I Recommend a Tour of Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate hills
Chocolate hills

I just came back from a visit of Bohol and I highly recommend that you join a tour or arrange your own tour of the island.

Bohol has something to offer for all kinds of visitors – young or old, adventurous or timid, historically inclined or modern.

In this hub, I will talk about the general points of interest in Bohol and will write other hubs about details of my favourite spots/activities in this island.

Map of the Philippines. Photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohol
Map of the Philippines. Photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohol

About Bohol

Bohol is one of the islands in the Visayas region of the Philippines. My favourite island, Boracay, also belongs to the same region.

Bohol also has several other smaller islands that serve as centers for various water related activities. There is Panglao island, Pamilacan Island, and Balicasag Island among others.

Every time one mentions Bohol, “chocholate hills and tarsiers” always come to mind. These are the things the island is famous for. So I have long wanted to see these, and finally got the chance to do that last week.

What to See/Do in Bohol

  • Chocolate Hills    As I mentioned earlier, the main attraction in Bohol is this unusual geological formation of limestone blocks. During dry season, they look like a bunch of Heshey’s chocolate kisses, thus the name.

View of chocolate hills from Sakbayan peak
View of chocolate hills from Sakbayan peak
View of chocolate hills from the view deck atop one of the hills
View of chocolate hills from the view deck atop one of the hills
  • Tarsier     The tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world. It measures only about 3.35 to 6.3 inches in height and can fit right on the palm of your hand.

A tarsier on my shoulder
A tarsier on my shoulder
A tarsier on the palm of a tourist
A tarsier on the palm of a tourist
This is our boat as we waited with several other boats for the dolphins to show up.
This is our boat as we waited with several other boats for the dolphins to show up.
  • Dolphin Watching Pamilacan island is the place to go for dolphin watching. You have to leave for the island at the break of dawn because dolphins play and catch their food early in the morning.

In the island several motor boats converge at certain points waiting for the dolphins to come. You can see these boats rushing towards these points. The boatmen can more or less determine where the dolphins will appear.

Dolphins are playful and usually love to jump as a group. Unfortunately on the morning we were waiting for them, they did not jump as high, so we only caught sight of their backs and dorsal fins. Their movement was so fast it's hard to get photos. However, waiting for them and finally seeing their synchronize jumps was an awesome experience.

  • Diving and Snorkeling

Balicasag island is the place to go if you love diving and snorkeling. This place is a sanctuary so you can play with many species of fish and other sea creatures here.

snorkeling
snorkeling
corals and colorful fishes
corals and colorful fishes
floating restaurant cruising the Loboc River
floating restaurant cruising the Loboc River
buffet lunch at our boat
buffet lunch at our boat
Performers doing the "tinikling" or bamboo dance
Performers doing the "tinikling" or bamboo dance

How would you like to have lunch or dinner aboard a floating restaurant? This is what this cruise down a river is all about. A buffet meal is served while cruising along the Loboc River.

Each floating restaurant has its own menu, so you have to check out the menu of the various boats before you buy your ticket for this cruise.

While there is either a live show or recorded entertainment while on board, your boat also stops at one station where a group of performers will do native song and dance routines for you. You can even join the performers and try dancing the world famous “bamboo dance”or “tinikling”.

  • Swim and Stroll on the Beach

Panglao island is the place to go if you are fond of swimming or just walking along the beach. This island is where all the beach resorts are located. Several of them have their own beach fronts.

Panglao has a very wide beach area especially during low tide. However you have to watch out what you are stepping on because there are many sea urchins and starfishes along the beach.


swimming
swimming
walking along the beach and enjoying the sunset
walking along the beach and enjoying the sunset
  • Churches and Blood Compact Site

For the historian in you, Bohol has several old churches to visit. It is also the site for the historical “blood compact” between the natives and the Spaniards.

Bohol holds a "Sandugo" festival every July to commemorate this blood compact. "Sandugo" means "one blood". The natives and Spaniards agreed to cooperate with each other and signed this document of cooperation with their own blood. The blood compact sculpture is by national artist, Napoleon Abueva, who is a native of Bohol.

Church of Dauis
Church of Dauis
blood compact sculpture
blood compact sculpture
  •         Bee farm

If you are into healthy diet and organic products, then you should not miss a visit to Bohol Bee Farm in Panglao Island . They raise most of their own products so you can try their garden salad which consists of greens and flowers straight from their garden.

Bohol bee farm resto
Bohol bee farm resto
garden salad
garden salad
  • ·         Danao Eco Adventure Park

For those who are more into daring adventure, then Danao Eco Park is the place to go. You can try rapelling, zipline, caving, and the plunge among other things.

That's me on a zipline
That's me on a zipline
My daughter doing the plunge
My daughter doing the plunge
  • ·         City Tour

A visit to Bohol is not complete without touring its capital, Tagbilaran City. You can visit some of the modern malls as well as the schools in the city.

