BOHOL: Travel Guide (Budget + Itinerary) 2017

Bohol is like a condensed version of the entire country, which is why this bountiful province is always on the list of must-visit places for first-time travelers in the Philippines. Whether you are looking to get a tan at white sand beaches or dive into the colorful underwater, be mesmerized by the sprawling Chocolate Hills or simply indulge on a relaxing river cruise, visit elegant archaic churches or conquer thrilling adventures, say it and most likely Bohol has it!

This Bohol travel blog aims to serve as a guide for first time travelers in Bohol. I’ll discuss the sample Bohol Trip Itinerary, Places to See in Bohol and Bohol Island Hopping Tour which I experienced during my solo Bohol tour last 2015.  My first Bohol trip though was back in 2012 with Cebu and Bohol bloggers.  We visited the not-so-usual places to see in Bohol, places that you don’t often see on Bohol trip blogs.

 


 

HOW TO GET TO BOHOL

 

 MANILA TO BOHOL

Several airlines fly between Manila and Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Airasia.

 

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CEBU TO BOHOL BY FASTCRAST/FERRY 

 

BOOK RESERVE

Bohol is just a short ferry ride from Cebu. Several fast crafts travel daily between Cebu City and Tagbilaran and Cebu City and Tubigon.

 

CEBU-BOHOL FERRY/FASTCRAFT SCHEDULE

 

2Go FERRY SCHEDULE TAGBILARAN (BOHOL) TO CEBU AND CEBU TO TAGBILARAN (BOHOL)

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

BOHOL TO CEBU DEPARTURECEBU TO BOHOLDEPARTURE
Daily06:30 AMDaily08:45 AM
Daily11:15 AMDaily01:45 PM
Daily05:25 PMDaily07:40 PM

 

 

 

OCEANJET FASTCRAFT SCHEDULE: CEBU TO BOHOL (TAGBILARAN) AND  BOHOL (TAGBILARAN) TO CEBU

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

BOHOL (TAGBILARAN)

TO CEBU

DEPARTURECEBU TO

BOHOL (TAGBILARAN)

DEPARTURE
Daily6:00 AMDaily06:00 AM
Daily7:05 AMDaily07:00 AM
Daily08:20 AMDaily08:00 AM
Daily09:20 AMDaily09:20 AM
Daily11:40 AMDaily10:40 AM
Daily01:00 PMDaily11:40 AM
Daily02:00 PMDaily01:00 PM
Daily03:30 PMDaily02:00 PM
Daily04:20 PMDaily03:30 PM
Daily05:30 PMDaily04:20 PM
Daily06:30 PMDaily06:35 PM

 

 

 

 

CEBU TO TAGBILARAN (BOHOL) SCHEDULE VIA LITE FERRY

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

CEBU TO TAGBILARAN (BOHOL)DEPARTURE
Daily12:30 PM
Daily10:00 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday01:00 PM

 

 

 

FERRY SCHEDULE CEBU TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)

VIA LITE FERRY/SHIPPING

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

CEBU TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)DEPARTURE
Daily07:00 AM
Daily07:00 PM

 

 

FERRY SCHEDULE MANDAUE (CEBU) TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)

 

VIA LITE FERRY/SHIPPING AT QUANO WHARF

 

MANDAUE (CEBU) TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)DEPARTURE
Daily10:00 AM
Daily12:00 PM
Daily10:00 PM
Daily12:00 AM

 

BOHOL TO DUMAGUETE

BOOK RESERVE

ALSO READ:

DUMUGUETE + NEGROS TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget + Itinerary)

 

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GETTING AROUND BOHOL

 

Tagbilaran is the capital of Bohol and the main point of entry (by plane and ferry).  Public transportation are unreliable and only leave once full (not to mention the frequent stops).  But if you really want to take a bus you can head to the Integrated Bus Terminal in Dao.

