Bohol: Island Hopping, Chasing Waterfalls + Cave Pools

March 19, 2018

From historical sites filled with old churches, to majestic waterfalls, cave pools and crystal clear beaches. I think Bohol has it all, every municipal has something to offer and to show off especially the famous Chocolate Hills.

However, our time and vacation leaves aren’t enough to explore every corner of Bohol. Even I, is hoping to go back to this province probably next year, since there are still a lot of places and activities that I’ve missed. If you haven’t been to Bohol yet, here’s a simple travel guide that would let you see how awe-striking Bohol is.

How to get there

If you’re coming from Manila, flying to Bohol will take an hour and a half via AirAsia, Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. We had ours through Airasia, we were so glad that the flight wasn’t delayed. Kudos to AirAsia! (Promo Fare – P 1,800+ | Regular RT Fare – P 5,000+)

  • Take a ferry

Some travelers going to Bohol take the ferries from Cebu, Dumaguete or Siquijor. There are several operators that cater fast ferry such as Supercat, Ocean Jet, Weesam Express, FastCat and Starcraft. For more details, you may check out the links below for schedule and fares.

  1. Cebu – Bohol Ferries Schedule by Bohol Life Tours and Travel
  2. Fast Ferry Schedule by Bohol Philippines
  • Going around Bohol

There are lots of mode of transportation around the province from tricycle, jeepneys to buses but waiting for passenger to fill up might eat up your time. If you are travelling in a group, you may rent a car so you could go to places whenever you want.

But if you’re on a tight budget, you may hire a motorcycle or if you know how to drive. Then you might wanna try renting one, just like what my friend and I did. If you’re renting for more than 2 days, you may request a delivery and pick up at Tagbilaran Airport. Price starts at Php450 per day, depending on the model of the motorcycle.

We rented a Scoopy for Php500/day for four days.

Here are the list of motorcycle rental around Bohol:

  1. Hey Joe Bohol Motorcycle Rentals
    Purok 5 Tagbilaran East Road Montana, Baclayon, 6339
    Mobile: +63 915 278 1949 / +63 920 582 1355
  2. Island Rentals
    Tagbilaran East Road 724, Bool District, 6300 (Near Blood Compact Monument/ Ocean Suites Hotel)
    Mobile: +63 917 503 0675

Places to Visit

To explore the most of Bohol, here’s a list of places I recommend you to visit, click the icon to check the route for Day 1, 2, 3, and 4. The green ones represent the places in Pangalo Island, the yellows are Country-side tour while the reds are the falls, cave pools and beaches in Anda. This is just a guide map, you can make your own that fits you

Historical Sites / Museums / Countryside Tour
  • National Museum
    Tagbilaran North Road, Tagbilaran City, Bohol

  • Baclayon Church
    Baclayon, Bohol

  • Clarin Ancestral House
    Loay, Bohol

  • St. Augustine Parish Church
    Poblacion, Panglao, Bohol
Credits to Travellerspoint.com
  • Nova Shell Museum
    J Teofilo St, Poblacion, Panglao, Bohol
Credits to PhGuide.com
  • Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
    Tarsier Sunctuary Rd, Corella, Bohol
Tarsiers are nocturnal so please keep your voices down, never touch them and TURN OFF your cameras’ flash.
  • Loboc River Cruise
    Loboc, Bohol

  • Bilar Man-made Forest
    Loay Interior Road, Bilar, Bohol

Waterfalls
  • Malingin Falls
    Cortes, Bohol

  • Kawasan Falls
    Badian, Bohol

  • Camugao Falls
    Balilihan, Bohol

  • Pahangog Twin Falls
    Dimiao, Bohol

  • Mag-Aso Falls
    Antequera, Bohol
Credits to SelfPlannedTrip.com
  • Ingkumhan Falls
    Dimiao, Bohol
Credits to Journeyera.com
  • Kinahugan Falls
    Jagna, Bohol
Credits to Geemiz.com
  • Can-Umantad Falls
    Candijay, Bohol
Credits to Traveling Morion
  • Pangas Falls
    Bilar, Bohol
Credits to Batanglaagan.wordpress.com
Island Hopping/Beaches

Aside from the two popular beaches in the island of Panglao (Alona Beach and Dimaluan Beach), Bohol boast a lot of white sand beaches especially the one in Anda which is compared to Boracay’s sand. Bohol is also a sanctuary for marine life such as Turtles and Dolphins.

