Amazing Travels in the Philippines - Island of Bohol

Personally, I haven't been to Bohol. My inland travels in the Philippines are but just limited in the main island of Luzon, although I've landed on another shores at different countries as a seafarer.

What I'm going to share here is a first-person account, through photography, of my friend Khela, on what transpired when she and her office mates experienced island-hopping early this year.

Their sole destination is the beautiful island of Bohol!

What comes to mind when you hear the name of Bohol? Now, let's collate some important data from existing files in history of the Philippines. Here's what you'll find when you google the name of this island.

  1. Residents of Bohol already had a culture of their own (as evidenced by the artifacts dug in important locations) before the colonizers settled in the island. They are called "pintados" or tattooed ones.
  2. The islanders can claim that the seat of international treaty of peace and unity (like the ideals of United Nations) between the native king Datu Sikatuna and Spanish conquistador (colonizer) Miguel Lopez de Legazpi happened here on March 16, 1565 (based from Julian calendar or March 25 at present time (happened to be my birthday). Today, it is being celebrated as Sandugo Festival or Blood Compact.
  3. The longest revolution happened in the island through the leadership of Francisco Dagohoy (from 1744-1829). It's a very important nugget in the Philippine history.
  4. Carlos P. Garcia, the 8th president of the country was born here.
  5. Napoleon Abueva, the famous sculptor and National Artist is also a native of this island.
  6. Cesar Montano (one of the famous Filipino actors aka Jose Rizal look-alike), Mutya Buena (SugaBabes member, a British Pop Act), Luke Mijares (former front man of South Border band), Nonito Donaire (world boxing champion) are among the famous islanders who are making waves in the entertainment and sports.
  7. Awesome scenery can be found here, with the Chocolate Hills in the view or the elusive Tarsier monkeys or the cool waters of Panglao beach and a lot more!!!

Since, Bohol was a former part of Cebu, the bigger island (and also famous for beaches and dolphins-sighting area), island-hopping will keep you breathless, like what my friend experienced.

Bohol consists of the main island and many islets, where occasional, abrupt rain downpour will make your native motorboat bouncing on occasional highs and lows of waves' crests and troughs.

The travel will be exhilarating but my friend quipped that she became sore all over, due to constant walking, taking pictures, going to the beach and being exposed at the island's daytime activities.

When she went back in Manila, we anticipated on how their tour transpired.

Pictures may paint thousand words, but a first-person account is more interesting to hear as she reviewed and spilled out what really happened.


Important things that you can see and appreciate in Bohol

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Blood Compact statue in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, the Philippines, commemorating the peace pact between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565. (Photo by P199, April 2009-Wikimedia Commons)Aerial view of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines (Photo by P199, April 2009 - Wikimedia Commons)Alona Beach at Panglao island (Photo by Magalhaes, March 25, 2006Philippine Tarsier in Bohol (Photo by KT Lim Majuro, Aug. 19, 2008-Wikimedia Commons) River cruise on the Loboc River (Photo by ericlucky290, February 23, 2008)
Blood Compact statue in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, the Philippines, commemorating the peace pact between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565. (Photo by P199, April 2009-Wikimedia Commons)
Blood Compact statue in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, the Philippines, commemorating the peace pact between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565. (Photo by P199, April 2009-Wikimedia Commons)
Aerial view of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines (Photo by P199, April 2009 - Wikimedia Commons)
Aerial view of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines (Photo by P199, April 2009 - Wikimedia Commons)
Alona Beach at Panglao island (Photo by Magalhaes, March 25, 2006
Alona Beach at Panglao island (Photo by Magalhaes, March 25, 2006
Philippine Tarsier in Bohol (Photo by KT Lim Majuro, Aug. 19, 2008-Wikimedia Commons)
Philippine Tarsier in Bohol (Photo by KT Lim Majuro, Aug. 19, 2008-Wikimedia Commons)
 River cruise on the Loboc River (Photo by ericlucky290, February 23, 2008)
River cruise on the Loboc River (Photo by ericlucky290, February 23, 2008)

Map of Bohol

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Bohol, Philippines
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Bohol is a very signicant Visayan island when it comes to the history of the Philippines.Blood Compact happened here between Spaniards and the locals.

