My next vacation in Bohol – 3D/2N Itinerary

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Philippines comprises of more than 7,500 picturesque and amazing islands, out of which Bohol is considered to be the one of the most intriguing. This captivating destination holds an array of attractions, not to be experienced anywhere else in this archipelago nation. Bohol’s main attraction is that it offers the most well-rounded experience between beach relaxation and exciting adventures. If this is your first visit there, my three-day travel guide will give you the most up to date information on how to travel better and on a budget.
Virgin Island, Bohol
How to get to Bohol
They have recently opened up a new international airport in Panglao, replacing the old domestic one in Tagbilaran. There are flights coming in from dozens of different places, including Manila, Cebu, Davao and many more. With so many available flights, it is very easy to find a cheap one, with regular prices ranging between 1000 and 3000 pesos.

Alternatively, you could always catch a ferry instead. There are ferries from various different islands in both Visayas and Mindanao, but of course the most obvious choice is getting there via Cebu. The Oceanjet ferry is the most recommended, and their economy class seats cost 300 pesos per person.

Where to stay in Bohol
Being one of the most popular tourist spots in the country, Bohol has literally hundreds of different places to choose from. These range from budget friendly to high end luxury, and you can easily find your preferred mode of accommodation with a simple Google search. The great thing about Bohol is that it is suitable to all kinds of travelers – families, couples or even young solo backpackers. So, it doesn’t matter what kind of tourist you are, there’ll always be a decent place to stay at.

Peak season is between January and May, so booking in advance is advised. This will allow you to choose where you sleep at, and also get better deals. Try your best to find a decent room in Panglao Island, it is much better than staying in Tagbilaran or somewhere else on the mainland.  Places such as the Chill Out Guesthouse are my favorite, as you get very good deals but still enjoy a nice, quiet and clean hotel.

What to do in Bohol
Bohol is unique in the fact that it offers some world class attractions both in-water and outside. The best way to get the most out of your stay there is to combine the countryside tour with the island-hopping excursion, and then spend the last day relaxing on the beach. This will allow you to fully discover the many faces of this island which makes it so special.

Tours in Bohol are very easy to acquire, you will see touts selling them wherever you go. However, these tours are often poorly organized, consist of extremely large groups (20+ people) and can prove quite chaotic overall. For affordable and professional service, check out YGD travel’s Bohol tours and packages.

Sample 3D/2N Itinerary:
Day 1: Bohol countryside tour

  • Pickup from hotel at 8:30 AM
  • Chocolate Hills View deck**
  • Man-made forest
  • Tarsier Sanctuary
  • Loboc river Eco adventure park (don’t skip the zipline!!)
  • Back to resort in Panglao at around 4 PM

*If you are the explorer type who likes DIY trips, it is certainly possible to do this whole day on your own, and it will be cheaper too! You can rent a motorbike pretty much anywhere in Panglao, or head to Tagbilaran and rent a car or a van for the whole day.

**It is also possible to go down closer to the hills and take the ATV tour instead. It’ll just mean the rest of your itinerary will be a bit more cramped. If you are doing an organized day tour, please note this option is only available if you booked a private tour. Group tours only include a stop at the view deck.

Day 2: Bohol island hopping tour

  • Pickup from resort at 6 AM
  • Dolphin watching near Balicasag Island
  • Continue to Balicasag Marine Sanctuary
  • Snorkel with sea turtles at Balicasag Island
  • Move to the 2nd snorkeling spot in Balicasag Island, which has stunning coral reefs and fish
  • Virgin Island
  • Back to resort around 1 PM

Day 3: Chill at the beach
Use your last day in Bohol to relax and recharge your batteries. Bohol has some of the nicest beaches you’ll ever see, and you can also rent a motorbike and spend a full day going between different beaches. The main beach is of course Alona, but Dumaluan is just as nice. If you can endure the long drive to Anda, you can find fantastic beaches over there which are much quieter.

Another option is to go diving. Bohol is famous for offering some of the best and most diverse diving spots in the Philippines. The amount of different fish and corals you can see there is just amazing. Typically, people who have one day for diving opt to go to Pamilican island, as it is considered the number one diving spot in this region.

How about you? Have you been to Bohol? What can you add in this itinerary? Let's chat down below!

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