Tourist Spots in the Philippines

10 Best Bohol Tourist Spots Not to Miss

Bohol may be synonymous with the Chocolate Hills, but that isn’t the only thing this Visayas province has to offer. With a land area of 4,820 square kilometers, the province has full list of sights to see, packing a full itinerary for any tourist planning to visit.

If you’re planning to go backpacking soon, here are the 10 best Bohol tourist spots you should visit.

1. Chocolate Hills

Chocolate hills Bohol

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There’s nothing else better to see in Bohol than Chocolate Hills. All other Bohol tourist spots pale in comparison to this UNESCO World Heritage site. There are over 1,300 to 1,700 hills that paint the view scape of the province. During the rainy season, the hills are painted green and on dry seasons, they’re brown — this is where it gets its name, the “Chocolate Hills.”

  • Type: Nature, World Heritage Site
  • Location: Carmen, Bohol
  • Budget: starts at P50 (entrance fee)
  • Operation Hours: 8am to 11:30pm
  • Activities To Do: Take in the beauty of the hills. Make sure you spend enough time basking in the beauty of this wonder. Since the Chocolate Hills Complex offers the best view of the tourist site, you can take enough beautiful snaps as well.
  • Travel Tips:
    – If you want to see the real “Chocolate Hills” in its chocolatey glory, visit during Summer time. The green grass is burnt down by the sun, turning it brown.
    – There are several viewing decks in Bohol, but Chocolate Hills Complex offers one of the best views.

 

2. Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sancuary

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Bohol is also known for the tiny, monkey-looking, wide-eyed creatures it has in its forests. Tarsiers are aplenty in this Visayan province. You can view and play with them at the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary. For a minimal fee, you can see observe these comic-looking animals in their natural habitat.

  • Type: Zoo, Animal Sanctuary
  • Location: Km. 14, Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol
  • Budget: P60 (entrance fee), P500 (day trek guide), P1,000 (night trek guide)
  • Operation Hours: 9am to 4pm
  • Activities To Do:
    – Enter the 10-hectare woodlands and be awestruck by the cute, furry Tarsiers living freely in their habitat.
    – If you’re the more adventurous type, take a trek through the forests which tarsiers and other animals call home. You can take the trip up during the morning or at night. Once you reach the top, you’ll be greeted by the beautiful view of Bohol.
  • Don’t Miss: Aside from making sure you observe their big eyes if you’re lucky enough you’ll see them leap 16-feet onto another tree or turn their heads 360 degrees.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Tarsiers are sensitive animals, especially with their beaming eyes. While it’s a must to take photos of these tiny, furry friends, don’t use your camera flash as this will disrupt their calm vibe.
    – If you choose to take the trek, make sure you’re dressed appropriately. The trail could be muddy, rocky and slippery.

 

3. Hanging Bridge

Hanging Bridge in Bohol

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Dubbed by CNN as one of the Most Spectacular Foot Bridges in the World, the Bohol Hanging Bridge is a must-visit. The 131-foot long bridge is made of bamboo and steel and hovers 25-meters atop the Loboc River. It offers a perfect view of the river and its surrounding nature.

  • Type: Heritage Site
  • Location: Sevilla, Bohol
  • Budget: P10 (entrance fee)
  • Operation Hours: 8am to 5pm
  • Activities To Do:
    – Face your fears and cross the wobbly Bohol Hanging Bridge! Don’t worry. It will sway from left-to-right but it’s perfectly safe.
    – At the end of the bridge you will find “Buko King”, a local hero who can peel open a coconut using his bare teeth. AND he does it in under 10 seconds.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Crossing the bridge may not be best during strong rain. The path may be slippery and winds won’t help in keeping the bridge stable.
    – For safety, the government only allows 10 people at a time to cross each side of the bridge.

 

4. Panglao Island

Panglao Island

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Panglao Island is Bohol’s very own piece of Boracay. The white sand, blue waters and the nightlife make this one of the best Bohol tourist spots. Aside from the beach, the coral reefs and marine life make it a great snorkeling and diving spot as well.

  • Type: Beach
  • Location: Panglao Island, Bohol
  • Operation Hours: 24 hours
  • Activities To Do:
    – Enjoy the sun and the sand as you sunbathe on the fine white beach of Panglao Island. Aside from the famous Alona Beach, restaurants and bars line the shore making relaxing or partying on the beach easy.
    – Snorkeling is also a must-try in Panglao Island because of its rich and diverse marine life. Equipment rentals are scattered around the area.
  • Don’t Miss: The sunset is just mesmerizing here. The shore, the sound of the waves and the sunset as your backdrop — sounds like an epic vacation.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Since the place isn’t as big as Boracay or other known beaches in the Philippines, hotels could be fully booked during peak seasons. Plan your trip ahead and secure your accommodations preferably months before.
    – If you just want to explore the waters, you can rent small bancas near the shore.

 

5. Loboc River Floating Restaurant

Cruising through one of the cleanest rivers in the Philippines while chowing down on some of the best Filipino dishes is an experience you won’t forget. At Bohol, you can have your cake and eat it too, as they say.

The Loboc River Floating Restaurants is one of the most popular Bohol tourist spots because it brings two of the best things in the province together — nature and good food. The Loboc Youth Ambassador Band also sets the mood as they serenade you throughout the cruise.