Hotels and Restaurants in Bohol

Khela didn't forget to check out the most affordable food for her group and the affordable hotel she can recommend. She said it is already included in the itinerary or the travel package they've availed a month before their actual travel.

Brochures about Bohol's delicacies (seafoods, sweets and all) abound once you step out of the plane.

I may not name the hotels or lodging houses or cottage houses that you can inquire there or the name of the local food dishes that you can eat, but I assure you, people there in Bohol are very hospitable.

Happy trip to you!!!

Khela's adventure in Bohol

Khela's adventure in Bohol left a fulfilling journey in her life. Her first job opens an opportunity to be with a group of people whose positivism influenced her.

This abrupt week-long vacation in Bohol, renewed her enthusiasm to work harder on her first job.

With lots of stories shared after going home and to her job as well, I asked her permission to use her photos to entice you in coming to this part of the country.

You can travel by air and water, but there's always a promo going on at the local airlines. Let's say, a package tour for 10 persons plus hotel accommodation will lure tourists to go there in a positive way.

Clean fun is always expected to all tourists, whether foreigners or locals. Most of the sites that you can see are protected by environmental laws and regulations of the country. Endangered species, like the smallest monkey in the world, known as Philippine Tarsier and the Chocolate Hills are among the most-visited and appreciated sites in the island.

Khela's adventure in Bohol

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At the Tagbilaran City airport in Bohol (All Photos taken by Khela and friends, March 10, 2012)Khela and friends (her co-employees)Alona Beach 1Alona Beach 2Overlooking the beachWacky shot at Chocolate HillsThe famous Chocolate Hills, one of the wonders of the worldZip lining, a new kind of adventure in Bohol
At the Tagbilaran City airport in Bohol (All Photos taken by Khela and friends, March 10, 2012)
At the Tagbilaran City airport in Bohol (All Photos taken by Khela and friends, March 10, 2012)
Khela and friends (her co-employees)
Khela and friends (her co-employees)
Alona Beach 1
Alona Beach 1
Alona Beach 2
Alona Beach 2
Overlooking the beach
Overlooking the beach
Wacky shot at Chocolate Hills
Wacky shot at Chocolate Hills
The famous Chocolate Hills, one of the wonders of the world
The famous Chocolate Hills, one of the wonders of the world
Zip lining, a new kind of adventure in Bohol
Zip lining, a new kind of adventure in Bohol

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

My son and his wife are missionaries who have been to the Philippians several times and it is one of their favorite places to visit. I hope to travel there myself one day. Beautiful pictures with good information. Check this hub as it seems to have a blank space in the middle.


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travelhouseuk 4 years ago from UK

Philippines is a majestic destination to travel to.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Pamela99: Thanks, Ms. Pam. It's Philippines, not Philippians.

Thanks for noticing the 'blank space'. It's been corrected already (sighs, error of the public computer, I think.)

Well, amid some controversies happening this year in my country, it's still good to have a look at the bright side and beautiful people and scenery of this country.

Hope you can visit one day. :D


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@travelhouseuk: Yes, yes and yes!!! Thanks for your affirmation that my country is one of the best destinations of foreign tourists.

Amid of the delays in airport travels due to air traffic, you can cool off your irate persona by delving on the goodness of Filipino people and cool places you can chill on.


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Arian Rey 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Awesome travel account. It's for you to see it and enjoy!!!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: Thanks for appreciating. Bohol is one of my wish-list.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Very nice.. Bohol is such an amazing place, never been there but would like to see the Chocolate hills one day


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@unknown spy: Yes, you can easily go to Bohol the whole year round.

Chocolate Hills are amazing! I, too, am wishing to be there one day. :D


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sadieanne 4 years ago from China

Eeeee- I'm so annoyed I've lived so close to the Philippines for a year now and not made it just that little bit south of China!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@sadieanne: Yes, you can. Traveling in the Philippines from any point of the world, especially China is very cheap.

You'll be warmly welcome here! :D

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