Having been living in Cebu for the last 10 years, you might want to ask me why weren’t you able to visit Bohol when it is just 2 hours away from the island? I have been to other countries and neighboring provinces but why not Bohol? Well, circumstances happen. But hey, last May 6-7, 2017, I was able to visit Bohol and its tourist spots! Finally!
… But why now when there are news recently reported about the Abu Sayaf attacks in the island? Yes, I was quite worried but Filipinos are resilient and during my stay, I didn’t feel their presence. Locals and travelers aren’t worried of the terrorism attacks. Police are visible anywhere.
It was not a planned visit actually. I tagged along with my brother’s colleagues and it was really a huge group (28 people plus 2 kids). So read on if you want to know our Bohol itinerary including the entrance fees and some other cool stuff.
as their tagline goes:
behold … Bohol!
How to get there?
There are 2 main ports in Bohol, one in Tagbilaran (the capital) and the other one is in Tubigon. Tubigon is slightly closer to Cebu City compared to Tagbilaran City. Tubigon is about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours trip from Tagbilaran City.
NOTE: The Philippine government is currently working on the Bohol airport so yey for more local and foreign tourists visiting the island.
Estimated travel from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City in Bohol is about 2 hours for fast craft (Oceanjet). Upon arrival, you will be greeted by lots of businessmen selling tour packages or van rental. Haggle when you can. In our case, we didn’t get any of these tour packages as we have someone waiting for us. We rented 2 vans to accommodate our group.
Panglao Island is just about 30 minutes away from Tagbilaran City. It’s actually an island that you don’t have to ride a boat to get into. Panglao Island is connected to the main land by a bridge.
We rented a two-story house in Danao, Panglao. It costs us about 300 pesos per person for 28 people. So it’s about 7.5-8k pesos for 1 night and 2 days (Saturday and Sunday).
It was a slightly isolated house in Danao. It’s peaceful and you can feel the province vibe in the area. It’s approximately 5-10 minutes walk from the main road. The house is in close proximity to the Danao Barangay Hall.
There’s an open kitchen and a medium sized dining table. 3 bedrooms, 2 toilets/shower rooms (1 in each floor). The second floor is where most of us slept. The caretaker of the house have provided sleeping beds (no bed frames) with pillows and blankets. The rooms are air-conditioned. Electric fans were provided. One thing that has been giving us quite a hassle is the water system. By the time we get there, there were some issues with the water system in the barangay. Pagkamalas naman lang gyud! AHAHA! The caretaker was able to get a private water supply service but it wasn’t as smooth sailing as we would have expected. We are a huge group and we were helpless but to wait and cooperate.
No provided television set, no wifi.
Location: Bingag, Dauis, Panglao, Bohol
Entrance fee: 50 pesos; 70 pesos if you want to swim in the lagoon (life vests provided)
Since we will pass along this attraction on our way to the house, we had our first stopover here.
The cave is slightly dark. It has a tiny opening which can accommodate one person at a time. No worries since there’s a concrete stairway provided.
There is a small lagoon in the cave, which you can swim into.
Upon entering, you can feel the coolness of the area. There are stalactites and stalagmites everywhere but you cannot really see its entirety since it’s a bit dark. Lights are provided though. It’s not a huge cave so expect foot traffic.
NOTE: There are lots of stores selling souvenir items. The prices (particuarly the ref magnets) here at Hinagdanan Cave are slightly lower than the souvenirs being sold at the Tarsier Sanctuary.
Libaong Beach, Panglao
Location: Libaong, Panglao Island
Entrance Fee: NONE
Cottages and tables are available.
From our accommodation, we traveled about 30 minutes to get into the this public beach. We initially wanted to get into this other beach but since it’s a weekend, there were no cottages available, so we settle at Libaong beach.
It’s a public beach, so expect a lot of people. Locals and tourists mingling with each other. There are nearby resorts in the area so you can actually hop from one to the other along the shoreline.
There are also nearby stores selling food and drinks. The comfort room isn’t going to give you comfort. When we were there, water supply is scarce so we ended up buying a drinking water (50 pesos) to rinse ourselves from the seawater.
Bohol Bee Farm
Location: Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island
Entrance Fee: none
We were there too early and we don’t have much time to wait for the Bohol Bee Farm tour, which starts at 9AM. What we did is we tried their organic ice cream, which was really good. They sell it per scoop. Price is dependent on the flavor of the ice cream. You can select from Malunggay, Watermelon, Ginger, Mango, Durian, and more! They are using cassava as the cone. By the way, I got the Malunggay ice cream, it’s 70 pesos per scoop.