Alternatively to get to Alona Beach or Dumaluan Beach where most beach-front accommodations are located, you can charter a tricycle (expect to pay Php 250/USD 5.05 – Php 500/ USD  10), van or taxi.  If you are alone, talk to other tourists so you can share the expenses.  Or if you’re really on a budget and you don’t need to stay near the beach, just look and book a room at hotels in Tagbilaran. Most hotels also arrange pick-up/transfer for guests for an extra fee. Do inquire at your hotel upon booking a room.

 

 


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BOHOL TOURS

 

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Country Side Tour – Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Manmade Forest, Loboc River Cruise, Sandugo Site, Butterfly Garden, Hanging Bridge and Python Sanctuary

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Island Hopping Tour – Dolphin watching, snorkeling in Balicasag Island and Virgin Island

BOOK TOUR 5

 

Panglao Island  Tour – Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis Church and Miracle Well, Sea Shell Museum, Bohol Bee Farm, Panglao Church and Watch Tower, Alona Beach

BOOK TOUR HERE 1

 

Danao Extreme Adventure – Whole day in Danao Adventure Park. Activities include The Plunge, Spelunking, Village Tour, Offroad buggy, river kayak and roof climb.

Firefly Tour – Dinner plus firefly tour at Loboc River

Catigbian DATE Park Tour – I did this tour back in 2012, where we tried the activities in DATE Park in Catigbian. You can read my blog here.

 


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PLACES TO SEE SEE IN BOHOL

 

Here’s a list of places to see in Bohol.

 

COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

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Tarsier Conservation Center

 

 

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Loboc River Cruise

 

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Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park

 

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Chocolate Hills

 

 

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Bilar Man-made Forest

                                     

        

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Baclayon Church

 

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Blood Compact Shrine

 

 

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Butterfly Garden

 

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Python Sanctuary

 

 

PANGLAO ISLAND LAND TOUR

Hinagdanan Cave

Sea Shell Museum

Bohol Bee Farm

Panglao Church and Watch Tower

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Dauis Church and Miracle Well

 

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Alona White Beach

 

 

PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

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Dolphin Watching

 

 

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Balicasag Island

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Virgin Island

ADVENTURE TOURS

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E.A.T Danao Extreme Adventure

 

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Catigbian D.A.T.E Park

 

 

Sidetrips and Optional Activities:

Zipline and Cable Car

Bohol ATV Adventure

Clarin Ancestral House

 

 

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Cloribel’s Ancestral House (permission needed beforehand)

 

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D-Original Osang’s  Homemade Pastries

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Dauis Jewelry Makers (handmade)

 

 


 

HOW TO TOUR BOHOL

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BY TOUR PACKAGE

 

I availed of a Bohol tour package for my  countryside tour.  It was a group tour so I was with other tourists (mostly foreigners) on a van.  This is a good option if you are traveling alone. Personally, I’d skip some  tourist spots included in the countryside tour (e.g. python and butterfly garden) nevertheless you can buy souvenirs and pasalubong there at reasonable prices.

 

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BY VAN/CAR

 

For those traveling in groups, you can save a few bucks by renting a car or van. Rates start at Php 2,500 / USD 50 with driver for car and Php 3,000 / USD 60.58  for van.  But there is no Bohol private tour guide, you have to hire one or go for a tour package.

 

 BY TRICYCLE

 

The Bohol Countryside Tour can also be done with a tricycle.   I have yet to read a Bohol travel blog using tricycle for their Bohol tour.  I’d like to try this in the future.

 

BY MOTORBIKE

 

Bohol countryside can also be explored by motorbike. Rentals usually start at Php 300 / USD 300 per day, gasoline not included.  Make sure you have a helmet and a map.  You can also hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) with driver for your tour.

 

BY BOAT/ ISLAND HOPPING

 

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For my island hopping tour, a tout along Alona Beach (they’re usually holding cardboards with tour packages photos and rate) offered me PHP 800/ USD 16.15 for this part of Bohol tour.  I made an initial payment of PHP 300/ USD 6.  But I was late, so the boats left already.  You need to wake up really early for the tour, the island hopping usually starts at 6:00 AM.   If you are traveling in a group, best to just charter a boat for island hopping, boat is good for 1- 5 persons and 6 -1 0 persons, you can book below:

BOOK RESERVE


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WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL

 

 

Bohol abounds with all types of accommodations, I stayed at Henann Resort Bohol recently. Most visitors chose to stay in Alona Beach or Dumaluan Beach.

