12.14.2008

10 Things to do in Bohol, Philippines

Thanks to my job, I'm lucky enough to visit Bohol quite a number of times already. To aid all of you travellers out there, here's a quick guide on the top 10 things that you could do in Bohol, Philippines.

1. See the Chocolate Hills. This is Bohol's most famous attraction. When you arrive at the Chocolate Hills site, you need to go up a flight of stairs to view the hills from the top. What is so special about these hills? These are perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size where the grass turns brown in the summer, thus the name Chocolate Hills. It's a natural formation, and there is none other like it in the world. This site is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.
2. Meet and greet the Bohol tarsier. Tarsiers are very small animals with large round eyes. They're so small that they're hard to spot since they only measure about 4-6 inches, and they could easily fit into the palm of your hand.
3. Go on a Loboc River cruise. While you're at the tarsier stop, head over to the floating restaurants nearby and treat yourself to a hearty lunch while enjoying a cruise at Loboc River. There are restaurants that serve buffet, and usually there are singers on board to entertain you on your journey.
4. Take a pic of the reforested area and Baclayon Church. On your way to the Chocolate Hills from Tagbilaran City in Bohol, you'll find a forest filled with trees climbing up to the sun standing tall and straight. It cools the air as you pass by this area since it blocks off most of the sun. It's a good photo opportunity since the Bohol people developed this area to become a beautiful man-made forest. For those who love old churches, you could also drop by Baclayon Church. It is perhaps Bohol's oldest church built in the 1950s. The church is definitely a sight to behold.
5. Enjoy the beach in Panglao. Panglao is 30-45 minutes away from Tagbilaran City, and you could hire a taxi or a van to take you there. If you're booked in a Panglao resort, you could also arrange for a shuttle to take you there. Panglao is beautiful with fine, powdery white sand and clear blue waters. The beach is not as crowded as Boracay. There are two most populated beach sites in Panglao: (1) Alona Kew side, and (2) Dumaluan Beach Resort and Bohol Beach Club side. The former houses more restaurants and bars, while the latter is a more peaceful side of Panglao. Don't forget to take beach sunset pics.
6. Visit the Bohol boa constrictor (sawa). When you go on tour in Bohol, tour guides would often ask you if you want to drop by the site that houses the biggest boa constrictor (sawa in the local dialect) in Bohol. The once-wild sawa is now tamed by a middle-aged lady and open to viewing by visitors. This site is like a small zoo. There are other animals up for viewing. Once you're there, try to meet their singing Marimar who would gladly belt out a song or two and guide you through the whole site. If you're lucky, she might also offer you the items she made from the sawa's shedded skin.
7. See the dolphins. If you want to see dolphins in Bohol, better wake up as early as 5am to catch them. Resorts would gladly arrange the trip for you with local boatmen. It's better to go as a big group to maximize the boat rental which usually runs for about Php2500-3000 per trip.
8. Visit the nearby islands. The best beaches in Bohol is not limited to Panglao only. There are also nearby islands which offer beautiful sights on shore and under water. Visit Balicasag island, a top diving site, and revel at the beauty of marine life by snorkeling or diving. Contact the nearby dive shop in Panglao to arrange for your diving trip. For snorkeling, local boatmen usually have snorkeling gear available for rental.
9. Go food tripping. May it be as unique as Bohol Bee Farm or as simple as grilled food at a restaurant by the shore near Dumaluan Beach Resort, Bohol is certainly home to a lot of new and memorable dining experiences. Take time to visit the Prawn Farm in Island City Mall and Bohol's best Chinese restaurant, Shang Manou.
10. Buy Bohol's native pasalubong. Like most places in the Philippines, there's always something unique to take home to your loved ones. Try Bohol's calamay and peanut kisses, which could easily be bought in pasalubong centers and supermarkets. If you want something tangible, there's always the reliable Bohol tourist-y shirt.

How to Get to Bohol
There are two airlines with flight routes to Bohol from Manila. Check out Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines for rates. If you'll be coming from Cebu, take a ferry that will take you to Bohol in two hours. Try Ocean Jet in Pier 1 or Weesam and Supercat in Pier 4.

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10 comments:

Globetrottingbride said...

Wow. Sounds amazing! Great blog. Thailand is on my list of places to see (sooner rather than later : ). Thanks for visiting my blog.

fedge said...

hi mitz, thanks for visiting our Cebu Restaurant Blog.

Do keep visiting DiningCebu.com

I miss Bohol already :) The only thing I haven't done there is to go Dolphin watching. It's somewhat expensive hehe...

Mitz said...

@globetrotting bride: thanks for visiting too! :) hope you'll enjoy thailand.

Mitz said...

@fedge: yup, dolphin watching is a bit expensive. better bring a lot of friends along so you could split the cost :)

Rey said...

That's a handful of advice you got there that will really help travellers. great blog by the way.

edztar said...

help naman..pano maglagay ng adsense sa loob ng post mo?

Mitz said...

@rey: thank you! :)

Mitz said...

@edztar: hi! ill try to look for the code in my template. i just searched for the adsense code in google. lots of sites offer it :)

nina said...

9/10. we were just in bohol 2 weeks ago and the boa is the only thing that i hadnt seen. hehe! i enjoy bohol bee farm the most! i guess il be back to bohol for more. yeeha! have a good day!

Lisa said...

Bohol sounds amazing. This is a great post and a great blog. I'll return soon.

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