Looking for the best things to do in Bohol? Here’s our guide from the white beaches to the Chocolate Hills and more.
1. Bohol Waterfalls
From Ingkumhan Falls, to Dimiao Twin Falls and Mag-Aso, the island is full of awesome watering holes.
One of the best things to do in Bohol is to jump on scooters and head along the south coast to explore them all!
Our favourite waterfall on the island had to be Ingkumhan Falls. It’s an off the beaten track destination with a beautiful, scenic walk down.
From the parking spot it took roughly 15 minutes to reach the falls, and we were the only people there!
There’s a rope swing, and a cliff jumping spot, so it’s certainly a great destination for adventurers.
Ingkumhan Falls and Dimiao Twin Falls are located within 15 minutes of each other. However, Mag-Aso is a little out of the way, just 30 minutes north of Tagbilaran City.
We’re not sure if you can call them Bohol tourist spots, but the waterfalls on the island are definitely one of the top things to do in Bohol.
After all you have to tick off at least one waterfall on your Philippines itinerary.
2. Panglao Beaches
Now these are definitely some of the top Bohol tourist spots!
Panglao is a small island, located on the South West of Bohol, and connected by bridge.
Home to pristine beaches and luxurious hotels, the island’s Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach in particular serve up the whitest sands and bluest waters.
If you have a moped you can easily cruise around Panglao and check out some of the best beaches it has to offer.
Another great option if you have time, is to catch a boat over to Balicasag Island. Surrounded by wild turtles, it’s a great spot for snorkelling.
You can generally find catamaran guides hovering around Alona Beach, available to hire for the day.
They charge roughly 2,000 Pesos per boat (fitting 6-8 people) and will take you island hopping around Balicasag. Otherwise you can book a Bohol Dolphin & Sea Turtle Watching Island Hopping Tour in advance.
3. Rent A Scooter & Explore
One of the top things to do in Bohol, and best ways to fulfil the full potential of the island, is to explore it on scooters.
We hired scooters for 350 Pesos per day from our accommodation, and it was the easiest and fastest way to get from place to place.
One thing you’ll notice about the island, is that the Bohol tourist spots are not always clearly labelled. So take your time exploring, and be sure to ask the locals for advice if you get stuck.
The main roads are generally very well tarmacked, and the traffic isn’t too crazy like some of the mainlands of Cebu. So it’s a great opportunity for those that may be nervous of hiring scooters.
Bohol is definitely one of the islands in the Philippines that has more of a hidden gem kind of feel.
4. Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are a collection of natural sandstone hills located directly in the centre of the island.
Possibly the most popular of the things to do in Bohol, there are said to be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres.
The reason these natural sandstone hills are called ‘Chocolate Hills’ is because during the dry season, these graphic landmarks are mainly brown in colour. Luckily we visited in perfect conditions and the scenery was green for miles.
If you’re feeling energetic, the best viewpoint is a 214 step climb up to the panoramic observation lookout. Simply head to the main entrance, and you can pay 50 Pesos to visit the platform and grab your postcard shot.
It can be pretty busy when visiting the Chocolate Hills, with tourists arriving by the bus load, so be sure to head here earlier or later in the day to avoid the crowds.
We are a sucker for trying to visit as many attractions as possible when travelling. Although the Chocolate Hills were one of our least favourite Bohol tourist spots and a little underwhelming.
To visit all the best spots the Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour is a great choice.
5. Eat Eat Eat!
For your coffee and smoothie bowl kick. Shaka offers only the freshest organic fruits and vegetables in every meal, with a promise of no additives or preservatives. Also great for nachos and burgers!
Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast:
The Italian restaurant to go in Bohol. Founded by Italian migrant Giuseppe, an ideal spot for your traditional pizza fix, and fine dining options in the evenings.
Gerarda’s Family Restaurant:
Gerarda’s is a family run restaurant serving delicious Filipino cuisines with a twist. What sets Gerarda’s apart is its sheer confidence about the quality of its food – you don’t have to pay for it if you don’t like it.
Where To Stay In Bohol
Luxury – Henann Resort Alona Beach
Located in Panglao Island in the Bohol, Henann Resort Alona Beach boasts of several outdoor pool and spa centre.
Guests can enjoy meals at the restaurant or have drinks at the bar and free WiFi is available throughout the property.
The rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a personal safe, and a seating area. The rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer.
Some rooms come with a balcony and views of the garden or a patio with direct access to one of the swimming pools.
There is also a fitness centre at the resort while guests can also simply relax on the sunbeds by the beach.
Mid-Budget – Tamarind
Located in Panglao, 550 yards from Alona Beach, Tamarind provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar.
The property offers car hire and features a garden and terrace.
All units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk.
At the resort every room comes with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.
Budget – Oasis Balili Heritage Lodge
Set in Tagbilaran City, Oasis Balili Heritage Lodge has a bar, shared lounge, garden, and free WiFi.
Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a barbecue.
The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests.
A continental breakfast is available every morning at the hostel. Oasis Balili Heritage Lodge offers a sun terrace.
For more places to stay in Bohol, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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Thursday 28th of December 2017
Aw great post! We are looking to go to the Philippines next year and trying to gather as many tips as poss! Seems there is so many places to see and we don’t want to miss anything! :)
Friday 29th of December 2017
Thanks guysss. Man you will love it! There is so much to see, we’ll be uploading a few more soon but heading back in 2018 ourselves to explore more ?
Wednesday 20th of December 2017
Great post about Bohol :-) Keep it up, I love your blog so much!
Wednesday 20th of December 2017
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy it ?