This post is about my favorite Bohol tourist spots! I am blessed enough to visit the Philippines every Christmas and New Year’s. I go back to spend time with my family who lives there. Each time I visit, we try to top the previous year’s holiday vacation excursions as a family. This year was the trip of a lifetime and we were able to explore Bohol. Bohol is known more than just for the Chocolate Hills and here I mention the highlights of my favorite Bohol tourist spots. This is able to be done in 2 days’ time (which includes more to-dos than what is listed in this post). Be sure to also read my Cebu Tourist Spots.
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Things to do in Bohol, Philippines – Most Popular Bohol Tourist Spots
There are a lot of places to visit in Bohol from the beautiful tarsier sanctuary, the river cruise, and more. it’s no wonder it’s a popular destination among locals and tourists because of the fascinating places to visits. not sure where to start, well you can to the right place and discover all the amazing Bohol tourist spots.
Top 17 Places to Visit in Bohol
- Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Loboc River Jungle Cruise
- Chocolate Hills
- Bamboo Hanging Bridge
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Man-Made Forest
- Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center
- Nova Shell Museum
- Blood Compact Shrine
- Bohol Bee Farm
- Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon
- Panglao Island
- Danao Adventure Park
- Balicasag Island
- Dimiao Twin Waterfalls
- The Mirror of the World
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Popular Bohol Activities – Bohol tourist spots list
Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
The Tarsier Sanctuary was a very interesting exhibit to explore. The Tarsiers are part of the primate family and are the smallest primates in the world. Unfortunately, the Tarsier is on the endangered species list and is protected in these sanctuaries. This land has been set aside as a protected area for Philippine Tarsier. These primates are very small in size at about 3-6 inches in length and only weigh up to 2.8 – 5.6 oz.
Tarsiers are nocturnal animals and are known to commit suicide when scared by loud sounds and noises. Please be sure to respect these little guys and understand this in order to keep them protected.
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Loboc River Jungle Cruise
This is for the romantics out there. I mean it is perfect for the single ladies and gentlemen, however, it definitely provides a romantic charm with music performed by a live guitarist, performances from dancers, and dinner on the Loboc River. The wait, however, can be a bit overwhelming with hot and humid temperatures in the Philippines, but it is a cute small cruise ending with a small waterfall.
This is one of the most popular Bohol tourist spots and is a must-see when visiting Bohol and is a must for your itinerary. Save time by reserving your Jungle Cruise here.
Chocolate Hills – The most popular tourist spot in Bohol
Chocolate Hills, what can I saw about Mother Nature’s creativity. The Chocolate Hills was an interesting view with about 200+ steps to the top (it used to be 214 to represent Valentine’s Day and the romantic couples, but due to an Earthquake, the steps were rebuilt), it was a breath of fresh air. This was a unique experience and you won’t be able to find this anywhere else in the world. The Chocolate Hills were green when I visited, however during their dry season, the Hills are typically brown in color hence the title Chocolate Hills.
The Chocolate Hills are a UNESCO site and clearly, there is a reason why. This will be the highlight of your places to visit in Bohol with its unique and breathtaking views.
What to do in Chocolate Hills?
- “The Rush” Bike Zipline
- “The Wave Runner” Surf Zipline
- Horseback Riding
- Spiderman Wall Climbing
- Tree Top Rope Challenges for Adults and Kids
- Butterfly Garden
- Sumo Wrestling
- Tarzan Swing
- Zorb Ball
- Chicken and Fish Feeding
Hanging Bridge – Bohol’s well known Tourist Spots
The hanging bridge is exactly what it sounds like. The original hanging bridge is made of complete bamboo, which this bridge is still mostly made of making it difficult for those afraid of heights. They have reinforced this bridge with heavy-duty metal cables. This is probably one of the popular things to do in Bohol.
This is a beautiful place to visit and a great place to cool down. In this cave is a pool where you can dive down and swim deep into the waters. You can enjoy the beautiful natural aspects of this cave and the cool refreshing freshwater. This cave was accidentally found by a farmer in the Philippines.
Mahogany Man-Made Forest – Bohol’s Favorite Tourist Spots
Now, to some of us, this Mahogany Man-Made Forest may be quite a common sight. However, to see this growing in the Philippines is a rare sight. It was beautiful to take pictures next to and stare up at along our drive. The road can be quite empty since we were able to get some amazing photos. We loved how beautiful the road was and it didn’t even feel like you were in the Philippines. It is the perfect Instagram spot making it a popular tourist spot in Bohol. If you don’t know much about Asian culture, many of the to-do things in these countries involve places where you can take photos.
Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center
Butterfly Gardens are pretty amazing to visit in the Philippines. They often show the cycle of the butterfly along with being able to hold and experience the butterflies around you.
Nova Shell Museum
If you love shells, this is a pretty cool exhibit to look at all the types of shells they have in the Philippines. This museum has all types of shells from large to small and some with much detail.
Blood Compact Shrine
This was a monumental site for the History of the Philippines, a blood compact between Europe and Asia as a form of friendship and alliance.
There are so many beaches that are absolutely beautiful and stunning in the Philippines. Bohol has some of the best beaches that the Philippines has to offer. Many of the beaches in the Philippines are not as packed as the ones I have seen in Europe and the US. If you came to the Philippines, I’m sure one of the reasons you did so was to have a relaxing vacation. Visiting some of the most popular beaches in Bohol will definitely give you that relaxing feeling and they are perfect to go snorkeling in. Many of the beaches in the Philippines are filled with white soft sand with the exception of a few of course. Be sure to see my recommended beaches to visit in Bohol below.
Recommended Beaches in Bohol
- Alona Beach
- Cabilao Island
- Bolod Beach
- Dumaluan Beach
- Doljo Beach
- Libaong Beach
- Bagobo Beach
- Danao Beach
- Virgin Island Beach
- Seaside Beach
- Balicasag Island Beach
- Momo Beach
- Anda Beach
The Bohol Bee Farm is one of the famous Bohol tourist spots. This little bee farm provides tours from the production line to the final product. They sell products like honey spread, flavored honey (must try the spicy honey if you like spicy things), homemade ice cream from the BUZZZ with unique flavors, mats, chapstick and so much more made from the products they make in house from the Bee Farm. This is also a great place to grab lunch if you happen to be hungry.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon
The Philippines is known for its Spanish influence often include many churches as historical sites to explore. This church was founded in 1596 which is a miracle to be seeing it still standing up today. It was nominated to become a UNESCO site, however, due to damages from a storm several years ago, it was removed from its nomination. It, however, is still a pretty location to visit especially if you are interested in historical monuments.
Well, there you have it. These are some of the top Bohol tourist spots, what are some of yours that I forgot to add to this list? Please leave your comments below! I’d love to see what I missed or should go back and see.
One of the most popular islands off the coast of Bohol. It’s one of the most popular places to stay in Bohol because of its beautiful resorts and beautiful beaches. Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island, noted for its white sand and clear water. There are a lot of activities to do like island hopping, dolphin watching, snorkeling, fishing, and more.
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Map of Bohol
How to get to Bohol
There are a couple of ways to get to Bohol. You can fly domestically into Bohol from Cebu or Manila. That would be the easiest way. However, if you are already in Cebu, you can take a ferry boat to Bohol which would probably be a cheaper cost. Once you get on the island you can hire a taxi driver to take you anywhere around the island or you can rent a motorbike or car and drive around the island yourself.
How to get around the Island of Bohol
So there are a few ways to travel around the island. To get around the island, you can take the following forms of transportation.
My favorite way and the best way to travel around the island for me personally is by hiring a taxi driver. The taxi driver will usually know all the shortcuts, ways to avoid traffic, and know all the best spots to eat, visit and explore. They have done these tours a million times and you can control how much time you want to spend at each location. Additionally, all your stuff is safe in the ar and you don’t have to keep lugging your personal belongings all day, for example, a wet swimsuit you might not be wearing the rest of the day. Taxis are also very affordable to hire and if you are traveling with a lot of people it’s a great option. Book a private driver here.
If you feel comfortable enough, you can easily rent a motorbike. However, I do say this with precaution and make sure you have insurance. Traveling by motorbike can be dangerous in the Philippines with many drivers without a license or insurance. Additionally, you will be exposed to all the elements of the weather from rain to hot and humid.
Trikes are the other popular form of transportation on the island. A Trike or Tricycle is a motorbike that had a sidecar attached to it. You can fit about 2-3 people comfortably but many trike drivers are known to fit up to 5-7 people at a time. You can hire a trike driver for the day or just pay as you go and find them to take you from place to place as you travel around. They are easy to find and will take you to your destination easily.
Where to stay in Bohol
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What were some of your favorite things to do in Bohol? Leave your comments below!
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