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10 Best Tourist Spots in Bohol, Philippines

Updated on March 5, 2019
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Thelma is a Filipina Expat living in Germany. She shares her Philippines life and travel experiences about her beautiful home country.

A Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines.
A Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines. | Source

Bohol, Philippines

Bohol is a province in Visayas, the central part of the Philippines. It is an island which is surrounded by many small islands and is near to Cebu and Leyte. Tagbilaran is the capital city. The language is Cebuano or Bisaya. Bohol is known for its many coral reefs, caves, waterfalls and the awesome geological formations of the Chocolate Hills in Carmen.


Here are the 10 bests tourist spots in Bohol:


1. Chocolate Hills

2. Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center

3. Mahogany Forest / Man-Made Forest

4. Loboc River and Cruise

5. Twin Hanging Bridge

6. Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park

7. Philippines Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

8. Mag-Aso Falls

9. Hinagdanan Cave

10. Panglao Island

1. Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills are the coned-shaped hills spread all over the area of 50 squares kilometers in Carmen Bohol. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Chocolate Hills are one of the best tourist attractions in Bohol. The hills are made of grass covered limestones. During summer time and in very hot season, the hills turn into brown and look like chocolates. That is how it got its name.

There are 213 steps ( if I was not wrong in counting) in going to the viewing platform. When my relatives and I arrived in the entrance at around 10 in the morning, it was hard to see the Chocolate Hills as it was so foggy and was raining a bit. Gladfully, an hour later, the sun was shining and it was then great taking photos of the amazing view.

Entrance fee: P100 (Philippine Peso)

Chocolate Hills

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Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines.The entrance to the Chocolate Hills viewing platform.One of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines. | Source
The entrance to the Chocolate Hills viewing platform.
The entrance to the Chocolate Hills viewing platform. | Source
One of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
One of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. | Source

2. Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center

Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center is located in Bilar, Bohol. It is not far from Bilar Market and only 5 minutes drive to the Man-Made Forest. This is a butterfly garden with an open landscape. The garden has a lot of flowering plants that attract butterflies. One of those plants are Lantana Camara and Zinnias which I have in my tropical garden. There is a butterfly enclosure with nets, a small man-made waterfall and shades where the butterflies could take a rest.

One of the tourist attractions in that Center is the flower vase with beautiful flowers hanging on a tree. It is awesome to see as butterflies are sipping the nectars of the flowers.

The Conservation Center has free tour guides. They talk about how many butterflies they have, how they take care of them and about the habitat of those beautiful butterflies. Not only that, the tour guides are showing us where we could photograph ourselves with the butterflies. Some resting places are with butterfly designs like in the photo I have included.

Entrance fee: P40 (Philippines Peso)

Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center

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It was an amazing experience observing the butterfly enjoying the nectars of the lantana camara flowers in the Habitat.Feeding the butterflies with the flowers in the vase hanging on a tree.Feeding the butterflies at the Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center in Bohol.Butterfly bench at tha Conservation Center.One of the exhibited butterflies in the Habitat.One of the exhibited butterflies in the Habitat.
It was an amazing experience observing the butterfly enjoying the nectars of the lantana camara flowers in the Habitat.
It was an amazing experience observing the butterfly enjoying the nectars of the lantana camara flowers in the Habitat. | Source
Feeding the butterflies with the flowers in the vase hanging on a tree.
Feeding the butterflies with the flowers in the vase hanging on a tree. | Source
Feeding the butterflies at the Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center in Bohol.
Feeding the butterflies at the Habitat Butterflies Conservation Center in Bohol. | Source
Butterfly bench at tha Conservation Center.
Butterfly bench at tha Conservation Center. | Source
One of the exhibited butterflies in the Habitat.
One of the exhibited butterflies in the Habitat. | Source
One of the exhibited butterflies in the Habitat.
One of the exhibited butterflies in the Habitat. | Source

Awesome Butterfly Sanctuary in Bohol, Philippines

3. Mahogany Forest / Man-Made Forest

Mahogany Forest or the Man-Made Forest, as how it is called nowadays, is a densely 2 kilometers forest full of Mahogany trees. It is located in the borders of Loboc and Bilar cities in Bohol. Before this forest became popular, it was only a normal forest with varieties of thick and wide trees, giant ferns and other tropical plants.

