The Philippines is home to a lot of beautiful sceneries dubbed as world class tourist spots. And some of them can be found in the province of Bohol. Though it still pales in comparison to Cebu when it comes to economic growth, it’s untouched and well maintained vistas are the reason why many tourists visits this island.
Here’s the list on some of the most sought after destinations in Bohol.
This river cruises through a dense nipa forest. The cruise features a tour of the river, a mini cultural show and a trip to a handicraft weaving place.
This is Bohol’s trademark and its main attraction – approximately 1,268 perpetual cone shaped hills scattered around three towns in the interior part of Bohol. The most striking features of these hills is that the change color during summer due to the grasses turning brown, giving it the appearance of gigantic hershey’s kisses.
More than a thousand one-shaped hills surround tourists in the two viewing areas in Carmen Town and Sagbayan Peak. This place is usually included in the Bohol Countryside Tour.
The Philippine Tarsier
The Philippine Tarsier or simply the tarsier is the second smallest primate in the world and they’re an endangered species. And yes, they’re also found in Bohol. Tourists would even go out their way just so they could see these pretty little things. A quick note though when you do see them – you can’t bring them home.
The Tarsier Conservation Area is a six-hectare woodland area located in Loboc. A designated display area is open daily for tourist. Picture taking using a flash and holding the tarsier is a no-no in this place.
This church sits right at the center of town of Baclayon and is regarded as the 2nd oldest church in the Philippines. The church is home to a couple of religious artifacts that date back to the 1500’s. The sad part is that this church was also one of the casualties when Bohol got hit with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The government has begun planning on the reconstruction of the Baclayon church.
If you’re shell-lover at heart, then you’ll surely love this. The Shell Museum houses a lot of shells with varying designs and shapes, making it one of the largest shell collections in the world. This establishment was founded by Quirino Hora, a renowned sea explorer himself.
Punta Cruz Watchtower
A piece of history that has existed for centuries, the Punta Cruz Watchtower will give anyone a great view of the sea. This watchtower found on the town of Maribojoc is made of cut coral stone and bricks placed in front of the sea facing towards Cebu, Siquijor and Mindanao.
Man-made Mahogany Forest
Bohol is home to a lot of natural wonders and also man-made ones. This one in particular, is a 2 kilometer stretch of mahogany trees in Bilar, Bohol. And you don’t need to seek out this place – you’ll be able to see it along the road when en route to the Chocolate Hills. Passing through this patch of luscious green can instantly give you a refreshing feeling of coolness in the air.
This is another pit stop for travelers going for the Chocolate Hills. What started as a conservation program was then highly backed by the LGU and the local residents and grew bigger until it became what it’s known for today – a scenic tourist destination.
One of the premier destination not only in Bohol but the Philippines as a whole, Balicasag Island is famous for its world class diving sites. Aside from that, it’s pristine beaches are also one of the reasons why tourists come here.
This island is located in Panglao. Known for its rich marine ecosystem, this is the perfect place to bring your snorkeling and diving gears.
An small island that one can access after a 15 to 20 minute ride from Panglao island, Virgin Islands is like a hidden, untouched paradise on earth – hence the name. Clear waters, great sand beaches and great local marine delicacies – a trip here would definitely be worth every penny.
This island is called such because of its long sand bar that is made of fine white sand. One has to consider the tide before going to this heavenly location. Motorized boats can take you here on low tide only.
Did you know Bohol has made a name for itself because of its natural land formations? And I don’t mean those choco colored hills. It’s the more than 1,400 caves found around the province that earned it the nick “Cave Country”. One of the most popular of these is the Hinagdanan cave located 15 km from Tagbilaran city.
This limestone cave is a naturally lighted cave because of the lights coming thru the holes in its ceiling. It is named as such because one has to go through a ladder (hagdan in Filipino) to get inside the cave.
This body of water is a mixture of mystery and wonder. The Canawa Spring is a 15-20 meter in diameter pool but it’s actual depth is still unknown. It gives off a quite mysterious air to it but nevertheless, it’s a great place to take a dip of cool water. A precaution – it’s really deep so take care.
Badian Spring Resort
Spring water and seawater rolled into one – that is what defines Badiang Spring Resort. This popular destination is located in the town of Valencia which is an hour ride from Tagbilaran City.
Bohol Bee Farm
This is a nature-inspired resort which advocates healthy eating by using organically grown ingredients. Be sure to stop by their store and sample their honey spread, malunggay ice cream, ginger ice cream, herbed teas and fresh flower salads to name a few.
Loboc River Cruise
Want a boat trip down the Amazon, Bohol style? Then try the Loboc River escapade. This long stretch of water will let you bare witness of the green plantations and wildlife around it. And you’re even treated to different sorts of entertainment, including delicious Boholano cuisine, while cruising down the river and back.
Aside from the Chocolate Hills, the Loboc River Cruise is a highly popular activity to do in the region. The motorized bancas take you around the Loboc River while enjoying Filipino buffet and being entertained by cultural entertainers.
Loay River Cruise
Loay is part of the Loboc River. This is a lesser known river cruise in Bohol but equally beautiful. Tourists can partake a buffet lunch and entertained by a musician while touring Loay River. The cruise includes a stopover at an Ati Tribe community. This is also the same river which offers Firefly Watching at night.
The pool here is constantly being poured down by fresh spring water from Bohol’s largest nature reserve – Rajah Sikatuna Nature Reserve. That’s why you can be sure of a very cool dip despite the hot weather. You can even cool your drinks here by directly putting them on the stream. The Logarita Spring is a two hour ride from Tagbilaran into the town of Bilar.
Another spring fed pool, the Roxas Park is another place to quench your thirst for a cold swim. But aside from those pools, you can also rent out cottages and have a picnic there. Nothing like good food paired with the cold water during summer.
Danao Adventure Park
Your Bohol travel wouldn’t be complete without visiting this particular park. Why? Because it’s the only place in Bohol that can offer you thrill rides. Danao Adventure Park offers pure adventure and extreme fun. Activities such as the Sky Ride, Suislide, River Trekking, Wall Climbing, Rapelling, Climbing and many others are all found in this park. There’s the half kilometer zipline 200 meters above sea level which is a really great thrill ride, however, the Plunge, which is like a modified bungee jump attraction is definitely for those thrill seekers.
Bohol is also famous for dolphin and whale watching. Be sure to wake up early to catch the boat and of course to catch these gentle creatures swimming in groups in their natural habitat.
The Mag-aso Falls
A 20 kilometer ride to Antequera from Tagbilaran sits one of Bohol’s most scenic places – the Mag-aso falls in the barrio of Mag-aso. This twin waterfalls is placed with surrounding green vegetation on it makes it look like it’s completely untouched. Don’t miss this hidden treasure while you visit Bohol.