Bohol is one of the most popular tourist islands in the Phillippines. We were here in February 2020 and explored the island. Below we would like to introduce you to some of the most popular attractions.
Transportation on Bohol
To get from A to B on Bohol, you typically take a tricycle, which is available on almost every street corner. For longer distances on foot, the islands are unfortunately rather not worth it.
Another option is to book a driver. For a driver with car you pay between 2000-3000PHP for the whole day including gas. The route can be discussed in advance with the driver then.
Frequently the hotels also offer to organize drivers. We found that our hotel added 100PHP on principle to the prices we negotiated ourselves on the road (with not necessarily much negotiation skills)
The following destinations are also part of many tour packages that can be purchased in Bohol from tour agencies.
Alona Beach – The Tourist Center
Alona Beach is arguably the tourist hotspot of Bohol. However, strictly speaking, it is not located on Bohol itself, but on the offshore island of Pangalo. Alona Beach is home to almost the entire tourist infrastructure of the area, including most hotels, stores, restaurants and bars. Therefore, Alona Beach is the perfect starting point for those who want to enjoy the paradisiacal beach tourism in Bohol. We would also recommend you to take an accommodation at Alonabeach, because the infrastructure at the rest of the island is really bad and you are pretty much stuck without a scooter or a car.
The Alona Beach is not too long. Only about one kilometer of sandy beach lies right next to the town. However, many of the hotels are also on the beaches next to it, which are within walking distance, such as the Danao Beach. However, there is much more shipping traffic there, as many tours also Tours also start there.
Alona Beach has fine white sand. The beach bars are also very nice. Many very pushy merchants and tour vendors as well as the many other tourists, however, somewhat diminish the feeling of paradise.
Admission: No admission
Dumaluan Beach, White Beach, Libaong White Beach
Although three beaches are mentioned here, the names describe. Dumaluan Beach, White Beach and Libaong White Beach describe only single sections of the one and the same strip of sand. The beach is accessible from Alona Beach in about 10 minutes by tricycle.
There are two access roads. If you are coming by scooter, we recommend taking the straight road to Dumaluan Beach Resort. There is an entrance fee for the beach, but there is a guarded parking lot. If you come by tricycle, take the curvy tarred road one turn further and follow the tarred road at first and when it ends the following gravel road. Before a very steep place there is a stop and turning area. Here you can get out and follow the road for about a hundred meters to the beach. The road ends directly at the beach and the beach costs no entrance fee.
The beach absolutely lives up to its reputation of being the most beautiful beach in Bohol. Almost two kilometers of fine white sandy beach stretch along the coast. The sea is suitable however only conditionally for bathing. It goes relatively shallow into the water and there are always sections with rocks in the water. For this is significantly less shipping traffic than on Alona Beach and there are as good as no annoying traders and tour vendors.
Since there is an offshore reef from which sea urchins keep washing up, we recommend water shoes when swimming.
A disadvantage of the beach is its very poor transport accessibility (costplichtige road or impassable road) and the poor infrastructure on site. There are only two restaurants that really deserve the name and in addition some smaller stalls that are not always open. Really good is actually none of the restaurants. Nice bars can not be found unfortunately also. However, there is currently major construction work in the section of Libaong White Beach, which may also improve the situation promptly.
We absolutely recommend the beach as a day trip if you want a great beach day. However, as it stands now, we would not recommend a Hotel at Dumaluan Beach, White Beach or Libaong White Beach take – Es sei the with full board.
If you are here and you want to eat really good food nearby we recommend Thai Basil and Maya Playa restaurants on the main street within walking distance Main Street within walking distance of the beach.
- Admission: free, from 25PHP p.p. at. Dumaluan Semi Public Resort
Hinagdanan Cave – Underground Swimming Fun
The Hinagdanan Cave is extremely inconspicuous from the outside. Only a small hole in the ground leads to this attraction. This takes you into a surprisingly spacious stalactite cave in which you can swim in a brackish water lake.
The cave reminded us a lot of the cenotes in Mexico and is an exciting place to cool off on a hot day.
In front of the cave there are numerous souvenir stores and a parking lot for which a fee is charged.
Admission: 50PHP for sightseeing, 75PHP admission. for swimming.
Tarsier Sanctuary Corella Bohol – beware of confusion.
The tarsier, or tarsier maki, is a small nocturnal mammal that is native to the Asian islands. In total There are at least 14 species of which all are considered endangered or critically endangered. endangered. Especially habitat destruction, hunting and the massive use of pesticides are putting of pesticides puts the small animals to.
Coblodmakis are barely larger than a human fist. In Captivity die the small primates usually within shortest time by stress.
On Bohol there are two places where you can see the animals. can. However, neither of them is recommended and one of them we would even We even strongly advise you not to go there.
