Wow. Bohol. There is just SO much to do there! Jungles, waterfalls, beaches… Bohol has it all! A popular place among locals and tourists alike, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with options… so let me tell you about some of my absolute favourites!
Right smack bang in the middle of Bohol is the main tourist attraction of the Chocolate Hills. These things are so perfectly formed that Matt asked me if they’re man-made. The answer is no! Visit any time of the day – you’ll find them spectacular no matter the position of the sun.
ATV Chocolate Hills
Okay seeing the Chocolate Hills from a lookout might be good for some, but for those who want to get their blood pumping, opt for an ATV ride through the hills. You can rent a bike and guide per hour – I recommend 2 hours. I also recommend shoes, which I did not have. And a sports bra.
Unlike the Chocolate Hills, the Mahogany Forest IS man made, which is why you’ll find it on Google Maps under that name. A beautiful cruise through the forest, make sure you watch out for tourists standing in the middle of the road, trying to get that perfect insta-pic. Add it as a stop over on your trip to perhaps the Chocolate Hills or anywhere centrally located on Bohol island.
The critically endangered Tarsier can be found in a few Sanctuaries around Bohol, so just do a little research to ensure you’re handing over your money to an ethical one. These poor little nocturnal primates are stressed out easily, so the tours are short and very quiet, but very worth it. They’re no bigger than your fist and incredibly adorable.
Bamboo Hanging Bridge
Watch your step and hold on tight. This safe, but incredibly dodgy looking bridge is made from woven bamboo. Cross to the otherside to get yourself a cold buko juice and ready yourself for the cross back.
Loboc River Cruise
Fancy a buffet lunch on Bohol’s Loboc River? Jump on this floating dining room for great views, live music and tranquil surroundings. The boat cruises down to a small waterfall, does an about turn and heads back, stopping to see some traditional Filipino dancing along the way.
Dimiao Twin Waterfalls
A very special spot hidden in the Bohol forest, Twin Falls is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Being a little bit out of the way keeps the tourists at bay. The turquoise waters are a dream to float in, and you can swim right under the falls for a refreshing shower.
Another pretty waterfall (one of many). This one was a bit easier to get to than Twin Falls, as it’s closer to Bohol’s main city of Tagbilaran, and just as nice. Can’t vouch for the swim, as it was raining the day we visited, but I reckon it would go alright!
You’ll find this incredible cave on the island of Panglao (an island a short bridge crossing from Bohol), deep underground. Even though there’s bats hanging around, I only heard a few squeaks from them and didn’t see even one. The water is surprisingly clean and clear (I was afraid of bat poo) and it smelt just fine. Get in early to beat the tourists!
Scuba Diving/Snorkelling Balicasag Island
Balicasag Island is a must! There are daily trips to the little island from Panglao’s Alona Beach, 45 minutes away by boat. Either grab a snorkel or try your hand at scuba diving to see turtles, schools of jackfish and incredible corals. Lots of macro life here, so take your time checking out all the reef has to offer.
Beach Time at Alona Beach
Tired from all the exploring? Me too. Alona Beach is the perfect place to kick back, take a swim, soak up some vitamin D and maybe even get a beach massage. Once the day is out, plonk down at one of the beach front bars, grab a cocktail and watch the sun sink and light up the sky.
You can get to Bohol island via plane (expensive) or ferry (inexpensive). OceanJet ferries run hourly from Cebu Port to Tagbilaran for approximately 500 pesos. Although there is accommodation island wide, Alona Beach on Panglao is the more popular area, with a plethora of restaurants, bars, hotels/hostels and scooter rentals. The best way to get about is via scooter, but of course there are tour operators and tricycles for hire.
If you have any other questions about Bohol give us a shout in the comments!