Visit Bohol & Panglao Island, Philippines
Bohol, located east of Cebu, is an island province that is naturally beautiful and historically rich. Its capital city, Tagbilaran, is found in the southwest of the island and has pretty tree-lined plazas and historic stone buildings, including a church built by the Jesuits in the 18th century.
The province has gained a reputation for offering some of the best beaches in the country. Along its coastline are numerous small isles, including Panglao, Cabilao, Mahinay and Lapinpin, which are excellent diving spots. Bohol is also famous for its unusual landscape, specifically the Chocolate Hills - mounds of limestone formations left over from coral reefs during the Ice Age which turn brown during the summer; although you may hear of a few legendary tales as to how the hills were formed. Nature lovers will want to look out for the delightful Philippine tarsier monkey - one of the world's smallest primates - which is indigenous to the island. Scattered around the island are numerous waterfalls and caves, including the Mag-Aso Falls in Antequera. 'Mag-Aso' means 'smoke' in the native tongue, referring to the mist that the water creates on humid mornings.
To get to Bohol you can fly to Tagbilaran airport from Manila or Cebu, or catch the ferry from Cebu. Panglao Island is a nature reserve, reached by road bridge from Bohol. This is where our favourite hotels are located, and it is easy to arrange day trips from here.
Suggested itineraries featuring Bohol & Panglao Island
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bohol & Panglao Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for Bohol & Panglao Island
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bohol & Panglao Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located overlooking the white sand beach of Alona, the Amorita Resort offers comfortable accommodation set in cliff top gardens with just 28 steps down to the beach.
One of our hand-picked accommodation options in Bohol, the Amarela was originally a private house but has expanded over the years to include an annex of additional rooms, with a total of 25 guest rooms now offered.
Situated on a stunning palm-fringed white sand beach roughly 30 minutes away from the pier and airport, the South Palms Resort is one of our hand-picked accommodation options in Bohol.
Ideas for experiencing Bohol & Panglao Island
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Bohol & Panglao Island, and which use the best local guides.
This excursion sees you visit Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills, so called because they are perfectly rounded and change colour with the seasons - being deep brown in the summer months. You'll visit the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, home to the world's smallest primate, the endangered tarsier. Your tour ends at Bohol Bee Farm, where you'll have lunch.
This excursion sees you visit the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, home to the world's smallest primate, the endangered tarsier. Stop off at the charming Baclayon Church, once a UNESCO World Heritage nominee before it was badly damaged by an earthquake in 2013. Your tour ends at Bohol Bee Farm, where you'll have lunch.