Bohol, Philippines is famous for many things: there’s the Philippines tarsier, the baffling geological wonder of the Chocolate Hills, the pristine beaches in Panglao –the list goes on, but what exactly are the best places to check out on the island?
Settle in as our list of the top places to visit in Bohol further convinces you that it is indeed, more fun in the Philippines!
Chocolate Hills in Carmen– Head on to Carmen, Bohol to see the Chocolate Hills! The town of Carmen is the center of the Chocolate Hills and is located northeast of Tagbilaran City, 59 km away. For the best panoramic view of the hills, you will have to climb up one of them.Granted it’s going to be quite a trek, but the view of seemingly endless rows of giant chocolates is definitely worth it.
Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella – Meet the tarsiers at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol. The sanctuary aims to observe and preserve the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), locally known as mamag due to its present endangered status. The tarsiers live in their natural habitat at the sanctuary thus prohibiting you to touch them. You are allowed to take photos of these shy, nocturnal creatures but be sure the flash is off.
Panglao Island – Panglao is an island located south of Bohol. It is best known to have the best beaches you can find in Bohol including the famous white sand beaches of Alona Beach, Bingag Beach, and Doljo Beach. Panglao’s many resorts offer several tours such as whale watching and island hopping.
Take an early morning boat to Pamilacan Island and along the way you can watch spinner dolphins and whales playing in the water. Island hopping, on the other hand, will take you on a tour to Pungud Island, Virgin Islands, and Balicasag Island. Balicasag Island is known to have some of the Philippines’ best diving spots.
Aside from the beaches, Panglao also offers other notable attractions which you can find in Dauis (Panglao has two municipalities, Panglao and Dauis). There’s Bohol Bee Farm, Hinagdanan Cave, and more.
Loboc River Cruise in Loboc – Located east of Tagbilaran, the town of Loboc is known for being one of the oldest towns in Bohol. It is also the hometown of the world-renowned Loboc Children Choir. Furthermore, Loboc is famous for its floating restaurants that will take you on a cruise on the serene and picturesque Loboc River. You can enjoy the river’s view on a cruise that includes a delicious buffet of Filipino dishes, dancers dancing to Filipino folk dances, and a live band.
Man-made forest in Bilar– Feel the cool air and the gorgeous display of mahogany trees in a 2-kilometer stretch. It’s a refreshing view which you are sure to pass through from Tagbilaran to Chocolate Hills. The mahogany trees here are said to be planted by the students of Holy Name University some years ago.
Blood Compact Shrine in Tagbilaran– See a piece of history preserved in bronze at the Blood Compact Shrine in Bool District, Tagbilaran City. Also known as the Sandugo Shrine, the site is where the blood compact took place between Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi on March 16, 1565. This historical landmark symbolizes the first international treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and the Filipinos.
Danao Adventure Park– Are you in for some adrenaline rush? Then Danao Adventure Park in Bohol is a must-visit for you! Only 2 hours from Tagbilaran, Danao Adventure Park offers extreme attractions. The park is nestled between Bohol’s mountainous regions making thrilling activities such as rappelling, trekking, kayaking down Wahig River, root climbing, river tubing, and ATV rides sate adrenaline junkies’ thirst for adventure.
It is not unknown to most that the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol last October 2013, has left overwhelming damages to the island’s hundred-old churches and some other old buildings.
Among the infrastructures that bore the brunt of the earthquake are Tagbilaran City Hall, Dauis Church, and Baclayon Church. For the past years, tours in Bohol have included visits to the churches which in their own right, are valued heritage sites.
But Bohol is well on its way to recovery and is now back to proudly showing locals and foreign tourists its abundance of world-famous attractions.