BOHOL DIY Travel Guide for First-Timers

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!

 

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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 

 

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

(Updated: As of January 2017)

 

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

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

BOHOL TO CEBU DEPARTURE CEBU TO BOHOL DEPARTURE
Daily 06:30 AM Daily 08:45 AM
Daily 11:15 AM Daily 01:45 PM
Daily 05:25 PM Daily 07:40 PM

 

 

 

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

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

BOHOL (TAGBILARAN)

TO CEBU

DEPARTURE CEBU TO

BOHOL (TAGBILARAN)

DEPARTURE
Daily 6:00 AM Daily 06:00 AM
Daily 7:05 AM Daily 07:00 AM
Daily 08:20 AM Daily 08:00 AM
Daily 09:20 AM Daily 09:20 AM
Daily 11:40 AM Daily 10:40 AM
Daily 01:00 PM Daily 11:40 AM
Daily 02:00 PM Daily 01:00 PM
Daily 03:30 PM Daily 02:00 PM
Daily 04:20 PM Daily 03:30 PM
Daily 05:30 PM Daily 04:20 PM
Daily 06:30 PM Daily 06:35 PM

 

 

 

 

CEBU TO TAGBILARAN (BOHOL) SCHEDULE VIA LITE FERRY

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

CEBU TO TAGBILARAN (BOHOL) DEPARTURE
Daily 12:30 PM
Daily 10:00 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 01:00 PM

 

 

 

FERRY SCHEDULE CEBU TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)

VIA LITE FERRY/SHIPPING

 

PORT: PIER 1 CEBU CITY

 

 

CEBU TO TUBIGON (BOHOL) DEPARTURE
Daily 07:00 AM
Daily 07:00 PM

 

 

FERRY SCHEDULE MANDAUE (CEBU) TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)

 

VIA LITE FERRY/SHIPPING AT QUANO WHARF

 

MANDAUE (CEBU) TO TUBIGON (BOHOL) DEPARTURE
Daily 10:00 AM
Daily 12:00 PM
Daily 10:00 PM
Daily 12:00 AM

 

 

 

 


 
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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

 

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

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

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

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

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 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

 

 ADVENTURE TOURS

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E.A.T Danao Extreme Adventure

 

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Catigbian D.A.T.E Park

 

ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

 

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Dolphin Watching

 

 

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Balicasag Island

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Virgin Island

 

 

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. I forgot the name of the tour agency but I found it somewhere in Alona Beach. I think I paid around Php 450/ USD 9.09 (entrance fees not included) only.  If you add the fee for Loboc River Cruise (Php 400/USD 8.08) + other entrance fees.  Prepare to shell out around Php 1000/ USD 20 for the Bohol countryside tour.  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 here at reasonable prices.

 

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.   Tricycle day tour rate is roughly Php 800/ USD  16for Panglao Island Tour and Php 1,000 / USD 20 for Bohol countryside tour.  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.  The tout spoke with other boatmen, and finally, a kind boatman named Edgar ( I misplaced his number but will update this soon) was nice enough to allow me to hitch a ride in his boat with really nice Chinese tourists.  The tourists chartered the entire boat directly from the boatman. Better to go directly with a boatman and avoid touts, I didn’t know where to look for a boatman that time so I took the offer of the tout. Edgar, the boatman, told me that I can get that island hopping tour for as low as Php 600 (this is for group tour, meaning, you will be joining other tourists in a boat) if I spoke with him directly but if you want to charter the entire boat, it’ll cost PHP 1, 500/ USD 30.29.

For those traveling to Bohol in groups, it is better to hire a boat for your island hopping tour which starts at Php 1,500/ USD 30.29.  That rate  is for 1 boat already, good for 5-6 persons.  Speak with a boatman directly to get this rate.

 


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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

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BOHOL ITINERARY

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Day 1  COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
09:00 AM Start of Countryside Tour :  Tarsier Sanctuary, Man-Made Forest, Butterfly Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills
11:00 AM Loboc River Cruise
01:00 PM Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park
02:00 PM Baclayon Church, Blood Compact Shrine
06:00 PM Back to Hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 

Day 2 ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
06:00 AM Start of Island Hopping : Dolphon watching, snorkeling in Balicasag and Virgin Island
02:00 PM Back to Resort
02:30 PM Late Lunch in Alona
07:00 PM Dinner

 

Day 3 PANGLAO ISLAND TOUR
08:00 AM Start of Panglao Island Tour: Hinagdanan Cave, Sagbayan Peak , Mag-aso Falls
Punta Cruz Watchtower
12:00 PM Lunch at Bohol Bee Farm
02:00 PM Back to hotel /swimming at the beach
07:00 PM Dinner

 

 

Day 4 Danao Extreme Adventure
07:00 AM Whole day adventure at Danao Extreme Adventure
06:00 PM Back to hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 


BOHOL EXPENSES

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Attraction Entrance Fees
Tarsier Sanctuary Fee Php 60 / USD 1.21
Chocolate Hills Php 50 / USD 1.01
Bohol Bee Farm Php 30 / USD 0.61
Man-Made Forest N/A
Loboc River Cruise Php Php 450 (cruise + lunch)
Python Sanctuary Php 10 / USD 0.20
Butterfly Sanctuary Php 30 / USD 0.61
Hanging Bridge Php 20 / USD 0.40
Baclayon Church Php 25 / USD 0.50
Hinagdanan Cave Php 30 / USD 0.61
Maribojoc Tower Php 10 / USD 0. 20
Mag-aso Falls Php 40 / USD 0.81
Sagbayan Peak Php 20 / USD 0.4O
Bohol Bee Farm Php 30/ USD 0.61
TOTAL Php 805 / USD 16.25

 

Activities Fee
Countryside Tour Php 450 / USD 10 (entrance fee not included)
Panglao Island Hopping Php 800 + Php 150 / USD 16.15 + USD 3 snorkeling gear fee
TOTAL Php 1, 400 / USD 28.27

 

Transportation Fare
Fastcraft: Cebu to Bohol and back Php 750
Tricycle from Tagbilaran to Alona Beach Php 250 (charter)
TOTAL Php 1,000

 

Food Cost
Breakfast Free Hotel Breakfast
Lunch Php 150- Php 200 / USD 3-4  per meal
Dinner Php 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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Camiguin Island Travel Guide

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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. Very good Photos

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

  11. 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

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