TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA IN BOHOL – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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If you’re planning to visit Bohol, the Tarsier Conservation Area in Loboc is definitely worth a stop. The Tarsier Conservation Area is a sanctuary where you can observe the Tarsiers in Bohol from close up and learn more about their nature.

Here is my complete guide to the Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!

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WHERE IS THE TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA

The Tarsier Conservation Area can be found in Loboc on Bohol island in the Philippines.

From the main tourist area of Panglao, it is a 50km drive that takes around 1 hour to reach the Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary.

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PIN LOCATION OF TARSIER SANCTUARY BOHOL

HOW TO GET TO BOHOL TARSIER SANCTUARY

There are a couple of options to reach the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol and that is either DIY or with a tour.

DIY:

If you prefer to visit Tarsier Conservation Area DIY it is best to rent a scooter in the main tourist area of Panglao and make the 1 hour drive to Loboc. Scooter rentals in Panglao are around 300 – 350 pesos per day.

WITH A TOUR:

Alternatively, you can book a Bohol Countryside Tour which is a full-day tour from Panglao for less than $30.

This tour includes Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Loboc River Cruise, & Baclayon Church.

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TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA ENTRANCE FEE

The entrance fee at the Tarsier Conservation Area is 80 pesos.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE TARSIER SANCTUARY BOHOL

Exploring the Tarsier Conservation Area will take you on a fun little jungle walk, all you have to do is follow the pebbled pathway around the sanctuary.

When we toured the Tarsier Conservation Area we strictly needed to maintain silence to avoid interrupting the Tarsiers sleep. It’s also mandatory to turn off-camera flash and keep distance to avoid touching the Tarsiers by accident as they are very delicate creatures.

Along the way, there are guides that will give you information about the Tarsiers which was very insightful. They will also point out where the primates are up in the trees in case you can’t spot them.

The 30-minute walk through the Tarsier Conservation Area will take you past some viewing areas where you can spot the little tarsiers sitting in the trees and it’s easy enough to get some close-up photos.

In total, we saw around 6 Tarsiers and the rest of them are in the rehabilitation centre.

The Tarsier Sanctuary Bohol offers the usual touristy facilities such as restrooms, a small souvenir shop and a couple of fast food options.

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TARSIERS

Tarsiers are a rare and endangered creature, as well as an iconic symbol of Bohol. They are considered as one of the smallest primates in the world and you practically won’t see them anywhere else in the country.

Bohol Tarsiers are a nocturnal animal, so expect to see them sleeping during the day. However, you might get lucky enough and be able to experience them opening their eyes.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR THE TARSIER SANCTUARY BOHOL

The Tarsier Conservation Area is only a stone’s throw away from the Bilar Man-made Forest and the famous Chocolate Hills are not too far from here either.

Youn can visit all three of these locations on a single day trip from Panglao.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO

Luxury: Donatela Hotel

  • Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation in Panglao. 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.

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Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort

  • Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach and 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. Great place to stay for families, friends and couples.

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Budget: Bohol Coco Farm

  • Bohol Coco Farm is rated the best accommodation for a solo traveller 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.

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AIRBNB BOHOL

Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Bohol.

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MORE BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDES

There are so many things to do in Bohol that I recommend spending at least one week on the island to make the most out of your visit!

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HOW TO GET TO BOHOL

There are two ways of getting to Bohol, one is by plane and the other by ferry.

BY PLANE: 

There are daily flights to Bohol welcoming both domestic and international travellers. The main airport in Bohol is Panglao International Aiport located on Panglao Island.

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BY FERRY: 

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Tarsier Conservation Area Bohol, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Adventuring! 😃

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