Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Bohol

Chocolate Hills

Virgin Island
San Agustin Parish Church, Panglao Island



There are a lot of things to do, and many places to see in this wonderful island of Bohol. I have decided to create a guide in touring the must see attractions, and also where to stay and where to eat guide, suggested itinerary and budget that will fit the desires of your family or barkada. I hope this guide will help you in looking for the best deals in your trip to Bohol. 
Doljo Beach

Top 10 Must See Attractions in Bohol
1.       Chocolate Hills – most famous attraction in Bohol
2.       Virgin Island- one of the most unique sand bars that I have ever seen.
3.       Loboc River Cruise- the cleanest river I’ve ever seen. It’s so clean I just want to jump in and swim but it is not allowed by the government. But I think you can try to paddle board here, if you really want to swim.
4.       Tarsier- unique creatures that can be only found in Bohol
5.       Historical Churches – Bohol is one province where you can find one of the oldest and most beautiful Churches here in the Philippines. The downside is that most of the churches were destroyed by the earthquake and is not yet fully renovated/ constructed.
6.       Danao Adventure Park- This park is perfect for adventure seekers. You must give one day of travel because it’s far away from the city. Try their extreme bungee jump.
7.       Anda Beach-  Virgin Beach which has the same sand like the one’s in Boracay. The nice  part of this is that there are few tourist but is far away from the city center. This will take you 3 to 5 hours van ride from Tagbilaran City.
8.       Hinagdanan Cave- famous for it’s deep underground lagoon
9.       Dolphin Watching- found in Pamalican Island
10.   Balicasag Island Best Dive site in Bohol

 Eat in Bohol
I was not that impressed of what I ate in Bohol. Most of the restaurants are overpriced and overhyped and are just too bland for me.  The food here was not that good. I can only name a few that suites my tastes buds.
Bohol Bee Farm Restaurant- Try their Peanut Kisses Ice-cream, and other organic flavored ice-cream
Guiseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast- Try their Authentic Italian Pizza.


Transportation in Bohol
By Plane-Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Air Asia Fly from Manila to Tagbilaran Airport Daily      BY Boat- Tagbilaran’s pier is one of the central piers in Mindanao. You can ride boats to  Manila, Cebu, Siquijor, Dumaguete, Iligan, Cagayan De Oro, Dipoologo, and Ozamiz city from Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier.  
 *Taxi sand Tricycles getting in and out of Bohol can be quite expensive. 
 * I advise you to stay in Alona Beach so you can spend less on transportation.   
 *You can also rent a motorcycle for 500 a day to spend less for your transportation.
Bellevue Resort Infinity Pool

Accommodation in Bohol
Budget (1,000 to 3,000 Php per room per night)

ALONA Beach -  I advise you to stay in Alona Beach. This is the Boracay like side of Bohol where every restaurant and convenience store is just walking distance. The beach is nice but there might be a lot of tourists in this area. You can also find cheap accommodations here. 

Middle (5,000-7,500Php per room per night)
Bohol Beach Club- one of the first premiere resorts in Bohol. Located in Bolod Beach.  
Amorita Resort  - new luxurious resort located in Tawala, Panglao Island    
Astoria- located in Baclayon, Bohol ( Far away from the city center near Baclayon Church) 
Bluewater Panglao –located in Danao Bach, Panglao Island 
South Palms Resort – located in Bolod Beach, Panglao Island                                    
The Bellevue Resort- located in Doljo Beach Panglao Island

Expensive (20,000 Php per room per night )
Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa – Most expensive and luxurious resort in Bohol. Perfect for people who wants some privacy, rest and relaxation. 

Loboc River Cruise

4Days/3 Nights Bohol Itinerary and Budget
Day 1
Price
Roundtrip Ticket to Bohol + Terminal Fee (200)
1700
Bellevue Resort (5,500 Per Room Per Night x 3 Nights / 4 Pax)
4,125
Enjoy the Resort

Day 2

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
Free
Private Tour Of Bohol Country Side 1 (4 pax in a Aircon Van)
*Price may adjust if there are more people in the van
Package Tour Includes (Transportation to these historical landmarks excluding entrance fee to each area)
Blood Compact Shrine; Baclayon Church and Museum; Tarsier; Loboc River Cruise; Man Made Forest; Chocolate Hills; Python Sanctuary ;
Hanging Bridge; Butterfly Consevatory and Souvenir Shopping
1,000
Entrance Fee For Country Side Tourist Spots
 50
Loboc River Cruise with Lunch Buffet
450
Dinner at Guiseppe
250
Day 3

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
Free
Island Hopping at Balicasag Island and Virgin Island (2000/4)
500
Snorkeling Gear
100
Environmental Fee
100
Lunch
300
Dinner at Panglao Island
200
Day 4

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
Free
Enjoy the beach and the resort

Check out at 12 Noon

Van ride from Resort to Tagbilaran Airport
200
Total
8975