LOOKING FOR HOW TO GET FROM CEBU TO BOHOL?
I have traveled from Cebu to Bohol on a number of occasions and it’s one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines!
Bohol Island offers a mecca of adventures such as waterfalls, beaches, cave pools, cliff jumping, island hopping and of course, the famous Chocolate Hills – it really would be a crime not to visit!
The most common way to reach Bohol is the Cebu to Bohol ferry, but that’s not the only way…
In this guide, I’m going to hook you up with all the ways on how to get to Bohol including all different locations and modes of transport. There’s so much to do once you’re there, you really want your transit to be as quick and simple as possible.
HOW TO GET TO BOHOL OVERVIEW
Here is an overview of what you will find in this How To Get To Bohol Travel Guide:
- Cebu to Bohol
- Siquijor to Bohol
- Dumaguete to Bohol
- Camiguin to Bohol
- Where to stay in Bohol
- Getting around Bohol
CEBU TO BOHOL
First, let’s talk about how to get from Cebu to Bohol.
There are two ways of how to get to Bohol from Cebu, one is by plane and the other is the Cebu to Bohol ferry.
With Bohol being one of the many islands in the Philippines surrounded by other islands, it makes transport to and from the island a lot easier.
I’m going to break it down to both ferry and plane, giving you the main tips for both forms of transport, for you to decide which one suits you best.
CEBU TO BOHOL FERRY
Let’s kick things off with the Cebu to Bohol ferry:
The Cebu to Bohol ferry service runs daily from 5am – 7pm going and it’s the fast craft from Cebu to Tagbilaran in Bohol. The ferry departs from Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal.
Cebu to Bohol ferry journey takes approximately 2.5 hours and the Cebu to Bohol fare is around 600 pesos. There is also an additional 25 pesos per person terminal fee that must be paid on the day of travel.
My advice is to book the Cebu to Bohol ferry online in advance on klook.com. This will save you time and money on the day of travel.
Once you’ve booked your Cebu to Bohol ticket online, on the day of travel head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30 minutes before travel and present your ticket number at the check-in desk so they can issue you with a seat number.
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There are both fast and slow ferries from Cebu to Bohol which vary in price, per provider. Travel on the Cebu to Bohol ferry is dependent on weather conditions and can sometimes be canceled on the day.
If you have the time to spend on the ferry, I would highly recommend booking a ticket and enjoying the journey. It’s a great way to take in the atmosphere and enjoy your transfer over from Cebu to Bohol.
The Cebu to Bohol ferry has air conditioning, male/female toilets and it’s also possible to buy snacks and drinks on board.
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Cebu to Bohol – Image Source: Klook
Panglao Beach – Cebu to Bohol
ARRIVING IN BOHOL
If you are taking the Cebu to Bohol ferry you will arrive at Tagbilaran Port on the southwest coast of Bohol Island.
See below for the best ways to get from Tagbilaran to Panglao (main tourist hub in West Bohol) and from Tagbilaran to Anda (main tourist hub in East Bohol).
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TAGBILARAN TO PANGLAO (45 MINUTES)
From Tagbilaran to Panglao, you have the option of taking a shared minivan, private taxi, public bus or tricycle.
The cheapest option is to take a tricycle from Tagbilaran Port to Dao Bus terminal in Tagbilaran City for 30 pesos. From there you can take the public bus to Alona Beach in Panglao which costs around 50-100 pesos.
A shared minivan transfer from Tagbilaran Port to the doorstep of your hotel in Panglao is another great option for only 300 pesos.
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Tricycle rides from Tagbilaran to Panglao cost around 200-300 pesos depending on your bartering skills. I don’t recommend this option because long rides in a tricycle are very uncomfortable.
A private taxi from Tagbilaran to Panglao costs around 700 pesos.
TAGBILARAN PORT TO ANDA (3 HOURS)
From Tagbilaran Port to Anda, you have the option of taking a private taxi, public bus or shared minivan.
The cheapest option is to take a tricycle from Tagbilaran Port to Dao Bus terminal in Tagbilaran City for 30 pesos. From there you can take the public bus to Anda which costs around 110 pesos.
Minivans are another cheap option to reach Anda for as little as 120 pesos though it can get quite claustrophobic as they try to fit as many people in the vans as possible.
A private taxi from Tagbilaran to Anda costs around 3000 pesos.
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White Beach Anda – Cebu to Bohol
HOW TO GET TO BOHOL BY PLANE
Let’s talk about how to get to Bohol by plane:
There are daily flights to Bohol, welcoming both domestic and international travelers to the island. The main airport on Bohol is Panglao International Airport located on Panglao Island in the south-west corner of Bohol.
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To get from Panglao Airport to your accommodation in the Panglao area, it’s best to grab a taxi, a shared van, private van or take the more unusual approach and hop on a tricycle.
From Panglao Airport to the main tourist area of Panglao it’s no more than a 10 to 15-minute drive.
Cebu to Bohol By Plane
CEBU TO BOHOL – CONTINUED
Although simple enough to arrive in Bohol by plane, my more recommended mode of transport when looking at how to go to Bohol from Cebu would definitely be the Cebu to Bohol ferry service.
With more regular and interesting travel options, the ferry service is the more popular way of getting from Cebu to Bohol.
2 very different ways of traveling over from Cebu to Bohol, catering to the very different types of travelers out there. Either way, you’re in for a treat when you land on the island of Bohol.
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Dimiao Twin Falls Bohol
SIQUIJOR TO BOHOL
If you happen to be on the tiny island of Siquijor, south of Bohol, then don’t worry because there are still ways to get directly from Siquijor to Bohol. Typical with many island regions in Asia, the ferry is the main form of transport.
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A daily ferry departs from Larena Port in Siquijor at 12:30 pm and takes you to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol. There is just 1 ferry a day to take you from Siquijor to Bohol.
The ferry from Siquijor to Bohol takes approximately 1.5 hours and costs around 850 pesos, with the additional terminal fee of 20 pesos.
I would again recommend booking your ticket online in advance with Klook to get the best rates and to avoid any hold-ups on the day of travel.
The journey from Siquijor to Bohol is relatively simple, providing you’re not stuck for time. With there just being the 1 ferry a day, you really do have to plan your time around the limited service.
The Siquijor to Bohol ferry has air conditioning, male/female toilets and it’s also possible to buy snacks and drinks on board.
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Paliton Beach Siquijor
DUMAGUETE TO BOHOL
Now let’s talk about how you can get from Dumaguete to Bohol. Dumaguete is located on the southeast coast of Negros Island.
The only mode of transport between Dumaguete and Bohol is a ferry.
There are only 2 ferry services a day, from Dumaguete to Bohol. Both of them take you to the port of Tagbilaran, on the southwest coast of Bohol.
The duration of travel on the ferry from Dumaguete to Bohol is approximately 2 hours, dependent on weather.
The two, daily services run at 9:50 am and then again at 2:30 pm. The ferry service costs around 800 pesos.
The location of departure is at the Dumaguete Port. Upon arrival, head to the passenger terminal ready to board the ferry from Dumaguete to Bohol.
The Dumaguete to Bohol ferry has air conditioning, male/female toilets and it’s also possible to buy snacks and drinks on board.
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Dumaguete to Bohol
CAMIGUIN TO BOHOL
Camiguin Island in the Philippines is a tropical paradise offering a mecca of things to do including epic waterfalls, volcanic hot springs, historical landmarks, island hopping, snorkeling and hiking!
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Once you’re done there and ready to move on, Bohol should be next on the destination list. So without further ado, let me show you how to get from Camiguin to Bohol in the simplest way possible.
CAMIGUIN TO BOHOL BY FERRY
The most common route is the ferry from Camiguin to Bohol, taking approximately 3 to 4 hours and costing 425 pesos per person. There is also an additional municipal service fee of 10 pesos and the terminal fee of 15 pesos upon arrival.
There is only 1 ferry service per day leaving the Balbagon Ferry Terminal in Camiguin and arriving at the Jagna Ferry Terminal in East Bohol. The ferry departs from Camiguin at 8:00 am and arrives at Jagna Port at 12:00pm.
The name of the ferry service to look out for is Super Shuttle Ferry and you can purchase your tickets at the terminal at least one hour before departure.
Some websites claim Fastcat runs a 2 hour and 45 minute ferry for this route, but when I was there it wasn’t in operation so don’t rely on this service.
The Camiguin to Bohol ferry has air conditioning, male/female toilets and it’s also possible to buy snacks and drinks on board.
ARRIVING IN BOHOL FROM CAMIGUIN
When you arrive at Jagna Port in East Bohol, you can either take a shared minivan from Jagna to Panglao which costs 100 pesos, take a public bus which costs 60 pesos or jump in a private car or taxi which will set you back 1000 pesos.
The journey from Jagna in East Bohol to Panglao in West Bohol takes around 2 to 3 hours.
Camiguin to Bohol ferry
WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO BOHOL
Panglao Island has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Panglao Bohol to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation in Panglao Island. Centrally located and close to beaches and other attractions on Panglao island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub and plunge pool. They can also help you to organise scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities in Bohol. Great for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach on Panglao Island and it’s close to shops, restaurants and other nearby attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast is included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities in Bohol. Great place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Bohol Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler in Bohol. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other attractions. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.
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
GETTING AROUND BOHOL
The best way to get around Bohol DIY is to rent a scooter from one of the many scooter rental stores that can be found in Panglao. Scooter rentals are around 300 – 350 pesos per day and a full tank of gas costs approximately 200 pesos.
Alternatively, you can get around on the back of a habal-habal (motorbike taxi) or jump on board a tricycle. For a 20-minute drive in a tricycle or habal-habal, you can expect to pay around 100 – 150 pesos. Put your bartering skills to the test!
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BEST TIME TO VISIT BOHOL
The best time to visit Bohol, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also high season in Bohol so expect to see many tourists during these months.
I recommend visiting Bohol on the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.
Try to avoid the monsoon season in Bohol which is between August and October.
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Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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- Siargao: 15 Things To Do In Siargao
- El Nido: El Nido Island Hopping
- Coron: Coron Island Hopping
- Boracay: 15 Things To Do In Boracay
- Siquijor: 3 Day Siquijor Itinerary
- Bantayan: 15 Things To Do In Bantayan
- Malapascua: 11 Things To Do In Malapascua
- Camiguin: 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots
- Romblon: 12 Epic Things To Do In Romblon
- Tablas: 10 Things To Do In Tablas
- Carabao: 7 Best Things To Do In Carabao
- Dumaguete: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots
- Sumilon Island: Sumilon Island Itinerary
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BOHOL
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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So as you can see, there are plenty of ways of how to get to Bohol. The most popular and quite frankly, the more financially economical way of travel is on the ferry.
If you feel that I have missed something in this guide and have any questions about getting from Cebu to Bohol, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!