In the middle of this forest is a road going to other popular tourist destinations in Bohol. One has to be careful taking pictures. Everyone has fun taking photos as a remembrance of a wonderful travel. It is good that car drivers know how to drive slow in this area.


Mahogany Forest / Man-Made Forest

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Mahogany Forest, one of the tourist attractions in Bohol. The author enjoying the beauty of Mahogany Forest.The author and her relatives at the Man-Made Forest.
Mahogany Forest, one of the tourist attractions in Bohol.
Mahogany Forest, one of the tourist attractions in Bohol. | Source
The author enjoying the beauty of Mahogany Forest.
The author enjoying the beauty of Mahogany Forest. | Source
The author and her relatives at the Man-Made Forest.
The author and her relatives at the Man-Made Forest. | Source

4. Loboc River and Cruise

Loboc River starts in Carmen Bohol, passes through the municipality of Loboc and flows down to Bohol Sea. The river is very clean with its smaragd green color. The river banks are full with coconut trees on both sides, some native huts and local children are sometimes jumping from the coconut trees into the river. Maybe this is one of their amusement besides playing outside their houses.

Activities one can enjoy at the river:

  1. Cruising at the Loboc River with lunch or dinner and cultural shows.
  2. Firefly watching at night time.
  3. Watching birds.
  4. Paddling boards and doing yoga.


Cruising at the river was what I did with my family. We bought tickets for the cruise and it costed P550 (Philippine peso) each person. I thought it was expensive but then I realized that a meal was included in the cruise. There was a buffet of Filipino food like rice, fried chicken, fried noodles, pork adobo, sauted shrimps, fruit salad, vegetable salad, different kinds of Filipino desserts, watermelon, lemon juice, pineapple juice and many more. The soda drinks which were served already on our table after we have seated, which we have not ordered, were paid before the Cruise ended. It was a surprise for me. I thought it was included in the ticket but it was not.

While cruising the river, there was a band playing local and foreign music. It was a stunning view of the river. We saw children diving into the water after jumping from a high coconut tree. There was also a young man without shirt paddling his small boat before us. Then we halt in front of a platform where uniformed young and old women with men singing Philippines songs. After that they were dancing Filipino folk dances like Tinikling, a bamboo dance.

This Loboc River Cruise should be a must when going to Bohol. It is worth the price we have paid.

Loboc River and Cruise

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The awesome beauty of Loboc River in Bohol.The view of Loboc River from inside the Cruise.One of the view while cruising the Loboc River.Busay is a small waterfalls in Loboc River where the Cruise ends and return back to the platform where the Cruise starts.The Filipino cultural show during our Loboc River Cruise.The Filipino buffet at the river cruise in Loboc.
The awesome beauty of Loboc River in Bohol.
The awesome beauty of Loboc River in Bohol. | Source
The view of Loboc River from inside the Cruise.
The view of Loboc River from inside the Cruise. | Source
One of the view while cruising the Loboc River.
One of the view while cruising the Loboc River. | Source
Busay is a small waterfalls in Loboc River where the Cruise ends and return back to the platform where the Cruise starts.
Busay is a small waterfalls in Loboc River where the Cruise ends and return back to the platform where the Cruise starts. | Source
The Filipino cultural show during our Loboc River Cruise.
The Filipino cultural show during our Loboc River Cruise. | Source
The Filipino buffet at the river cruise in Loboc.
The Filipino buffet at the river cruise in Loboc. | Source

5. Twin Hanging Bridge

Twin Hanging Bridge is located in Sevilla, Bohol. It is made of bamboo and steel and hanging 25 meters above the Loboc River. There are only 10 persons allowed to cross the wobbly bridge at the same time.

It could be a challenge for me to cross this bridge but I didn't take the challenge as I was too scared that I would not be able to move my feet when I reached the middle of the bridge. Anyway, there was nothing on the other side of the bridge except small shops selling tourist goods of Bohol.

