Travel Guide to BOHOL(Budget + Itinerary) 2018

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This Bohol travel guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the most diverse and adventure-packed islands in the Philippines.

I see the island of Bohol as a showcase of what you can find in the entire Philippines. Paradisiac beaches, river cruises, jungle adventures and top-notch diving spots all in one place.

This travel guide of Bohol and Panglao is packed with the most up-to-date and reliable information  to start planning your journey. Find here tips about where to go, what to do, budget and more.

This really is a must-have for an itinerary for any first-timers in the Philippines.

Let’s start!



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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
BOHOL (TAGBILARAN)TO CEBU DEPARTURE CEBU TOBOHOL (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

 

BOHOL TO DUMAGUETE

RESERVE BOHOL TO DUMAGUERE FERRY TICKET HERE

ALSO READ:

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.

BOHOL TOURS

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

CHECK TOUR PACKAGE RATES HERE

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

PLACES TO SEE SEE IN BOHOL

 

Here’s a list of places to see in Bohol.

 

COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

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 LAND TOUR

RESERVE PANGLAO LAND TOUR HERE

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

 

 

PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

BOOK PANGLAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR HERE

 

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Dolphin Watching

 

 

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Balicasag Island

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Virgin Island

ADVENTURE TOURS

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E.A.T Danao Extreme Adventure

 

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Catigbian D.A.T.E Park

 

 

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.  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.

RESERVE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR HERE

 

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.   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.   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

 


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WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL

 

 

Bohol abounds with all types of accommodations, I stayed at Henann Resort Bohol recentlyMost visitors chose to stay in Alona Beach or Dumaluan Beach.

 

HIGH-END

Henann Resort Alona Beach


Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island, Panglao Island, Bohol

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

MIDRANGE

Alona Vida Beach Resort


Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

Panglao Regents Park


Ester A. Lim Drive, Tawala, Panglao, Panglao Island, Bohol

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Alona Northland Resort


Ester A. Lim Drive, Panglao Island, Bohol

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

BUDGET

Moon Fools Hostel

Tawala, Panglao Island

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Dormitels PH Alona Beach


Alona Beach, Barangay, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 


 

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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 FarmOrganic 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

Tagbilaran


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BOHOL ITINERARY

 

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

 

 


 

 

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

 

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