Do you want to know the best tourist spots in Bohol? Then continue reading below!
Bohol is an island in the Philippines that has a lot to offer. Here you will find everything from lovely boat cruises and beautiful beaches to amazing landscapes and delicious food. There are many sights in Bohol that are worth visiting while you’re on the island, but there are some gems that are extra interesting. In this list, you can read about the major sights on the island, but also about my personal favorites.
Here is the list of the top 10 tourist spots in Bohol!
Chocolate Hills – A must among the top tourist spots in Bohol!
A must when it comes to the top tourist spots in Bohol is to visit the beautiful Chocolate Hills. Chocolate Hills is a natural formation of about 1260 hills that is spread over an area of 50 square kilometers. These hills are incredibly beautiful to visit all year round, but it is during the summer that they live up to its name. They have received its name “Chocolate Hills” from its brown color that they get during the summer months when they dry up. During the rest of the year, they have a beautiful color of green and yellow.
This is no doubt one of the best tourist spots in Bohol!
Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River Cruise is a good option for those who are looking for a peaceful and relaxing experience out in the quiet countryside. This trip out on the river is breathtaking and relaxing and is a perfect option for those who are tired of spending their time at the beach all day long. During these river cruises, they also offer excellent food, a beautiful environment, and picturesque waterfalls at the end of the tour.
The Hinagdanan Cave is on the route to the most waterfalls and even the Chocolate Hills. It’s a crystal clear pool with stalactites having from the roof.
This is another place that’s often full of tourists, so make sure to go early to avoid the crowds!
If you want to see the island’s cute and tiny tarsiers, then it’s a must to visit Bohol’s Tarsier Sanctuary. These animals live in the island’s forests, and there are two places on the island that offers the chance for you to see them up close, Tarsier Sanctuary and the Tarsier Conservation Area. I do not recommend visiting the Tarsier Conservation Area because it’s more like a zoo, which I do not support.
Tarsier Sanctuary is an institution dedicated to the preservation of the Philippine tarsier. They are working toward a goal to protect the tarsier and its habitat from extinction through increased environmental awareness, various research programs and protected areas where some of the island’s tarsiers live.
When you’re visiting the Tarsier Sanctuary, you can go into the protected area and watch the tiny sleeping tarsiers. In total, they have 8 tarsiers in their protected area, but it is not 100% guaranteed that you will get the chance to see all of them (if not the staff has found where they are sleeping in the morning). In the protected area, it’s important to show respect for the animals and to listen to the guides. No screaming, no flash on the camera and absolutely no petting. Keep in mind that these small animals are nocturnal and sleep during the daytime and that they can become seriously ill if you pet them.
If you love animals and nature, then it’s a must to visit this place as it is a completely fantastic experience, and I can honestly say this is one of the top tourist spots in Bohol!
Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park
Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park is the most popular spot for zip-lining in the Philippines. At the adventure park, you get the chance to fly over the lush and green landscapes that offer both beautiful waterfalls and rivers. The experience is 1 minute long, and you will be treated with excellent views, thrills and a lot of fun!
If you have never tried zip-lining before, then you have to write this one down on your list of things to do in Bohol.
Twin Falls Bohol
The Twin Falls lies in Dimiao, about one hour drive from Alona Beach on the island of Panglao.
This is a waterfall that’s quite popular among tourists. So if you want to enjoy it by yourself for a while I recommend going here early in the morning.
Cathedral of San Jose
The Cathedral of San Jose is located in Bohol’s big city and is worth visiting if you have some extra time! The church is mostly visited by the locals throughout the week and on Sunday for mass. And here they also have weddings and baptisms, something you might stumble upon during your trip!
Hanging Bamboo Bridge
Another attraction in Bohol, which may not be quite as exciting as the other mentioned sights, is the Hanging Bamboo Bridge. Just like the name, this is a hanging bridge made of bamboo. If you have been to a few hanging bridges in your life, maybe this is not the ultimate attraction for you, but if you have never been to one before you should give it a go!
I thought that it was pretty scary walking over the bridges as it sways and cracks a lot when you walk, but it was definitely an experience that was worth a stop on the way to the other attractions!
When you’re in Bohol you have to rent a scooter and experience the Mahogany Forest. Drive along the winding roads between the tall trees. It’s a fun ride and along the way, you can stop and take some good shots!
When stopping along the road you have to wander up in the forest and have a look at the massive roots – it’s quite impressive.
And don’t forget to be careful when you’re out driving!
Make a day-trip to Panglao
If you have a couple of days to spend in Bohol, then you might consider visiting the neighboring island Panglao. Panglao is a beautiful island with paradise beaches, nice restaurants & shops, and last but not least… excellent snorkeling and diving!
Just a few minutes away by boat from Alone Beach you’ll find reef with small fishes, anemone, nudibranchs and more. Outside Doljo Beach you’ll find huge gorgonians and sponges!
At the most resorts in Panglao, you’ll find dive shops that are open all year round!