Best of Bohol Attractions

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. 

Below is a 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.

Bohol Beaches

alona beachPanglao 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. Many full-service beach and dive resorts reside there. Dive tours to Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands, famous dive spots, can be arranged.

Beaches are also great places to see Bohol sunsets.

 

Scuba Diving Spots

bohol attractionsThere 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.

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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.

 

Dolphin and Whale Watching 

bohol attractionsThe 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.

The sea around the 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.

 

bohol attractionsEcotourism

The 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.

An Albuquerque Zoo has a Bohol Python sanctum holding Prony, the famous python which is 5 years old in existence with a length of approximately 23 feet and an estimated weight of about 300 kg. Prony is the biggest python in captivity ever known.

Mahogany Man-Made Fores 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

Butterfly Sanctuaries Bohol Butterfly Sanctuaries have been established by butterfly enthusiasts and are now gaining recognition. Visit Simply Butterflies Conservation Center at Bilar town and the butterfly sanctuary at Sagbayan Peak.

 

Historical Spots

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BLOOD 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.

bohol attractionsDAGOHOY MARKER in Magtangtang, Danao is 92 km from Tagbilaran City and built to honor the heroic deeds of Francisco Dagohoy who led the longest revolt in the country against the Spaniards. The revolt lasted for 84 years and the site was Dagohoy's hideout during the revolt. Followers preferred death inside the cave rather than surrender and their skeletons still remain inside.

PUNTA CRUZ in Maribojoc is 14 km from Tagbilaran City. The stone watchtower was built on a rock lip that juts out into the sea. Fronting the tower stands a wooden cross. The tower commands a good view of the sea with the silhouette of Cebu Island in the far distance.

BOHOL MUSEUM at Hontanosa Street, Tagbilaran City is the home of former President Carlos P. Garcia and his family. Displayed are memorabilia, relics and samples of island flora and fauna.

BANAT-I HILL in Tagbilaran City commands a scenic view of the vast sea facing Mindanao, Negros and Siquijor Provinces, and Panglao Island strait. Hill elevation is 145 meters.

 

Famous Chocolate Hills

bohol attractionsChocolate 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.

Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen is 55 km from Tagbilaran City and the most famous tourist attraction of Bohol. There are thousand cone-shaped hills spreading out on a natural open plateau, looking like mystic mounds.

There are two areas to visit to get a good look at the hills. These are at the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen town, and at the Sagbayan Peak.

The biggest hill has been developed into a resort with accommodations, restaurant and gift shop. 213 steps lead to the top where an observation deck is built and the view there is simply wonderful.

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.

A major attraction of Sagbayan is its butterfly sanctuary, the largest butterfly flight aviary in Bohol, and prides itself on providing a quality wildlife experience in the heart of the Visayas.

ELLY HILLS in Tagbilaran City has similar formation to that of the Chocolate Hills at Carmen town. Elevation is 100 meters and it is situated 5 km away in the northern part of the city.

HIMONTAGON HILL in Loay is 20 km from Tagbilaran City and faces the Mindanao Sea. Hibok-Hibok Volcano on the island of Camiguen is visible during clear weather.

OMHON RESORT in Dimiao is 40 km from Tagbilaran City and one of the highest elevated sites of the province of Bohol.

 

Waterfalls & Springs

bohol attractionsThe 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 s 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

bohol attractionsWith 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.

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

Bohol Churches

bohol attractionsMost 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.

Other Bohol Attractions

bohol attractionsJAYCEE PROMENADE in Tagbilaran City is a promenade that juts into Tagbilaran Bay near the K of C reclamation area.

RIZAL PARK in Tagbilaran City was previously known as Plaza Principe and renamed after Jose Rizal, the national hero of the country. A life-sized statue of Jose Rizal is installed. It is located between the Capitol Building and St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Flag poles for the Flags of Nations were installed by the Tagbilaran Lion's Club where flags of different countries are raised particularly during their national day. It is the home of pigeons which the children love to chase and play with.

CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AND MINI PARK in Tagbilaran City is near the St. Joseph Cathedral. Across it is the Lionette’s Mini Park where a fountain with dancing waters is installed.

MAGSIHA SWIMMING POOL in Balilihan is 24 km from Tagbilaran City and is supplied by a spring nearby.

MAGSAYSAY CAMP in Bilar is 45 km from Tagbilaran City and is a Boy Scout Camp where tall trees make the camp look cool and tranquil. It is located in the mountains a few kilometers from the Poblacion of Bilar town. The campgrounds are one of the best in the area.

bohol attractionsBILARMA CAMP in Bilar is 45 km from Tagbilaran City and is the provincial Girl Scout encampment. The area boast of a swimming pool fed by an inexhaustible source of fresh water even during summer.

THE HOME in Carmen is 55 km from Tagbilaran City and is an 11-hectares home for orphaned, abandoned, and malnourished children, a project of the Catholic Women’s League Diocesan Chapter. It is located in Barangay Katipunan, 1.5 km from the town proper.

Roxas Park in Garcia-Hernandez is 55 km from Tagbilaran City where a park with two adjacent swimming pools are supplied with cool spring water coming from the rocks.
The park is situated 3 km from the Poblacion where a statue of the late President Manuel Roxas stands.

CASTILLO SWIMMING POOLS in Loon is 25 km from Tagbilaran City. There are two pools, one for the adults and a wading pool for the children. The sea is only a few meters away.

UBUJAN MARKER was erected in the district of Ubujan to commemorate the historic event of the battle where Captain Francisco Salazar and his men fought bravely the superior forces of the Japanese on October 22, 1942 and shed their blood for the cause of the Filipino people.

Bohol Tour Hotel Packages

Bohol Island is loaded with attractions and wholesome activities that a single person or groups of persons can enjoy together! You can go caving, mountain climbing, swimming, dolphin & whale watching, and more! Too many sites to see and so many activities to join often put one in a quandary. Which is which?

So to make things easier for the first timers, we have here tour packages that you can choose from. Other tours may be set up if you want to visit a specific place not mentioned in the packages. Feel free to browse over our Attractions page and let us know of your choices. We can gear up a special trip for you!