Bohol is a city near Cebu that offers many tourist attractions. You will find many great destinations both on land and on the water. Bohol is the tenth largest island in the Philippines and this is located in the middle of Visayas. This means that you will get to experience the sand, sun and beach when you visit Bohol. Aside from that, Bohol is home to the world-known Chocolate Hills, these hills are not made of chocolate but they have a nice chocolate color.
This itinerary is ideal for 4 days and 3 nights stay in Bohol. You will get to know the many tourist attractions. To have more fun, bring with you your family and friends or perhaps your wife or husband.
You will be arriving at the Tagbilaran Airport if you traveled by air and at the Tagbilaran Pier if you traveled by water in fast ferries known as SuperCat.
Upon arriving in Tagbilaran, you will see that there are many vehicles that are available to transport you to your destination. You can even negotiate with the driver to give you a tour of the Bohol or use their services for your entire time in Bohol.
Once you arrive in Bohol, you need to check-in at a hotel or resort. On the first day you can check-in at a resort in Panglao. This is just 25-30 minutes away from Tagbilaran making it easy for you to travel to the other tourist spots in the island. If you plan to hire a driver to transport you from the airport to Panglao, their rates vary from Php300-450 one way trip. If you are on a budget, there are tricycles that will take you to Panglao from the airport for Php250. Tricycles are small when compared to cars and vans and can fit 2-3 persons depending on their body size.
Once you arrive in Panglao, you can find several resorts that offer affordable accommodations that are near the beach. If you have extra money to splurge you can stay at a world class resort in Panglao Island, this is the Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa. Their sea view bungalows with Jacuzzi have a rate of Php39360/night for a room that can fit 4 persons. This resort is just 15 minutes away from the downtown area of Tagbilaran. The amenities offered in this resort are world class and with international standard.
If you are on a budget, there are several resorts that offer basic amenities. One good resort is the Isis Bungalows located in from of Alona Beach. This is just a walking distance to the beach and offers basic modern amenities. All the rooms and bungalows in this resort have a view of the sea. The air conditioned room for two persons cost Php2000/night, standard bungalow for 2 persons is Php3000/ night, deluxe bungalow for 3 persons is Php4000/night and the family bungalow is Php5000/night. Each rooms and bungalows have a terrace where you can rest in the morning or late afternoon. All rooms and bungalows offer spacious bathrooms with hot and cold shower.
The resort has its own restaurant and boasts its specialty cuisine, Thai. The restaurant also offers American, Continental and Filipino food. The restaurant is a covered area fronting the beach this is a great way to enjoy your meal while viewing the beauty of the sea.
After checking in at the resort, you can unpack your things and take a stroll on the shoreline of Alona Beach. You can also scout for restaurants and bars near your resort for other dining options.
Dinner is not a problem since there are many resorts that offer al fresco dining on the beach front. Alona Beach has many resorts that are beach front and they offer al fresco dining at night. The prices for food vary but most are expensive. The cuisines also vary but you will notice that the predominant cuisine is mostly European.
Your second day in Bohol can be spent touring the different tourist spots of the island. You can rent a van or car with driver to take you to these tourist destinations. The van rental can cost about Php1800 to Php2000 depending on the places you went to.
Start your tour early so you can maximize your time and visit more places. Have breakfast in your hotel leave around 8:00 AM this is also a great way to avoid the harsh sun.
Blood Compact Site a historical site in Bohol where Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi had a blood compact to end their war. They both drank from a common cup that has drops of their blood in it. The original location of the blood compact is not where these bronze statues are located, a few steps on the right of this statues is the original site. A small monument and brief description is built on that site.
Baclayon Church this is the country’s second oldest church and beside the church is a museum that showcases antique items that may or may not be related to the Catholic religion. Wearing sleeveless tops is not allowed in this place. The façade of the church looks boring but once you get inside it, you will feel transported to a surreal world. The sunlight is the only light inside the church during the day, the stained glasses of the church plus the sunlight gives beautiful colors of red, blue and yellow. The entrance fee is Php25.
Tarsier in Loboc tarsiers are one of the world’s smallest primates. On the way to Carmen you can see many of them but touching them is a prohibited since they can commit suicide when they are unhappy, they bang their small heads. The Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella allows you to touch these cute, adorable, little primates. A reminder as well when taking a picture of these cute animals, please turn off the flash in your camera. The entrance fee is by donation.
