Bohol is more than just beautiful beaches and epic waterfalls, there are also a few hiking trails that can be found in the north-eastern region of Bohol island. Binabaje Hills, in my opinion, is the best hike in Bohol that takes around 1 hour to reach the summit, boasting panoramic views of the island and its coastlines.
Here is my complete guide to Binabaje Hills Bohol including how to get there, how to book and what to expect!
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WHERE IS BINABAJE HILLS & HOW TO GET THERE
Binabaje Hills is located in Alicia, a town in the north-eastern region of Bohol island.
Binabaje Hills is best visited from the tourist area of Anda in east Bohol. It’s approximately a 45-minute drive from Anda to Alicia.
There are limited scooter rental stores located in Anda but I know of one place where you can get your hands on some wheels for around 500 pesos per day. His name is Joey and he can be contacted by phone on +639123982873 or Facebook Bernaldez Joey.
If you are staying in Panglao, Binabaje Hills is a 115km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
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HOW TO ORGANISE A HIKE TO BINABAJE HILLS
Organising a hike to Binabaje Hills was a bit more of a process compared to other hikes that I have been on throughout south-east Asia.
Firstly, it is required to have a guide to hike Binabaje Hills according to the municipality of Alicia so this needs to be done in advance, especially if you plan to hike to the top of Binabaje Hills for a sunrise.
The only way to organise a guide and to book the Binabaje Hills hike is to personally visit the Municipal Town Hall in Alicia the day before you plan to hike.
As I mentioned earlier, Alicia is a 45-minute drive from Anda which is very much out of the way to have to make a special trip out to Alica to organise the hike…
However, I recommend doing it the same way that I did which was by visiting some other Bohol tourist spots near Alicia in the morning (Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can Umantad Falls & Canawa Cold Spring) and then in the afternoon head over to the town hall in Alicia to organise the hike for the following day.
At the Municipal Town Hall in Alicia, we spoke to a woman who was in charge of the Tourism Department and she asked when and what time we wanted to do the hike and made a quick phone call to one of the local guides to set it all up.
We wanted to do the hike for sunrise which meant we had to meet our guide the following morning at the front of the Town Hall at 4 am. She assured us that there would be a guide waiting for us in the early hours of the morning who would then take us to the trailhead of Binabaje Hills.
The cost of the guide was 300 pesos split between the two of us and the Binabaje Hills entrance fee is an additional 50 pesos per person which we paid at the end of completing the hike.
The Municipality Town Hall in Alicia
Drone shot of Binabaje Hills Bohol
Ridge trails at Binabaje Hills Alicia
THE MORNING OF THE BINABAJE HILLS HIKE
The morning began with a 3 am alarm clock to make the 45-minute drive from my accommodation in Anda to reach Alicia in time to meet the guide.
We arrived at 4 am sharp and we met our guide, Raul, who was already there waiting for us at the front of the Municipal Town Hall in Alicia, just as the tourism lady had assured the day before.
From the town hall, it is a further 30-minutes ride on the scooters to reach the trailhead to Binabaje Hills. We followed behind Raul as we drove along a dirt road that was sketchy as fuck, dodging potholes and road washouts in the dark. I took it really slow and easy to ensure arriving at the trailhead in one piece, which we did.
Without out a guide, there is no way I would have been able to navigate my own way to the starting point of the hike as there is no signage directing the way, especially in the dark. So I was more than happy to have Raul along with us for this adventure.
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Hiking Binabaje Hills in Bohol
MY EXPERIENCE HIKING BINABAJE HILLS
We parked the scooters on the side of the road at the trailhead to Binabaje Hills and began the 1-hour hike to the top.
The first 15 minutes of the trail is quite mellow to start with, perfect to warm up the legs at 4 in the morning, but it quickly becomes very steep. We hopped over small creek crossings, took a couple of water breaks in small huts along the way and then scrambled up the narrow ridge trail to finally reach the summit of Binabaje Hills Bohol.
There is a small hut at the top which marks the highest point of the Binabaje Hills hike and I arrived drowning in sweat. The sun was still yet to rise so I took a 5-minute break here before continuing to explore the mountaintop area.
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The trail to the summit
Sunrise at Binabaje Hills
The top hut at Binabaje Hills
Small creek crossings at Binabaje Hills
Exploring the ridges at Binabaje Hills Alicia
HIKING BINABAJE HILS – CONTINUED
The top hut doesn’t offer the best view of the region as it is surrounded by trees and shrub so our guide Raul showed us another spot to watch the sunrise from. It was a very hazy morning, unfortunately, so the sunrise wasn’t that spectacular, though the extensive views of the coastline and surrounding mountains were spectacular nonetheless.
We spent around 1 hour at the top of Binabaje Hills taking photos and enjoying the view before heading back down to the base of the mountain. We took a different trail on the way down which was less steep and the views were even more rewarding now that the sun was up.
It took less than an hour to reach the bottom of Binabaje Hills and we jumped back on our scooters to make the drive back to Alicia town. Along the way, we had to stop off at a tourist desk to pay the entrance fee of 50 pesos per person and sign our names in a book.
Raul lead the way back to the town hall in Alicia where we paid him the 300 pesos guiding fee and said thank you for his efforts.
The Binabaje Hills hike is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that I highly recommend adding to your Bohol itinerary. I guarantee it won’t disappoint!
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Sharing a laugh with Raul
Drone shot of the top ridge at Binabaje Hills
Binabaje Hills in Alicia
PIN LOCATION OF BINABAJE HILLS BOHOL
WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA
Luxury: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
Amun Ini Beach Resort is the best 5-star accommodation nestled amongst palm trees in Anda. Featuring a private beach, swimming pool, restaurant and bar and ocean views! The rooms are air conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen tv, sitting area, mini-bar, en suite bathroom and balconies with sea views. Amun Ini offers free snorkeling and kayaking equipment and breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Parklane Bohol Resort & Spa
I personally stayed at Parklane Resort & Spa and can’t recommend this place enough! The staff are overly friendly with a lot of useful information about Anda and Bohol, the hospitality was great, the food was excellent and the rooms were cosy. Great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town, this property offers beachfront accommodation, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, restaurant and bar and a wellness spa. There are double rooms, family rooms and deluxe suites available, each with a flat-screen tv, air conditioning, private bathroom, balcony with ocean views and coffee/tea making facilities. Best place to stay for families, couples and friends.
Budget: Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort
The cheapest accommodation in Anda, perfect for solo travellers and friends. Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort features an in-house restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool and beautiful gardens. You can choose from a double room or deluxe double room which are spacious with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, free wifi and a seating area with a desk. Continental breakfast is included for all guests.
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BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
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The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
HOW TO GET TO BOHOL
There are two ways of getting to Bohol, one is by plane and the other by ferry.
There are daily flights to Bohol welcoming both domestic and international travelers. The main airport in Bohol is Panglao International Aiport located on Panglao Island.
Cebu to Bohol ferry
The most common route is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol which takes approximately 2.5 hours and the cost is around 600 pesos.
There are daily ferry departures from the Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal and it arrives at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Once you have booked your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, on the day of travel you can head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure and present the online booking number to the staff at the check-in counter so they can issue you a seat number. There is also an additional 25 pesos terminal fee that must be paid in cash on the day.
Siquijor to Bohol ferry
If you happen to be on Siquijor island and heading over to Bohol from here, there are daily ferry departures from Larena Port in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol. The ferry from Siquijor to Bohol takes around 1.5 hours and the cost is around 800 pesos plus an additional 20 pesos terminal fee.
Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Bohol Island.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES?
• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about the Binabaje Hills Hike, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy Hiking! 😃