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Travel Guide: Top 10 Things to do while in Bohol

Top Tourist Attractions in Bohol

Top 10 Things to do in Bohol

The Philippines is truly blessed with many amazing islands that you could ever set your eyes on. The best part is that many remain untouched, retaining their natural beauty and glam. Bohol is one of the unspoiled places in the country, with a handful of islets that comprises the province and a good number of breathtaking spots. Having mentioned that, there are also tons of things that you can do in this lively little place. So, here are the top ten things you can do on the alluring island of Bohol.

Wide Eye Groufie with Tarsiers

Tarsier in Bohol
Tarsier in Bohol

Who wouldn’t love to take pictures with these adorable wide-eyed creatures? Dubbed to be among the smallest primates on Earth, these tree-hugging mammals are such a sight. They’re featured in lots of blogs, and they seem to be the trademark of Bohol, so would it not be worth it to have some shots with them?

Local NGOs in charge of these creatures’ welfare are quite strict regarding human contact. Tarsiers are among the endangered species in the country, so there’s no doubt that there are a number of rules to follow.

Maintained by a non-profit organization, one of the most exciting things to do in Bohol is visit the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary and meet these delicate creatures. It is located 4 kilometers from Corella’s town center and 20 minutes from Tagbilaran City.

Spread the love, bring home Pasalubong from Bohol

Picture small versions of the chocolate hills made into a peanut buttery snack, and you get Peanut Kisses, an ingenious snack made from peanuts and eggs. You can also try Osang’s Broas; this crunchy ladyfinger is best paired with hot chocolate.

Broas from Bohol
Broas from Bohol

Many tourists love bringing them home as pasalubongs for their loved ones. So why not get a pack home yourself? They are available in several department stores in Bohol.

River cruising

Experience cruising along Loboc River onboard a floating restaurant.
Experience cruising along Loboc River onboard a floating restaurant.

Don’t you love it when you’re cruising with the ones you love? Rivers can really be quite relaxing to marvel at, and at Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park, you don’t just get to cruise the Loboc River, but you also get to be serenaded and served a filling meal at the same time. Wouldn’t that be such a romantic thing to do?

Plunge into the deep

The Philippines is blessed with a dozen of diving and snorkeling sites. The rich marine fauna and flora are all worth diving for! The best part is that you can choose from a wide array of diving sites around the island.

Dive Sites in Bohol
Dive Sites in Bohol

There’s Balicasag Island, where you meet and greet giant sea turtles. There’s Cabilao Island with its underwater caves, Pamilacan Island for the soft corals, and Panglao Island for the frogfish and pipefish. Take your pick!

Find a Hidden Gem

Finding a hidden gem is quite an adventure. It’s never easy an easy deal. Now picture it hidden in a lush forest, with some enormous boulders and rough terrain. This is probably one of the biggest reasons why getting to the Can-umantad Falls is challenging. Can-umantad is Bohol’s gem.

Can-umantad Falls photo by Candijay-Bohol.gov.ph
Can-umantad Falls photo by Candijay-Bohol.gov.ph

This falls offers beautiful scenery with the thick vegetation surrounding the area. The view along the trail going to it alone is quite mesmerizing already. It provides cool and clean water where you can take a dip after a long walk going here. Several spots would offer a good angle for taking photographs as souvenirs.

Walk while you’re swinging.

Yes, walk while you’re swinging; you’ve read it right. How is this possible, you ask? Well, that’s through treading the hanging bridge in Loboc. The short bridge is made of light materials, particularly bamboo. The bridge hangs above the river, which adds even more thrill to the challenge.

Hanging Bridge in Loboc Bohol by Gabriel via Flickr
Hanging Bridge in Loboc Bohol by Gabriel via Flickr

It’ll be a short walk and an excellent spot for photo ops. The bridge alone is a marvel in itself, as its brilliant engineering makes it passable. Just a word of advice, though, it starts swinging when you start walking, so hang on tight, and feel the excitement rush into your veins.

Be mystified

Bohol is quite also known for the Mystifying Lamanoc Island located in Anda, Bohol. Tourists don’t know much about this place before, but as the years go by, more and more people are coming here to experience the island.

Visiting the Mystical Caves of Lamanoc Island
Visiting the Mystical Caves of Lamanoc Island

The island is dotted with Balete tree, which has quite a reputation with horror stories in the Philippines. Furthermore, the island was used in the olden days as a place of ritual; now, wouldn’t that be something cool to check out?

Feel the adrenaline rush!

Nothing beats a good old adrenaline rush, especially when visiting a new place. With the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, Bohol has some crazy and wild adventures waiting for you. It’s a nature park that offers accommodations and tons of rides that would stick with you forever.

Bike Zipline at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
Bike Zipline at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park

As how they say in Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, “You don’t pay for the ride; you pay for the experience!”

*Danao Adventure Park is undergoing rehabilitation as of this writing

Pray for thanks

church in dauis bohol
church in dauis bohol

As we may all recall, most of the churches here in Bohol were damaged by the earthquake that struck the visayan island last October 2013. Some of the iconic structures that withstood time were turned into rubble. But this doesn’t mean that faith should falter; Boholanos did not falter, and so should we, so even with the absence of some churches, we can visit other remaining churches that are still open for everyone. While we are waiting to restore some historic churches, we should at least say thanks for our safe trip to this quaint little province.

Explore the Sta. Monica Church in Alburquerque Town.

Santa Monica Parish Church, Alburquerque, Bohol by Pinay06 via Wikipedia CC
Santa Monica Parish Church, Alburquerque, Bohol By Pinay06. – Own work, CC BY 2.5, CC

This church is approximately 30 minutes from Tagbilaran and is a go-to place in Bohol. Check out its intricate design and how a locally carved altar is done manually. You’ll be surprised.

Visiting the Chocolate Hills.

Chocolate Hills - Bohol Online Sale photo via Depositphotos
Chocolate Hills – Bohol Online Sale photo via Depositphotos

Hailed as the country’s third National Geological Monument, one must not forget to visit the Chocolate Hills. The best time to go to the observation deck is by sunrise or sunset to see its beautiful colors. Also, note that these impressive hills turn green during the rainy season and brown by the end of the dry season.

Besides the fluffy creatures hanging by the trees, Bohol is also quite famous for the Chocolate Hills. With over a thousand mounds of Earth filling the vast expanse of an area in Laoay, Bohol, the Chocolate Hills attracts people from every corner of the world every year to revel in its unique appearance.

It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the majestic beauty of these verdant hills. They turn green as the rainy season comes in and brown during summer. So what are you waiting for?

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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