Exploring the Wonders of Bohol

Exploring the Wonders of Bohol

It was only during my elementary days that I get to see the famous Chocolate Hills in most of my “Hekasi” or “Sibika” books. But it was on May 2008 that I’ve finally set foot on this beautiful island.

Bohol, the tenth largest island of the Philippines, is situated at the Central Visayas region and is beside Cebu and Leyte. It is about 700 kilometers south of Manila and about 70 kilometers southeast of Mactan Island. Bohol has been considered to be one of the dream destinations in the Philippines because of its famous attractions and beautiful white sand beaches.

On our second day, I was very excited for our Bohol country side tour but unfortunately, our tour was cancelled because of the bad weather. It was on our third day that we pushed through with it and too bad, I had been suffering from a hangover that day. But despite these, we still went on with our tour.

We decided to visit these tourist attractions in the following order – from farthest to nearest:

Chocolate Hills

Stairs going to the Chocolate Hills View Deck Bohol - Chocolate Hills Bohol - Chocolate Hills

Fee: P50.00

The Chocolate Hills are probably the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol. These hills are covered with green grass that turns chocolate brown during the dry season, from which the hills derived their name.

Based on the latest survey, there are 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills which stand between 30 and 50 meters high that are distributed around the 50 square kilometers (20 sq mi) area in the town of Carmen, 55 kilometres from Tagbilaran City.

Bilar Man-made Mahogany Forest (Bohol Forest)

Bilar Man-made Mahogany Forest (Bohol Forest) Mahogany Trees Bilar Man-made Mahogany Forest (Bohol Forest)


After leaving the Chocolate Hills, we passed by a 2-kilometer stretch of densely planted mahogany trees in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns. The area became one of the famous tourist attractions in Bohol because of its picturesque landscape and the beautiful formation of the thousands of mahogany trees planted in the area.

Hanging Bridge

Bohol - Hanging Bridge View of Loboc River from the Hanging Bridge Bohol - Hanging Bridge


Another famous attraction in Bohol is the Hanging Bridge. It is a bridge made of bamboos that hangs approximately 20 meters above the Loboc River. Crossing the bridge can be very exciting as it sways back and forth as you walk across. You can also buy some cheap souvenirs in this area.

Loboc River Cruise

Loboc River Cruise in Bohol Loboc River Cruise in Bohol Loboc River Cruise Singer

Fee: P300.00

Another must-try activity in Bohol is the Loboc River Cruise. We decided to have our lunch on one of the floating restaurants along the emerald green water of Loboc River. This 1-hour cruise includes a buffet lunch with a local singer serenading you. While eating at the floating restaurant, one will surely enjoy the magnificent and breathtaking view of the river and its surroundings. The cruise starts from Loay Bridge and ends near the Busay Falls.


Bohol Tarsier Bohol Tarsier Bohol Tarsier


Bohol Tarsiers are estimated to be 45 million years old and are considered to be the world’s smallest primate. These endangered species measure about 4 to 5 inches and weigh about 113 to 142 grams. Tarsiers derived their name from their elongated tarsus or ankle bone.

Python Snake

Prony - Python Snake Flying Lemur Eagle

Fee: P15.00

Our next stop was a mini zoo in Alburquerque, Bohol where a 23-foot python named β€œProny” is being housed. Prony has an estimated weight of about 300 kg. Aside from this, you can also see other animals such as birds and flying lemurs inside the mini zoo.

Baclayon Church

Baclayon Church Inside Baclayon Church Baclayon Church

Fee in Baclayon Museum: P25.00

Baclayon Church which was built by the Jesuits in 1595 is one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines located in the town of Baclayon. Centuries-old church relics, interesting artifacts and other antiquities dating back to the early 16th century are kept and can be viewed at the Baclayon Museum which can be found next to the church.

Blood Compact Site

Blood Compact Site Nice View from Blood Compact Site Blood Compact Site


Located in Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City in Bohol, this site commemorates the blood compact that happened between Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain and Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol. The sculpture was made by the National Artist, Napoleon Abueva, who is a Boholano himself. This event depicts the historical promise of friendship which was sealed in Bohol last March 16, 1565.

Hinagdanan Cave

Entrance to Hinagdanan Cave Inside Hinagdanan Cave Underground Pool at Hinagdanan Cave

Fee: P20.00

Hinagdanan (“laddered” in Cebuano) cave is the most popular and easy to reach cave in Bohol which is located in the town of Dauis in Panglao Island. Inside the cave, you can see an underground pool and a large number of stalagmites and stalactites. Going down the cave can be comfortable because there are already cemented stairs, walk ways and metal handrails underneath.

Getting There

By Air, the following airlines fly to Tagbilaran from Manila and vice versa:

Cebu Pacific (CEB)
Tel. No: (+63 2) 702-0888 (Manila Office) / (+63 32) 230-8888 (Cebu Office)

Philippine Airlines (PAL)
Tel. No: (+63 2) 855-8888

Zest Airways (formerly Asian Spirit)
Tel. No: (+63 2) 888-2003

By Sea, SuperFerry sails once a week from Manila to Tagbilaran and vice versa. The ferry leaves Manila around 7.45 p.m. every Monday and arrives in Tagbilaran early Wednesday morning around 2.30 a.m. For the return trip to Manila, the ferry usually leaves on Wednesday midnight around 11.59 p.m. and arrives in Manila Friday morning around 7.00 a.m.

Tel. No: (+63 2) 528-7000


The climate in Bohol is generally hot and dry but during the months of November to February, the weather is slightly cooler so this is the safest period to stay in Bohol. Expect the weather to be slightly hotter than normal during the summer months of March, April and May. In Bohol, it may rain any day of the year, but expect more rainshowers during the months of June until October.


For tours around Bohol, you may contact our very hospitable tour guide, Glecer “Dodong” Bongo at (+63 915) 201-1650. He uses a Toyota Innova for his tours and it cost us P2,000.00 for the whole day tour good for 2pax. (Entrance Fees not included.)

*Please note that the rate given to us was based on our May 2008 trip.

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84 responses to “Exploring the Wonders of Bohol

  1. comment-390

    Wow. Nice shots! I’ve been to Bohol last year and now I’m missing the place because of this entry. πŸ˜›

  2. comment-398
    Wayne Post author

    Sheng: You really shouldn’t miss this place. πŸ™‚

    The Lady in Green Ruffles: Hehe! Sobrang sarap. Kaso may hangover ako nun kaya hindi ko sya masyadong naenjoy to the highest level. πŸ™

  3. comment-399

    @Cindy, dahil dito namiss mo Bohol? wow naman πŸ˜€

    @sheng, yes, Bohol is really nice.

    @The Lady in Green Ruffles, sarap maglakbay! πŸ˜€

  4. comment-400

    oohh, i love bohol too! lucky you for experiencing amorita, mejo out of budget kasi ang rates dyan. but i have no regrets I chose BBF and PINR. let’s promote bohol!

  5. comment-401
    Wayne Post author

    Hi Chyng! Oo nga eh, sinwerte lang at nakaexperience kami ng Amorita. Hehehe! Hindi kasi kami nakapag-plan masyado kaya hindi na kami nakahanap ng mura-murang hotel.

    Uyy nice sa BBF at PINR ah. Gusto ko ring mag-stay dun. I’ve checked your entries about Bohol and I love it. Pati yung mga shots ang gaganda. Hindi masyadong magaganda yung mga shots ko dito, kasi masakit yung ulo ko habang nagtutour kami. Hehehe! πŸ˜€

  6. comment-418
    Wayne Post author

    The Lady in Green Ruffles: Yup, hangover dahil sa kalasingan. Hehehe! The night before our tour kasi, mega inom kami sa Alona Beach kaya the next day, ayun. Hangover ang inabot ko. Hehehe!

  7. comment-419

    Aha!!! At may Alburquerque (may extra r?) din pala sa Bohol ahh…Parang New Mexico… πŸ˜€

    Ang ganda nung pics sa Mahogany road…pag lumaki pa yung mga puno na yan it will look like that famous street in New Orleans where they shot a scene in the movie “Interview with the Vampire”. (*) (Y) πŸ˜€

  8. comment-420
    Wayne Post author

    Hey Isis,

    Yup, it’s Alburquerque with an extra R. That place was also known as “Albur” for the locals. Hehehe! Yung sa New Mexico, Albuquerque lang eh diba? Without an extra R. Hehe!

    Exactly, I wasn’t expecting na ganun pala sya kaganda kasi akala ko, parang wala lang, forest lang. Pero astig yung composition ng mga mahogany trees around it. Pati ako na-amazed. Galing! Hehehe! πŸ˜€

  9. comment-427
    Wayne Post author

    The Lady in Green Ruffles: Talaga? Ako palaging lasing. Haha! Kaya madalas na tuwing tours namin eh may hangover talaga ako. πŸ˜›

  10. comment-428

    ganda naman…may tours package din..ayos to…makapunta ngang bohol…now na…hehehe….

    nice tlaga mag dotcoms…malaman sa info…galeng….whooohooo….!!! πŸ˜€

  11. comment-430
    Wayne Post author

    Hello Precious! Hehehe! You really should try going to Bohol. Hindi ka magsisisi. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for visiting our blog. πŸ˜€

  12. comment-432

    ..awtz. galing galing. πŸ˜‰ apir!! Ganda ganda naman. mapuntahan nga bukas. hehehe , Lolz.
    ..salamat ate sa pagdaan sa aking e bahay! πŸ˜‰

  13. comment-436

    wow… ang ganda naman ng bohol

    sa totoo lang nawala yun pagod ko nun makita ko yang pix

    sana makapunta ako dyan πŸ˜‰

  14. comment-440
    Wayne Post author

    Thanks Lambing! πŸ˜€ Sana nga makapunta ka rin sa Bohol. Para tuluyang mawala ang pagod mo pag nakita mo lahat ng to in person. πŸ˜€

  15. comment-444
    Nomadic Pinoy

    Bohol brings back a lot of childhood memories for me dahil doon kami lagi dinadala ng aking ama sa lugar ng kanyang kapanganakan. How I wish I could go back again!

  16. comment-448
    Wayne Post author

    @Jeanny: Naku sana nga makapunta kana soon. Thanks din. πŸ™‚

    @Nomadic Pinoy: Hey, musta na? Long time no see. Hehehe! Katuwa naman. Sana nga makauwi ka dito para makabalik ka ulit ng Bohol. πŸ˜›

    @Salva: Don’t worry, makakarating ka rin dyan. πŸ˜€

  17. comment-449

    Sure, no problem… πŸ˜€ There is a footprint in the video which reminds me of your logo… πŸ˜€

    I’d love to visit Bohol one of these days and see the flying lemurs in their natural habitat… Marami pa ata sa Rajah Sikatuna National Park e although they are considered endangered na din.

  18. comment-450
    Wayne Post author

    Hi Isis! Yeah, nakita ko nga yung footprint sa video. Haha! Konti lang yung flying lemurs na nakita namin nun doon, parang 3 lang sila. πŸ™ Weird nga itsura nila eh. I was wondering kung paniki ba sila or pusa or bear. Hahaha! πŸ˜€

  19. comment-457
    Wayne Post author

    @Chyng: Nakuha lang yan sa edit. Hahaha! Hindi ko type yung mga shots ko dito kasi Digicam lang gamit ko nun. But I agree with the blog layout. They’re really lovely. Hehe! Thanks! πŸ˜€

    @Mars / Kulot: Hello! Nice, sana nga makadalaw din kayo sa Bohol. You’ll surely enjoy it! πŸ˜€

    @Nor En: Hello, we stayed at Amorita po. You may check our review of Amorita here: πŸ˜€

  20. comment-465

    Hehe…according to Wikidpedia the Philippine Flying Lemur or kagwang is one of the two species of the order Dermoptera. The other species is the Malaysian Flying Lemur. BUT… it cannot fly and is not a lemur, the nocturnal primates found in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.

    Which reminds me of the Binturong or the Palawan Bearcat which is neither a bear nor a cat! Haha…. kakaiba talaga ang mga endemic species dito sa Pilipinas.

    Yun lang, like me, those two creatures are both nocturnal. πŸ˜€

  21. comment-468
    Wayne Post author

    Korek! Ganyan ka-espesyal ang Pilipinas. Hehehe! We’ve seen some Palawan Bearcats when we went to Calauit in Busuanga last year. Isa pa yun! Para akong naconfuse sa kung anung klase hayop ba talaga sya. Hahaha! Pero yun lang, endangered species na rin sila. Sad. πŸ™

  22. comment-473

    Hi Icey and Wayne,

    Lovely pictures! I think I have already forgotten the names of these places. Wow! I am sure there is more to pictures to come. Were you able to take a picture of the Fish Sanctuary? I only did snorkeling, but what I saw blew me away. (technically speaking there isn’t any air under the sea LOL)

    So, which among the land tour was your favorite guys? Mine was the Bilar Man-made Mahogany Forest (Bohol Forest).


  23. comment-474
    Wayne Post author

    @The Lady in Green Ruffles: Hehe! Sige. πŸ˜›

    @Doc Z: Thanks Doc Z! Well, unfortunately, we were not able to go to the Fish Sanctuary ’cause we didn’t have much time. I’ve heard that it’s really a nice place. Sayang talaga. πŸ™ Same here, fave ko rin yung Bilar Man-made Forest plus yung Choc Hills syempre! πŸ˜€

  24. comment-483
    Wayne Post author

    Hey Shea! How’s life? Lista lang ng lista. Sooner or later, lahat yan mapupuntahan mo na rin. πŸ˜€ Thanks for droppin’ by. Sensya na ha, hindi kami masyadong makadalaw sa inyo lately. Medyo busy lang. Bawi kami next time. Hehe! πŸ˜€

  25. comment-487

    Hi Wayne! Ang fave ko sa Bohol yung Man-made forest nila na tipong nasa ibang bansa ako. Sarap picturan. Hahaha! Gusto ko rin yung Butterfly haven. Nag-enjoy ako sa lecture nung manong dun. Madami akong natutunan πŸ˜€ . Syempre, yung Chocolate hills. Kakaloka lang yung mga nagpapa-pic dun na kunwari lumilipad sila o kaya nakasakay sa walis. Hahahaha! πŸ˜€

  26. comment-490
    Wayne Post author

    Garando: You’ve gotta nice blog in there! And I love the photos too. Thanks for visiting our blog! πŸ˜€

    Sheena: Apir! Hahaha! Super love ko rin yung man-made forest na yun. Hindi ako makapaniwala na man-made sya. Haha! Sayang hindi ko nakita yung butterfly haven. πŸ™ Wala tuloy naglecture samin. Hehehe! Oo, ang kulit nung mga nagpapapic sa Choc Hills. Kaso my goodness naman, habang nagpapapic ka, lahat ng tao nakatingin sayo. Hahahaha! πŸ˜€

  27. comment-498

    wow, astig ng site. tinalo mo pa ng DOT πŸ™‚ ganda talaga ng bohol. ganda ng pilipinas. tara lakbayin natin ang pilipinas. byahe ka sa amin sa mindoro. pasyal ka rin sa blog. pero bago pa lang ako.

    add kita ha.

  28. comment-499
    Wayne Post author

    Hi Leoj,

    Salamat sa compliment. Hehehe! Maganda talaga ang Pilipinas. Kaya mahal na mahal namin tong bansang to. Hehehe! Uyy, gusto ko rin makarating dyan sa Mindoro. Hanggang Galera lang ang napuntahan ko dyan eh. Sige, dalawin din kita sa blog mo. πŸ˜€

  29. comment-512
    r u s s

    I ? Bohol. I have to go back there because when I was there with friends in 2007, we weren’t able to actually see the man-made forest, the caves, and the hanging bridge. We were only able to allot one day for the different places to see and two days we allotted them for the beach. Hahaa. Bohol is paradise. I’d really love to have a place there.

  30. comment-514
    Wayne Post author

    Hey russ! Same here! When I learned about the history of Amorita Resort and its owner, I’ve been longing to have my own resort there too. It really is such a paradise. (L) I love the beach. Too bad, I was not able to go to Balicasag. πŸ™

    Tara balik tayo. πŸ˜€

  31. comment-518

    hi wayne,

    cant wait to see bohol. im off to bohol on sept 17. can u tell me a good place to stay in?


  32. comment-521

    thanks wayne!

    can i join you next time sa mga trips mo kc after bohol yung mga friends ko they will go back to work sa abroad e ako na lang dito sa pinas. i really love travelling, ive been to coron and davao before, plan ko sana sa cdo sa susunod.

  33. comment-531
    Wayne Post author

    Hi Yuri! Wow, sarap naman. Sure, yung email add mo ba dito ang YM id mo? Add kita. We’ve been to CDO and Camiguin too. Pero hindi ko pa nalalagay dito yung entry namin for those places. Hehehe! Puro to follow pa. Pag nagka-time, isusulat ko rin sila dito. Halos sabay lang pala yung alis natin. We’re off to Mindanao this September. Ikaw naman sa Bohol. πŸ˜› Hehehe! Di bale, next trip, sama-sama tayo. πŸ˜€

  34. comment-532

    yes wayne, the e-mail ive sent is also my ym id. ive always seen CDO on tv and magazines, it was very cool and nice place, share your experiences naman. hope i could join you on your next trip (para travel buddy na tayo) and sana it could reconcile with my schedule hehehe kinda busy e.

  35. comment-533
    Wayne Post author

    Hehehe! Sige, I’ll add you up on my list. πŸ˜€ Yup, cool talaga yun CDO. May rafting, may Macahambus park, tapos cool yung area sa bandang town kapag weekends kasi para silang may street party. Hehehe!

    Sure, I’ll post ’em all here. Wala lang talaga akong time pa na magprepare ng entry about CDO kaya hindi ko pa sya malagay dito. Hehehe!

    Let’s just keep in touch para makasama ka sa mga next trips namin. πŸ˜€

  36. comment-553
    r u s s

    Uy … Hindi ko rin narating ang Balicasag. My friends and I allotted much of our Bohol visit exploring the beach and drinking. I have to say that for me, Bohol has the most beautiful night sky in the Philippines, just my observation. I have been to a lot of places here in our country, but it was only in Bohol that I’ve seen a night sky so perfect, it was like a painting – it gives you the feeling that you can reach the stars and there’s a lot of them!

    Kailan kaya ako babalik ng Bohol?Ü

  37. comment-560
    Wayne Post author

    Sayang ano? Must-see daw kasi talaga yung Balicasag eh. πŸ™ Di bale, pag bumalik ako dun, I’ll make sure na mapupuntahan ko na talaga ang Balicasag. πŸ˜€ I can’t recall how the sky in Bohol looked like. Lagi kasi akong lasing pag kagat ng dilim kaya hindi ko na naalala ang mga bagay-bagay. Haha! πŸ˜€

  38. comment-570

    Hello Wayne,

    Your Bohol experience is truly amazing! My boyfriend and I are planning to go there sometime in November. I hope we’ll enjoy our vacation just like you.

    Do you have any recommendations to what resort to choose? O:-)

    Thank you!

  39. comment-571
    Wayne Post author

    Hi Steak_Knife! Thanks! I’m sure you will. πŸ˜€ With regards to the resort, you might want to check on our review of Amorita Resort here:

    There are other resorts in the island such as Bohol Beach Club, Bohol Bee Farm and some can be found just along the Alona White Beach. However, I cannot give you the exact review of each accommodation since we didn’t have the chance to stay on those. πŸ™

  40. comment-699

    Very informative post… buti na lang nirecommend ni shynyrd! I’m going to bohol this September 26-28. Can you recommend an affordable but nice resort? PINR, BBF and Amorita is kinda pricey… maliit lang budget ko e. :o) Im choosing between Bagobo Beach Resort and Alona Tropical… Which do you think is better?

  41. comment-706

    Ask naman po..magkano lahat2 ng nagasto nyo? I really love going to Bohol, ewan ko lang kung kelan pa..hay

  42. comment-710
    Wayne Post author

    Hi Mitch and Kat, sorry for the late reply. We just got back from our Mindanao backpacking trip.

    @Mitch: Hmm, I didn’t see Bagobo Beach Resort when I was in Bohol so I cannot give you an answer on which between the two is better. My friend was able to to get a budget room along Alona White Beach. I just forgot the name of the resort. I’ll ask her and post it here once I got the name of the resort.

    @Kat: Medyo mahal yung nagastos namin kasi unplanned talaga tong trip na ‘to. Our fare at that time was almost 20k na for 2pax kasi parang 1 week before our trip lang nung nagpabook kami so mahal na talaga sya. Amorita Resort was pricey also plus tours and foods. So sobrang laki ng nagastos namin nun. πŸ™

  43. comment-720

    may kamahalan nga.. kasi nagpunta ung mga officemates (not in our department) namin sa bohol last june pero ung nagastos nila mga 3 to 5k lang ata, tas 14 peepz lang sila..marami na rin silang napuntahan nun..

  44. comment-727
    Wayne Post author

    @Kat: Mas makakamura ka talaga pag marami. Kasi marami kayong magshe-share sa bayaran. Hehehe! In our case kasi nun, dalawa lang kaming nagpuna kaya sobrang napamahal kami. πŸ™

  45. comment-732

    hi wayne,

    super ganda ng bohol. baka next year i will plan for my family trip naman.
    we managed to spend PHP 3,500 inclusive of room accomodation, countryside tour, food trippings, island tour dolphin and whale watching and other expenses for group of 6 persons.

    kc most of my friends e mga finance analysts mga budget conscious hehehe.

    bohol is great! babalik ulit kami!!!

  46. comment-742

    yup 3,500 inclusive of meals pa yan hehehe. actually tipid boy kc me so i just used my negotiation skills in terms of everything.

    next stop would be CDO!

  47. comment-743

    sya nga pala wayne, we also had a chance to meet buboy, kasabay namin si cesar montano sa flight from manila to tagbilaran hehehe.

  48. comment-746
    Wayne Post author

    @Yuri: Nice ha!!! Swerte nyo naman. Hehehe! Sana nagpa-pic kayo. πŸ˜› Uyyy, CDO is nice. πŸ˜€ I’ve been there June of last year. πŸ˜€

  49. comment-975
    Wayne Post author

    Great! Balik ka dito after ha? Kwentuhan mo kami. πŸ˜€ Sayang, hindi pa namin nalalagay dito yung trip to Cebu namin ni Icey. πŸ™

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  51. comment-1340

    Hi there! I hope one day u can also visit and blog the beautiful island of camiguin. Tagged as an island born of fire, obviously for it has 7 volcanoes scattered around its 5 municipalities.. We have cold and hot springs, islets, falls and so much more.. I am telling a lot. I’m just proud… πŸ™‚ thanks!

  52. comment-1419
    hana banana

    wow! very nice and detailed post about Bohol! we’re going back to Bohol and this makes me moooore excited! yay!
    your blog is so awesome, i tell you! ^_^

    –> blogwalking here πŸ˜‰
    keep travelling you guys!

  53. comment-1427
    momma angel

    hi there.. thanks for your blog! we going there 3 weeks from now and i’m very excited for the following featured spots you noted here.. ^^

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