First thing that comes to mind when we hear Bohol are the stunning rounded hills that resemble Hershey’s Kisses that made the province famous. But more than seeing the majestic beauty of Chocolate Hills, there are many fun things to do in Bohol that will also give you a one-of-a-kind trip. 

From lounging at the fine white sand beaches in Panglao to exploring the popular and hidden nature gems, you will never run out of things to experience.

10 Must-Try Activities in Bohol for a Fun Trip

Whether you’re just in it for a tan or preparing to get the adrenaline rush, there are many Bohol things to do waiting for you!

  • Visit the Chocolate Hills
  • Lounge at the beaches of Panglao
  • Face Your Fears at Bohol’s Adventure Parks 
  • Have an amazing dining experience at Loboc River Cruise
  • Watch the dolphins up close
  • Cross the hanging bridge
  • See one of the world’s smallest primate
  • Witness the amazing man-made forest
  • Be amazed at the Hinagdanan Cave
  • Visit the Bohol Churches

1. Visit the Chocolate Hills

stunning view of the chocolate hills

One of the most famous Bohol tourist spots is the Chocolate Hills. There are more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken them to Hershey’s Kisses. It is called the Chocolate Hills not because it’s made of chocolate but because of its color.

In the rainy season, the grass blanketing the hills gives them a soft and lush appearance. While in the summer, the vegetation dies off and turns to a chocolatey brown hue, giving them their name. For a more detailed guide to Chocolate Hills, read this.

2. Lounge at the beaches of Panglao

empty Alona Beach

When we say Bohol is an island paradise, we mean it. One reason that tourists come for Bohol is its pristine beaches. The most popular white sand beach is Alona Beach in Panglao. The beach is stunning, the water is clear blue, and the vibe is a lot like a tropical paradise. You can find here some of the most luxurious hotels, bars and restaurants. 

3. Face your fears at Bohol’s Adventure Parks 

tourists enjoying things to do in bohol

Left photo credits to Chocolate Hills Adventure Park

If you’re looking for a place where you can experience the most fun and thrilling things to do in Bohol, make sure to visit the different adventure parks in the province. Bike on air with your travel buddy at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park or go ziplining, bungee jumping, rappelling, paramotoring, root climbing, and various river activities at Danao Adventure Park.

4. Dine and watch a cultural performance while in the middle of the river

loboc river cruise

One of the top things to do in Bohol is experiencing the Loboc River Cruise. Tour guides usually bring their guests here for lunch while exploring the Loboc River. At the middle of the tour, your cruise will stop by at a place where the locals will play musical instruments and perform  traditional dances. Your Bohol tourist spots itinerary wouldn’t be complete without hopping on the famous Loboc River Cruise. 

5. Watch the dolphins up close at Pamilacan Island

dolphins at pamilacan island

Take your island adventure to the next level by watching the dolphins up close at Pamilacan Island. In order to see the dolphins, you must start your day as early as 5am. This is one of the best things to do in Bohol especially with the family.

6. Cross the hanging bridge

bamboo hanging bridge

Sure hanging bridges are not new sights in the Philippines but have you seen one that’s made entirely out of bamboo? Also called Tigbao Hanging Bridge by the locals, this hanging bridge is made of woven bamboo straps and is suspended 83 feet above the Loboc River. Crossing this hanging bridge lets you see Loboc River in a different perspective.

7. See one of the world’s smallest primate

a tarsier in Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the must-visit Bohol tourist spots is the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a large forest home to the endangered tarsiers. These 45 million-year-old small nocturnal primates with big round eyes usually cling to low branches or the trunks of slim trees. They are very delicate and emotionally-sensitive creatures that get stressed easily. According to the tour guides, tarsiers commit suicide by banging their heads against tree trunks when they get stressed, so visitors have to keep the noise level to a minimum. Visitors are allowed to take pictures except using the flash. And tarsiers aren’t allowed to be touched.

8. Witness the amazing man-made forest

mahogany trees at man-made forest

Man-made Forest is one of the most frequented and popular Bohol attractions because of its aesthetically pleasing and an ideal background for the ‘gram! It is a 2-kilometer stretch of mahogany trees. This forest stands out because of the mahogany trees’ uniformity in height, the spread of its branches, thickness and design of leaves. 

9. Be amazed at the Hinagdanan Cave

majestic view of hinagdanan cave

Hinagdanan Cave is one of the most divine Bohol attractions you shouldn’t miss. It features a pool of clear water where you can swim under the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 

Located in Dauis, it is said to have been accidentally discovered by a farmer who built a ladder to access the cave, thus the name. The light filters through the cave entrance, filling the whole area with a soothing and otherworldly glow. 

10. Visit the iconic church made of egg whites

facade of Baclayon Church

Also known as the Church of Immaculada Concepcion, Baclayon Church is one of the most historic places to visit in Bohol. Built in 1717, it is considered to be one of the oldest in the Philippines. Millions of egg whites were said to have been used as cement for the church. 

Where to stay in Bohol

After a fun-filled day of activities in Bohol, it’s so much better when you can stay at a hotel where comfort and budget meet. We’ve listed some of the best hotels in Bohol for you.

  1. ZEN Rooms JJ’s Seafood Tagbilaran
    Price range: P800 – P900 per night
  2. ZEN Rooms Vest Grand Suites Bohol
    Price range: P1,000 per night
  3. ZEN Rooms Greenfields Inn Bohol
    Price range: P1,100 per night
  4. ZEN Rooms Hidden Coral Panglao
    Price range: P2,300 – P3,300 per night

Please note that the rates published above are subject to change. These rates were based from the time of writing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Bohol

Q: How many days do you need in Bohol?

A: Like other Philippine destinations, Bohol is one of the best places where you can stay for weeks. But if you don’t have a long time to spare, then three to four days should be enough to make the most of your Bohol itinerary.

Q: What is famous in Bohol?

A: Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills but other than that, Bohol also boasts its pristine beaches in Panglao, the magnificent Hinagdanan Cave, and several waterfalls.

Q: What are the best things to do in Bohol?

A: Bohol is an amazing place to experience one-of-a-kind activities. Here are some of the best things to do in Bohol that you must try:

  • Visit the Chocolate Hills
  • Lounge at the beaches of Panglao
  • Face Your Fears at Bohol’s Adventure Parks 
  • Have an amazing dining experience at Loboc River Cruise
  • Watch the dolphins up close
  • Cross the hanging bridge
  • See one of the world’s smallest primate
  • Witness the amazing man-made forest
  • Be amazed at the Hinagdanan Cave
  • Visit the Bohol Churches

Q: How long is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol?

A: Travel time via the Oceanjet Ferry from Cebu to Bohol takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival at the Tagbilaran port, you can take a taxi or tricycle to your destination. 

Q: Which is better, Cebu or Bohol?

A: Cebu is bigger than Bohol, which explains that there are more places to see there compared to Bohol. But Bohol is equally beautiful as the Queen City of the South.

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