If you’re looking for an adventure in the Philippines, the island of Bohol might just be your best bet. Known for its picturesque jungle landscape, Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines, and has loads to offer. Whether you’re the sort that loves to hike jungle terrains or want to spend time at the beach.
1. What to do: Chocolate Hills
Easily Bohol’s most famous attraction, chocolate hills gets its name from the colour of the hills during the dry season. If the pictures are anything to go by, you can expect to see hundreds of symmetrical hills that look absolutely gorgeous.
To get to Chocolate Hills, you can take a taxi or hire a private car. Just note, that the roads leading up to the hills are winding and if you’re not used to long car rides, it might be helpful to pack a few motion sickness pills.
2. What to do: Go Diving in Panglao
If you’re a recreational diver, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of gorgeous dive sites on Panglao Island, which is just an hour or so away from mainland Bohol.
Panglao is home to a variety of different animals such as sea turtles, moray eels, and other lovely creatures. There are several dive shops on Panglao Island itself so you don’t have to take all your gear with you. You could also go night diving if you’re brave enough!
Or try an island hopping tour around Balicasag and Virgin Island.
3. What to do: Book a wildlife expedition
As mentioned earlier, Bohol is home to many different types of wildlife, including the elusive tarsier. These adorable bug-eyed creatures are endangered because of habitat destruction and hunting, but you can still find them in Bohol.
There are plenty of different wildlife expeditions offered around the island so it’s important to look for one that fits your fancy, and offers you the experience you want.
4. What to do: Discover Hinagdanan Cave
Definitely something for the more adventurous tourists, Hinagdanan Cave is just one of the many wonderful caves in Bohol.
This naturally occurring limestone cave was once used by locals to escape from the Japanese army during the war. In the cave, you’ll find a freshwater lagoon that’s about 10 to 12 meters deep.
When taking a trip to the cave, just remember to be careful because the steps and can be really slippery.
5. Where to eat: Gerarda’s
This restaurant is legendary in Bohol for its family-style meals that remind Filipinos of home.
The establishment serves local Filipino cuisine like seafood kare-kare, halo-halo, and more. Vegetarians and those on special diets will be glad to know that the restaurant caters to such diets and provides plenty of options.
6. Where to eat: Loboc River Floating Restaurant
This floating restaurant located on the Loboc River serves buffet-style meals and includes a short cultural show by the locals.
Getting to the floating restaurant will take about an hour and 40 minutes by public transport and private van hire.
However, the experience is breathtaking at the Loboc River is one of the cleanest and most beautiful rivers in the whole of Bohol.