Holy Name University (new campus)
Holy Name University (new campus)
Holy Name University (old campus)
Holy Name University (old campus)

Visit Bohol

Add Bohol to your list of places to visit.You will not regret it. I will write other hubs about details of some places/activities I especially enjoyed.

If you need some more information and contact persons, write me and I can give you names of contact persons who can help make your stay in Bohol as enjoyable as our own visit.

Meanwhile, please check out my other travel hubs.

More about Bohol

If you want to know more about Bohol, you can visit the following websites:

http://www.bohol.com/

http://www.bohol.com/?p=519

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

what a beautiful hub jill of alltrades- rated up & beautiful! Reminds me of the time I spent in Guam in the late '60's...


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sam,

It's great to see you!

Thank you very much for being the first here and for the rate up. I really appreciate your kind gesture.

See you around and in redgage.

God bless!


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Wow, I wish I was on the tour too! Jill, you look scared with the cute tarsier on your shoulder--how precious. You've covered every aspect of this lovely island with lots of great pictures to help us visualize. Thanks for sharing and rated it beautiful!


edna 6 years ago

beautiful! makes me regret not having visited bohol before. got lots of seminarian and priest friends from there. soon as i can go home, bohol will be one must-see place. thanks. your photographs are lovely!


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Jill

You are awesome. As usualy your photos are excellent. I am ready to come back to PI for a visit. Love the pic of your daughter. All your pics are of exceptional quality. I think the dolphins would have made my day. good to see you here

Many blessings.

Carol


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi anglnwu,

Yes, I'm sure you would have enjoyed the tour. I enjoyed it even more because friends of friends facilitated the tour.

You are right, I was a little scared. Wow, you figured that out even if I did not include my face in the picture? I have another picture trying to make my eyes as big as that of the tarsier's. Guess who won? Hahaha.

Thanks very much for rating this beautiful. You always make me feel special!

God bless you my friend!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Edna,

It's great to see you here!

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

You know what, an svd priest facilitated our visit there. So I'm sure your friends will just be to happy to facilitate your visit when you do decide to come home.

Thanks again for the visit and comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello coffesnob,

You always make me happy with your visit and comment. You never fail to inspire me with your kind and appreciative words.

Yes, the dolphins would have surely made your day. Seeing them so close as they jumped together gave me goosebumps. Really awesome! It's quite different seeing them in their natural habitat from seeing them doing tricks in a show.

I'm looking forward to your visit here in the Philippines. I do hope you will really be able to come soon.

God bless!


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suny51 6 years ago

Hello jill of alltrades I really liked the description and all the photographs, specially the ones of trasier,zipline and chocolate hills.Thanks for sharing


coffeesnob 6 years ago

You look like you are flying in your pic. Did your daughter take this?


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

When you speak of the Philippines, then you are sure to have at least one admirer and that's me. I love the country and I love the kind, generous, wonderful people there.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

A very well written, interesting and nicely illustrated hub. You have promoted Bohol well. I have visited previously and agree with what you say.

One thing though. It is best not to promote Tarsier tourism. Anywhere reputable would never let you handle these little nocturnal creatures. The Loboc Riverside has a number of disreputable (and illegal) holders. The Tarsiers they have live for just a few weeks in the poor conditions. They then just go and catch a replacement. They are driving the Tarsier towards extinction. Corruptions leads local authorities to turn a blind eye towards these activities. It really should be stopped.


angcorics 6 years ago

What a wonderful sight indeed. Like you before, that is one place I would like to visit. I will find a time sometime soon to visit the place. Sayang nga, I have visited Cagayan de Oro, I should have proceeded to Bohol. Nonetheless, your story and your picture suffices for the moment. I am living through Bohol vicariously. Congrats on your lovely pictures.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Suny,

I'm glad that you liked the photos!

Thank you very much for the visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi coffeesnob,

Thank you for coming back!

Yes, that's as close to flying as I can get. After I overcame my fear of heights (not totally!), I enjoyed the exhilarating feeling of flying in that zipline.

Somebody else took the picture. My daughter followed me on that line. We were a tandem going to one end and on the return trip, we did it one by one.

It's worth the try. Now I can say I did it! Hahaha!

All the best!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello De Greek,

That's very nice to know. Thank you very much! When did you visit the Philippines?

If you decide to come back, try Bohol for the other things and try Boracay for the water sports and swimming.

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Peter,

That's wonderful to know! Thank you very much!

I agree with you about the tarsiers. They should really be protected because they are now in the endangered list. I actually was not prepared to handle the tarsiers because I know how stressed they can get. So I just allowed the caretaker to put one on my shoulder.

Thank you very much for your concern.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Angcorics,

It's nice to see you again!

Yes, you should indeed put Bohol in your list of places to visit. I assure you you will not regret it!

Thanks very much for your visit and wonderful comment!


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maheshpatwal 6 years ago from MUMBAI

Jill wow........ i'm fell in love with the scenic beauty of Bohol......Thank you very much for letting us know about this beautiful place........


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello meheshpatwal,

Thank you very much! If you ever get the chance, then come and visit Bohol. You will not regret it, promise!

