Bohol Island

Bohol Island is a recognized world-class resort region. On the one hand, it offers many options for excellent diving. You have the opportunity to get acquainted with the island’s unique landscapes, white sandy beaches, and calm crystal blue waters. On the other hand, it is one of the best places to get to quickly. The island is located southeast of Cebu Island and is separated from it by a strait. The weather in Bohol is primarily humid throughout the year; the island is also subject to typhoons.

WHAT TO DO ON BOHOL ISLAND

  • Diving and snorkeling on Balicasag Island. A few minutes from the shore of Panglao Island is the small Balikasag Island. It is one of the most famous diving spots in the Philippines. If you don’t have a diving degree, don’t worry. Snorkeling will allow you to enjoy corals and countless giant turtles.
  • Snorkeling at various points of the island in more detail can be read in the article Snorkeling off Bohol island.
  • Travel around the city. The center of Bohol will surprise you with various activities: a walking route among palm trees and a cruise on the Loboc River, with live music and a free buffet, the famous 500-meter zipline track at an altitude of more than 115 meters, and Bilar Man-Made Forest.
  • Tarsiers. There are two Tarsiers Nature reserves in Bohol. They are the world’s smallest primates’ tarsier.
  • Great area of Anda. This fantastic place has vast rice fields, waterfalls, beaches, and cenotes.
  • Chocolate hills. These bizarre rock formations in the dry season look like giant chocolates.

Diving and snorkeling in Balikasag

The best places for diving or snorkeling in the Philippines always include Balicasag Island. This diving spot attracts lovers of marine life from all over the world, not only because of the large number of fish of all colors that live there but also an incredible forest of black corals and a vast number of turtles. The underwater plateau surrounding the island has a depth of 5 to 17 meters and then descends to a much greater depth. That is why it is an excellent place for less experienced divers.

Philippine Tarsiers

Philippine Tarsiers look like mini monkeys the size of a human palm with a long tail. They are called tarsiers because of the elongated bones of the legs and fingers on all limbs. During the day, tarsiers mostly sleep. They are most active at night. They have huge eyes – the size of their eyes about whole body is disproportionately 150 times larger than human eyes; in addition, they glow in the dark. They can turn their head 180 degrees. They can jump up to a distance of 5 meters.

How to get to them?

In Tagbilaran, find the bus station next to Island City Mall, take a bus or jeepney to Sikatuna, passing through Corella. Tell that you need a Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary; the driver will understand and drop you off where you need to. The entrance to the reserve costs 60 pesos per person.

Exploration of the Anda region

In Anda, you will find more beautiful beaches than on Panglao, with much fewer people; huge waterfalls, such as Canumantad Falls; beautiful rice terraces where you can just get lost; caves and cenotes where you can swim.

Panglao Island, Bohol’s younger brother

Panglao Island is located near the island of Bohol opposite the city of Tagbilaran and connected to Bohol by dams and highways. Here are some of the things you can do on Panglao:

  • You can take an excursion introducing you to the sandy tongue of Virgin Island or the beach of Balicasag Island.
  • Beaches of Panglao. Panglao’s beaches are some of the best in the Philippines. We’ve got a few recommendations for you to check out!

    First, Doljo Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Panglao. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset there and then stroll along the beach after dark to see all the lights come on. Dumaluan Beach is so long that you’ll walk for several kilometers before you reach the end—and you won’t get tired because of all of those amazing views! San Isidro has a small bay where you can relax away from the hustle and bustle.

  • Alona Beach is the nerve center of Panglao, and it unites the vast majority of diving schools, hotels, bars, and restaurants. This is your place if you are looking for constant “movement” and fuss.

HOW TO GET TO BOHOL

From Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport, MNL), Bohol can be reached by regular airlines, Asian airlines, Cebu Pacific Airlines, and Philippine Airlines, which land at Bohol-Panglao International Airport (Tagbilaran, TAG), located on the island of Panglao. A one-way flight costs, on average, $35 – $60. Here you can choose the most economical and convenient option and book tickets.

The best way to get from Cebu Island to Bohol is by ferry. The distance to the port of Tagbilaran is covered by high-speed ferries in about 1.5 hours; a ticket costs $7 – $16. There are more budget options, but the trip duration will increase to 4-5 hours.

If you are staying in the north of Cebu, it makes sense to find out about ferries to Talibon and Tubigon marinas so that it will be even faster and cheaper. Tickets can be booked online through the popular Asian service 12GO.ASIA.

Use the search form to book a hotel in Bohol during your visit to the island and buy air tickets to the island:

MAP OF THE ISLAND HOTELS

TIPS FOR VISITING BOHOL

  • How many days to go? Every area of Bohol (Panglao, Loboc, and Anda) deserves at least two days to explore its corners peacefully. The classic route in Panglao: one day to the Central district, another to Balikasag Island, and the third to explore the beaches of Panglao.
  • The best time to visit Bohol: November – May. Please note that the number of visitors increases significantly if you are traveling for Christmas, Easter, or Chinese New Year. It is necessary to book accommodation and transport in advance.
  • Health: Bohol Island offers a variety of adventures, and therefore it is important to always travel with good traveler’s insurance.
  • Responsible tourism: Perhaps at Alona Beach, you will be offered an excursion to Oslob to see a whale shark. Please do not participate in this disgusting circus where the animal is not respected and is in danger. Also, please do not touch turtles, starfish, and other animals under any circumstances!
  • All electronic tickets must be printed out in advance – on the spot; it may turn out, they will require a paper version.