Top 5 Tourist Spots in Bohol

Bohol is just one of the must visit places in the Philippines. While the Central Visayas island has gained global attention for the famous Chocolate Hills, Bohol is beginning to attract local and international tourists for its water adventures such as snorkeling,dolphin watching and scuba diving. In this list, I will show you the top 5 tourist spots in Bohol.

How to get to Bohol

Bohol is served by Bohol–Panglao International Airport. Airasia, Cebu Pacific and PAL Express all have direct flights to Bohol from Manila. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

There are also ferries coming from Cebu to Bohol. Click here to buy tickets.
Getting around Bohol is easy. Taxis and tricycles  are available in Bohol. You can also rent a scooter for P400 (8$) per day.

1. Chocolate Hills

The world famous Chocolate Hills are a group of 1268 unusually shaped hills located in the middle of Bohol. The origin of the hills are still unknown but some geologist believed that they are weathered formations of a marine limestone lying on top of an impenetrable clay base.

Best time to visit the Chocolate hills is during summer around March to May as the grass from the hills turn chocolaty brown.

The Chocolate hills’ viewing deck located in Carmen Bohol is 55 kilometers away from Alona beach. To get there, you can either ride a bus going to Carmen or hire a taxi. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

2. Balicasag Island

One of the most popular diving spots in Bohol is Balicasag Island. The island located 6 kilometers southwest of Panglao, is surrounded by a reef that has been declared a marine sanctuary. The beautiful Balicasag island has an impressive 50 meter submarine cliff.

To get to Balicasag island, head over to Alona beach where you will find many motorized boat to bring you the island. Roundtrip boat rate is P1600 ($32).

3.Alona Beach

Alona Beach is famous for its white sand and crystal blue waters that stretches 1.5 kilometers with rocky cliffs at both sides. It is the most developed and the most popular beach in Bohol.

There are about 30 resorts and 15 dive shops located in Alona beach. You can also hire a motorized boat and go to Balicasag island or Siquijor.

Alona beach is 20 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City and travel time is 30 to minutes. You can ride a car (P600 / $12), tricycle (P300 / $6), or public jeepneys (P50 / $1) to reach Alona beach.

4. Bilar Man-made Forest

Another popular tourist attraction in Bohol is the man-made forest in Bilar Bohol. The two kilometer stretch of mahogany trees is a popular instagram photo site. The Bilar man-made forrest is located between the towns of Bilar and Loboc in Bohol.

5. Hinagdanan Cave

The Hinagdanan Cave located in Dauis Bohol is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, boasting side-by-side stalactite and stalagmite formations and a 12-meter deep freshwater lagoon.

The Hinagdanan cave is 13 kilometers away from Alona beach and travel time is 15 to 20 minutes. Entrance fee is P50 ($1)

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44 thoughts on “Top 5 Tourist Spots in Bohol”

  1. Reading through this post made me very restless indeed. It will be wonderful when we are free to go traveling again. Hope it’s not too long.

  2. We have yet to visit the Philippines. But we will definitely want to visit Bohol for scuba diving. That water just looks so inviting. When I first read Chocolate Hills, I expected real chocolate. But those structures are still fascinating. The Hinagdanan Caves looks like the kind of place we would want to explore. Hope we get to visit.

  3. This looks like a dreamy holiday and I am craving for it now. I had never heard of Bohol before but it has now been added to my bucket list. Your pictures look amazing. I also love diving so would love to visit Balicasag Island for some diving experience.

  4. Ah! These are such gorgeous places. I love the feature with IG that you can imbed photos – it’s super convenient! I hadn’t heard of Bohol before – there is so much to learn about the world and the places within.

  5. I have a travel blogger friend who lives in Philippines and shares all the great places to see there. Bohol sounds just like another perfect place to see in the Philippines and the Chocolate Hills are just amazing. It is still a wonder how the 1,268 hills were formed.
    The diving picture looks absolutely beautiful too.

  6. I have to admit, I had never heard of Bohol before 🙂 But after reading your article, I am really longing for a trip to the Philippines!

  7. Bohol wow! What a beautiful place! Looks like a place where problems never come close to. I hope covid-19 gives us a chance to visit such beautiful places.

  8. Bohol looks so beautiful and peaceful and the pictures of the place looks lovely. I would love to visit there.

  9. These are really a wonderful and I definitely take a lot of photos in these places once I visit it.

  10. I haven’t been to Bohol yet. Your article made me want to go there now and visit all these amazing places.

  11. I was planning for Bohol before this Covid stuff and had to cancel all my plans. But at that time, I was not knowing some of the spots mentioned in your post. Good to know some beautiful spots and now on my upcoming plan to Bohol, I will add them too. Chocolate hills really look stunning.

  12. Wow, didn’t know about this place. looks incredible. Amazing photos. My favourite spot was the chocolate hills. Def adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Yet to visit the Philippines and the places you have mentioned here are so freaking beautiful. Definitely adding the Panglao island and the Hinagdanan cave to my list. Bilar Man-made Forest looks quite similar to the one in Japan. After reading your posts, I am craving for a beach vacation

  14. Wow Bohol is a really nice place indeed. Now I want to go there. Maybe for my next trip when the confinement is far behind us.

  15. Okay this one is bookmarked. Andito na lahat eh. How to get there and expenses, all I want to see now is the place. So I could be able to get a picture perfect shots.

  16. I had a wonderful time in Bohol last year and I’m so glad to see the places that I’ve visited in this list! I went scuba diving in Balicasag Island and I was awestruck at how beautiful the world is underwater. Oh, Alona Beach is definitely a must!!

  17. Oh wow how beautiful are all these piccys. So much travel inspirations for people for when all this is over x

  18. The Philippines is on my bucket list for a long time. Hopefully, in 2021 since it seems 2020 is all about staying indoors hahah

  19. Billy Sandoval

    Bohol is surely a wondrous place to visit in the Philippines. They have a lot of beautiful tourist spots to visit. and one of this is Bohol and also known as place of Chocolate Hills.

  20. I have always been skeptical about planning travel to Bohol as it is on the other end of Philippines. I just knew of the Chocolate hills then but wasn’t sure to travel all the way to Bohol for that. I am glad that there are other places to see like the man-made forest that resembles so much with the forest in Japan. Also the cave looks so beautiful. Now I can surely add Bohol in my “places to visit” list of Philippines.

  21. I must admit it’s the first time I’ve heard about Bohol. But that place looks amazing. If only I could go there right now. Thanks for sharing this.

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