The gem of the Visayas, Bohol combines pristine natural beauty, unparalleled cultural experiences, and historical site explorations.
More than white sandy beaches and marine hot spots, Bohol also offers unique landscapes, teeming wildlife, historical monuments, and exciting festivals. You can join the crowds hanging out at its beautiful beaches, see the magnificent Chocolate Hills, and try to catch a glimpse of the incredibly cute tarsiers. Or go off the beaten track exploring caves, hiking and hunting for adventures on your own. You can find it all this place which is known as “God’s Little Paradise”.
Bohol can be an easy holiday destination, challenging but rewarding for the adventurous, or a little bit of both. Travelers from all walks of life will find something to do here: tranquil scenery for those looking to heal their minds, wildlife watching for animal enthusiasts, water sports for adrenaline junkies, historical monuments for history buffs, and hiking routes for nature lovers.
Located in central Philippines, Bohol is accessible by plane and by boat. You can fly directly to the airport in Tagbilaran city, the capital of Bohol or fly to Cebu and then get to Bohol by boat. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can also take a 25-hour boat ride from Manila to Bohol.
The official currency used in Bohol is the Philippine Peso (PHP) and other currencies are usually not accepted. There are a few ATMs in Tagbilaran city and you can exchange currencies at the banks or money changing facilities in the city. You should always carry some cash with you in notes smaller than 1,000 pesos as getting change for 1,000-peso notes might be difficult and only larger restaurants or hotels accept credit cards.
The high season in Bohol occurs from October to June when the weather is mild and cool. The low season from July to September consists of unpredictable weather with moderate to heavy rainfall. Bohol is blessed with bigger islands surrounding it, offering protection from typhoons and cyclones.
Bohol is well connected by buses but the most popular mode of transport is by motorized tricycles, though they are usually only licensed to serve within a town or city. For longer journeys, you can get on colourful jeepneys but they might be uncomfortable. Alternatively, you can rent a motorbike or a car and travel around the island on your own.
Most Boholanos still grow their own food so local delicacies are a must-try, including the myriad of fresh tropical fruits. However, if you are looking for different types of cuisines, it might be difficult to find restaurants that serve an international mix of food. But fear not, there are still a few familiar fast-food joints like McDonald’s and KFC at Tagbilaran city for those who prefer to play it safe.
Bohol offers a well-rounded experience of nature, history and culture all within the small island. Being relatively less developed in tourism, getting around could be a bit tricky. But come prepared and Bohol will more than surpass your expectations.