 

HIGH-END

Henann Resort Alona Beach


Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island, Panglao Island, Bohol

CLICK HERE TO CHECK ROOM RATES

 

MIDRANGE

Alona Vida Beach Resort


Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

CLICK HERE TO CHECK ROOM RATES

Panglao Regents Park


Ester A. Lim Drive, Tawala, Panglao, Panglao Island, Bohol

CLICK HERE TO CHECK ROOM RATES

Alona Northland Resort


Ester A. Lim Drive, Panglao Island, Bohol

CLICK HERE TO CHECK ROOM RATES

BUDGET

Moon Fools Hostel

Tawala, Panglao Island

Check room rates and book here

Dormitels PH Alona Beach


Alona Beach, Barangay, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines

CLICK HERE TO CHECK ROOM RATES


 

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WHERE TO EAT IN BOHOL

 

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Sea Breeze Cafe
Henann Resort Bohol
Alona Beach, Panglao

They accept walk-in guest.

Lunch Buffet (12:00 PM – 2:30 PM) PHP 585.60 / $11.82 (Adult rate)/ PHP 292.80/ $5.91 (kid rate 5-9 years old)
Dinner Buffet (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM) PHP 854/ USD 17.24 (Adult rate) / PHP 427/ $8.62 (kid rate 5-9 years old)

 

 

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The Buzz Café (owned by Bohol Bee Farm) Alona Beach, Bohol Bohol Bee Farm Organic food Tagbilaran

 

 

 

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Seafood found along Alona Beach (the one fronting Buzz Cafe is cheap and good)

 

 

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Saffron Restaurant Amorita Resort, Alona Beach Panglao

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Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Near Alona Beach,Serves Italian dishes Tawala, Panglao Island

Garden Café

Operated by the Bohol Foundation for the Deaf and Disabled for 25 yrs

Tagbilaran

Gerarda’s Restaurant

Filipino dishes

Tagbilaran


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BOHOL ITINERARY

 

Day 1  COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
09:00 AMStart of Countryside Tour :  Tarsier Sanctuary, Man-Made Forest, Butterfly Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills
11:00 AMLoboc River Cruise
01:00 PMLoboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park
02:00 PMBaclayon Church, Blood Compact Shrine
06:00 PMBack to Hotel
07:00 PMDinner

 

Day 2ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
06:00 AMStart of Island Hopping : Dolphon watching, snorkeling in Balicasag and Virgin Island
02:00 PMBack to Resort
02:30 PMLate Lunch in Alona
07:00 PMDinner

 

Day 3PANGLAO ISLAND TOUR
08:00 AMStart of Panglao Island Tour: Hinagdanan Cave, Sagbayan Peak , Mag-aso Falls
Punta Cruz Watchtower
12:00 PMLunch at Bohol Bee Farm
02:00 PMBack to hotel /swimming at the beach
07:00 PMDinner

 

 

Day 4Danao Extreme Adventure
07:00 AMWhole day adventure at Danao Extreme Adventure
06:00 PMBack to hotel
07:00 PMDinner

 


BOHOL EXPENSES

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AttractionEntrance Fees
Tarsier Sanctuary FeePhp 60 / USD 1.21
Chocolate HillsPhp 50 / USD 1.01
Bohol Bee FarmPhp 30 / USD 0.61
Man-Made ForestN/A
Loboc River CruisePhp Php 450 (cruise + lunch)
Python SanctuaryPhp 10 / USD 0.20
Butterfly SanctuaryPhp 30 / USD 0.61
Hanging BridgePhp 20 / USD 0.40
Baclayon ChurchPhp 25 / USD 0.50
Hinagdanan CavePhp 30 / USD 0.61
Maribojoc TowerPhp 10 / USD 0. 20
Mag-aso FallsPhp 40 / USD 0.81
Sagbayan PeakPhp 20 / USD 0.4O
Bohol Bee FarmPhp 30/ USD 0.61
TOTALPhp 805 / USD 16.25

