Hills that looks like perfect mounds of chocolate. Primates so small, they fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Restaurants that float gently down a river. Welcome to Bohol!
Bohol is a province found in the Central Visayas region in the Philippines which is composed of the Bohol island and more than 70 smaller surrounding islands.
With a land area of 4,821 km2 (1,861 sq mi) and a coastline 261 km (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines.
According to the 2015 census, Bohol has a population of 1,313,560.
The culture of the Boholanos was influenced by Spain and Mexico during colonization. Many traditional dances, music, dishes and other aspects of the culture have considerable Hispanic influence.
Driest season is from March to May.
There are two airports: Tagbilaran Airport and Panglao International airport.
Tagbilaran Seaport is easy reached by many high speed ferries from Cebu.
Accommodation caters for all types of travellers and budgets and is spread across Panglao Island.
Top tourists attractions in Bohol are: Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island and Tarsier Conservation Area.
The average length-of-stay in Bohol is 3-4 days.
What to see:
If you want to spend your vacation in Bohol and Panglao Island, here are some of our favourite places, not to be missed during your stay:
- Chocolate Hills: more than 1,000 hills covered in grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season.
- Tarsier Conservation area: created to ensure the safety of the tarsier, one of the smallest living primate.
- Alona Beach: located in Panglao Island it’s a popular scuba-diving and snorkeling spot.
- Loboc River: a tourist attraction famous for the scenic river cruise on the floating restaurants.
- Virgin Island: has one of the most stunning sandbar in the Philippines
When to go:
Bohol and Panglao Island can be visited all year round.
Summer season from March to May is the best time if you want to see the Chocolate Hills in their best chocolate-brown color. Summer is the driest and hottest period of the year.
The northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails from November to April. Except for a rare shower, this is the mildest time of the year.
The southwest monsoon (habagat) from August to October brings weeks of calm weather alternating with rainy days.
Higher chance of heavy showers occurs from November to January.
-Several domestic airlines offer direct flights to Tagbilaran airport
-Bohol is also accessible by sea and Tagbilaran is the main touristic seaport.
Numerous passenger ferries and fast craft service are available from Manila, Cebu and Dumaguete to Tagbilaran and other ports in Bohol. Tagbilaran is regular stop-over point for vessels headed for Cagayan De Oro, Butuan and other cities in Northern Mindanao.