  • Quinale Beach
    Anda, Bohol

  • Balicasag Island

  • Virgin Island

  • Turtle Watching
Cave Pools
  • Combeto Cave Pool
    Anda, Bohol

  • Cabagnow Cave Pool
    Anda, Bohol

  • Hinagdanan Cave
    Bingag, Dauis, Bohol

And lastly the Chocolate Hills…

Where to Stay

Sunshine Village Panglao
Purok 4, Brgy. Libaong, Panglao Island, Bohol
09561531359

Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant
Dayo Hill, Mayacabac, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol
(038) 416 0812

 

 

Seaside Beach Park Resort
Balbalan, Dimiao, Bohol
09976245929

Bohol Lahoy Dive Resort
National Highway,Cabantian, Guindulman Bay/Anda, Anda, Bohol
0920 279 8228

Anda White Beach Resort
Brgy. Bacong Sitio Dagohoy, Anda, Bohol
0917 700 0507

Where to Eat

  • Bohol Bee Farm
    Dao, Panglao Island, Bohol

  • Quinale Beach Bar
    Anda, Bohol

Sample Itinerary

I revised this itinerary because the one we used was a bit exhausting and it feels like we were in an amazing race. We haven’t gone to some of the sites on Day 2 and 3 since we had a little (motorcycle) accident when we were on our way to Ingkumhan Falls. Anyway, safe travels and if you use this I bet you could cover the places I wanted to explore.

Time Activity Per Person
Day 1 5:00 Check in
7:20 ETD from Manila
9:00 ETA in Tagbilran Airport
Meet up for rented motorcycle 1,000.00
City Tour
9:30 – 9:45 National Museum
10:00 – 10:15 Baclayon Church
10:35 – 10:50 Clarin Ancestral House
11:10 – 12:00 Seaside Beach Park Resort
Balbalan, Dimiao, Bohol
+639483300624
1,041.02
Lunch 60
12:50 – 13:10 Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
13:35 – 14:05 Malingin Falls 20
14:20 – 14:50 Kawasan Falls 30
15:10 – 15:40 Camugao Falls
16:20 – 16:50 Mag-Aso Falls 20
18:30 Back to Hotel
Dinner / Socials 300
Day 2 Chasing Waterfalls
5:00 Wake Up
6:00 – 6:30 Pahangog Twin Falls, Dimiao
6:45 – 7:20 Ingkomhan Falls, Dimiao 10
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast at resort
10:00 – 10:30 Kinahugan Falls, Jagna
11:30 – 11:45 Combento Cave Pool, Anda 20
12:00 – 12:45 Cabagnow Cave Pool, Anda 40
13:00 – 14:30 Quinale Beach Bar 150
Lunch 200
15:30 – 16:15 Can-umantad Falls, Candijay 20
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Candijay
19:00 Back to Hotel
Dinner / Socials 300
Day 3 Panglao Island Tour
6:00 Wake Up
7:00 Sunshine Village Panglao
Purok 4, Panglao Island, Bohol
09561531359
900
Island Hopping Tour (Virgin Is, Balicasag) 750
11:00 – 12:00 Bohol Bee Farm
Lunch 250
14:00 – 14:30 Chocolate Hills 50
15:00 – 15:30 Pangas Falls, Bilar 10
16:00 – 16:15 Bilar Man-Made Forest
16:30 – 17:00 Busay Falls
19:30 Back to Hotel
Dinner / Socials 300
Day 4 Back to Manila
7:00 – 7:45 Wake Up
8:00 – 8:30 Hinagdanan Cave 50
8:45 – 9:00 Breakfast 200
9:30 – 10:00 Doljo Beach 25
10:15 – 10:30 St. Augustine Parish Church, Bingag
10:40 – 11:00 Nova Shell Museum
11:30 Back to Hotel / Pack Up
12:00 Check Out / Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Buy Souvenirs
15:00 ETA at the Airport
15:40 ETD from Bohol
17:00 ETA in Manila

Sample Budget

This is the summary of our expenses for our 4D3N in Bohol province, I got my airfare on a seat sale while my friend got his on a regular fare. My total expenses amounted to Php9,100+ all-in with souvenirs while his was roughly around Php12,000+ all-in. I guess it wasn’t bad having a travel buddy whom you could share the unforgettable experiences, especially someone who knows how to drive (I must learn how to drive a scooter too!). And of course, splitting the bills!

Expenses  Amount   Total 
Airfare       6,854.80
Vien’s       1,859.80
Kristian’s       4,995.00
Accommodation       3,882.04
Seaside Beach Park Resort       2,082.04
Sunshine Village Panglao       1,800.00
Transportation       2,855.00
Motorcycle Rental       2,000.00
Fuel          855.00
Food       3,775.00
Breakfast at Tagbilaran 70.00
Lunch in Corella            70.00
Seaside Food Expenses       1,100.00
Quinale Beach Bar          300.00
Bohol Bee Farm          700.00
Sunshine Village Resort       1,385.00
Hinagdanaan Cave Snack          150.00
Island Hopping       2,300.00
Boat Rental       1,400.00
Turtle Watching          500.00
Snorkel (Corals)          400.00
Entrance Fee & Guide Fees          654.00
Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary          120.00
Kawasan Falls            40.00
Camugao Falls            60.00
Anda Envi-Fee          100.00
Cabagnow Fee          120.00
Parking and Entrance             9.00
Chocolate Hills          100.00
Hinagdanaan Cave          105.00
Other Expenses          860.00
Total Expenses 21,180.84

I hope this travel guide helps you plan your Bohol adventures, you may tweak the itinerary especially if you have other places to visit.

 

Safe travels!


 

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