Bohol Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Bohol Province, shaped as an oval, is the 10th largest island in the Philippines. Surrounded by 75 small islands with Tagbilaran City as its capital, Bohol is one of the Philippines’ best known tourist destinations of natural attractions - the amazing Chocolate Hills, the adorable tarsier, the scenic waterfalls and caves and the number of world class diving spots, beaches and resorts. Bohol is a small island which you can tour on a motorcycle, offering travellers, not just mainstream tourist spots, but as well as off the beaten tracks. It boasts of rich historical and cultural background; it was also where the country’s 8th President came, Carlos P. Garcia. Another gem of the Visayas Region, Bohol Island is a beautiful travel destination waiting to be discovered.

Where to go in Bohol

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Aproniana Souvenir Shop

La Libertad Rd San Isidro Baclayon, Bohol, Central Visayas, 6301, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting Here
Bohol can easily be reached by a plane or a boat.

By plane: Tagbilaran Airport receives flights from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia from Manila to Tagbilaran and vice versa. Flights to and from the other nearby islands are also available. It is recommended to book in advance for the best possibility of getting cheap airfares.

Minimum airfare ticket starts from Php 1,600.00, one way, depending on the airline and the date of the flight. It is also good to note that Tagbilaran Airport has a “sunset limitation” that prohibits any flights from landing in after dark.

By sea: From Manila, there is once a week journey of 2Go to Tagbilaran. The sea travel takes around 28 hours from the Macapagal Super Terminal at Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor going to the Tagbilan Wharf and Seaport.

There are also ferries that carry passengers from Cebu (SuperCat, OceanJet - Php 500.00 one way), as well as other ships from CDO, Dumaguete, Iligan, Ozamiz City, to name a few. There is another entry point to Bohol and that is in Tubigon. It has a shorter travel time compared to the Tagbilaran route and ferries servicing this route are MV Starcraft and MV Sea Jet.

Popular Food

One of Bohol’s popular and must-try delicacies is the sweet treat from Jagna called ‘calamay’, a mixture of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and some peanuts. Enclosed in a smoothen coconut shell and sealed with a red paper, this is one of the island’s signature delicacies and a well-loved pasalubong.

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Bohol getaway isn’t complete without trying the delicious, sweet snack the island is famous for – the peanut kisses! Inspired by the American brand Hershey’s kisses, Bohol’s peanut kisses is made from grounded peanuts and egg whites, with a little hint of vanilla.

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The barangay Talisay in Anda, Bohol has been making tilapia chips for quite some time now. Called as TAFIAS that stands for Talisay Fishermen’s Association (TAFIAS), is now making a name as a healthy and delicious snacks and with different flavours that will appeal to everybody's taste buds – chocolate, kalamansi, ginger, chilli.

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Best Time to Go

A tropical paradise in the Central Visayas Region, Bohol belongs to the top 5 tourist destinations in the country. It is mainly a diving destination, but Bohol is also known for dolphin watching. Best to see these pretty sea creatures are the months of March to June. May to July are the hottest months while expect some rains in the months of November to April.

The Sandugo Festival, held every July, is also one of the reasons to visit Bohol. It is a month-long festival that commemorates the blood compact of Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Highlights of the festival are the ‘’sandugo’ or blood compact re-enactment and the colorful street dancing.

While touring the island, put on ample amount of sunblock and wear light garments.

What to Do

Island hopping
Bohol Island, plus its 75 minor adjoining islands, is truly a relaxing getaway. One can easily shun the beach crowd by heading towards nearby isolated islands that offer crystal clear water and fine white sand. Try visiting the mystical island of Lamanoc or enjoy the peaceful calm of the Virgin Island or the Pamilacan Island, which is frequented by different marine mammals all over the year.
One of the places to check out for the scuba diving aficionado, Bohol offers best diving sites which are located just a short distance from the island. Balicasag, Panglao and Cabilao Island are considered as the foremost diving sites.

Estimated Costs

Estimated Cost per Person
Airline tickets vary from one airline company to another and the date of travel. The standard airline ticket price going to Bohol from Manila is Php 1,700.00 while ferry ticket price depends on the place of origin. Being a small island, exploring Bohol can be done riding a scooter or a motorcycle. One can rent a scooter for Php 500.00 a day in Tagbilaran City.

Bohol has a good number of accommodations for all types of travelers. There are budget rooms and pension houses with a price range of Php 350.00 to Php 800.0 per day. For a luxurious stay in a well-known resort, rates start at Php 8,000.00 a night.

Budget – Php 130.00 – Php 150.00
Mid-range – Php 180.00 – Php 350.00

Tourist attraction entrance fee
Entrance fee to different tourist attractions starts at Php 50.00

Tricycle fare
Php 10.00

Jeepney fare
Php 8.00

Average price per day
Php 1,600.00 - Php 1,900.00