loboc River Cruise operates from Monday until Friday at 12:00 pm and 11:30 am. During the weekends, the cruise serves at 01:30 pm.

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: Try the Stand-Up Paddleboarding offered at Loboc River. 

Baclayon Church

Founded in 1595, Baclayon Church is a Roman Catholic parish church and Bohol’s oldest. The Spanish Colonial Era church is of Baroque-style architecture and made of corals.

Baclayon Church dedicates to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The church has an indoor museum that displays religious pieces, which requires admission of PHP 50.00 or USD 0.85.

Blood Compact Church

Located along the main road of Tagbilaran, Blood Compact Shrine commemorates the first Filipino-Spanish friendship treaty held on March 16, 1565. It depicts the ‘sandugo’ or one-blood pact between Spain’s Miguel López de Legazpi and Bohol’s tribal leader, Rajah Sikatuna.

Both parties make a slash in their left arms and extract blood drops into a glass of wine to drink. Bohol’s Napoleon Abueva, a National Artist, sculpted these five life-size bronze statues erected in Bool – a sitio in Tagbilaran.

Hinagdanan Cave

The Hinagdanan Cave is a limestone cave found in Dauis, Panglao Island – a short drive from Panglao town proper. It is a naturally lit cavern, concealed with stalagmites, and has an inviting 4-meter deep turquoise-color freshwater natural pool.

Before entering the cave’s small passage, pay the admission fee of PHP 50.00 or USD 0.85 at the entrance gate. In addition, swimming in the lagoon costs PHP 100.00 or USD 1.71, while the parking fee is PHP 20.00 or USD 0.34.

The Hinagdanan Cave is open from Monday to Sunday, from 07:30 am to 05:00 pm.

Bohol Travel Guide Fact: The Hinagdanan Cave is an accidental discovery by a local while clearing his land. Out of curiosity, he built a ladder down to the cave, hence the name – ‘Hinagdanan’ or laddered.

04:00 pm – 09:15 pm Head back to the hotel, rest, have dinner, and nightlife

09:15 pm Sleep

Day 3 - Balicasag and Virgin Island

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: The perfect way to explore the other islands of Bohol is via an organized tour. Reserve a slot for the Island Hopping Tour for convenience, as it covers the boat transfers, gear, and fees.

04:00 am – 06:00 am Wake up, prepare, have breakfast, head to Alona Beach, and register

06:00 am – 12:00 pm Head to and explore the island of Balicasag

Dolphin Watching

Arriving earlier in the waters of Balicasag Island with clear skies is a perfect match to watch the leaping dolphins. These gentle creatures surface in unexpected directions. Hence, prompt your cameras; who knows, they will appear next to your boat.

Balicasag Island

Around a 30-minute from Panglao, Balicasag is roughly a round-shaped island sprinkled with white sands and surrounded by azure waters. Like in Coron, Palawan, the island is also a paradise for snorkeling and diving because of its rich marine resources.

With your snorkels and life vests on, expect underwater scenery with an abundance of fishes, corals, seaweeds, and sea turtles.

Virgin Island

Akin to Naked Island of Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Virgin Island is a bare sandbar between Balicasag and Panglao. And it appears as a comma-like sign from above during low tide.

This barren white sand island has floating eateries where you can indulge in fresh foods and drinks. The environmental fee amounts to PHP 30.00 or USD 0.51.

12:00 pm – 03:00 pm Head to the hotel, have dinner and prepare for departure

03:00 pm – 05:35 pm Head to the Panglao-Bohol International Airport, flight check-in, and boarding

05:35 pm – 07:05 am Flight to Manila

Budget for Bohol Trip

In 2022, I spent PHP 9,585.45 for three days and two nights in Bohol. However, costs may still vary depending on your travel lifestyle. For more thrift tips, consider several ways to save money for travel.

Below is the Bohol Travel Guide budget for your reference. 


  • Round trip airfare, Manila to Bohol, PHP 3,540.45
  • 3D2N accommodation with breakfast, PHP 2,380.00/2, PHP 1,190.00
  • Private car for the countryside tour, PHP 2,300/2, PHP 1,150.00

1st Day

  • Breakfast, PHP 150.00
  • Panglao-Bohol International Airport to Panglao town proper via van transfer, PHP 250.00
  • Lunch, PHP 150.00
  • Dinner, PHP 150.00
  • Abatan River Fireflies Watching, PHP 650.00

2nd Day

  • Entrance fee – Chocolate Hills, PHP 100.00
  • Admission fee – Tarsier Conservation Area, PHP 100.00
  • Lunch, PHP 200.00
  • Driver’s lunch, P 200.00/2, PHP 100.00
  • Entrance fee – Hinagdanan Cave, PHP 100.00
  • Dinner, PHP 150.00

3rd Day

  • Island Tour, PHP 1,200.00
  • Enviromental fee – Virgin Island, PHP 30.00
  • Lunch PHP 150.00
  • Panglao Town Proper to the Panglao-Bohol International Airport via tricycle, PHP 150.00/2, PHP 75.00
  • Dinner, PHP 150.00

Bohol Travel Guide Tip: Wish to extend another day in Bohol? The island offers adrenaline-fuelled activities in Danao Adventure Park. Dare to try?

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Bohol Travel Guide Question: What is the world’s second smallest primate endemic on the island of Bohol?

Please drop your answers or messages in the comment section. Thank you, and see you on the road!

About the Author

J. Sac is the author of ‘Bohol Travel Guide: An Excellent Guide to the World.’ He is also the founder of Traveledictorian – a travel blog that publishes well-thought-out travel content.

His passion for writing, photography, and travel fueled him to explore Asia and the rest of the world. He also plans to undertake humanitarian work in his travels. Read his inspiring story and follow him on social media!

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