Man-Made Forest this forest as what the name says is man-made. Boholeños planted thousands of mahogany trees to prevent soil erosion it is now one of the many tourist destinations of the island.
Chocolate Hills this is probably the famous destination spot in Bohol and one reason that made Bohol famous to tourists. People who have witnessed the majestic beauty of these hills will be amazed as to how they were formed. There are two places where you can view these chocolate colored hills in Sagbayan – a privately owned area with an entrance fee of Php20. The other location is in Carmen, this is a government owned area and the entrance fee is Php50. There is a hill in Carmen where you can climb up approximately a hundred steps to the top of the hill. You will also learn that Chocolate Hills are from clay and limestones.
Hanging Bridge thrill seekers are invited to try the hanging bridge in Loboc. The entrance fee is Php10 and there are many stores that sell souvenirs in this area.
Loboc River your trip to Bohol is not complete without this famous lunch river cruise. The buffet meal costs Php260 per person which not only includes good food but you will truly enjoy your river cruise with singers entertaining you. All floating restaurants will stop at Busay Falls before heading back. You would want to include in your budget the lunch for your driver (you do not want a hungry driver to tour you to the rest of the places in Bohol).
Prony the Python this is the largest and youngest python in captivity in the country. This python is over 300 kilos and beside her cage are pictures of her eating other animals and this includes a dog. Prony gets to eat a whole live 60-kilos pig once a month. Sheis bathed and showered 4 times a day. The entrance fee is Php10 per person and you can also get a chance to touch this big snake.
Hinagdanan Cave is located in Dauis and there is a man-made spiral ladder that will lead to an underground pond that has both ends open. You will see many stalactites and stalagmites formation in this cave and it is not advisable to take a dip in its pond because the water is not clean.
Bohol Bee Farm this is located in Panglao Island so this is a good way to end your tour for the day. This bee farm offers organic meals that are truly delicious. Once you have ordered for your main course, drinks and dessert you will be given a pair of loaf bread and some spreads. This is your appetizer the spreads are mango, pesto and honey. The must try for your main course are spareribs and glazed chicken. The spareribs combo meal with organic rice and organic salad costs Php200 while the glazed chicken combo meal with organic rice and salad costs Php180. They offer shakes that cost about Php60 and their must try ice cream for Php60 per scoop. Their organic salad is unique since aside from the usual green leafy vegetables of a salad, you will see colorful flowers in it like ampalaya flower and bougainvillea. It might seem odd eating flowers but you will be amazed at how great it tastes.
Your third day in Bohol is best spent in Panglao Island. You can start your day with dolphin watching in Balicasag, this activity will require you to wake up very early in the morning and leave as early as 5:30 AM. Your efforts will be well rewarded especially after you see the many dolphins. It is advisable to bring bread because this time is the feeding time of dolphins.
After dolphin watching you can now go ahead and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the snorkel site of Balicasag. Upon reaching Balicasag Island you will be prompted to rent a smaller boat for snorkeling and if you have water shoes better bring them since there are sharp corals and sea urchins that might hurt your feet underneath. The mini boat rental is Php150-200 and the aqua shoes rental is about Php150 each.
You can find many eateries in Balicasag that offers “paluto” which means you choose what fish or seafood you want (all fresh catch of the day) at about Php315 per kilo and they will cook it for you. The charge for cooking is Php200.
Enjoy a tour of the Virgin Island with its sand bar. You can walk a hundred meters away from the island with the water being knee deep. You will enjoy your time in Virgin Island since this is an uninhabited island. This is approximately 20 minutes from Balicasag Island.
The island hopping tour which includes the dolphin watching costs around Php1800-Php2000.
After arriving back to your resort, you can spend the rest of your day relaxing. At night you can scout for bars in the island. Expect that you will have a quieter experience as compared to Boracay. You can chill at L’ Elephant Bleu Restaurant and Inn this place provides good food, good music plus you can enjoy great tasting wines for a per glass serving. This is truly affordable since you do not have to spend your cash on a whole bottle of wine.
Enjoy your last day at Panglao Island and in Tagbilaran scouting for souvenir items. One of the known souvenir shop in Bohol is Aproniana Gift Shop located in the National Highway, Taguihon, Baclayon. They sell several souvenir items from key chains, magnets to shirts. You will also find several food products of Bohol like calamay, ube jam, penyato cookies and more.
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