Welcome to Bohol


Boholanos still affectionately call their province the ‘Republic of Bohol’, in reference to the island’s short-lived independence at the turn of the 19th century. It's an appropriate appellation – today's successors of the republic are fierce protectors of Bohol's distinctive cultural heritage. The 7.2-magnitude 2013 earthquake killed more than 200 people and destroyed several of the island's majestic Spanish-era churches. Reconstruction is ongoing and is likely to continue for the next few years, but otherwise few obvious effects of the quake are visible.


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Bohol Countryside Full-Day Tour

Chocolate Hills: The world-renowned cone-shaped Chocolate Hills is Natures expression of beauty, mystery and romance and a provinces signature attraction. It consist of approximately 1,268 hay cock hills with height ranging from 40 to 120 meters. Formed centuries ago by tidal movements.Man Made Forest: The Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest stretching in 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. Tarsier Encounter: This is the oldest known mammal to walk the planet known as the "midget monkey of the Philippines". A midget monkey with big round eyes, it is only found in the island province of Bohol in the Visayas region. Measuring from 4 to 5 inches, it has a tail that is longer than its body.Loboc River Cruising: The one-hour cruise takes the diners to an hour-long lunch or dinner buffet with the great views of the Loboc river. Onboard the covered raft, a sumptuous Bohol-inspired dishes paired with a pair of musician and singer combo for entertainment.Baclayon Church: Construction began in 1717 where some 200 native forced laborers (obras pias) cut and dragged coral blocks from the sea, using only bamboos in moving and lifting the stones in position. Millions of white eggs were said to have been used as cement.Blood Compact Site: This statue commemorates the Blood Compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi. A drop of blood drawn from a small incision in the arm of each of the two chiefs and in the presence of the followers of both, each chief drank the portion containing the blood of the other.

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Bohol Tour: Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Spotting, River Cruise

Your Bohol Island day trip begins with pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned coach. With your knowledgeable guide, tour Bohol’s scenic countryside, starting from the island’s capital city of Tagbilaran.This tour takes in many sights, including the bronze statue known as the Blood Compact Monument, a landmark commemorating the first treaty of friendship between the Spanish and Filipinos. Visit the Baclayon Church, built in 1595, and admire its traditional Spanish colonial architecture. Explore its neighboring museum with your guide to see relics dating back to the 16th century. Next, drive under the lush foliage of mahogany trees in a man-made forest prized for its timber, and pass green farmland and villages surrounded by local nipa palms. When you reach Bilar, your guide accompanies you to a butterfly conservation center that showcases a variety of Philippine butterflies, including about half of the 300 species found on Bohol. Marvel at these colorful creatures as they roam freely over 7 acres (3 hectares) of butterfly habitat and feast on nectar-rich flowers. From a viewing deck above, take note of the cone-shaped Chocolate Hills in the distance.You’ll get up close to the thousand or so limestone mounds after a scenic driving tour through the island’s interior to Carmen. Then enjoy more fabulous views over Bohol from the Chocolate Hills viewpoint. To remember this magnificent panorama, get creative and take an off-the-wall snapshot of yourself with the hills as a backdrop. Continue by coach to Loboc and board a catamaran for a 50-minute cruise on the Loboc River, and enjoy an authentic lunch of Filipino specialties served on board the boat, buffet-style. Relax as you view nature’s splendor, including graceful rolling hills, coconut trees and green nipa palms lining the riverbanks. Your guide can help you spot tiny Philippine tarsiers playing on the riverbank — with a gentle demeanor and large, bulbous eyes, the world’s second-smallest primate isn’t easy to find.Afterward, make a brief stop in the coastal town of Loay to observe several backyard industries of the former fishing village. See the making of bolo hatchets, used for farming and woodcutting, and learn about the manual construction of nipa palm roofing materials.Your Bohol tour ends with the return drive to Tagbilaran and drop-off at your selected Bohol hotel.

$114.99 Outdoor Activities

Bohol Firefly Watching Private Evening Cruise with Dinner

Upon hotel pickup, start your private evening tour with dinner at the Bee Farm Restaurant on Panglao Island. Relax during the 1-hour drive from Bohol by air-conditioned minivan, and then enjoy ocean views as you delight in a gourmet organic meal served by friendly staff.Following dinner, your private tour continues to the Abatan River. Here, board a pump boat that takes you downriver at a leisurely pace. Along the riverbanks, you’ll soon notice trees festooned with myriad lights of fireflies, at times covering the entire foliage of the trees — truly an awesome sight and one only Mother Nature can present. Marvel at the tiny, twinkling lights blinking in the darkness. Relax amid the lush scenery as you experience a memorable encounter with these enchanting winged beetles.This natural occurrence has long been a local sight, but it has more recently been recognized as a unique and wondrous spectacle for city dwellers and tourists alike. During the migration season, you can even catch a glimpse of birds sleeping among the branches of the mangrove trees that line the river. Your boat ride lasts about an hour, and you’ll be driven back to your hotel afterward with the captivating image of fireflies in your mind’s eye.

