By Marielle Siez
When you hear Bohol, the first thing that probably comes to your mind would be the famous raveling rounded Chocolate hills. But the island province of Bohol has more to discover—the jewel island of the Philippines is so much more behind the hills.
From lazing at the white sand beaches to taking the plunge of height by the mountains, you will never run out of adventures that will get your heart pounding and endorphins flowing in Bohol province.
Located in the Central Visayas region and the 10th largest island in the Philippines, you’ve got a lot to explore in Bohol. There is a lot of nature’s treasures and immersing activities to do like ziplining, root climbing, river cruising, island hopping, and more in Bohol. You get to enjoy both the ocean and mountain thrills!
Take a seat, and let’s explore the best Bohol tourist spots to add to your Bohol itinerary.
Ravel your way to the Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills is by far what makes Bohol island on top of the most beautiful Philippine destinations list. Declared as a National Geological Monument, the Chocolate Hills is a breathtaking view to see with its symmetrical green lush and natural beauty. During the dry season, the hills get on a chocolatey color; on the other hand, they turn to lush green during the rainy season.
To get the best angles, you can visit the viewing deck from the Chocolate Hills Complex. It is located in Carmen, Bohol, just a few hours from Tagbilaran City. You can take a bus or hire a private vehicle with a tour guide to take you on a Bohol tour.
Conquer your fear with Bohol’s Adventure Parks
If you’re an adventure seeker, then Bohol adventure parks’ thrilling activities are for you. You can visit the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, where you can go bike zip lining, treetop rope challenge, horseback riding, wall climbing, and hiking.
You can level up the thrills with Danao Adventure Park, where you can try plunging, glass cliff walking, root climbing, river trekking, kayaking, and cliff diving.
Go on an epic island hopping tour
Take your island adventure to the next level by taking advantage of Bohol’s many islands and islets. You can start at Alona Beach in Panglao Island and rent a boat to start the fun. The perfect time to sail is around 5:00 AM, going to Pamilacan Island to watch dolphins gliding along with the boat.
Nature lovers can also visit Pamilacan’s diving sites for a quick dive, snorkeling, or swimming along with different marine creatures to spot sea turtles, fishes, and colorful reefs.
Just minutes away from Pamilacan, you can head on to Virgin Island. The small island is just a strip of white sand with incredibly clear waters—a tropical paradise. Here, you can try eating fresh seafood and experience the privacy and peace of your surroundings.
Meet the world’s smallest primate
You can’t skip the chance of meeting tarsier, the smallest primate creature on the land. Tarsiers are very delicate and sensitive creatures with big round eyes that live on trunks and branches. Bohol is known as the home to these endangered creatures. The province has a tarsier conservation area where the species can repopulate. For curious tourists, the province also has a tarsier sanctuary where they can safely watch these creatures without harming them.
Go river cruising
While Bohol is known for pristine beaches, the island also has an equally enthralling and sparkling green river. Enjoy a fiesta lunch on a floating restaurant with a Loboc River Cruise.
Here, you are served heavy and fresh food along with locals performing musical instruments and traditional dances. Or you can try cruising at night to witness how the river lights up in the dark with millions of fireflies.
Cross the hanging bridge
Just along the Loboc River, you can take the sight of the famous Tigbao Hanging Bridge—a bamboo hanging bridge made by the locals. It is specially made of woven bamboo straps and is suspended 83 feet above the river. You can take the most beautiful photos of the Loboc river while you cross the bridge.
Visit Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis
One of the majestic places to visit is the island is the Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis, Bohol. Be enchanted as you walk down the cave because you will be welcomed by stunning forms of stalactites and stalagmites. Moreover, Take a unique chance to go swimming to its clear water lagoon and take the best snap with the natural light filters through the cave entrance that fills the area with an otherworldly glow.
Take a stroll in Bilar Man-made forest.
Don’t miss the countryside vibe in Bohol. Take your best pose on these beautiful mahogany-lined trees on the road. Feel the fresh and therapeutic wind and the shade it provides. The road is nicely paved, and you can take pictures of it. You can also take a stroll in its park in the middle of the trees.
Bohol is evident for old and historic churches that have been built since Spanish colonization. The traces of the architectural design of the churches and even the ancestral houses speaks of how rich the islands’ culture and religion are. Each town has its church. You can visit the oldest church in Bohol that is made of lime and egg whites – the Immaculada Conception Church in Baclayon. You can also visit their museum beside that has conserved important items and artifacts used from the Spanish era.
Try local cafes and restaurants.
Indulge yourself in gastronomic delights. Try out the best local foods around the island and feast on the diverse and unique menus. You can try Bohol Bee Farm, a local restaurant serving an organic and healthy menu where all ingredients were sourced directly from their farm. The main restaurant located in Panglao Island serves a beautiful sea view by the cliff.
Go to Blood Compact Shrine Monument
Know about the history of how the island got its moniker as the city of friendship! Here’s why: A blood compact was made between Spanish General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the native Filipino Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol. It was considered the First Treaty of friendship between two different races, cultures, and civilizations. It was a treaty showing respect and equality. This historical event is also known as the sandugo. The blood compact site is now a monument located in Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City, near a thriving Camella Community, Camella Bohol.
Live in a thriving and safe community.
The best thing to do here in Bohol is to live and settle on the island. The island features the best suburban life where you get both the conveniences of the city and the peaceful life surrounded by natural attractions.
Bohol island has a relaxing tropical landscape where a work-life balance is achievable. Here, you can enjoy slow mornings and do the things that really matter every day. There is less traffic and pollution.
The island has a thriving Camella community located in the city sprawling beside the Banat-I Hill serving the homeowners a panoramic mountain view and access to beautiful destinations. It has been growing since 2012 and continues to build homes today. It offers the finest home selection that caters to all Filipino families around the world.