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Bohol Philippines – top travel destinations in Asia

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Chocolate Hills in Bohol Philippines

Bohol Philippines is now the top travel destinations in Asia. Yesterday 2/11/16, when I pick-up my wife in Cebu pier 1 from Tagbilaran City for a visit to their company branch in Tagbilaran City, I see many tourist coming down from Ocean Jet. I see Japanese, Koreans, Americans, Chinese and many nationalities. That’s the proof that Bohol Philippines is now one of the country best tourist destination.

The island offers a wide range of attractions from natural fine white sand beaches, great diving sites, scenic natural sights, old houses, ancient churches, historical sites and wonderful ecotourism.

The most famous is the chocolate hills in the town of Carmen, crystal springs, mangroves, mahogany forests and white sand beaches makes the island one of the most picturesque provinces in the Philippines.

In this article I list some of the best attraction the island can offer but not all places. You have everything you need to plan out your trip, get there safely, select the best tours, enjoy your trip and collect memorable moments.

  • Bohol’s ecology and natural heritage are few of the wonders to see.
  • Bohol has only 134-hectare sanctuary for the small tarsiers.
  • Birding, dolphin and whale watching and of course diving are popular activities.

Bohol Beaches – Surf and Diving

Many are lured to the white sand of Bohol Philippines beaches, the cool crystal blue waters, and the world-famous surrounding dive sites.

Panglao Beaches

Panglao Island Beaches are now the favorite destination of tourists, local and foreign alike.

Alona Beach, an 800 meter stretch of white powdery sand, in the south of Panglao Island, is south west of Bohol and only 18 kilometers or 30 minutes away from Tagbilaran City. There are many beach and dive resorts reside in Alona Beach. Dive tours to Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands, famous dive spots, can be arranged.

Bolod Beach is located at barangay Bolod and situated on the south side of the island, about two and a half kilometers east of Alona Beach. The beach has a one and a half kilometer stretch of white sand, the largest shoreline in the area.

Doljo Beach is located at Barangay Doljo, Panglao Island. It lies on the northwest side of the island and at its very tip. The 3km beach is relatively unexplored and undeveloped, wide and with white sand that stretches so far out and the sea bed slopping gently towards the deep.The place is noted for its beautiful and exquisite seashells. With calm, deep and clear waters and the sea bed free of sea grasses plus myriads of colorful marine life, it is a favorite hang-out of local folks.

Momo Beach is likewise blessed with white sand and cool crystal blue waters. It is located in the northern part of Panglao Island, specifically in the Barangay of Tangnan of Panglao town. The beach is relatively unknown of and is patronized by the locals.

Bagobo Beach is located at Barangay Libaong, Panglao, Panglao Island. It is a beach with very fine white sand and fringed by tall coconut palm trees and other tropical varieties. The water is crystal clear and reveals an underwater world of such beauty that made divers and snorkelers come back from time to time bringing in their friends and acquaintances.

Danao Beach is located at Barangay Danao, Panglao, Panglao Island, Bohol. Like Alona, its nearest neighbour, it boasts of fine white sand, cool azure waters, teeming aquatic life and is also home to some famous dive spots.

Beaches of Dauis

Bikini Beach is one of the favorite “nook” of the locals because of its calm waters, shady palm trees and the water is full of colorful coral fishes. The beach is found in the barangay of Biking, Dauis, Bohol.

Best of Bohol Philippines

Bohol is one of the most beautiful places in South East Asia when it comes to scenic beauty. It has lots to offer you throughout your stay.

We are listing of the best of Bohol attractions- chocolate hills, white sand beaches, scuba diving sites, dolphin/whale watching, tarsiers, mahogany forest, rivers cruising, Spanish churches, old houses, parks, resorts, etc.

Panglao Island
The best Bohol attractions for most visitors are the prestine white sand beaches. The most famous is Alona Beach, an 800 meter stretch of white powdery sand, is located in the south of Panglao Island.

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healthy reef in Balicasag island

Scuba Diving Spots
There are a number of Bohol Diving spots that offer excellent diving. Balicasag, long known for its exotic seashells, (the natives net-fish the deeper waters for rare specimens), and its cascading coral walls is considered one of the best dive spots in the country.

The waters off Pamilacan Island teem with schools of tuna, snappers, groupers, mackerel and surgeonfish. Dolphins and pilot whales can also be viewed from the distance.

The Danajon Bank or Double Barrier Reef, located off northern Bohol Island, is the only double barrier reef in the Philippines and is 1 of only 3 such sites in the Indo-Pacific. The reef is spread across almost 130 kms and consists of 3 large reefs.

Dolphine and Whale Watching

The sea around Pamilacan Island is frequented by whales and dolphins. The island is considered a jump off to an area where at least seven species of marine mammals like sperm whales have been sighted.

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Dolphin watching in bohol Philippines

Ecotourism

TarsierThe Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is an approximately 134-hectare land that has been set aside as a protected area for the Philippine Tarsier. Tarsiers are small and only weigh about 113 to 142 grams. They have big eyes and can rotate their heads to almost 180 degrees.