The Tarsier Conservation Area in Loboc is a zoo, that has nothing to do with animal welfare. It is a for-profit business, that shows off the animals to the mass public.
The Phillippine Tarsier Sanctuary Corella Bohol belongs to a non-profit organization. In addition to the eight animals that are shown to tourists, other surrounding land belongs to the facility, where about 100 other animals live in the wild. In addition, the Foundation has designated other protected areas and actively promotes the protection of the tarsier’s habitat.
You don’t have to kid yourself, the animals that are being People are presented, do not have a nice life in both facilities. From freely running around can not be the speech, besides should night-active animals now times sleep during the day.
However, there are glaring differences in the keeping of the animals in the two facilities. It starts with the opening hours. While in Loboc tourists are passed through from 8-17:00, the opening hours in Corella are shorter by one and a half hours and it is only open from 8:30-16:00. So at least the animals get a little more sleep.
Another difference lies in how the animals are is handled. In Corella, all visitors first get a cure briefing and great care is taken to ensure that visitors are quiet and do not not to take pictures with flash. In Lobok, unfortunately, this is not the case, resp. the rules are not enforced. Furthermore, the facility in Corella supports species conservation. The facility in Lobok is all about the money.
The paths in both parks are only a few meters long but the Animals are placed along the way and with the help of the guides easy to find them.
Our conclusion: lobok absolute NO. The park in Corella can be visited. Although the demonstration of the animals is not species-appropriate here either, but at least the organization is committed to nature conservation and species preservation.
- Admission: 60PHP
- Address: Tarsier Sunctuary Rd, Corella, Bohol, Philippines
- Opening Hours: daily 8:30am – 4:00pm
- Duration: 30 minutes
The Choclate Hills are over 1200 hills spread over an area of about 50 square kilometers. They date from a time when the entire island was below sea level and are made of a mixture of limestone. They owe their name to the fact that their rock causes them to heat up faster than their surroundings, and therefore the grass on the hills turns brown faster in the summer than the surrounding vegetation. However, the shape, which resembles a well-known American chocolate praline, probably also had some influence.
The Chocklate Hills are on average between 30-50 meters high. The best view of them is from the Chocolate Hills Complex – viewing platform near the village of Carmen.
Theviewing platform can be reached by 215 steps and offers a 360° panoramic view of the region. There is a restaurant and hostel at its base.
Before 8:00 a.m., drones are also allowed to be flown on the site, which allows you to take terrific pictures. After that, unfortunately, flying drones is prohibited here.
There is no parking lot at the top station. Tourists are only dropped off there by their drivers and picked up again at a prearranged time. picked up. Alternatively, the central counter offers to call drivers, when you are ready to want again from the mountain.
- Admission: 50PHP Per person
- Address:Loay. Interior Road, Carmen, Bohol, Philippines
- Duration: about 30-60 minutes
Bilar Man-Made Forest
The mahogany forest originates from a former plantation for precious woods, which has since been placed under protection and is no longer managed. A country road leads through the forest on whose shoulder you can simply stop to take pictures. The tall trees have an almost hypnotic green that looks very good in photos. Since the road is heavily traveled, however, you should be careful not to be run over by mistake when taking pictures.
If you want to enjoy the forest with a little more peace and quiet, there is the Bilar Eco Park a small nature trail in the forest area. This one is not spectacular, but still very pretty and you have a little more peace and quiet when taking pictures.
- Address: Loay Interior Road, Bilar, Bohol
- Admission: free, 10 PHP for the Bilar Eco Park.
Loboc River Chruize – Food to Water
The River Chruize runs along the Loboc River in Bohol and is used by Many tours as a stop for lunch.
In the first step one acquires in a ticket office the Tickets. Afterwards one waits in a waiting area on gray planstikbänken that the journey os goes. This is followed by the allocation to the boats.
The boats are very flat and remind of floating Pavilions. To the left and right of each there is a blackboard to whose right and left chairs stand. In the middle of the boat there is a buffet with Lunch.
There are various stews of fish, meat and vegetables, shrimp, fried noodles and rice, fresh fruit, desserts and juices. The food is surprisingly high quality for a river cruise but typical Filipino food, which yes is a bit of a matter of taste. The buffet is refilled. For vegetarians, however, the buffet is rather not suitable, because then only rice, fruit, desserts and juice to choose from.
After the meal, there is a demonstration of indigenous dances.
The river cruise is especially popular with Asian tourists, whose table manners are culturally popular with Asian tourists, whose table manners differ culturally Behaviors deviate. One should not be irritated by this.
- Cost: 650PHP for the cruise including food
- Address: Loboc River Cruise, Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
- Opening hours: daily 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Duration: 45 – 90 minutes. Usually 1h
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The Blood Combat Shrine -. Sandugo
The memorial honors the first partnership between the different ethnic groups of the Filipino indigenous people and the Europeans.
