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Travel and Tours: Bohol

Updated on July 14, 2009

Bohol Philippines

If you want to feel more relaxing and feel the goodness and see the beauty of nature on your vacation; come and visit Bohol.

Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. With a land area of 4,117.3 square kilometers (1,589.7 sq mi) and a coastline 261 kilometers (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines.

Churches are the first points of destination for tourists imbued with a deep religious faith. But churches are not merely places of worship or of pilgrimage. They are significant depositories of art, especially of painting, sculpture and music. They are living museums, rich in artifacts that are mementos of a faith that has blossomed through the ages.


Bohol is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is the most popular attraction which is located in Carmen (one of the town in Bohol). The island of Panglao, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world. The Philippine Tarsier, considered the second-smallest primate in the world, is indigenous to the island.

Resorts in Bohol

The beaches and resort in bohol is located in Panglao where numerous tourist resorts stretches in its white sand. Currently Panglao is the one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, famous for its beautiful dive spots and its coral reef, as well as many several islet ideal for beach bathing like the islets of Gak-ang and Pontod.

  • Panglao Nature Park
  • Eskaya Beach Resort
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Paragayo Resort

Biodiversity

About 250 new species of crustaceans and 2500 new species of mollusks were found around the island. The discovery was the work of the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project. It is claimed that Panglao alone has more marine biodiversity than Japan and the Mediterranean sea.

Tourist Spots and Churches of Bohol

The large number of old churches in Bohol is one of the most attractive heritage character of the island. Almost all of the 47 towns of the Bohol Province have old, massive, stone churches with frescoes, carvings and other products of Spanish presence.

The first missionaries in Bohol were the Jesuits. When the Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines in 1768, the Augustinians and the Recollects took over. The Jesuits established parishes as early as 1595. Among the oldest parishes in Bohol are those in the towns of

  1. Baclayon, 1595
  2. Loboc, 1602 
  3. Dauis, 1617 
  4. Jagna, 1631
  5. Talibon, 1724 
  6. Tagbilaran, 1767 
  7. Maribojoc, 1768 
  8. Dimiao, 1730
  9. Loon, 1753
  10. Panglao, 1782
  11. Cortes, 1794
  12. Calape, 1802
  13. Balilihan, 1829
  14. Bilar, 1831

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