There are lots of shops inside the farm as they also have a resort. If you proceed in the Bohol Dive shop, you can see that the view is astounding and the water is inviting you to take a swim.
P.S. Please eat their organic icecream!
Location: Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol
Entrance fee: 50 pesos
Don’t expect to see a lot of tarsiers here. There were only 8-9 tarsiers that are publicly displayed to guests. According to the guide, there are only about hundreds of them and they are considered to be extinct. Make sense.
There will be a short briefing prior to entering the sanctuary. The dos and don’ts will be discussed along some trivia about tarsiers. Make sure to listen to the guide!
Blood Compact Site
Location: J.P Inting Street, Tagbilaran City
Entrance Fee: NONE
Having been able to see photos of the Blood Compact site on the internet, I wasn’t really expecting that it was that small! I thought, what the?? Yes, I was so surprised to see that it wasn’t as big as I would have imagined it. And to add to that disappointment, lots of people were there (hello it’s weekend and summer, so people will definitely flood the area). yeah, so insert sarcastic face here.
I was thinking of it as the statue in Parian (Cebu). The nearby hotel somewhat spoiled the historic site. I hope the government of Bohol would be able to expound its historical value – same thing with the Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan, Cebu and McArthur Memorial Park in Palo, Leyte.
It’s along the road and you won’t be able to see a huge sign of the site. Don’t worry, it’s a popular tourist destination so everyone in Bohol knows where it is located.
Man Made Forest
Location: Loay Interior Road, Loboc, Bohol
Entrance Fee: NONE
‘nough said. The picture says it all. It’s a beautiful 2-km stretch of road surrounded with Mahogany trees. Upon entry, you can see the change in temperature. You see, when we are surrounded by trees, we are feeling relaxed (not to mention green is such a relaxing color). You need to be careful when taking pictures/videos since this is a national road – lots of vehicles are passing through this area.
PS. Don’t forget to get the top angle. You’ll see how good it is to be in the middle of tall trees.
Read this post for a brief history about Man Made forest.
Loboc River/Loboc Church / Loboc Tower
Location: Loboc, Bohol
Entrance Fee: None
There is a Loboc River Cruise which will tour you around the long stretch of river of Loboc and end up in Loay. There are also other attractions in the area including standup paddle, etc. You will be greeted by singing Boholanons. Lunch included.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to experience the Loboc River Cruise since we didn’t have much time. Besides, we were there at 9am and the cruise usually starts at 10AM.
Location: Carmen, Bohol
Entrance Fee: 50 pesos
Upon reaching Carmen, I can already see some members of the Chocolate Hills gang haha! I really think this is the best spot I have seen during this travel. I have seen them in pictures and videos but nothing compares when you have actually see them in person. As what my sister in law says, it is still beautiful no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
To reach the viewing deck, you have to take about 2,600 steps. Make sure you bring an umbrella as the sun would be so harsh upon reaching the summit. P. S. a bottle of water will assist you in the ascend too.
You can still enjoy seeing the hills in the pavilion area should you think you can’t go to the viewing deck.
Location: Sagbayan, Bohol
Entrance Fee: 50 pesos
Sagbayan Peak is a mountain resort in Sagbayan. They also have a viewing deck for the Chocolate Hills in the area but the hills here are not as dense as the ones you can see in Carmen. To add up to that, you can see that there are lots of houses at the bottom of the hills but still, these are still good to look at.
The resort provides a free zipline. Yes, free! But don’t expect it to be a good ride – what else would you expect for a free zipline?
There are plenty of statues of cartoon characters in the resort including Bugs Bunny, Daisy Duck and more! I’m sure kids would love to see the kids zone in the resort.
There’s also a Butterfly Sanctuary in Sagbayan Peak. There will be a separate entrance fee of 10 pesos.
Going back to Cebu
Since we were in Sagbayan, we chose Tubigon port as it was less than an hour away from Sagbayan Peak.
We have spent several hours at Tubigon to wait for our boat schedule. We initially planned to get the 6pm trip but all of the boats are fully booked already.
You may buy pasalubong at the Tubigon park area. Peanut kisses, calamay and other souvenir items are available there.
Here, see our Bohol 2017 travel video: