Welcome to Bohol! Known for its white sandy beaches, Chocolate Hills and tarsiers –really wanted to see these cute little creatures.
Below is my complete travel guide to Bohol:
Ideally located in Bohol, this beachfront resort is about a 30-minute drive away from the Tagbilaran Airport (TAG). The resort features an outdoor pool, hot tub and private beach.
On the beach they offer scuba diving and massages – you know I took advantage of this and got a massage almost everyday, it was only 800 pesos ($19 CAD).
The rooms weren’t very spacious but it’s was very clean and comfortable. Our room faced the beach and had a patio where you could sit and enjoy the salty breeze. The room was also equipped with air conditioning, TV (with English channels), a safe and a private bathroom with a hot and cold shower.
The only bummer I have to say about this resort is that the Wi-Fi is only available in public areas (aka the restaurant or lobby). But when connected in these areas the connection is fairly strong.
Our rate also included breakfast with the choice of continental, American and Filipino (FYI – most resorts in the Philippines include breakfast in their rate).
I wish I explored more of Bohol and tried different restaurants. To be honest, we spent most of our meals in the resort restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, the food at the resort was good – they had a variety of traditional Filipino food and Western dishes. One night I had the pork sinigang (my fave) and another night I tried the grilled calamari. Also, their fruit shakes were really tasty and refreshing!
Our last night in Bohol, we actually went off the resort and toured the small strip right around the corner. There was an abundance of restaurants to choose from ranging from seafood to Korean food.
Although when you do find yourself in Bohol, I heard you need to visit Gerarda’s in Tagbilaran, where you’ll find delicious traditional Filipino food.
Bohol has many attractions to explore. We hired a driver for the day that took us to the below tourist spots. The driver and 8-seater private van for about 8 hours cost around 3000 pesos ($70 CAD).
- Visit Chocolate Hills
One of the most popular attractions in Bohol. A very picturesque spot where you’ll see hundreds of green mountainous hills. During the dry season, these hills will turn a chocolaty colour – hence its name. We went during the rainy season so they were very lush and green.
- Admire the Mahogany Forest
You’ll pass this forest on the way to Chocolate Hills and they say the trees are man-made and over 100 years old. The way the trees fold over with the sun peering through the trees – it’s definitely a great Instagrammable spot.
- Tarsier Conservatory
Tarsiers are an endangered species and would be close to extinction if it’s weren’t for this conservatory. These tiny primates are the cutest! They have huge eyes, little frog-fingers and they just chill on the tress. Go visit them!
- Loboc River Cruise
This was a fun one! We dined on a floating restaurant. We cruised down the Loboc River looking at the sights and ate a buffet style lunch. The boat is like a large floating house with a thatched roof and large dining room. There was also a live band that played during the cruise.
During the ride, the boat stopped and there was a platform of Filipina women and children in traditional clothing and they sang and danced. You were also allowed to join them on the stage – it was very entertaining and they were so good. Donations are welcomed and I encourage you to donate to them.
Also, here are some quick travel tips when travelling around the Philippines:
- CASH is KING! Make sure you’re not relying on credit cards as a lot of these smaller islands rarely accept any credit cards
- When flying domestic in the Philippines the luggage allowance is less than your allowed luggage weight on international flights. I learned the hard way so unless you can stow away your luggage at a family or friends house while you island hop; travel light!
Here are some common phrases you can use:
- How are you?: Kumusta ka?
- How much is this?: Magkano to?
- Thank you: Salamat po!
- Where is the toilet?: Nassan ang banyo?
- Where am I? Nassan ako?
Are you travelling to Bohol soon? Let me know in the comments below if this was helpful or if you have any questions when travelling to Bohol.
P.S – For those of you wondering (I do get this question a lot), yes I am full Filipino! I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, so coming back to where my parents were born is a nice reconnection to my roots.