Natural wonders will invade your itinerary in the same way it overruns mine when you choose to visit this oval-shaped island paradise in central Philippines. The lovely neighbor of stunning Cebu, Bohol is an attention-grabbing wonderland as you chase cute tarsiers and colorful butterflies, walk on the center road in the middle of a man-made forest, or paddle along the river at night to see fireflies. Doesn't it sound magical? Well, here are some of the places you can visit in the province to convince you to pack your bag immediately.
The small and charming town of Loboc is cool and fetching, especially when it comes to floating restaurants that run along the Loboc River.
In fact, the image above a man-made hanging bridge made of bamboo, dangling above the Loboc River, showing just how important this river is to the locals. Some activities you can do here is to drive up to the highest hill of Cruz Daku (Big Cross), or paddle along the Loboc River on a cold tranquil night to see fireflies glowing in the dark.
Not far from Bohol's capital Tagbilaran City is the coastal town of Baclayon. Like the rest of pretty places in Bohol, it was likewise ravaged by the past destructive earthquake that struck its most famous attraction – the Baclayon church. However, with the perseverance of the locals, many of the attractions have been returned to their former glory and beauty. You should definitely check the Baluarte and the lighthouse nearby.
A day here is more than enough for you to see whatever you want on this coastal town, on Bohol's opposite side, southeast of the province. It has very few streets so, it's almost impossible to get lost. However, like Baclayon, Jagna’s gem is the San Miguel church, as well as the Captain Guyo Plaza beside the town’s Municipal Hall, and the Jagna Sea Port. Jagna is your only jump-off point if you want to get to Camiguin Island from Bohol.
Batuan is perhaps the rice capital of the province. You can see numerous rice fields in this green town in central Bohol. In fact, you might even mistake some of those paddies as the Chocolate Hills from afar. The region is set on plains, perhaps explaining why rice paddies are so abundant.
Next to Loboc, going north is the alluring town of Bilar. This place is really fascinating as you can do more activities here, like visiting the lovely Butterfly Sanctuary, feed the monkeys in Magsaysay Park, swim and jump from a waterfall, spot cute Tarsiers in its sanctuary, or stroll along in the middle of the 2-kilometer-long man-made forest.
Laslty, just right on the halfway point of the province lays the appealing and charming town of Carmen. Head here if you want to see the famously-astonishing Chocolate Hills up close! Most of Bohol's hills can be found here; it’s everywhere, actually! Spending time, watching the sunrise or sunset here is really amazing. Get to the view point for a perfect view of those amazing hills.
Where To Stay
I stayed in Fox & Firefly Cottages in Loboc. They have five gorgeous cottages. Dormitory (mixed) type rooms ranges from 300 pesos and you can rent motorbikes for 350 pesos a day. And they will welcome you with a cold ginger iced tea on your arrival. How lovely!
Better have enough pocket money. There are no ATM machines around the place. The local bank (First Consolidated Bank) is not an option, either. In this matter, if you’re running out of cash, just head to Tagbilaran City. If you have a rented motorbike, it’s just a few minutes’ drive. Jeepney fare is 27 pesos.
There are direct flights from Manila to Tagbilaran City in Bohol. If you came from Cebu (500php – 3 hours), Siquijor, Camiguin (425php – 3.5 hours) or Leyte, ferries are widely available going to Bohol but be aware of some companies that only offers one trip per day or three times a week. Check schedules beforehand. Buses are running on any parts of the province for easy access to other places without any worries.