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.
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).
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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