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.
OVERVIEW – HOW TO GET TO BOHOL
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 by 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.
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CEBU TO BOHOL FERRY
Let’s kick things off with the Cebu to Bohol ferry:
Cebu to Bohol ferry service runs daily from 5 am – 7 pm going and it’s the fast craft from Cebu to Tagbilaran in Bohol. The ferry departs from Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal.
The 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 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 to Bohol.
The ferry has air conditioning, male/female toilets and it’s also possible to buy snacks and drinks on board.
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The ferry to Bohol – Image Source: Klook
Panglao Beach 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
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 – 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 to Bohol.
Two very different ways of traveling over 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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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 an 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 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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Siquijor to Bohol – Image Source: Klook
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
Panglao in Bohol has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation 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 organize scuba diving, snorkeling, and other activities. 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 tourist 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 are included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities. Great place to stay for families, friends, and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other tourist spots. 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
Anda in Bohol has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
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 cozy. Great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town, this property offers beachfront accommodation, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, a 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 travelers 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 a deluxe double room which is 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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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!
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 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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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 Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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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 to Bohol, please drop me a comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.