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Bohol Island

Country
Philippines
State
Province of Bohol
City
Abachanan Proper
Type of Location
Hill Station
About Location

Welcome to Bohol, the Philippines’ most whimsical island – from its colourful fiestas, to the 1,268 Chocolate Hills, its top-notch white-sand beaches, dolphin watching, diving, river cruising, tarsiers, Filipino-Spanish heritage houses and churches, an interesting history and warm and welcoming people- it is safe to say that Bohol is quite the Philippines in a nutshell.

The Province of Bohol is best known for two things: The Philippine Tarsier which is the smallest primate in the world

Bohol is perfect for almost everyone – kids will love the dolphins and the tarsiers, divers would love the sites, beach bums will have their own little Boracay, Mom and Dad would love the fact that Bohol is the cheapest alternative for a great vacation.



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How to Reach

Philippine Airlines flies to Tagbilaran from Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport- Centennial Terminal 2) to the old Tagbilaran Airport. Budget carrier Cebu Pacific also flies the same route, except major delays are frequent and refunding your ticket with Cebu Pacific will take months, if ever you will actually get refunded in the end. Cebu Pacific flies via the new Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (right). Zest Airways (formerly Asian Spirit) also fly to Tagbilaran. Please check their respective websites for more details like flight frequency, schedules, and fares.

For those coming by boat (usually via Cebu), there are heaps of daily trips.

Other ships coming in from Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, Dipolog, Larena, Plaridel, Iligan City, and Ozamis City also sail to Tagbilaran.

Tricycles are the primary means of transport around Tagbilaran City and environs, while vans and a trickle of taxis (sedans) are available for rent. Within Panglao Island, men with motorbikes are also available for hire to go around.

Key places to visit
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Places to Visit

CHOCOLATE HILLS AND TARSIER

The Province of Bohol is best known for two things: The Philippine Tarsier which is the smallest primate in the world and the over a thousand intriguing perfectly cone-shaped hills of similar sizes spread out over 50 square kilometres in the island’s centre scattered over in the towns of Batuan, Carmen and Sagbayan. This hills are lovingly called CHOCOLATE HILLS..- since the grass and vegetation dries out and the hills looked a lot like huge chocolate mounds baking under the tropical sun. The hills are conical karst in nature, which is pretty similar to those seen in the limestone regions of Croatia and Slovenia sans the caves. It is so that the words Bohol, Tarsiers and the Chocolate Hills are so synonymous that one cannot mention Bohol in the same sentence without mentioning the other two. And if that is not enough, chances are you will be able to pick up a souvenir shirt on your way home with Bohol written along with the images of the Philippine Tarsier and the Chocolate Hills emblazoned in front. There are Philippine Tarsier conservation areas located along your way to the Chocolate Hills from Tagbilaran City, the provincial capital. This is where one can check out these nocturnal creatures hanging in the branches of trees along the winding Loboc River.

LOBOC RIVER

Speaking of Loboc River, it has become a must for visitors to take the approximately PhP300 lunch cruise (Filipino cuisine) along the green waters of the river which terminates near a couple of small waterfalls. The cruise usually includes an in-house singer, usually a kid from the local school choir, the Loboc Children’s Choir. The choir gained national and international attention, when it bagged the First Prize and the Festival Cup at the 6th International Folksongs Festival held in Barcelona, Spain.

BACLAYON CHURCH

Baclayon Church (above), 6 kilometres away from Tagbilaran City. The church has beautiful antique crystal chandeliers, silver tabernacle, an ornately carved pulpit and an altar with gold inlays. Close to the church is the town of Loay, the original site of the blood compact between local Chief Sikatuna and Spanish Captain Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The blood compact, known as Pacto de Sangre in Spanish and Sandugo in Filipino is celebrated in a festival in July of every year.

ALONA BEACH RESORT

For the beach bums and sun-worshippers, Bohol boasts of world-class white sand beaches especially in the nearby corraline island of Panglao of which Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach are the better known. For divers, Alona Beach (above) is definitely the best place to base oneself, where dive shops and resorts from budget to upper midrange hotels are located. The main drawback is that this tiny strip of beach is such a small community that touts would harass you at every opportunity. Expect to get asked for boat rides and island hopping over 20 times in 24 hours. If Boracay is bad, Alona Beach is the worst when it comes to touts. Food on this beach is overpriced and the taste is not exactly mind-blowing. A heap of boats are also anchored not far from the shore, thus, the ocean scenery is obstructed. In complete contrast, Dumaluan Beach on the same island, has fewer resorts (there are only two- the more expensive Bohol Beach Club and the super-cheap Dumaluan Beach Resort), and has a wider and cleaner beach.

PAMILACAN AND BALICASAG DIVING SITE

There are at least 13 dive sites around Bohol, with Pamilacan and Balicasag sites the most popular with dolphin-watching an added attraction. Pamilacan Island has an almost year-round convergence point of mackerel, tuna, dolphins, groupers, and hammerhead sharks as well as endemic species of dolphins, melon-headed whales, beaked whales, and the gasp (!), sperm whale. No wonder studies by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program in coordination with over 100 marine scientists placed the Philippines at the centre of the world’s marine biodiversity with 26,000 square kilometres of coral reef with the highest concentration of marine species per unit area. That’s nothing short like having the Amazon underwater. Up until now, new species are being discovered off the coast of Bohol as with many other research stations all over the Philippines.

Right Time to Visit

July - October

Temperature

January - December -> The province falls under the climate type IV chara(°C)


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