 

ActivitiesFee
Countryside TourPhp 450 / USD 10 (entrance fee not included)
Panglao Island HoppingPhp 800 + Php 150 / USD 16.15 + USD 3 snorkeling gear fee
TOTALPhp 1, 400 / USD 28.27

 

TransportationFare
Fastcraft: Cebu to Bohol and backPhp 750
Tricycle from Tagbilaran to Alona BeachPhp 250 (charter)
TOTALPhp 1,000

 

FoodCost
BreakfastFree Hotel Breakfast
LunchPhp 150- Php 200 / USD 3-4  per meal
DinnerPhp 300 – Php 400 / USD 6-8 per meal

 

 

 

 


 

BOHOL FESTIVALS

 

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BOHOL FIESTA – May 1

SANDUGO FESTIVAL – 1st week of July

 

 


 

 

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CEBU CITY DIY TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Camiguin Island Travel Guide

Cebu City Walking Tour

Malapascua Island Travel Guide

Oslob, Cebu : Whale Shark Watching

 

 

 


 

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Comments

  1. This is what i’ve been looking for. Everything is in order and probably a complete travel itinerary for Bohol…Bookmarking this for summer! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your detailed travel itinerary, I will go to Bohol this July. This one will help me a lot.

  3. I so love with how you presented your blog. I’ve been planning since December and searching for itinerary and expected budget since we will go to Bohol with my partner this summer .. As a first timer to visit, this is so informative. THANKS.. bookmark done.. 😉

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Yheng! Enjoy Bohol!

  4. Hello Gael, first of all i would like to greet you a warmth happy valentines. I read your blogs and i find it really useful. But i have few questions which i know you can help. For whale watching, do we need to pre book or we can just go their as walk in. Another thing is there any way going straight to panglao island from oslob?

    1. Yes. You can just go straight there. You can ask around if there are travelers going to Panglao and maybe you can share sa expenses sa boat, Not sure kase if the ferry is running. Before they suspended the one running from south Bohol because they were not able to secure a permit.

  5. Interesting blog. I toured Bohol on a tricycle 2 years ago. It was fun, although it was a little slow. The driver did want to take me to a tarsier thingy that was not supported by the Philippine govt or animal welfare groups, but I told him to take me to the official place that treats the animals properly (I think it was free entry) but I gave a small donation. It took much longer on the tricycle.

    1. Oh, that’s awesome! Nice to know that the driver supported the LGU.

  6. Super nice blog! Very informative! Do I have to make a reservation for the Loboc River Cruise? Do you have recommendations for travel & tours agency?

    1. No, you can just buy the tickets there. Even the travel agencies do the same. First come, first serve basis. I found my travel agency in Bohol, I forgot the name though.

  7. hello, what about travelling with childrens? like 10,8 and 4 y/o respectively?do they ask for separate entrance for them?along with the adult ones? I am thinking of travelling with my niece and nephews.any suggestions?

    1. If I remember it correctly, I think there’s a separate charge for kids

  8. hi, I had a plan go to Bohol next month, I want to book the tour before i arrive. Can you give me some good agency? thanks you so much

  9. Hi, I woulld like to check if u remember now, the travel agency you’ve hired? Thank you in advance!

  10. Hi just want to inquire. What would be the better route to bohol via tubigon or tagbilaran? Also can you suggest someone that offers he countryside tour? Thanks

  11. Thanks for the blog/travel guide. Lately, there’s been unfortunate incidents there, what would would say to someone who is a bit worried about the safety in Bohol? I would really like to visit next year. Thanks.

    1. Hi Roman, friend from Netherlands had the same concern, but they pushed through with the trip and they were fine and enjoyed their vacay. Right now, Bohol is safe. 🙂

  12. How do I print this article? My mom will go to Bohol and wants to have a copy of this. She’s not techie.

    1. Screen shot with your mobile. Then print.

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