It is completely wrong for anyone who says that traveling the Philippines to visit Bohol Island is just to watch the Chocolate Hills. Bohol also has the beautiful blue-green Loboc River, the enchanting white sandy Alona Beach, and is also home to the extremely cute Tarsier monkeys. What to do in Bohol island and activities, things to do in Bohol island? Let’s explore and experience the beauty and charm of the Bohol Island through this Bohol travel blog and guide with Living Nomads below.
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Moving: How to get to Bohol Island?
There are two ways to get to Bohol Island, you can take a train from Cebu to Bohol which takes about 2 hours. You also can fly directly from Manila Airport to Tagbilaran Airport which takes 1.5 hours flight. To save you time, money and also help you to experience the best way, we suggest you move as follows:
From Saigon, you can book your AirAsia ticket flight to fly directly to Manila (01:35 am, 05:15 am). Arriving in Manila, you continue to fly down to Cebu Island and spend about two days exploring the island and some other beautiful islands nearby such as Mactan, Hilutunganm, Nalusan, and Caohagan. Next, you take the train to Bohol and stay here in 2 days, experience the beautiful locations on Bohol Island and nearby Panglao Island. Finally, from Bohol, you fly back to Manila and continue flying to Saigon.
You have to note that AirAsia has a direct Manila-Saigon flight time of 23:25 pm, up to 01:05 am. This trip is only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, so you should arrange travel time Philippines appropriate.
Traveling on the island you can rent a local car for a group trip, rent a jeepney, ride a tricycle or simply rent a motorbike and get comfortable anywhere you like. Philippines car right-hand drive like in Vietnam so you use motorcycles very easily.
On Bohol Island, there are not many hotels or resorts, most of which are located on the island of Panglao by the island owns the famous white sand beach Alona. But do not worry, Bohol and Panglao are connected by two Borja and Ambassador Suarez bridges, so you can easily move back.
If you love luxury, you can choose Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious resorts Bohol with the lowest price about 12 million per night. Other resorts such as Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa, Amorita Resort, and Henann Resort Alona Beach are also popular.
Or if you love cheap homestay style, you can choose Steffi’s Place, Water to Forest Ecolodge, Bohol Coco Farm or 1peace guesthouse. Every place has its own special interest awaiting you to experience.
Experience: Bohol activities, things to do and what to do in Bohol island
Sail along the Loboc River
Only 400php for a trip along the Loboc River, you will admire the glistening blue of the famous Loboc River on Bohol Island. Not only that, you will be immersed in the fun of the local people with the beautiful ukulele. Also, On the boat, there is a lunch buffet and karaoke making the time for an hour on the train goes through extremely fast.
Watch fireflies at night
Also on the Loboc River, on the two sides of the coconut water at night dense focus many bright fireflies lit a river. On clear nights, you can even observe a sky full of stars.The Feeling when walking in the river, watching each flock of flying fireflies and looking up to millions of stars sparkling is no different than you are lost in the middle of the world.
Zipline at Loboc Eco-Adventure Park
Arrived at Bohol, you must definitely visit the Loboc Eco Adventure Park to participate in adventure games swinging zips from mountain to mountain. With a height of 550m and turn back line is 400m with the ticket price is 400php, extremely cheap but the experience is guaranteed to remember for life. From above, you can admire the whole view of the blue Loboc River, emotions will quickly turn from fear to enjoyment only because the scenery is extremely beautiful. However, if you can not overcome the fear of heights, you can take the cable car or join the river activities such as rowing, kayaking on the river.
Look for Tarsier monkeys
Tarsier Monkey is one of the most unique of Bohol Island. Since it is the smallest of all primates in the world, the size is no larger than the adult man’s hand. However, deforestation has devastated the habitat of the Tarsier. So the Philippine government has built a reserve to protect this rare species. In the sanctuary of Tarsier, you have to go light, speak quietly and take pictures without lights so as not to wake the sleeping animals. The visitors must follow the available paths and be guided only by the location of the Tarsier.
Take a panoramic view of the Chocolate Hills
About 1,268 hemispheres lying on an area of about 50 square kilometers in the middle of Bohol Island, turning into light brown in the dry season, make up the distinctive Chocolate Hills. These hills are considered the most lively nature monument on Bohol Island and the image of the hills is undulating, lying close together and is glazed like a box of chocolate was chosen on the flag and on the seal of the island.
Struggle at Alona Beach
Alona Beach is on the island of Panglao, just far from the big island Bohol one bridge. This is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the Philippines with the white sand beach which is not inferior to any other famous sea paradise. From Alona Beach in Panglao, you can rent boats to the surrounding islands like Balicasag, Pamilacan, and Virgin. Each island is a small paradise. The feeling of swimming among colorful flocks of fish is something you must not miss.
Find dolphins at the sea
Off the coast of Panglao, dolphins swim throughout the year, especially from March to May. The best time of the day to see the dolphins jumping around the nose of the boat around 5 am to 7 am. You should rent hotel near Alona beach and buy the tour in the afternoon, the morning is gone. Remember to bid the pride before start your trip.