Mahogany Man-Made Forest is a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located in the border of 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 Butterfly Sanctuaries have been established by butterfly enthusiasts and are now gaining recognition. Visit Butterflies Conservation Center at Bilar town and the butterfly sanctuary at Sagbayan Peak.

Historical Spots

blood compact siteBLOOD COMPACT SITE is located at Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City which marks the location where Datu Sikatuna, a native Chieftain, forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, representing the King of Spain. The historical event took place on March 16, 1565 and considered as the first “Treaty of Friendship” between Europe and Asia.

PRESIDENT CARLOS P. GARCIA MEMORIAL PARK at Tagbilaran City was erected in loving memory of the greatest Boholano – Carlos Polestico Garcia, the fourth President of the Republic of the Philippines. The bronze statue of the President with a marble base was done by National Artist Napoleon Abueva.

MT. CARMEL HILL in Balilihan is a historical tower of adobe and limestone. It is 24 km from Tagbilaran City and was built to serve as a belfry of a church which was burned down during the Philippine revolution. Concrete stairways lead to the tower.

BEHIND THE CLOUDS in Catigbian is 38 km from Tagbilaran City. The cradle of the resistance movement in Bohol during the Japanese occupation, the encampment nestles in a deep ravine hidden from the enemy. When opposition headquarters were transferred to Carmen, the encampment was used to hold enemy prisoners.

FAMOUS CHOCOLATE HILLS

chocolate hillsChocolate Hills are not only two but more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills – a very strange geological formation that has baffled a lot of geologists. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers or more and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height.

SAGBAYAN PEAK also offers a good view of the chocolate mounds. The Sagbayan Peak Park is a new tourist destination with a butterfly dome, a restaurant, a café and a souvenir shop. The Sagbayan Water Park now being developed. Nipa huts are present displaying native products. It commands a beautiful view of the sea and the neighboring island of Cebu.

Waterfalls & Springs

The Mag-aso Falls in Antequera is 20 km from Tagbilaran. The fall drops 10 m with lush vegetation around it. Antequera also offers a wide display of all kinds of baskets at the market area on Sundays.

The Camogao Falls in San Isidro, Balilihan is another attraction and passable only by a motorcycle. You will pass by rugged cliffs and ravines as you trek down the falls.

Can-umantad Falls is the most beautiful falls that I have ever seen in Bohol. It looks so majestic! From far off, you will see the falls as one high drop but upon closer look, the falls is in fact in three layers although the 3rd layer is further off and shorter.

Tontonan Falls in Loboc is 21 km from Tagbilaran City and generates’ the NPC Hydroelectric Plant which supplies electric power to six municipalities. The Plant is located in a deep tunnel a few meters from the Loboc River. The Tontonan Falls about 15 m in two stages at the base of a tropical forest valley.

Loboc river cruise is just 21 km from Tagbilaran City – enjoy a ride on board boat restaurants. The trip starts at the Loay Bridge and ends near the Busay Falls, a bathing spot.

BUSAY FALLS in Sevilla is 34 km from Tagbilaran City and located inland of the Loboc River past Sevilla town. Two little islets in the middle of the river make the place an ideal site for a picnic.

Badiang Spring in Valencia is 44 km from Tagbilaran City. An underground freshwater spring gushes from twin pipes near the sea. The springwater is diverted to fill 2 swimming pools, one large and the other for children. Sheltered picnic tables are on a veranda overlooking a smooth-stone beach.

INAMBACAN FALLS in Antiquera is 19 km from Tagbilaran City with cascading waterfalls in a forest setting. It is one kilometer away from the Poblacion.

Limestone Caves

With its limestone foundation, the province of Bohol is also known as “Cave Country.” There are more or less 30 caves found in each of its 47 towns and many of them still unexplored. Bohol got its name from the word boho, meaning “hole” from which spring water usually gush forth.

The Francisco Dagohoy Cave in the town of Danao was once the headquarters of the Boholano patriot Dagohoy who led an extended rebellion against Spain starting in the first half of the 1700’s.

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Hinagdanan Cave

The Hinagdanan Cave is the most popular and easy to reach among the caves of Bohol province. Classified as a karst cave, it is located in the town of Dauis in Panglao Island.

The Kamira Cave is one of three caves in Danao declared by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as safe to explore. The area where the cave is located is a sanctuary, protected by the municipality in a careful attempt to preserve the natural beauty of the place.

Heritage Sites

Most all of the 47 towns of the Bohol have old massive stone churches with frescoes all done under the Spanish colonization. The most famous and oldest church in the country is the Baclayon Church of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion.

DAUIS CHURCH in Dauis is 3 km from Tagbilaran City. It has a semi-modern façade while retaining the original Spanish architecture. The interior has lifelike murals painted on the ceiling.

Ancestral Houses

Bohol Ancestral Houses are numerous in the province. Some are dilapidated and have been abandoned yet others were lovingly preserved by the descendants of the prominent homeowners.

And many more tourist attraction in Bohol Philippines. Make sure to visit Bohol Philippines before you die to see this amazing attraction of nature. When you are planning to visit Bohol Philippines make it sure to stay at least 2-3 days in order to visit all other tourist spot not mention in this blog.

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