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Top Destinations To Visit In Bohol, Philippines

Top Destinations To Visit In Bohol, Philippines

Picture of Michelle Sarmenta
Updated: 9 February 2017
If you like serene beaches, lush landscapes, and a little bit of adventure, Bohol Island in the Philippines is a great place to visit. A nature lover’s getaway, Bohol is located in the Visayas region, about a one-hour plane ride from Manila. Relax at a beach resort, take a cruise up the Loboc River, or stroll through the forest to see the tarsiers.
Philipine Tarsier | © Michelle Sarmenta
Philipine Tarsier | © Michelle Sarmenta

Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary, Corella, Bohol

Tarsiers are small primates found in forests in Southeast Asian islands. The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella is situated in a lush forest; it was established to protect the tarsiers from mistreatment and poachers while allowing people to view them in their natural habitat. Guides lead visitors to areas on the trail where the tarsiers have been spotted and can be seen up close – they’re naturally quiet and shy creatures that look similar to very small monkeys.

Loboc River | © Michelle Sarmenta
Loboc River | © Michelle Sarmenta

Loboc River Cruise

The Loboc River runs inland through the town of Loboc. There is a dock in the main part of town where visitors can hop on a boat and take an hour-long river cruise through a lovely, winding waterway while having a delicious buffet lunch of Filipino foods such as BBQ pork on a stick, pancit (a noodle dish), rice, vegetables and fresh fruit. On hot days, you may spot the locals swinging from the vines along the river bed into the cool water, or swimming at the bottom of the small waterfall at the end of the river. On the way back, the boat docks at a sheltered pavilion for a few minutes where local children perform traditional Filipino songs and dances.

Chocolate Hills |© Michelle Sarmenta
Chocolate Hills |© Michelle Sarmenta

The Chocolate Hills Complex

The Chocolate Hills are located in the center of the island, in the town of Carmen. There are more than 1,000 mound-like geological formations that have a brown color in the dry season, hence the name. At the Chocolate Hills Complex, visitors climb some two hundred steps to reach the observation deck where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of these unique hills and the surrounding town.

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center |© Michelle Sarmenta
Simply Butterflies Conservation Center |© Michelle Sarmenta

Simply Butterflies Conservations Center, Bilar

This quaint garden is located off the beaten track; it’s about a 30-minute drive south of the Chocolate Hills in the town of Bilar. At the beginning of the tour, there is an information display area that shows the different species and sizes of butterflies. Visitors are given a chance to hold a live butterfly or let it sit on their shoulders. There is a butterfly enclosure with a lovely waterfall and a variety of beautiful plants and flowers. Just beyond this you’ll find an open garden where visitors can sit in a wooden Chinese pagoda-type structure, relax, and take pictures.

Bohol Beach Club | © Michelle Sarmenta
Bohol Beach Club | © Michelle Sarmenta

Bohol Beach Club

Bohol Beach Club is located on the southwestern tip of Panglao Island, which is just a short drive over the bridge from the main Island of Bohol. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a hammock amidst the palm trees overlooking the ocean, while sipping fresh coconut juice from the shell. If you fancy something more active, take a ride on a glass-bottomed boat, do some snorkeling and diving, or go on a dolphin-watching excursion.

In the late afternoon, there are amazing tide pools to explore. The water is clear and knee-deep, so it’s easy to see all the interesting sea life. There are blue starfish, snails, many kinds of tropical fish, white crabs that look like skeletons, shells, and other interesting creatures to discover. After tide pooling, sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful sunset that appears from the western bend of the beach.

The resort restaurant is open air, and offers an exquisite ocean view. It serves a variety of international cuisine as well as the traditional Filipino fare.

Bohol Beach Club |© Michelle Sarmenta
Bohol Beach Club |© Michelle Sarmenta

Mira Villa Seafood Restaurant, Tagbilaran City

For an off-the-beaten path culinary adventure, you might want to try Mira Villa seafood restaurant. It’s definitely a bare-bones place, but has a nice view of the Cebu Strait, and serves an array of tasty crab, shrimp, scallops, and other seafood. It’s actually not far from the Tagbilaran airport, so if you’re catching a flight out and have the extra time, it’s worth a stop.