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Private Bohol and Chocolate Hills with Loboc River Cruise

You will depart from your resort early in the morning for a day trip that will introduce you to the wonders of Bohol. First stop is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in the town of Corella, which serves as a refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier. Observe these rare, nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat and be amazed by their agility as they move about, leaping from one tree to the other, and swivel their heads nearly 360 degrees.Then proceed to Baclayon, make a short stop at the historical Blood Compact site, where Spain’s Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain, sealed their friendship with a symbolic drink. In Baclayon, visit a centuries-old stone church that houses a museum containing a collection of religious art, ecclesiastical vestments, as well as librettos of church music inscribed in Latin on animal skins. You will pass by Bilar man-made forest, a thick undergrowth of towering mahogany trees grown on the fringes of the highway leading to the Chocolate Hills, the country’s geological wonder. From a distance, these hills look like huge candy drops that change in color with the season, and are aptly named ‘chocolate’ when the hill grasses turn deep brown in summer. We will hike up to the viewpoint for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area before moving on to Loboc River where a cruise downstream on a floating restaurant is made more enjoyable with a delectable lunch served on board. We will return to the hotel by late afternoon.

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Private Day Trip from Cebu to Bohol with Chocolate Hills & Loboc River Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: PIER 16:00 am or it depends upon agreed time (guest request time approval for pick up) From the Hotel Lobby, Please wait the Vehicle and the person that will assist you going to the Seaport bound to Bohol. The boat ferries will travel 2 hours in able to get in the Island of Bohol. So, don't forget to bring your ID and belongings that needed your trip. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: City PortThe port of Tagbilaran is a place which every Boholano can be proud of. It is very clean, spacious, and well-ordered. The people manning the port are courteous, soft-spoken and friendly and may be the reason why the city is often coined as the “City of Friendship” by visitors, foreign and locals alike.From the port, contact or look for your name that the tour guide is waiting you outside ( exit area ) bringing a label, written your name.Directly you will have tour or get all the things you needed before the tour start like toilet or something to eat in case you dont have breakfastDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Blood Compact Monument, Tagbilaran City, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasBohol Blood Compact Site is located in Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. This particular site was made in honor of a very important event in the Philippine history done between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain and Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol.This Sikatuna-Legaspi blood compact is considered as the First Treaty of Friendship between two different races, religions, cultures and civilizations. It was a treaty of friendship based on respect and equality. This event is commonly known as “Sandugo”.The Bohol Blood Compactsculpture was made by the National Artist, Napoleon Abueva, a Boholano himself. It is placed on an open and raised dais portraying five (5) life-sized images of men gathered around a table with Legazpi and Sikatuna supposedly making a toast. Standing on the dais, visitors are treated to a good view of the Bohol Sea and the contour of that particular side of the island of Bohol.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Baclayon Ecclesiastical Museum, Baclayon, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasThe Church of Immaculada Concepcion in Baclayon is considered to be one of the oldest in the Philippines. Construction began in 1717 where some 200 native forced laborers (obras pias) cut and dragged coral blocks from the sea, using only bamboos in moving and lifting the stones in position.Millions of white eggs were said to have been used as cement. The current building was completed in 1727.In the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a new facade- pictured here- and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church.Old broken glasses no longer can be replaced. The colored panes locally available now are different- pattern is limited only to the basic quatrefoil "florentine" patterns and color choices are only 3: amber, green and blue.The original ones which date back to 16th century are thicker and deeper in color.the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines and is located in Bohol, in the Visayas region.The construction was started by the Jesuits in 1596. As is happening in most grand historical structures in the country, the church is in partial disrepair.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary, Corella, Bohol Province, VisayasIn Canapnapan, a barangay of Corella, you can see saucer-eyed tarsiers in the wild at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. Over 100 of these territorial primates hang out in the immediate vicinity of the centre, though only eight are in the viewing area. The guides will bring you right to them via a short jungle trail; no flash photography is permitted. The visitors centre includes good information boards and the whole forested sanctuary is well managed and a pleasure to visit.The simultaneously crazy and cuddly looking tarsier can fit in the palm of your hand yet leap 5m, rotate its head almost 360 degrees and move its ears in the direction of sound. It has huge imploring eyes, 150 times bigger than a human's in relation to its body size.The tarsier is not only one of the world's smallest primates and the oldest surviving member of the primate group at 45 million years old, it is also an endangered species. The main threats to its survival are habitat destruction, introduced species, hunting and the pet trade. While also found in Samar, Leyte and parts of Mindanao, Bohol is the province that is doing the most to promote awareness of the tarsier and attempting to ensure its survival.Keen hikers can arrange longer guided walks in the surrounding wildlife sanctuary, although you are unlikely to spot tarsiers outside the immediate vicinity of the visitors centre.