Bohol, being one of the Philippines’ most scenic provinces, is also one of its most fascinating, boasting a range of attractions that you can’t find anywhere else in the country.
Located just off Cebu, one of the Bohol's main attractions is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chocolate Hills and the island's famous resident is the camera-shy tarsier, measuring only about 85 to 160 mm in height, making it one of the smallest primates.
How to get there: Fly with Cebu Pacific or Philippines Airline from Manila or Cebu to Tagbilaran airport. Alternatively, you can catch a two-hour ferry from Cebu to Bohol.
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From the Chocolate Hills viewpoint, soak up the breathtaking scenery over Bohol Island and capture photos of the lushious landscape. The name comes from the fact that during the dry season they change their color to a light brown color. In the rest of the year they’re actually a lovely vivid green!
There are quite a few tarsier sanctuaries in Bohol. But make sure you go to the Tarsier Sanctuary that is located 14km from Tagbilaran (provincial capital of Corella). See these cute little creatures that look a little like Yoda at their natural habitat! Avoid visiting them at any of the non-conservation areas.
See more of Bohol’s natural and cultural wonders on a cruise with authentic Filipino lunch or dinner buffet. This tour also includes a short cultural show by the local community and you can join in the fun as well. If you're looking for something more adventurous, go try the zip-line at the Loboc Eco Adventure Park.
The town of Baclayon is famous for its Catholic church, the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The architecture is made of coral stones and was cemented using millions of egg white shells and is considered the best preserved buildings in the region. It is an important part of the Filipino heritage, thus, being declared in 1994 as a national historic treasure.
The Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest stretching over a two-kilometer patch of densely planted Mahogany trees located along the border between Loboc and Bilar towns. Before and after this man-made forest are the naturally grown forests of Loboc and Bilar which are thick with a kaleidoscope of green foliage, different species of trees and giant ferns lining the road.
Bohol habitat butterflies conservation center is not like other butterfly centers - a uniquely created butterfly environment with a waterfall and shade plants for the butterflies to rest in. It is very charming with its clean premises and sculptured gardens too. The farm is just 5 minutes after the Man Made Forest, and about 1km before the Bilar public market. Tip:Try their delicious madam butterfly ice cream.
Learn about local history as you visit the Blood Compact Monument, a bronze statue that commemorates the first friendship treaty between the Filipinos and the Spanish. This statue commemorates the Blood Compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi: Each of them dropped some blood (drawn from a small incision in the arm of each of the two chiefs) in the presence of the followers of both, and each chief drank the portion containing the blood of the other.
Recommended beaches: • Anda Beach: Unspoilt stretches of sand in the southeastern tip of Bohol. A great choice if you’re looking for the off the beaten track. • Dumaluan Beach: Stunning Bohol Beach Club with postcard view. Hotel guests can enjoy beachfront access whereas visitors have to pay a minimal entrance fee but it’s worth it. • Virgin Island: The scenery here is breathtaking with pure white sand beaches and lots of starfish.