This blog highlights my travel experience in Bohol, and my sample Bohol travel guide in 48 hours; including the places to visit, things you can do, and the ideal amount of money you can bring during your trip.
Located in the Central Visayas region, this province is one of the top destinations. As a matter of fact, Bohol Island is one of the places that a traveler shouldn’t miss out on visiting when in the Philippines!
It is true that Bohol Island is one of the most wanted visited destinations in the Philippines. There are more than enough reasons to make this place part of your bucket list! Its pristine beaches and hospitable locals. More to that, its vast array of scenic views and untouched beauty of nature.
Actually, Bohol was my last stop after conquering the Central Visayas region and I decided to stay here for two days! Finally! I have set my foot on one of my dream Philippine destinations! Yet, 2 days wasn’t enough to see the entire beauty of the island of Bohol.
During the days of my stay, I chose to visit most of the popular tourist destinations. It is because it’s my first time visiting the island.
Tours in Bohol Island
If you are a first-time traveler and you plan on seeing the most popular tourist spots in Bohol. This is the most popular package tour among tourists. Why? It is where you can witness the world-famous Chocolate Hills!
This tour is mainly offered as a package tour due to the fact that each place is far from each other. Getting a package tour is highly suggested!
Bohol Travel Guide: Places to visit around the island
This Bohol travel guide tells you about the places to visit around the island in 48 hours.
The most famous attraction in Bohol. One of the reasons many travelers have been dreaming of visiting the island. This is the pride of Bohol, by the way. The Chocolate Hills are a geological formation. It is the third National Geological Monument in the country. The hills come in green, but they turn brown when it rains.
Of course, in my part, this is one of the reasons why I have wanted to visit the island of Bohol. I first heard about these hills when I was an elementary school student. Ever since that day, I had told myself that I would visit this place one day. At last, I made it! I’ve finally taken a picture of myself with Chocolate Hills out of the textbook.
Entrance Fee: Php 50
This place is not included in the package tour but I already included this in the list. I saw this establishment when I was passing by the road going to Tarsier Conservation Center. It looks very interesting. From the name itself, Shiphaus is an accommodation that looks like a ship.
Entrance Fee: Php 50
Tarsier Conservation Center
My next stop after Chocolate Hills and Shiphaus. Before entering the conservation center, you need to pay for the entrance fee which costs Php 60.
As you enter, you’ll view the big signboard “I LOVE BOHOL” or “I HEART BOHOL” where you can take pictures of it. Then, you can enter the conservation center on the left side.
By the way, you need to take note of the following rules such as “NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY” and “OBSERVE SILENCE.” Most of the tarsiers are sleeping during the daytime. In fact, they are nocturnal animals. These primate animals tend to be very sensitive. Also, when they get stressed, they tend to commit suicide.
Tarsier is the smallest mammal in the world. You can only find this animal in Bohol and some other parts of Mindanao.
Bilar Man-made Forest
You can easily locate the Man-made forest if you are going to Loboc from Carmen or vice versa. It is because it is on the border of the two towns.
This is one of the famous tourist destinations included in the countryside tour. As you pass along this route, you will feel the serenity of this place and how meditative the place is!
Apparently, the road is full of Mahogany trees which will make you feel that you are in the forest.
No Entrance Fee
TAKE NOTE: Beware of the vehicles passing by the road while taking pictures.
Also known as (La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church). This is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the Philippines.
I must say that this is indeed one of the most amazing churches I’ve seen in every province I visited.
The church has recently renovated after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. It happened around Central Visayas in 2013.
ENTRANCE FEE: NONE
ENTRANCE FEE MUSEUM: PHP 50
You can find a lot of souvenir shops outside the Sandugo Site. Souvenir shops are just everywhere; you can easily locate them along the road.
Other Places to Visit
Loboc River Cruise
I didn’t get to visit other sites during my countryside tour since I wanted to stay in one place for a long time. But I’ll be coming back to Bohol soon together with my friends and will surely pay a visit to other places too!!
This is another tour that you must do when getting around Bohol. Panglao is quite different from the Countryside Tour. It is where you can visit the famous white sand beach known as Alona Beach. Besides that, there are other interesting places to visit around Panglao. In this Bohol travel guide, I wrote some of the common places to visit around Panglao island.
This is my first time visiting a cave. I must say, Hinagdanan Cave is truly enchanting!!
To be honest, I was hesitant to enter because I thought it was a creepy thing to do. But hell no! Upon entering the cave, I got utterly mesmerized by how majestic it looked like! The crystal clear water of the lagoon and lots of large stalactites and stalagmites made me appreciate the beauty of the cave more!!!
ENTRANCE FEE: PHP 50
ENTRANCE FEE + SWIMMING: PHP 75
Be sure to get here by 8 AM to avoid the crowd. Fortunately, I was able to experience the wonder of the cave alone since I arrived early!!! What a majestic sight to hold indeed!
Have you ever heard of Dumaluan Beach Resort? You can get right to this place before Alona Beach. Alona Beach is the infamous and most-visited beach on the island of Panglao.
The place won’t disappoint you at all. You will surely love how peaceful the place is! The beach has a long white-sand beach. It is totally clean, perfect for beach bumming, and barefoot walking!
More to that, it is not crowded at all, the atmosphere is so calm and everything is pure! You’ll love staring at the turquoise water of the ocean and laying in the fine white sand. Also, the pure silence of the surrounding nature!
ENTRANCE FEE: PHP 50
Bohol Bee Farm
This is also a must-visit in Panglao where you can taste the most delicious ice cream ever! It is indeed true that they serve the BEST ORGANIC ICE CREAM ever. Bohol Bee Farm is actually famous for its homegrown organic products such as honey.
The place looks so great, they also have a restaurant that serves organic food. But, I didn’t get to try them since it was a bit pricey! I want to try it once I visit again together with my friends.
They provide the best view of the ocean which makes the ambiance so relaxing! I really enjoyed staying at their viewing deck.
ENTRANCE FEE: NONE
The exterior design of the church is extremely amazing. But, I didn’t get a chance to enter the church because it wasn’t open during my visit.
This beautiful tall tower is right next to Panglao Church. The watchtower is also made by stone like the church. If you take a look at it closely, you will notice the hexagonal shape of it.
Other Places to Visit in Panglao
Sea Shell Museum
Bohol is a small island province in Western Visayas. But, it doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate the beauty of this island. There are so many things to do and see on this beautiful island. The places I visited are just a part of it.
With its impressive array of picturesque views and unique attractions, you will surely include Bohol in your top favorite go-to destination!!!
For Countryside tour:
Php 1500 – Rent a tricycle, good for 4 pax.
For Panglao Tour:
Php 500 – Habal habal ride, good for 2 PAX
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If you plan to stay in Bohol for 2 days only, this Bohol travel guide might work for you.
Ara Patria, the owner of The Adventuress, is an educator by profession but a traveler at heart. Despite her busy schedules, she finds time to travel domestically or internationally. She loves discovering new places, embracing new cultures and meeting other people. In addition, she’s also interested in fashion, Korean music, and Korean dramas. She dreams to travel the world and inspire people by sharing her own experiences through writing.