Entrance fee: P10 (Philippine Peso)

Twin Hanging Bridge

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The Twin Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, Bohol.The front view of the Twin Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, Bohol.The bamboo flooring of the Twin Hanging Bridge.
The Twin Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, Bohol.
The Twin Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, Bohol. | Source
The front view of the Twin Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, Bohol.
The front view of the Twin Hanging Bridge in Sevilla, Bohol. | Source
The bamboo flooring of the Twin Hanging Bridge.
The bamboo flooring of the Twin Hanging Bridge. | Source

6. Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park

This eco-tourism adventure park is located in Loboc, Bohol. This adventure park offers rides with zip line and cable car over exhilarating heights of more than 100 meters over Loboc River. The rides take you over the river and the jungle. The fee for the cable car was 300 Pesos per person. After the ride, you can buy the photos they took for you while you were in the zip line or in the cable car.

This time, I was brave enough to take the cable car with my family. Anyway, I only had to sit. At first I was scared but I overcome it while watching the breathtaking view of the Loboc River below me and the forest at the river sides. It was awesome seeing the river cruise full of tourists, the small Busay falls and the clear blue water below my feet. I never thought I would have like it and yes, it was an exciting feeling for me while taking videos from where I was in the cable car.

Riding the cable car at the Loboc Eco -Tourism Adventure Park.
Riding the cable car at the Loboc Eco -Tourism Adventure Park. | Source

7. Philippines Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

Tarsiers are the smallest primate in the world, only 3 to 6 inches tall. They have large eyes, their heads can turn 360 degrees, their ears can move to the direction of the sounds around them. They are very active at night time and very calm during the day when they just lay down on the trees and sleep. They don't like to be in cages as they mostly commit suicide during their captivity because of their noise, light and touching trauma. Every single Tarsier is a loner, needs a space for itself and very territorial.

Philipine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Corella. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bohol. Tarsier is commonly called Mamag.

Things to do when visiting the tarsiers:

  1. Keep quiet and don't shake any twig of the tree where the Tarsier is resting.
  2. Don't touch the Tarsier as it might bite you.
  3. Don't feed the Tarsier.
  4. Don't use flash when taking photos or videos.


There were only 8 Tarsiers when we visited the Sanctuary. Every Tarsier has its own tree for resting. Mostly under the shades of the leaves of the trees. There were guides for us tourists explaining the life of the tarsiers.

Entrance fee: P60, P50 for senior citizen, per person.


Philippines Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

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The best Tarsier photo my niece Girlie Grace has taken at the Sanctuary.Philippines Tarsier in Bohol.A quiet Tarsier in the Sanctuary.Another Tarsier hiding in the Sanctuary.Tarsier resting in his place.
The best Tarsier photo my niece Girlie Grace has taken at the Sanctuary.
The best Tarsier photo my niece Girlie Grace has taken at the Sanctuary. | Source
Philippines Tarsier in Bohol.
Philippines Tarsier in Bohol. | Source
A quiet Tarsier in the Sanctuary.
A quiet Tarsier in the Sanctuary. | Source
Another Tarsier hiding in the Sanctuary.
Another Tarsier hiding in the Sanctuary. | Source
Tarsier resting in his place.
Tarsier resting in his place. | Source

8. Mag-Aso Falls

Mag-Aso Falls is located in Antequera, Loon, Bohol. The falls was named after the word Aso, a Bisayan word which means smoke. It is 25 kilometers from Tagbilaran city. It is an 8 meters twin waterfalls hidden in the picturesque nature with tall trees, large wild ferns and other tropical plants. The main pool is turquoise and deep that one should be careful in swimming there. There are rocks where one could hop from one rock to the other before arriving to the main pool.

In going to the Mag-Aso falls, we had to walk through the forest and walked down to almost 200 steps. We had to hold the banister as it was slippery. The nearer we came, the louder we heard the sounds of the falls. There were not many people at the falls so we were able to relax, took photos and videos of the beauty around us.

