When we speak of Bohol, I know there is one tourist attraction in Bohol that always lingers in your mind. Chocolate Hills, right? It is really the pride of Bohol that is known here in the Philippines and abroad.
If you happen to visit Bohol, the following are the best tourist spots in Bohol you may want to include in your travel bucket list.
10 Best Tourist Spots in Bohol
1. Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills is one of the best tourist spots in Bohol. Chocolate Hills are composed of around 1,776 hills. Many tourists failed to see color brown and “chocolate-like” hills because chocolate hills are covered with grasses, only during summer (dry season) grasses die that makes a vibrating brown color. Hence, the name Chocolate Hills came out.
2. Panglao Island
Panglao Island is one of the best tourist spots in Bohol and also just near Cebu. Panglao Island is renowned for its white sand beach, corals reefs and dive sites. The most famous destination in the Island is Aloha Beach. Well, Panglao Island is usually associated with Aloha Beach where you can find resorts and dive sites.
3. Danao Adventure Park
If you are looking for some awesome outdoor activity in Bohol then, Danao Adventure Park is probably what you are looking for. Danao Adventure Park is typically located in the mountain sides Bohol where many tourists eager to visit because of the activities like trekking, root climbing, kayaking. Among these, there are 3 most popular things to do in Danao Adventures Park like experiencing the Plunge, Sky Ride and Suislide.
4. Balicasag Island
Balicasag Island is considered as the best dive site in Bohol. The island is decorated with white sand beach and array of palm trees. There are beautiful coral reefs rich in marine life that makes it perfect for snorkeling and diving. This tourist spot in Bohol is near Aloha Beach just around 30 minutes boat ride.
5. Blood Compact Site
Let’s touch some historical site in Bohol. Blood Compact “Sandugo” Shrine, one of the most visited among tourist spots in Bohol, is where the first treaty between Spaniards and Filipinos took place. It is a friendship treaty between the Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Bohol’s Chieftain Datu Sikatuna on March 16, 1565. The statues are the works of art of Napoleon Abueva, a Boholano and a National Artist.
6. Bilar-Man Forest
Bilar-Man Forest is a tourist spot along the road in Bohol going to Chocolate Hills. It is a thick 2-kilometer Mahogany Man-Made Forest. As you approach the rain forest, the atmosphere will change into somewhat chilly and darker because of the trees. It would be like entering the world of Edward Collins in “Twilight Saga”. For some, this place may sound creepy but it’s beautiful.
7. Loboc-Loay River Cruise
Do you want to eat your lunch in a place something unique? If Laguna has a raft chilling dinner in the Lake Pandin, Bohol also has an amazing floating restaurant dinner in Loboc-Laoay River. This is a great way to enjoy the scenery around the river while enjoying your lunch. A group of musicians will play a song and you can also sing with them.
8. Pamilacan Island
Pamilacan Island is one of the best tourist spots in Bohol. Do you love dolphin-watching? I’m sure kids love this activity. This island is famous for diving and dolphin watching. This is a private property around 240 families living here that focuses their livelihood in whale-watching and dolphin-watching tours.
9. Hinagdanan Cave
Hinagdanan Cave is one of the spots in Panglao Island aside from Aloha Beach. This is a great spot in Bohol for spelunkers. The entrance to the cave is steep and narrow. Hinagdanan Cave has small holes in the ceiling that provides light below. Stalactites and stalagmites can be observed and there are also clear small lakes in the cave.
10. Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
Tarsier, have you seen one? Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural habitat of tarsiers in Bohol. Tarsiers are the one of the smallest primates, small but have big eyes. They are not the World’s Smallest Monkeys as most of the people say. If you love animals, then Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visited tourist destination in Bohol for you where you can find these cute big eyes tarsiers.
On 15 October 2013, a heartbreaking event happened in Bohol. Bohol is known for its heritage churches but on this day, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake left major damages in the oldest churches in Bohol. It includes Baclayon, Loay, Loboc, Maribojoc, Loon, Dauis, and Dimiao Churches.