Bohol is one of Philippines prime tourist destination because of its many tourist attractions and places to visit. Some of its attractions include the world famous Chocolate Hills, the white sandy beaches of Panglao and the Tarsiers (regarded as the smallest primates in the world). Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines, and quite central to all of the activities and beaches. This island is also home to a lot of historical and cultural riches dating back to the Spanish colonial era.
There are two ways to get to Bohol (by plane and by boat). There are no bridges that connect Bohol yet to any other provinces. As of now, Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific and Zest Air service the Tagbilaran Airport. As of the time of writing, the flights from Manila to Tagbilaran are daily. By boat, you could also go to Bohol via different connecting ferry routes from different provinces.
Once you’re in Bohol, it’s fairly easy to get around the island by bus, private cars, taxi and other rental vehicles. A lot of the towns in Bohol have a bus terminal where you can get a ride to other towns. Tagbilaran City, the capital city of Bohol has a bus terminal located in Dao, where you can get a bus ride to get in most towns in Bohol. Most bus lines follow daily schedules. The best way and easiest way to see the chocolate hills and other tourists’ spots in Bohol would be to rent a local vehicle. It’s not that expensive especially if you travel in a group and share the expense.
There are many places to see in this island but we rounded up this Five Must See Attractions of Bohol so you wouldn’t miss them:
1. Chocolate Hills – This is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Bohol. This geological formation numbers to more than a thousand scattered throughout the municipalities of Sagbayan, Carmen and Batuan. Some say that that there are 1,268 individual mounds that range from 30-50 meters high. In the rainy season, most of the hills will be covered in green grass which turns brown in the dry season , which makes them look like chocolate mounds.
2. Historic Churches (Baclayon Church and The Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Worker) – Baclayon Church is officially known as the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines that still retains its century-old architectural design.
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Worker is the main seat of the Catholic faith in Bohol whose patron saint is St. Joseph. It is of Baroque architecture but reconstructed and remodeled after it was burnt down which gave it a bit of modern look. Another reason to visit this church aside from the gorgeous setting is the number of beautiful paintings on stained glass.
3. Loboc River– Loboc River Cruise is often included in tour packages in Bohol and many visitors are enchanted with how beautiful this river is. The cruises often include lunch and drinks while being serenaded by a small local choir.
4. Panglao – Panglao, to the ears of foreign and local tourists alike is probably synonymous to white sand beaches and crystal clear water. The magnificent sunset is a not to be missed attraction aside from a variety of water activities that you could indulge yourself in.
5. The Tarsier – The tarsier is regarded as one of the smallest primate in the world and can be found in Bohol, Samar, Leyte and some other provinces in Mindanao.
These are just some of the must see attractions that you could visit in Bohol.
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