Bohol tourist spots – With so many to choose from it is hard to pack them all into one trip. Bohol Island is an amazing place for holiday. We loved every moment there and totally recommend it to anyone wanting to relax and recharge or party and adventure….
When there we stayed at Henann Resort, the biggest beach resort in Panglao Island. Yes, Henaan is not the cheapest accommodation in Bohol but it was definitely worth every Peso we spent. The service, food, staff, accommodation and location were all 5 star! The staff are friendly and respectful, even if you happen to have had one too many Singapore Slings at the pool bar one night and need help back to your room.. (But that’s another story).
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Beautiful Alona beach is just behind the resort which is where we caught the boat for our island hoping adventure. On the main street in front of the resort you can also find the drop off/ pick up points. Believe me, after a long day of touring you appreciate a short walk back to your room, a cool drink and a relaxing bubble-bath…
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Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, or CHAP for short, is a great place to easily spend the day. But, be warned, some of the climbing obstacles were challenging. After doing one of the more difficult courses it was hard to then have to walk up all 150 odd steps to get to the Bike Zipline…
BikeZipline – YES, Yes, Yes!!! If you want the thrill of your life, this is a must do! Add this to your list of Bohol tourist spots.This gave me more of a rush than regular ziplining but the walk up to the tower was a real killer, especially after doing the adventure climb first. If you can make the climb then do the ride… simple as that. I must say that my ride didn’t go completely as planned.
I was cruising nicely, the wind in my hair and the valley far below my on my return leg when the chain came off the wheel sprocket and left me stranded in the middle with no way to peddle the bike. I was completely harnessed up so I was safe and the guys climbed out to rescue me…
Thanks guys… But with that said, it was still a lot of fun and I had a great story to tell after… LOL.
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The Chocolate Hills
I had heard a lot about the Chocolate Hills before going to Bohol Island but seeing them is something completely different. Probably one of Bohol’s most well-known tourist attractions are the Chocolate Hills. Most people describe them as looking like giant mole hills, or as most guys in our group said, women’s breasts.
When you first see them your first impression is that they are man made. But when you start to look at the amount of hills we are talking about you start realizing how big a task that would have been (Building the Great Pyramid of Giza would have been easier). We are talking about no less than 1268 hills at last count… Phew..
Take our word for it, this is totally worth adding to your list of “must-see” Bohol tourist spots. You will regret it if you don’t…
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Try an ATV Adventure
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When we were at the Chocolate Hills we decided to do an ATV adventure for an hour… We had a great time and recommend it to all.
One bad thing was, being in the buggy and not a bike, we had to ride behind everyone because we would throw up a lot of dust… Well, I agree with the dust.. Every now and then we would get a blast of dust in the face from the bikes.. It’s a very good idea to wear glasses and a scarf if you have one, especially if you are there one a dry day.
There are a few of these ATV tours setup close to the Chocolate Hills complex so they are not hard to find…
A new area that has recently opened to the public is Sagbayan Peak. This peak also offers great views of the Chocolate Hills but also has a few extra things added for the tourists including a butterfly dome, restaurant, café, souvenir shop and now a water park and kids town. From the peak you can also get good views of the sea and the close by island of Cebu.
The Tarsier Sanctuary Bohol Island
I felt bad about invading the Tarsier’s habitat (home), especially when they were wanting to sleep (they are nocturnal creatures) but they are soooo adorable….
The Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest primates on earth. This shy little creature is so cute and can only be found on the islands of Bohol, Leyte, Samar and Mindanao. If you are near Corella or are going close on a day trip I highly recommend visiting and appreciating our native animals. Besides, Tarsiers are just adorable…
The Tarsier Sanctuary can be found at Tarsier Sunctuary Rd, Corella, Bohol Philippines
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Loboc River Cruise
This is a great way to spend a relaxing few hours. Just sitting back, seeing the sights, eating Filipino food, drinking, listening to music and just totally chilling out with true Filipino hospitality. The “All You Can Eat” buffet really was “All you can eat” and a cruise down a river on a Floating Restaurant is something I think everyone should try.
TIP: Try to get a table on the shaded side of the boat… As you can see we were in the sun going up the river and by the time we came back, the sun had shifted and we were in it again for the return.
Once the boat reaches the falls it turns around as it can’t go any further up the river. Every now and then you stop at a jetty where the locals perform Traditional Filipino entertainment. Everyone is quite welcome to join in as much as possible. I hoped down and started singing with the Choir. I am not the world’s best singer but we all had fun and that is all that really counts.
