12 Best Things to Do in Bohol, Philippines

Stellar views, warm sunsets, calm beaches, majestic mountains, lush green forests, and breathtaking landscapes. That is Bohol in Philippines for you, not your expensive kind of a holiday but definitely worth a visit. The place has so much to offer to its people and outsiders. Bohol definitely boasts its natural life but also does have interesting things in place for the adventure junkies.

Exploring caves, climbing waterfalls, river water rafting, whizzing with the zip line, walks through forest trails and just about anything adventurous, you can do it all here. Just when you thought the list was over, Bohol surprises you yet again, the place is famous for its history. Bohol has a good set of colonial Spanish churches that cover the city.

All of us have definitely seen at least one movie with a beautiful, strong yet weak looking bamboo bridge. The bridge which is strong enough for a truck but will still make you question it. Keep your fears aside and cross the bridge to the other side. It is located in Bohol, Philippines and is a must during your visit.

Bohol has impeccable hospitality. If you wish to stay in budget-friendly places, then you can consider Moon fools hostel, Fox and the firefly cottages, and Bohol coco farm. If you are willing to spend a little more and want to stay indoors most of the time, go for a hotel with indoor pool like the Metrocentre hotel, Belian hotel, and 717 Cesar place hotel.

And for those who prefer having a luxurious stay then you need to check out The Bellevue Resort and Bohol beach club and more. Cool breeze, soft sand, cold or warm waves touching your feet, a breath of fresh air, serene and calm waters, that's what the Bohol beaches have for you. A sense of calmness takes over your emotions when in Bohol. Among the beaches you can chill at are Alona Beach, Dumaluan Beach, Can-uba Beach, Quinale Beach, and Virgin Island Beach.

People usually fly from Manila to Bohol. The flight duration is of 1 hour 10 minutes. However, if you wish to travel to the Philippines by road the route is long and strenuous and can last 24 hours.

While you are at it, don't forget to book your travel tickets ahead as there are many offers on flight tickets, so that you can save a lot on your trip.

Here are some out of the world experiences or adventures that you must be part of. For all the times you wished you had planned the ultimate nature trip or the time when you wanted to explore exquisite places in the world, here is your chance to pack your bags and head out to Bohol.

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Now before you go on a trip to Philippines, check out some of the best things to do in Bohol when you visit the place.

1. Alona Beach

This is one of the most famous and main beaches in Bohol. The beach is home to mouthwateringly delicious seafood cuisine. This place also has comfortable yet soothing homestays and the pebble walkways lead to the beach. Get a massage at the beach. Dive into the ocean and witness the exquisite coral reef and aquatic life. If not scuba diving you can go snorkeling.

2. Dumaluan Beach

The Dumaluan beach is located on the same island as that of Alona beach. This beach is however is more peaceful and quiet compared to Alona. You can spot baby crabs and little seashells floating towards the beach foot. Since the tide here is mellow, you can just relax and just float away. You can even kayak on the beach.

3. Can-uba Beach

The Can-uba beach which is in Jagna has soft stones that cover the beach trail rather than soft white sands. The stone is good for the circulation of blood in the feet.

4. Kinahugan Falls

You can visit the Kinahugan falls which is within 5 km from the beach. These waterfalls are famous for their trigonometrical arrangement.

5. Quinale Beach

This beach is located in Anda, a place who boasts it's rich marine life, hidden waterfalls, mesmerizing caves and more. The beach has over a 3 km stretch of white soft sand. Take a dip in the cave pools. And visit the hidden waterfalls for a quick refreshing shower.

6. Loboc Wildlife & Nature Park

For wildlife lovers there are more than 180 bird species and 100 mammals to be found, including the world’s smallest primate – the Tarsier. For those who love nature walks, the bamboo hanging bridge should definitely be on your list. The bridge runs above a calm river and through the evergreen forests. Even though the trail is short, one would want to walk on it all over again.

Before you head back, don't forget to pay a visit to Loboc river, this river leads through the untouched jungles and pristine wildlife. Row alongside the jungle trails and you will reach a waterfall point at the end of your trip. While you are in the Loboc town, don't be taken back if the Tarsiers greet you, these adorable beings are delicate creatures and cannot withstand loud noises or camera flashes.

7. Danao Adventure Park

Everything about Bohol is fascinating, however, Bohol also has a bag of surprises when it comes to adventure sports. The Danao adventure park is known for its adrenaline-pumping activities that you never would want to miss. This ultimate adventure spot in Bohol has numerous activities that you can be part of like Sky ride, glass cliffwalk, suislide, plunge, river trekking, cave climbing and more.

Danao park isn't the only place that's full of adventure. There are plenty of places to go and try out adventure sports or activities in Bohol. Get to witness beautiful rivers, waterfalls, and just about anything fun.

8. Rajah Sikatuna National Park

This is what locals call the stretch of road of about 2 km, at the height of Bilar, which crosses the Rajah Sikatuna National Park, the largest forest area that remains in Bohol. The translation of Tina-i sa Manok is chicken intestine since this road has many curves and goes between leafy trees as if you were by a large tunnel. In Bilar for lovers of butterflies there is a conservation center with more than 200 types.

9. Chocolate Hills

Bohol is famous for its chocolate hills, named after its look in the dry seasons. However, during the rainy season the hills are lush green and are a sight to watch. The entire mountain expanse is a visual delight and is indeed soothing to the eyes. Do take the road through the man-made forest.

How can you get to Chocolate Hills? You can take a peek at these majestic hills from two spots. One, the Sagbayan peak. Two, the Chocolate Hills Complex. The later in located 55 km from Tagbilaran which can be reached by road on the bus, taxi or motorcycle.

10. Panglao Island

When in Bohol, ensure Panglao Island is first on your list of places to see. This beautiful and serene island is known for its rich coral reefs, incredible diving spots, and the white sand beaches in the Philippines. If you are looking to spend a lazy holiday just by the beach side then Panglao island should your idle vacation spot.

Growing up to just 15cm, the tarsier is a diminutive primate that live in the forests of the Philippines. This nocturnal creature has a curious look with oversized eyes, developed to hunt insects and outsmart predators in minimal light. The best place to see tarsiers is at one of the conservation projects on Bohol and Panglao Island.

11. Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave is another place that you mustn't miss, you can literally take a dip in water and look at the beautiful cave structure. Don’t be surprised if bats come to say hi to you. There are plenty of places to go and try out adventure sports or activities; rivers, waterfalls, and just about anything fun.

Popular for cliff jumping and swimming, Hinagdanan Caves is the perfect destination for the daredevil in you. The place will not only satisfy the adventurous streak in you but also provide you with some stunning views. This is one of the places that you just can’t miss when in the Philippines.

12. Baclayon Church

Standing tall and an absolute sight of magnificence, the churches in Bohol should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Baclayon Church, San Pedro Church, Baclayon Church, and watchtower are a few places to go.

If you are indeed planning to check the place out soon, do get in touch with locals. They know where the heart of the place is, which cuisines to try and possibly anything to do at one of the best places to visit in the Philippines.
Kalyan Panja