Natural wonders will invade your itinerary as it the same way overruns mine when you choose to visit this oval-shaped island paradise in central Philippines. The lovely neighbor of stunning Cebu, Bohol is an eye-capturing wonderland as you do chasing cute tarsiers and colorful butterflies, walk on the center road in the middle of the man-made forest or paddle along the river at night to see fireflies. Isn’t it magical? Well, here are some of the places in the province to make you pack your bag immediately.
The small charming town of Loboc is more cool and fetching when it comes to floating restaurants that runs along the Loboc River. Flipping up the next page, you will encounter walking on a man-made hanging bamboo bridge, drive your way up to the highest hill of Cruz Daku (Big Cross) or paddle along the Loboc River in a cold tranquil night to see fireflies glowing in the dark.
Not far from the capital Tagbilaran City is the coastal town of Baclayon. Like the rest of pretty places in Bohol, it was likewise ravaged by the past destructive earthquake that struck its famous attraction – the Baclayon church. Looking for others to add on the list, check the Baluarte and the lighthouse nearby.
One day here is more than enough for you to see whatever you want on this another coastal town southeast of the province. It has several streets so you won’t get lost in here. Like Baclayon, Jagna’s gem is the San Miguel church, the Captain Guyo Plaza beside the town’s Municipal Hall and the Jagna Sea Port. Jagna is your only way if you want to get to Camiguin Island from Bohol.
Batuan is probably the rice capital of the province. You can see numbers of rice fields in this greenly town in central Bohol that coincides some of the astounding Chocolate Hills. The place’s setting is more on plains that’s why on which abundantly hold rice paddies.
Next to Loboc going north is the alluring town of Bilar. This place is really fascinating as you can do more in here like visiting the lovely Butterfly sanctuary, feed the monkey in Magsaysay Park, swim on a waterfall, spot cute Tarsiers in its sanctuary or have yourself a stop in the middle of the 2 kilometer man-made forest.
Just right on the halfway of the province lays the appealing town of Carmen. Head here if you want to see closer the famous astonishing Chocolate Hills. They’re many rooted in here! It’s everywhere actually! Spending a sunrise or sunset here is really amazing. Get to the view point for perfect scene of those amazing hills.
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Where to stay
I stayed in Fox & Firefly Cottages in Loboc. They have five gorgeous cottages. Dormitory (mixed) type rooms ranges from 300 pesos and you can rent motorbikes for 350 pesos a day. Owhhhh! And they will welcome you with a cold ginger iced tea on your arrival. Very lovely!
Better have enough pocket money. There are no ATM machines around the place. The local bank (First Consolidated Bank) is not an option too. In this matter, if you’re running out of cash, just head to Tagbilaran City. If you have rented motorbike, it’s just a minutes’ drive. Jeepney fare is 27 pesos.
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There are direct flights from Manila to Tagbilaran City in Bohol. If you came from Cebu (500php – 3 hours), Siquijor, Camiguin (425php – 3.5 hours) or Leyte, ferries are widely available going to Bohol but be aware of some companies that only offers one trip per day or three times a week. Check schedules beforehand. Buses are running on any parts of the province for easy access to other places without any worries.