14 Jul 2015

6 things to do in Bohol Philippines

No doubt that Bohol is the ideal place for those who search for a mix of cultural attraction, fun and night life ! This island exactly suit the well known slogan : « It’s more fun in the Philippines ! «

 

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Location

Bohol island is located in the South part of the Central Visayas area as you can see on the map, between Mindanao and Cebu. The population is about 1,255,128 people for a total of 4117 sq2 which result in a 276 pax/sq2 density.

It’s capital city is Tagbilaran also called the « city of friendship » with 96,692 people.

The langage spoken here is the visayan and cebuano but of course boholano will understand you if you speak tagalog or english.

 

What to do in Bohol ?

  1. The chocolate hills

One of the most popular attraction in Bohol (Carmen) are those famous chocolate hills. Those dome-shaped hills consist of limestone covered by grass species wich turn brown at the dry season, that’s why we call them « chocolate ». Those specific formations result from the erosion of corals sediments during thousands years as say a bronze plaque you will find there.

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We hope you enjoy exercice because you’ll have to climb an hill with 214 steps up to an observatory platform.

Look at this stunning view ! Admire the 1268 hills out of sight ! It’s time for selfies and pictures with those originals hills in the background. Enjoy !

 

 

  1. The tarsiers

The second unique attraction in Bohol (Loboc) is their famous Tarsiers. The tarsier is a philippines endemic specie of primat, the smallest of the world. We can also find them in Dinagats and Leyte.

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 They live in a wooded conservation area where you can observe    them  hooked at a branch of bamboo. As they are an endangered species, please  avoid any disturbance, observe silence and take pictures without flash.

 The entrance fee is 50 pesos.

 More info in this article :

 http://www.tarsierfoundation.org/category/about-the-tarsiers

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Loboc River Cruise

     

    It’s lunch time now and you’re so hungry that you could eat a whole buffalo ? loboc river bohol iskaya travelGreat ! The Loboc riverwatch floating resto will help you ! You can have a buffet lunch on this boat while you travel on the Loboc river, admiring the lush tropical forest around you. It’s so beautiful and exotic !

The river ends at the Busay waterfall wich is very small, then the boat turn back to the wharf.

We particularly appreciated the sea food, yummy !

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 You’ll also have a stop at a shore for listening some songs and  performance made by locals.

 It takes about one hour long, and cost around 350 pesos per pax. The wharf for boarding is located near the Loboc church (Loboc city).

 

 

 

 

  1. The Bamboo Hanging Bridge

The Bamboo Hanging Bridge is located in Sevilla municipality. This bridge cross the Sipatan river and his span is about 40 meters. Walking on those bamboo slats is quite impressive as the bridge is shacked with each steps you do all along the cross…

On the other side a small shop wait for you with colds drinks and snacks.

 

  1. The Danao Adventure Park

You’re an adventurer and you love extreme outdoor activities ? The Danao adventure park have been made for you !

What can you do there ?

  • the sky ride (open air cable car)
  • the plunge  (bungee jumping, 45 meters)
  • the suislide (zip line, 500 meters lenght)
  • roots climbing
  • river tubing
  • paraglider
  • ATV ride
  • rapelling
  • caving
  • kayak

After all this i think you’ll need to have a well deserved rest at your hotel ! 😉

The park is located in Danao at 72 km from Tagbilaran.

http://www.danaoadventurepark.com/

 

  1. Balicasag island

Balicasag is a beautiful small island located around 1H00 from Panglao beach by bangka. Many boholanos propose you a day tour for 1200 pesos including dolphin watching and a tour in Balicasag.

When you arrive in Balicasag you can eat your lunch cooked by locals and then go for a snorkeling with a little bangka you can rent with a guide for 150 pesos.

  • snorkeling

Snorkeling there is really amazing, there’s a huge steep cliff underwater full of corals where you will see many multicolore fishes that you can feed with bread or biscuits.

It’s really impressive to swim from the flat part of the cliff to the point where suddenly it fall down in the dark mysterious depths…

Our advices : For this tour don’t forget to bring your snorkeling goggles, reef shoes or plastic sandals and biscuits for the fishs !

 

  • diving

balicasag island beach iskaya travelIf you are a scuba diver, it can be interesting for you to stay some days at the island’s resort so that you can take your time enjoying the 5 diving spots around the island.

Bungalows are in good state, and the place is very quiet. Their restaurant is good with various meal from filipino to westerner cuisine. They also have a swimming pool where your childrens can have fun !

 

 

 

Map

Here is a map showing the 6 places you’ve just read about :

 

 

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How to go there ?

  1. From Manila

Several airlines serve Tagbilaran everyday such as Cebu Pacific, Cebgo, and Pal Express, ask us to know about the time schedule that suit your travel plan. Some of them will have a stopover in Cebu.

  1. From Cebu

  • by air

Many flights take off from Cebu domestic airport to Tagbilaran everyday. Rates may vary a lot depending on the season, the date of departure, the Airline. Ask us for a quotation and we will get the best price for you.

  • by sea

Several company offer this ride : Ocean Jet, Weesam Express and Supercat . For more informations, please contact us.

 

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  1. From Camiguin, Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cagayan De Oro

Contact us for more informations, we’ll be happy to anwer your inquiries. 🙂

 

 

Where to stay ?

 

panglao island iskaya travel

Of course due to the touristic attractions here you’ll find many resorts. At Iskaya Travel we choose to stay in Panglao Island to take advantage of the beach and the numerous restaurants nearby. In the evening, it’s really delighfull to walk among the fish stalls and have your candle dinner on the beach. 

panglao beach iskaya travel

During the week the Panglao beach is pretty quiet but during the week end you can enjoy some partys in beach side bars all night long… That’s why Panglao is the best place for people who search for discoveries and night life.

 

 

 

Transportation

If you want to travel by your own, many people will offer their motorbike for rent. It’s around 350 pesos per day, a good solution for visiting the place at your own rythm.

You can also choose a day tour by van for visiting the chocolates hills, the tarsiers, the bamboo hanging bridge and the Loboc river cruise.

Hotels, Tours & Transfers can be pre-arranged with Iskaya Travel.

Enjoy Bohol !

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