Bohol Tours and Activities

Bohol Tours and Activities

Explore the islands and natural wonders of Bohol with these tours and activities. See the Chocolate Hills up close, chill in Alona Beach, explore Hinagdanan Cave, experience the Loboc River Cruise, and go island-hopping in Panglao.
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Frequently asked questions

What is Bohol known for?

Bohol is a province located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is composed of one main island and 75 smaller surrounding islands. The main island is known for its unique geological formations such as the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, a series of conical hills that turn brown during the dry season, and for its white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Bohol is also known for its rich cultural heritage and history, which can be seen in its top Visayas tourist spots such as the Baclayon Church, a centuries-old stone church declared as a National Cultural Treasure.

What are the top tourist spots in Bohol?

Some must-visit tourist spots in Bohol include the Chocolate Hills, Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Hinagdanan Cave, Loboc River, Blood Compact Shrine, and Danao Adventure Park. These attractions offer a mix of natural beauty, cultural significance, and thrilling experiences. You can experience these attractions and more when you avail of any Bohol countryside tours.

What are the popular islands and beaches to explore in Bohol?

Panglao Island is a popular destination in Bohol known for its stunning beaches, with Alona Beach being the most well-known. Other beautiful beaches in the area that are part of Bohol island hopping tours include Dumaluan Beach and White Beach. These beaches offer pristine white sand, crystal-clear waters, and a variety of water activities like snorkeling and diving.

Can I go scuba diving in Bohol? Are there dive shops and dive sites available?

Yes, Bohol is a popular destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. Panglao Island, in particular, is known for its excellent dive sites, offering vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and good visibility. There are several dive shops and resorts in the area that provide scuba diving services, equipment rental, and certification courses. Alona Beach and Balicasag Island are among the top dive sites for Bohol diving packages, where you can explore underwater wonders.

Are there any unique activities to try in Bohol?

Yes, there are several unique activities in Bohol. You can try a Bohol whale shark watching tour like the Lila whale shark watching activity, or join a firefly tour in Bohol at night for a stunning view. Some of the top firefly watching Bohol tours include Loay firefly watching and Abatan river firefly watching.

What are some historical landmarks to visit in Bohol?

If you're interested in history tours, make sure to visit the Blood Compact Shrine, which commemorates the historic blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi. Additionally, you can explore the Baclayon Church, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, and marvel at its architectural and cultural significance. These landmarks offer a glimpse into Bohol's rich history and heritage.

Are there any cultural experiences or events to participate in during a Bohol tour?

Yes, Bohol offers various cultural experiences and events that you can participate in during your tour. You can visit local markets, such as the Tagbilaran City Public Market, to immerse yourself in the local culture and sample Philippine cuisine and delicacies. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to witness or participate in cultural Philippine festivals, such as the Sandugo Festival, which commemorates the historic blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi.

How much does a Bohol tour cost?

Bohol day tour rates depend on the itinerary, duration, and number of people in your group. It is best to inquire with Guide to the Philippines for Bohol tour rates.

How do I get to Bohol?

Bohol can be reached by air or sea. The main airport in Bohol is the Bohol-Panglao International Airport, which serves domestic and international flights to Bohol. The province can also be reached by ferry or fast craft from nearby ports.

When is the best time to visit Bohol?

In terms of weather, December-March are the best months to visit Bohol because there’s not much rain. Just remember that late December and the Holy Week (which often falls between March and April) are peak seasons. April–July is preferable too, though expect periodic rains as the rainy season closes in. It is also recommended to visit during the Bohol whale shark season. Whale shark arrivals typically occur between November and June, with peak months being February and April.

In July, Tagbilaran celebrates the Sandugo Festival, a Philippine festival which commemorates the blood pact in 1565 between Spanish Explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Lord of Bohol Island Datu Sikatuna. If you want to experience the merriment for yourself, do visit around this time!

How much time should I spend in Bohol?

The usual Philippine itinerary that includes Bohol is for three days and two nights, which is more than enough time if it’s your first time and you just want to visit the most popular sites. However, some Bohol tour package with airfare span five days and four nights, which is ideal if you have the time to visit other places and try more activities. If you want it to be longer, you can try a Cebu-Bohol tour package to get the best of the two major provinces.

Where are the best areas to stay in Bohol?

If you want to know where to stay in Bohol, one of the best areas to stay is Panglao Island, particularly around Alona Beach. This area offers a wide range of accommodations, from budget guesthouses to luxury resorts, as well as easy access to the beach, restaurants, and nightlife. Another popular area is Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol, which has a variety of hotels and guesthouses and serves as a convenient base for exploring the attractions in the province.

What's the best way to get around Bohol?

Tricycles and private Bohol transportation services are the best options to travel around Bohol. There are also motorbike rentals. Guide to the Philippines offer Cebu car rentals and vans for visitors who want to drive around Bohol from Cebu; some even provide all inclusive family vacation packages for travelers.

Where can I go for day trips from Bohol?

Day tours are great for exploring one area or of Bohol or a specific location that offers several experiences. For instance, spend the whole day at Danao Adventure Park and try all of the extreme activities they have to offer, or visit a few good beaches aside from staying at your Bohol hotel.

Is it safe in Bohol?

Bohol is generally safe for travelers, but it is important to take necessary precautions, such as avoiding isolated areas at night and keeping your valuables secure. It is also important to follow COVID-19 social distancing rules. Read our Philippine travel requirements for more information.

What languages do locals speak in Bohol?

Locals speak the Boholano dialect of Cebuano Bisaya. Some also speak Tagalog and English.

What should I bring on a Bohol tour?

It is recommended to bring comfortable clothing and footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, a camera, and extra cash for souvenirs and other expenses.

Do I need to book a tour in advance?

It is recommended to book your tour in advance, especially during peak season, to avoid any last-minute hassle. You can book a tour through a travel agency like Guide to the Philippines.

Can I customize my Bohol tour itinerary?

Yes, many travel agencies like Guide to the Philippines offer customizable itineraries to cater to individual preferences. You can discuss your interests and preferences and they can help you create a personalized itinerary that suits your needs. This allows you to include specific attractions or activities that you are most interested in.