The whole Loboc river cruise, including the buffet cost us PHP 300 each but the experience was worth much more. Another good one to add to your list of Bohol tourist spots.
The Twin Hanging Bridges
The Hanging Bridges at Sevilla are quite often overlooked by tourists because it’s slightly off the normal tour route. But it is well worth a visit. The toll to cross the bridges is not a lot (10 pesos when we visited) and that basically pays for the upkeep. Be warned – the bridge, being made of bamboo, bounced quite a lot. It was funny walking the span with a group of people… the more people walking the bridge at one time, the more it bounced. If you can visit, it is worth the effort.
Try Ziplining Across the river Gorge
The Loboc Eco-tourism Adventure Park has one of the best ziplines on Bohol Island. Spanning across the gorge with the river below, it’s a great way to spend a few hours. Also, it is a two-way trip.. Over and back. On the way back you do pick-up a bit of speed and watching Gary coming into the landing area, I didn’t think he was going to stop in time before hitting the rubber tired on the buffer wall. But they managed to pull him up in time.. Later Gary told me he also thought he was going to hit…. So be careful…
The Man-Made Forest
Drive through a 2 km section of the Man-made forest. Quite a beautiful drive with the Mahogany trees arching over the road creating a lovely effect. A great place to stop for a few Instagram Worthy pics.
Bohol’s Blood Compact Shrine
See the full story – Sanduguan The Blood Compact Site Bohol Review
If you like a bit of history then the Blood Compact Shrine is something you should see. This site was made in honor of a very important event in the Philippine history between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain and Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol. This Sikatuna-Legaspi blood compact is considered as the First Treaty of Friendship between two different races, religions, cultures and civilizations. It was a treaty of friendship based on respect and equality. This event is commonly known as “Sandugo”.
If you are into history or not, is this spot worth seeing? Sanduguan The Blood Compact Site Bohol Review
The Twin Bamboo Hanging Bridges in Sevilla are a bit of a novelty and fun at the same time. You can’t say you have been to Bohol without crossing them… The Twin Hanging Bridges span the Sipatan River in a quiet and almost forgotten about part of Bohol. If you are not looking for them it would be so easy to drive right passed them. But this only adds to the attraction of the place for me.
<p style="text-align: justify;">Baclayon Church Bohol is a "must see" attraction for many when in the area. When we were there it was undergoing renovations but still, it retained its charm. <span style="font-family: 'book antiqua', palatino, serif; font-size: 16px;">The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception or commonly known as the Baclayon Church in Baclayon, Bohol is the second oldest stone church in the Philippines and it firmly stands as a proof to the boholano’s devotion to their faith.</span></p>
How can you say you have been to Bohol without experiencing the Loboc River Cruise? It is simply one of those things you must do while in Bohol.. Loboc river is one of the cleanest in the Philippines and one of the tourist spot you don’t want to miss during your Bohol Tours . Make sure you add it in your itinerary when visiting Bohol…its something you wont want to miss… See why...
We were there in November. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and we could see for miles. Oh, and remember there is also another wonder of the world on the same island... The Tarsier..
Alona Beach Bohol has a little something for everyone. If you have ever been to Boracay then Alona beach is just like Boracay Station 2 but quieter. It can be a little expensive… It can be a little touristy.. For some people, Alona Beach doesn’t live up to expectations. If you are wanting a quiet area to take your family for a peaceful vacation them maybe this is now what you are looking for. But, if you want restaurants, bars, soft white sand beaches that slope gently into clear blue water then Alona Beach Bohol has what you are looking for and more. But it can also be more than you expected… See why…
Recently we did the usual tourist thing and experience Pamilacan Island Dolphin watching Bohol. It takes about an hour to reach the viewing spot. (You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see all the bancas gathered in one area). After a few minutes into the journey, we passed by other tourists having their own dolphin watching experiences. Many island hopping tours include it but is it worth it?
Balicasag Island Bohol is a place that is easy to love and hate all at the same time. Do I think it is overrated? Yes, at times. Would I go back? Yes, definitely… See why… Don’t worry if you are not into diving, you can still enjoy the rich marine life that <em>Balicasag island</em> has to offer by snorkeling. Swimming and snorkeling are the best ways to truly enjoy the beautiful island.
Or just sit back and relax by the pool
On top of all this there was Ziplining, Island hopping, Dolphin watching, scuba diving, heaps of Filipino nightlife and much much more… Definitely a destination I will be returning to. I also will give the Hanann Resort a 10 out of 10 and will definitely be staying with them again.
So if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Boracay (and with less tourists) but still want the diving, the white sand beaches and the good times then definitely experience this paradise in the Visayas.
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