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.
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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.
RESERVE TAGBILARAN AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE
CEBU TO BOHOL BY FASTCRAST/FERRY
RESERVE CEBU-BOHOL FASTCRAFT TICKET HERE
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||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
|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|
|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|
FERRY SCHEDULE MANDAUE (CEBU) TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)
VIA LITE FERRY/SHIPPING AT QUANO WHARF
|MANDAUE (CEBU) TO TUBIGON (BOHOL)||DEPARTURE|
BOHOL TO DUMAGUETE
RESERVE BOHOL TO DUMAGUERE FERRY TICKET HERE
DUMAGUETE + NEGROS ORIENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
Country Side Tour – Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Manmade Forest, Loboc River Cruise, Sandugo Site, Butterfly Garden, Hanging Bridge and Python Sanctuary
RESERVE BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR HERE
Island Hopping Tour – Dolphin watching, snorkeling in Balicasag Island and Virgin Island
Panglao Island Tour – Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis Church and Miracle Well, Sea Shell Museum, Bohol Bee Farm, Panglao Church and Watch Tower, Alona Beach
BOOK PANGLAO ISLAND LAND TOUR HERE
Danao Extreme Adventure – Whole day in Danao Adventure Park. Activities include The Plunge, Spelunking, Village Tour, Offroad buggy, river kayak and roof climb.
RESERVE DANAO ADVENTURE PARK PRIVATE TRANSFER HERE
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.
PLACES TO SEE SEE IN BOHOL
Here’s a list of places to see in Bohol.
PANGLAO ISLAND LAND TOUR
RESERVE PANGLAO LAND TOUR HERE
Sea Shell Museum
Bohol Bee Farm
Panglao Church and Watch Tower
PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
BOOK PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR HERE
Sidetrips and Optional Activities:
Zipline and Cable Car
Bohol ATV Adventure
Clarin Ancestral House
HOW TO TOUR BOHOL
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
RESERVE PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR HERE
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.
Henann Resort Alona Beach
Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island, Panglao Island, Bohol
Alona Vida Beach Resort
Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol
Panglao Regents Park
Ester A. Lim Drive, Tawala, Panglao, Panglao Island, Bohol
Alona Northland Resort
Ester A. Lim Drive, Panglao Island, Bohol
Moon Fools Hostel
Tawala, Panglao Island
Dormitels PH Alona Beach
Alona Beach, Barangay, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines
WHERE TO EAT IN BOHOL
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)
Operated by the Bohol Foundation for the Deaf and Disabled for 25 yrs
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Day 4||Danao Extreme Adventure|
|07:00 AM||Whole day adventure at Danao Extreme Adventure|
|06:00 PM||Back to hotel|
|Tarsier Sanctuary Fee||Php 60 / USD 1.21|
|Chocolate Hills||Php 50 / USD 1.01|
|Bohol Bee Farm||Php 30 / USD 0.61|
|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|
|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|
|Fastcraft: Cebu to Bohol and back||Php 750|
|Tricycle from Tagbilaran to Alona Beach||Php 250 (charter)|
|Breakfast||Free Hotel Breakfast|
|Lunch||Php 150- Php 200 / USD 3-4 per meal|
|Dinner||Php 300 – Php 400 / USD 6-8 per meal|
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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! 🙂
Thanks for dropping by!
Thank you for sharing your detailed travel itinerary, I will go to Bohol this July. This one will help me a lot.
welcome! Have fun! 🙂
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.. 😉
Thanks for dropping by, Yheng! Enjoy Bohol!
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?
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.
Very good Photos
Thank you! 🙂
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.
Oh, that’s awesome! Nice to know that the driver supported the LGU.
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?
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.
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?
If I remember it correctly, I think there’s a separate charge for kids
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
Hi, I woulld like to check if u remember now, the travel agency you’ve hired? Thank you in advance!
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
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.
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. 🙂
How do I print this article? My mom will go to Bohol and wants to have a copy of this. She’s not techie.
Screen shot with your mobile. Then print.
Hi, I am interested with the bohol countryside tour.. I planned to book for two.. I just need an advice of where should we stay?
Hi Joren, kindly scroll down the blog. I have recommended places to stay there.
Hello! Thanks for the detailed itinerary and prices, highly recommended blog for solo traveler. 🙂 But the prices for Danao Extreme Adventure and Catigbian DATE Park Tour was not mentioned Though, Do you happen to know how much?
Ack. Don’t know the updated price. Sorry.
We’ll be in bohol in a week’s time..transportation and accomodation all set for a group of five 3d2n vacay..itinerary on the other hand is still unfinalized..can you help me out?thanks in advance! 🙂
Hi! Paano po kayo nakakuha ng Panglao Island Hopping tour sa ganyang rate? May contact po ba kayo ? may inoffer kasi sa akin na Tour P2150 per pax. Thanks in advance!
you can click the link for the island hopping tours above and check their rates and book there
I’ve been planning for a cebu-bohol solo backpacking. Reading your blogs really helps me draft my itinerary. Thanks for sharing this!
This itinerary is awesome.
This itinerary is good for travelers for a budget. Also travelers would pick also joiner tour in Bohol just to travel fit their budget. This article really helps giving tips to those who want to visit and experience Bohol Tour.
Thank you for sharing this travel guide. I have a plan of solo backpacking to Bohol. Your blog will be very helpful throughout my journey. Eagerly waiting to start my trip to Bohol and also checked for accommodation & fight tickets. After this pandemic days, I’m ready to book my tickets. And I should say, your content actually inspired me to conform my plan & to check available tickets.
Keep posting such amazing & inspiring content.
What a great travel guide blog. My family and I also visited Bohol before the pandemic hits. It’s such an amazing place, we really had so much fun.
Bohol is an amazing place. Been there 2 times and dying to go back. Please drop by Bohol Bee Farm. Try their honey, muffins, and everything in between 🙂