Mag-Aso Falls

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Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol.The rocky part of Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol.The rocky part of Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol.Some of the steps in going to Mag-Aso Falls.Mag-Aso Falls, Bohol.
Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol.
Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol. | Source
The rocky part of Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol.
The rocky part of Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol. | Source
The rocky part of Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol.
The rocky part of Mag-Aso Falls in Bohol. | Source
Some of the steps in going to Mag-Aso Falls.
Some of the steps in going to Mag-Aso Falls. | Source
Mag-Aso Falls, Bohol.
Mag-Aso Falls, Bohol. | Source

9. Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave is located in Daui, Panglao Island. It is the most popular and easy to reach cave in Bohol. The cave is made of limestones and there are lots of stalactites and stalagmites. It has a natural underground with a small lagoon where one could swim. It is naturally lighted from the outside through the holes of the cave.

The Hinagdanan cave was found when the owner of the land was cleaning. He found a small hole and threw stone inside the hole. It flashed and so he found out the cave.

The entrance of the cave is very small. It was dark and slippery and I had to be careful not to slip down the steps. There were already lots of people inside the cave when I arrived. It was dark and noisy but I was still able to see how the cave was. Maybe if there were not many tourists inside, it would be nice to relax.

Entrance fee: 50 Pesos

Hinagdanan Cave

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Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.A part of the Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.A lighted part of Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.
Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.
Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol. | Source
A part of the Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.
A part of the Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol. | Source
A lighted part of Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.
A lighted part of Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol. | Source
Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol.
Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol. | Source

10. Panglao Island

Panglao is an island in the province of Bohol. It is I think the most visited island not only for the locals but also for the tourists because it has white sandy beaches and a stunning clear blue water.

Alona beach is one of the tourist attractions in Panglao. It has an amazing night life. Restaurants and bars line up the shore. Snorkeling, diving, watching dolphins, island hopping are some of the activities one can enjoy. Equipment for diving and snorkeling are for rent in some shops along the beach.

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Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol.Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol.
Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol.
Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol. | Source
Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol.
Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol. | Source

Thank You!

Thank you very much for reading this long hub. I did not think that I have written more than 2 thousand words. It seldom happened to me when writing an article. I hope this article will help you in traveling to Bohol. Thanks again.

© 2019 Thelma Alberts

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you very much Dred Cuan. I hope you can visit those places someday. Happy weekend to you.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you very much Chitrangada. I hope you can in the future. Enjoy your weekend.

    • dredcuan profile image

      Dred Cuan 

      5 weeks ago from California

      I agree, one of the best places in the Philippines. I would love to visit this place someday.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent travel article of some amazingly beautiful places.

      I loved the pictures and the information you have shared and it makes me curious to see these places in person. Hope I will, sometime in the future.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hello Sigrid,

      You are very welcome. I hope you can visit Bohol in your next travel home. Thanks for commenting. Have a great new month of March.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you very much Liz for your wonderful comment. Have a great new month ahead.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      You are very welcome Nell. It is nice to see you on my blog again. Thanks for dropping by. I hope Spring is on your doorsteps now. Have a great new month in March.

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      Sigrid Chu - Life Notes to File 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello Thelma,

      Thank you for this guide! I haven't been to Bohol but will surely consider visiting the next time I'm home.

      Best,

      Sigrid

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      This is a very well-structured and well-illustrated article. I have learned a lot about Bohol from reading it.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 weeks ago from England

      That was awesome! I loved the Chocolate hills name, and the little tarsiers! what a lovely place! Thanks for the tour.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      You are very welcome Peggy. I have never thought that Tarsier is as small as my hands until I saw it. I was lucky to be invited by my niece to travel with her to Bohol, my ancestors island. It was awesome though I got sick before the travel ends. Thanks for your visit and have a nice week.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you, Thelma, for writing such a fascinating article about places that I will probably never get to visit in person. I had never even heard of a tarsier. That is such a cute animal, judging from your photos. It is hard to believe that it is only 3 to 6 inches tall!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Dora. It was indeed a surprise story what I have learned in researching about Hinagdanan Cave. Nice story. I am glad the owner share it to the public. Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Audrey. It was indeed a lovely excursion. Thanks for adding this to your bucket list. I hope you can go there one day. Have a great new week.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Your facts as well as your photographs are very inviting. I may not make it to Bohol, but not because your article was lacking anything. The history and the excitement at the Hinagdanan Cave makes it something special to see.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A lovely excursion through tourist spots in Bohol. This will be added to my bucket list. The photos beckon me to "come and see" - experience unforgettable places.

      Thanks, Thelma.

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