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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.

Standing tall and an absolute sight of magnificence, the Bohol's churches 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. Now before you go on a trip to Bohol, check out some best places or things to do when you visit the place, 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.

things to do in bohol travel guide

Best beaches in Bohol

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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. 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.

Other Places to Visit in Bohol

1. Chocolate Hills of Bohol

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.

2. Loboc Wildlife & Nature Park

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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Places to Visit near Bohol

1. Cebu

Located in the center of Cebu island, is the city of Cebu, which after the city of Manila is the most important. The best beaches near Cebu are located on Mactan Island. There are many hotels, resorts and chillouts where you can rest a few days sunbathing, snorkeling, learning to dive or doing many other activities that these centers offer.

The variety of reptiles and birds that live in Cebu Zoo located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, east of Mandaue City stands out, although there is also room for many mammals from the Philippines and other Asian regions such as the Bohol Tarsiers, numerous species of monkeys from the Philippines or the Bengal tiger.

2. Moalboal and Oslob

If you are in love with snorkeling or diving, about 90 kilometers south of Cebu is Moalboal and Oslob, two of the best places for diving in the central Visayas. This destination within the island of Cebu will give you magical experiences like swimming among thousands of sardines and turtles, but it is also a perfect base to visit the most famous waterfalls of the archipelago: the Kawasan Falls.

Going from Moalboal to Kawasan Falls by public bus is the cheapest way to go. To take the bus you just have to go to the main street of Moalboal and wait at one of the bus stops to get one that goes through the Kawasan Falls, which are practically all. These waterfalls have turquoise water, which makes them really special and striking.

It's time to enjoy the most photographed turquoise waterfalls in Cebu! As it happens in Legazpi, in Moalboal and Oslob it is possible to carry out the sighting of a fish characteristic of the Philippines, the whale shark. It is also possible to see one of the most particular sharks of the animal kingdom, the thresher shark.

The whale sharks are the largest fish of our planet and if you travel to the Philippines, swim with them will surely be one of your most beautiful memories. There are several places to swim with the whale sharks. You can go to Donsol, but you can see them on the Cebu island, specifically in Oslob.

Whale sharks are seen in Tanawan, which is located after Oslob. The difference between Donsol and Oslob is that here you are 100% sure to see the whale sharks in Donsol while you have to have a little more luck. Malapascua is a world-renowned destination for scuba diving.

3. Bais

Imagine a bar that you can reach by sailing if the tide is high, or walking on the sand if the sea retires. But in both cases we speak of a unique natural space that at high tide resembles a gigantic natural pool, where the crystalline water will reach us little more than the waist for hundreds of meters. It's called Manjuyod White Sandbar and it's one of the most original bars in Southeast Asia in the Philippines.

The safe way to get to the bar is on a boat from the south bay of Bais, from where the excursions depart. For its part, Bais is a Filipino city in the province of Negros Oriental. Although the city does not have much, the surroundings have many interesting places to go like the twin lagoons, the Casaroro and Niludhan Falls, the Baslay hot spring.

You can trek in the Cuernos de Negros natural park or go on a boat trip by the Tanjay mangroves. You can visit the Apo island famous for scuba diving, or see the 7 km of white sand beach in Manjuyod. The marine sanctuaries for snorkeling in Dauin offers a wide range of possibilities for all tastes.

How can you go to Bohol from Manila and Cebu?

One can board the ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol. The journey is 3 hours and 16 minutes. It is better if you board the ferry in the morning. 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.

Where to stay in Bohol

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.

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.
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  1. My dad was stationed in the Phillipines when I was a small toddler. I have always wanted to visit there because I don't remember anything about it. It's not high on my bucket list but it is on there and when I make it there, I'm going to check out all of your things to do.

  2. i would just love to visit the Philippines. i'll be the beaches are beautiful and the food amazing!

  3. I would LOVE to take a trip to the Philippines ! and this post makes me want to go more!

  4. What a gorgeous post! I’ve never been to Visit in Philippines before but it’s on my list.

  5. I can't believe i've never been to the Philippines yet ughhhh!!! Such a gorgeous country. Soon i hope.

  6. I would love to visit here and Vietnam some day. so beautiful!

  7. what a great view. I have never been to the Philippines but is on my bucket list

  8. I'm a Filipino and kudos to this blog post! You've presented Bohol so well!

  9. I have heard that is a beautiful place to visit. I know some missionaries there as well and would love to take a missions trip.

  10. I'd love to visit the Phillipines one day, thank you for this travel advice.

  11. what a guide! It totally makes me go and travel right now and finally hit the Philippines because the country is my bucket list for far too long

  12. This place looks and sounds sounds so incredible. I would love to visit.

  13. My sibs and I are planning to go to Bohol this summer. This travel guide could not have come at a more perfect time. :)

  14. Oh my goodness I just want to climb into your pictures and never leave! Thank you so much for sharing such a gorgeous place with all of us!

  15. Such beautiful photos! This is completely and utterly spectacular!
    I would love to travel here so much. Thanks for sharing

  16. Oh wow! This is so beautiful! And I really love to do things you've mentioned. So cool!

  17. I have never been to Philippines but these place looks great.

  18. My best friend is Filipino and she would go almost every year to the Philippines! I would love to visit someday!

  19. wow!! Really reading your story here, hope I can be at Bohol one day too : D Love your captures posted
    Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  20. Ahh I would love to go to the Philippines
    It looks so beautiful and so much to do!

  21. it looks like such an amazing place


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