Thanks again for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

God bless!


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dennisamata 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Wow! Thanks for featuring this wonderful place on your hub. I am also a Filipino and truly proud of the great places we have in our country. Keep it up!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dennis,

Nice to meet you here!

Thank you very much for your visit and upbeat comment.

Yes we need to feature things/places that are beautiful in our country. I'm slowly doing this through my travelogues.

All the best!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

My gosh, what a beautiful place. The hills in your pictures were amazing and so was that little guy--the tarsier. The little thing looked so relaxed and at ease sitting in the palm of that woman's hand.

Your photographs, as always, were brilliant. You have a keen eye for beauty.

Thanks for sharing your view of this special place!

Mike


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Mike,

It's good to see you here!

Thank you very much. You make me happy with your heartwarming comment!

You are most welcome. It's really my pleasure to share with everybody the beauty of our country.

Thanks again and hope to see you around.

God bless!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Beautiful photos, jill. Thanks so much for sharing them!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi RedElf,

Nice to see you!

Thank you very much for the visit and wonderful comment!

You are very welcome! My pleasure really!

God bless!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

You give to us something beautiful. I believe Bohol is great place for traveling. I really enjoy this hub and all the picture also.

Prasetio


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Prasetio,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a beautiful comment! Yes, if you have a chance, visit Bohol. You will enjoy it.

Hope to see you again!

All the best!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I want a tarsier as a pet! The Philippines looks so beautiful. Wonderful hub.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sandy,

Nice to see you here!

Sorry, you can't have tarsier for a pet. They are in the endangered list.

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. You make me happy!

God bless!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Jill of alltrades, Beautiful! Wonderful informative hub! The tiny primate is amazing! I learned something new an endangered tarsier! Thank you for sharing this well presented mini virtual treat! Great photography as usual! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi DeBorrah,

Nice to see you!

Thank you very much for your kind words. You have made me very happy!

You are most welcome. My pleasure really.

Thanks again for the visit and inspiring comment!

God bless!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

It truly is a beautiful hub, if I decide to visit it will you be my tour guide ; )


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello TG,

It's nice to see you! I am happy you are still around.

Sure, I'll be happy to guide you around our beautiful country!

God bless!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

What a beautiful place!! And as always your photographs are exquisite. I love the Tarsier!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi James,

It's great to see you!

Thanks very much for your heartwarming comment!

Yes, it truly is a beautiful place and I'd love to go back there another time. I'd love to get a photo of the chocolate hills at sunrise and sunset.

Unfortunately, the tarsiers now belong to the endangered list. I truly hope the conservation efforts will succeed.

Thanks for the visit James!

See you around!

God bless!


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Tisha Smith 5 years ago

Hope I could visit Bohol sometimes! Nice pictures!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Tisha,

Well, the best way is plan for it. Then convince a friend to come along. It's always best if there is someone you can share stories with.

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment.

God bless!


ilovecdo 5 years ago

Hi Jill! My first to view your hub, and glad to know Bohol has eco adventure sites too like here in cdo. Would love to visit Bohol soon! http://www.cdokay.com/


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi ilovecdo.

Thanks for your visit and lovely comment. It's been a while since I last visited cdo. I hope I will be able to visit again soon.

God bless!


Jessie T. Ponce 5 years ago

thumbs up. great pics.i was in bohol a few times but work never allowed me to take a tour of these place. your photos inspired me to visit it again. thanks for sharing.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Jessie,

Nice to see you!

Well, the next time you have a chance, take the tour. It's really worth it!

Thanks very much for your upbeat comment!

God bless!


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Admiral_Joraxx 4 years ago from Philippines

Bohol is really a great place to spend vacation Jill. The beautiful beaches, natural splendors, historical sites and of course the people. Great work about Bohol Jill. 1 vote up, useful and interesting.=)


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Admiral,

Nice to see you!

Yes, Bohol is really nice and interesting. I wouldn't mind going back there.

Thanks very much for the visit,lovely comment, vote up, useful and interesting!

God bless!


philippinewanderer 4 years ago

Jill, the photos are sensational! I lived on the beautiful islands for five years and always meant to get to Bohol but never did; now I regret so much. But hey, next time huh? And since Bohol can be seen from Bogo, Cebu are there ferries to take one back and forth?


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Philippinewanderer,

Thanks for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment. I strongly recommend a visit to Bohol the next time you have a chance to visit. Yes, there is a ferry between Cebu and Bohol, so it is very accessible from Cebu. I have another hub about Bohol. You can check it out!

God bless!


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hi friend 4 years ago from India

really a romatic and greatest job

Well done


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello hi friend,

Thanks very much for your visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I would love to visit Bohol's chocolate hills and see those limestone blocks. Great hub and i like the photos. Voted up and shared this hub link.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello dwachira,

It would be great if you can visit indeed! I assure you it is one of those places that is really worth visiting.

Thanks very much for your lovely comment and vote up. Thanks especially for sharing this with friends!

God bless!

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