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Loboc River Cruise, Loboc, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasTake the Loboc River Cruise and enjoy lunch on a floating diner while you listen to the relaxing splash of the water and the welcoming songs of Boholanos. This river in Bohol is known to be one of the cleanest rivers in the country. Tourists take an hour-long cruise along the river while enjoying food, drinks and music.Local musicians play native and novelty music. There are days when guests can request songs, too. The cruise will stop in the middle of the river for souvenir shopping and some native dancing.Once the cruise ends, you will see the refreshing sight of the Loboc Falls. Those who wish to can take a quick dip into the waters. If you are not prepared for swimming, though, you can take photos of the very scenic Loboc River, everyone’s favorite hobby.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Tarsier Conservation Area, Loboc, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasThe Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest stretching in 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.The man-made forest stands out because of the uniformity in height of the big trees, the spread of its branches, thickness and design of leaves. Seedlings abound around the older trees. Trunks, some thick and others just a few months old, grow resplendently straight up towards the sky which is obscured by the branches and the thick leaves.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Bohol Habitat Conservation Center, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasSimply Butterflies Conservation Center is the first butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol. Its main goal is to protect and strengthen the natural environment of the butterflies through plant research, breeding and releasing.Aiming to raise the butterfly population in Bohol, the Center also seeks ways and means to bring money into the local economy using butterflies and butterfly by-products. Local town folks have been taught how to breed butterflies and at present, a community of paid breeders has been formed.Likewise, the Center is into the study, research, and preservation of host plants which are dwindling due to illegal poaching and deforestation. The breeding of common butterflies for export plus their by-products help to fund host-plant research, development and the breeding of rare butterflies.Only hand bred sources, not those captured from the wild, are used by the center to protect the butterfly population. A large number of hand bred butterflies are also released into the wild from time to time thus increasing local population. Only the surplus from these hand bred butterflies are used for making by-products for both the local and foreign markets.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasThe Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Buenos Aires ATV Ride, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasGet to see the amazing Chocolate Hills in a muddy and adventurous way with the ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) Eco-Adventure Tour. Get ready to get down and dirty with your family, friends, and loved ones and have an exhilarating experience through an ATV ride.The ATV Eco-Adventure Tour is located in Brgy. Buenos Aires, Carmen, Bohol. Prior to the tour, tourists will be given a quick briefing and short orientation regarding the fundamentals of ATV 4-wheeler control and safety and required to sign a waiver indicating that you are agreeing to the proposed rules of safety before the start of the tour.Test run your ATV on this rocky backyard before making your way around the hills.Enjoy the spectacular view. Grab your cameras or gadgets and take some selfie with thehills as your background.So are you ready to get down and dirty?Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bohol Python and Wildlife Park, Alburquerque, Bohol Island, Bohol Province, VisayasThe Philippines' largest captive reticulated python (Python reticulatus) or baksan in the native language, is found in Bohol. Prony, a female baksan named after its owner Sofronio Salibay, measures 27 feet (8.23 metres) and weighs more than 300 kg according to a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) estimate.If the measurement is indeed true, Prony is longer than Fluffy, current titleholder of Guinness Records 2011's longest captive snake. Fluffy, also a reticulated python, lives in Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, USA. When measured in 2009, she was found to be over 24 feet (7.23 metres) long.Prony was captured in 1996 in Upper Sta Filomena in the town of Albur, where she also lives for more than a decade. Prony lived in an animal sanctuary built by the tripartite partnership of PepsiCo, Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc and the Municipal Tourism Council of Alburquerque (Albur's full name).When Prony was younger she was fed live chickens and then cats and dogs. Nowadays, Prony's diet consist of a white pig or two goat fed after Prony molts.Although Prony is still the main attraction in the mini-zoo, tourists will also be able to see some of Bohol's endemic wildcats like the Malay civet cat, Philippine mongoose and a flying lemur. There is also a cage for Brahminy Kite, Green Heron, hornbill, crakes and rails and a few orioles.Duration: 15 minutes

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Bohol Day Tour with Round-Trip Transfers from Cebu

The meeting point of the pick up is at your hotel's lobby. Our tour assistance will escort you at the Port to give you the round trip ferry tickets and the tour confirmation vouchers. Travel time from Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol is approximately a 2-hour travel. Upon arrival in Tagbilaran Port, your tour guide will be at the arrival waiting area holding a signage with your name on it. The tour starts at a tarsier sanctuary and end on a boat while you munch on a delicious meal while cruising. The sanctuary that you'll visit is home to the famous Philippine tarsier, a type of primate that has big eyes. Apart from that, you'll be visiting the Blood Compact Marker, Heritage Churches, and see the famous Chocolate Hills. After the tour, your tour guide will assist you for your return trip to Cebu. She/he will give you the return ferry tickets. Upon arrival in Cebu, another driver will pick you up, then travel back to your hotel safely.

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