Loboc Riverwatch Floating Restaurant

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  • Type: Nature, Restaurant
  • Location: Poblacion Sawang, Loboc, Bohol
  • Budget: around P450 per person (with Cruise and Lunch/Dinner)
  • Operation Hours: 10:30am to 4pm, 6pm onwards for Night Cruise
  • Activities To Do:
    – Fall in love with the views of the surrounding nature. Entertainment is also offered by the Loboc Youth Ambassador Band as well as the locals of Loboc.
    – Enjoy a hearty buffet of grilled meat, fresh seafood, salads, desserts and more.
  • Don’t Miss: Cruising at night is extra special, with the moonlight, the sparkling stars and fireflies lighting up the sky.
  • Travel Tips:
    – Queues can take up to an hour. Best to come early or reserve your spots ahead of time.
    – If you want to skip the buffet, you can opt to hire a banca that will also cruise you around the Loboc River.

 

6. Danao Adventure Park

If you are looking for the ultimate thrill, Danao Adventure Park should be part of your itinerary. This Bohol tourist spot is like no other. It features thrilling attractions and extreme sports activities. From ziplines to rappelling, kayaking to off-road buggy driving — they have it all. The eco-park is perfect for families or group of friends who want to experience something totally new.

  • Type: Eco Park
  • Location: Buenavista-Carmen-Danao-Jetafe Road, Danao, Bohol
  • Budget: P100 to P700
  • Operation Hours: 8am to 5pm
  • Activities To Do: The Plunge, Sky Ride
  • Don’t Miss: The views from all over the park is stunning. While you might be enthralled with all the attractions, make sure you take time to appreciate the view.
  • Travel Tips:
    – If you have the means to, bring with you a portable sports camera (e.g. Go Pro) so you can document your adventures! Whether it’s jumping off a cliff or dirt driving on a buggy, you’ll have them all on film.
    – The Eco Park also offers accommodations and a restaurant.

 

7. Blood Compact Monument

Blood Compact Monument Bohol

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Commemorating the very first treaty between Filipinos and Spaniards, the Blood Compact Monument features life-sized statues sculpted by National Artist and Boholano, Napoleon Abueva. The “Sandugo” between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna in 1565 marked the friendship, and later colonization, of the Filipinos under the Spaniards.

  • Type: Monument
  • Location: JP Inting Street, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  • Budget: FREE
  • Operation Hours: 24 hours
  • Activities To Do:
    – Be awed by how real-to-life the statues are. Aside from being amazed, you might learn a thing or two about art.
    – Take wacky photos with the statues! You could pretend you’re BFFs with Datu Sikatuna while drinking from one of the goblets.
  • Don’t Miss: Aside from the statues, the site also offers an expansive view of Bohol and the Chocolate Hills.
  • Travel Tip: Souvenir shops also line the area. You can go pasalubong shopping after your stop at the Blood Compact Monument.

 

8. National Museum

Bohol National Museum

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If you’re fond of history, artifacts and learning, then the National Museum in Tagbilaran City should be included in your Bohol tourist spots tour. Much like its Manila counterpart, the museum also features pre-Spanish artifacts, Spanish-era bills, paintings from the 1500s, and archeological finds.

  • Type: Museum
  • Location: Tagbilaran North Road, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  • Budget: FREE (donations are encouraged though)
  • Operation Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Activities To Do:
    – Go through the different exhibits that show the rich history, not only of Bohol, but the Philippines. From old Spanish bills to burial jars to archaeological finds in the Anda Peninsula — they have it all here.
    – Super old photos of Bohol and its locals before and during the Spanish regime paint a picture of what life was in the past. Make sure you visit this part of the museum.
  • Don’t Miss: Make sure to look for Gen. Douglas McArthur’s cane, an interesting part of Philippine history.
  • Travel Tip: The museum is located in the middle of a bustling street. Establishments, boutiques, restaurants, and a park surround the site making your trip complete.

 

9. Sagbayan Peak

Sagbayan Peak

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Sagbayan Peak is a one-stop wonder. The site offers attractions for the whole family. It has a viewing deck for those who want to see the beauty of the Chocolate Hills, it has a mini theme park for kids, a Tarsier sanctuary, a Butterfly Dome, a water park, a restaurant, and accommodations. Sagbayan Peak is perfect for families and barkadas.

  • Type: Resort, Theme Park, Animal Sanctuary
  • Location: 6331 Sagbayan, Bohol
  • Budget: P10 (park entrance fee), P10 (entrance fee for each attraction)
  • Operation Hours: 24 hours
  • Activities To Do:
    – There are a ton of things to do at Sagbayan Peak. Whether you want to view the Chocolate Hills, play with your kids at the Kids’ Town park, watch tarsiers and butterflies, or take a dip in one of their pools — there’s always something to do at this tourist spot.
    – Sagbayan Peak also features high-powered telescopes that allow you to view the cityscape of Cebu right from Sagbayan. For a few pesos, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Cebu’s scape and the ocean.
  • Don’t Miss: A 10-foot high, 19-foot long T-Rex welcomes guests to Sagbayan Peak. The life-like and life-sized statue is an icon in the resort already so make sure you take a snap of it.
  • Travel Tip: Sagbayan Peak is about 900-feet above sea level and roads to the resort are long and winding. Once you’re in Sagbayan Peak, it will be quite a drive to visit other Bohol tourist spots.

 

10. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon

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Known as the second oldest stone church in the Philippines, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon was completed in 1717. The iconic and historic church has been serving the people of Baclayon for over three centuries. Interestingly, the church was built using corals and egg whites.

  • Type: Church, Heritage Site
  • Location: Baclayon, Bohol
  • Budget: Church entrance is FREE, P50 (museum entrance fee)
  • Operation Hours: 10am to 4pm daily
  • Activities To Do:
    – While parts of the church have been damaged by a recent earthquake, the church’s facade remains intact. The architecture and interiors have also been preserved enough for a few snaps.
    – A convent-turned-museum also sits adjacent to the church. It houses several religious artifacts dating back to the 16th century. Anyone who loves history would enjoy this site.
  • Travel Tip: Because of the age of the relics found in the museum, photos are not allowed inside.

 

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