After the Portuguese had pretty much run off on some of the islands in the region and more than 1,000 inhabitants had been taken away as slaves, the population was understandably not very welcoming of European arrivals. However, a Spanish captain managed to establish peaceful trade after using interpreters to explain to the inhabitants that he had more peaceful intentions. In 1565 therefore, Spanish general Captain Miguel López de Legazpi and Filipino chief Datu Sikatuna performed a blood brotherhood ceremony.
To this ceremony reminds a small monument until today.
The monument itself is nice to look at, but because of the buildings around it not really a nice photo motif. In March, the Fiesta de Sandugo is held annually on Bohol.
We recommend vegetarians and friends of healthy food at the nearby restaurant Chido Cafe. The ambiance is very pretty, the food is fresh and healthy, and the view is super.
- Address: Blood Combat Shrine, Loay, Bohol, Philippines
- Admission: free
- Duration: 5 minutes
Church of Baclayon – formerly old
The Jesuit church of Baclayon was builtt in 1596. It is largely made of coral rock. Especially the elements from different periods in the interior, make it one of the most historically significant churches in the Philippines.
It attained the status of National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines, National Museum of the Philippines and was included among the UNESCO World Heritage Jesuit Buildings of the Philippines. However, a massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake in 2013 caused large parts of the church to collapse and it took until 2017 for it to be rebuilt. Further renovations are ongoing. As a result, the church has lost its status.
The church includes a small church museum. A visit there is not a must, but it is an interesting addition for visitors interested in history and shows many religious relics from the Spanish colonial period.
For visitors, the many vendors around the church can be become a bit of a nuisance.
- Opening hours: varies, but closed over lunch
- Admission: church free, church museum 50 PHP
- Duration: about 1h
Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge
The Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge are two suspension bridges made largely of bamboo. The technique with which they were built comes from the traditions of the indigenous people of the Philippines. However, the construction method was almost forgotten for a long time. After the Second World War, however, the technique was brought back to life by farmers to compensate for the infrastructure destroyed by the war. Only with the help of these bridges could they bridge rivers and thus continue to trade between their villages. However, the two bridges Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge, in addition to bamboo for safety reasons, are also made of supporting cables of steel to bear the weight of the masses of tourists.
The bridges are well visited and many tourist buses stop here. For those who have never been on a suspension bridge, the swaying and rocking of the structure will surprise you. The bamboo struts that form the bottom of the bridge take some getting used to at first, but they add to the charm of the structure. More than two short bridges spanning a rather nice river, there is then unfortunately also not to see at this place. On the other bank there are only a few souvenir stalls with extremely pushy merchants, so that one then likes to start the way back briskly.
- Address: Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge, Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
- Admission: 35 PHP
- Duration: ca 30 min
Bohol Birds and Butterfly Kingdom – Hell on Earth
We had specifically said before our tour that we did not want to go to a zoo and repeated this during the tour. Nevertheless, to our chagrin, we were taken to this place. At this time, it was also still entered as a bird watching area in Google Maps. A gross mistake.
From the cash register, there is only one room with butterflies to see. There were a few butterflies flying around in it. The facility is loveless, the animals in no good condition. Dead butterflies are simply left lying.
After that, we come to a cabinet of horrors. In a small area, a horde of peacocks, parrots, a rabbit, two snakes and a monkey Monkey their bleak life.
The peacocks are so many in one cage that they are almost standing on each other’s feathers. One of the Two Snakes is in a cage with a mesh floor. She has several nasty looking wounds on her back. The parrots are in tiny mesh cages with no toys or movement. A rabbit is also glassy-eyed in a cage with a thin floor grid. The worst sight, however, is a monkey lying singly in a cage on a branch. He wears a metal ring around his neck. Attached to this is a chain that leaves him no room to move. The look of the animal reflects the horror of his life.
We immediately flee the zoo again. The half-dozen keepers, sitting together bored in a corner, apparently don’t understand why we don’t want photos with the animals on our shoulder. At the parking lot we ask our driver, who suggested this place, why he brought us here. He just asks if we probably didn’t see the snake. Animal protection seems to be a foreign word here.
AVOID THIS PLACE!
- Address: Bohol Birds and Butterfly (Horror) Kingdom, Tagbilaran East Road, Loboc, 6316 Bohol, Philippines
- Admission: 90PHP
Bohol is a diverse island. Unfortunately, the island does not yet make much of its natural beauty. The potential of the landscape would be much greater. Also the organization of many destinations is not optimal. The biggest problem for us, however, was the handling of animals, which are offered in many places as an attraction. We would advise you in principle no attractions to visit, where animals are involved, unless you have informed you in advance about the conditions. Unfortunately, the information provided by many providers can not be relied upon.
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