With its world famous Chocolate Hills and Loboc River, Bohol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. The province of Bohol is located in the middle of the Visayas Region and is the tenth largest island in the Philippine archipelago.
By plane, you can arrive in Tagbilaran City, the capital city of Bohol, via flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, or the Mactan International Airport in Cebu. By boat, there are ferries that offer daily trips from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City, and vice versa.
For getting around the province, there are rental companies that offer motorcycle and car rentals, as well as countryside tours and packages.
Bohol's main attractions
Located at the southwestern area of Bohol is the capital city of Tagbilaran. Among the main attractions in Tagbilaran City is the site of the Sandugo Blood Compact in Bool, Tagbilaran. This monument marks the symbolic blood compact made between the Boholanos and the Spaniards hundreds of years ago.
Panglao Island and Dauis, located at the southernmost tip of Bohol province, are noted for their white sandy beaches and old churches dating back to Spanish times. Most beach resorts in Panglao and Dauis offer whale and dolphin tours, diving and snorkeling excursions, and island hopping packages.
Northeast of Tagbilaran City is the town is known for its church, which also houses a museum containing precious religious relics and artifacts. Baclayon is also the base town for people who plan to go dolphin watching in the nearby island of Pamilacan.
One of the oldest towns in Bohol is Loboc, situation some 24 kilometers east of Tagbilaran City. Loboc's history can be traced back to 1602 when Fr. Juan de Torres successfully established a community in the town. Presently, Loboc is home of the world famous Loboc Children's Choir, who have garnered major singing plums in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Loboc also offers a fantastic river cruise along the Loboc River, where you can have a hearty Filipino meal while being serenaded and entertained with local folk songs and dances. Along the river, you can spot and take photographs with the adorable tarsiers of Bohol.
Perhaps the most visited attraction in Bohol, and rightly so, is the Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Bohol. To see the hills in all its glory, you will have to climb up a series of steps. But not to worry—the view of 1,270 cone-shaped hills that span over 50 square kilometers, never fails to impress visitors. The Chocolate Hills is a permanent fixture in the race to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
For adventure junkies, the Extreme Adventure Tour or EAT Danao Adventure Park in Danao offers zip lines, sky rides, river trekking, river tubing, kayaking, wall climbing, camping, rappelling, and root caving activities. Danao is located 92 kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City.
Clearly, Bohol offers a range of activities for tourists of all types: from history buffs to adventure mongers, or for people who are simply looking for a friendly getaway.