What is there to see?
Everyone visiting Bohol will go to the Chocolate Hills! You get an amazing view and the opportunity to take some great photos!
On the way there and back you will pass through rice fields and forests.
Near the river you will get to view the famous Tarsier. These are small and unique mammals.
On the river cruise you get an opportunity to eat a meal whilst you take in the sights.
At some point on the cruise you will stop and the locals will sing some traditional songs and show you some traditional dances. You'll also get to hear some songs from the Filipino program Wowowee! It's a lot of fun. There is also a night cruise.
Visit the statue of Miguel Legazpi. He landed in Bohol in 1565 with the intent to expand the Spanish empire.
You can also view local churches.
These kids were waiting outside a church on a Jeepney!
Snorkeling at Balicasag Island is not to be missed! You will often see dolphins as you travel by boat to the small island
The reefs here are amazing - amongst the best in the Philippines!
If you have a spare couple of hours, then why not visit Bohol Bee Farm. They will show you the herbs they grow and also the bees they keep.
See the bags they make and buy a few - they are a great price!
Then enjoy an organic lunch - all these flowers are edible!
Where do I stay?
You will find many places to stay on the internet ranging from cheap to very expensive. Most of the hotels are on Panglao Island and this is a good place to stay: it is close to Tagbilaran airport and the port. You can easily book your tours through the hotels.
How do I get there?
The easiest way is by plane to Tagbilaran airport. You can also catch a ferry from Cebu to Bohol (Tagbilaran). This is ideal as part of a tour. You can book a ferry whilst in Cebu - ask your hotel. Ferries and flights are frequent (at least daily). Transport to your hotel is easy - either pre-arrange or just find transport when you arrive.
How long shall I stay?
At least two full days, but three days is ideal. Allow one day for the Chocolate Hills and Loboc River cruise combined tour. Allow one day for snorkeling at Balicasag. You then might like another day to chill out by the pool or beach and perhaps pop over to view the bee farm. I believe that one-day tours are available from Cebu.
Tips and Comments
When you go snorkeling at Balicasag pay a small fee (maybe 100 peso or so) to have someone row you around to the marine sanctuary. The fish and corals are ten times better and amongst the best you'll see in the Philippines!