Bohol Island is one of my favourite destinations in the Philippines offering a mecca of adventures such as waterfalls, beaches, cave pools, cliff jumping, island hopping and, of course, the famous Chocolate Hills.
There are so many epic things to do in Bohol that I recommend spending at least one week on the island to explore all of the top Bohol tourist attractions!
Before I get started, here are some handy tips to know before you go including the best time to visit Bohol, how to get to Bohol, where to stay in Bohol, transport and getting around and the best Bohol tour packages.
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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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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 travellers. 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.
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
The main tourist area on Bohol is Panglao which is located on the west side of the island and is most famous for its beach resorts, restaurants and bars, shopping streets and other fun activities such as cliff jumping, island hopping and cave pools.
The other main tourist area is Anda which is located on the east side of Bohol island and is most popular for its pristine white sand beaches, underground cave pools, private beach resorts and it’s close to waterfalls, hiking trails and cold springs.
I recommend spending 3 nights in Panglao and 3 nights in Anda to explore all four corners of the island.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PANGLAO
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ANDA
Luxury: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
Mid Range: Parklane Bohol Resort & Spa
Budget: Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort
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Park Lane Resort & Spa in Anda
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!
BOHOL TOUR PACKAGES
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 for less than $50 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
31 THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL
I spent one week in Bohol to visit as many Bohol tourists attractions as I could and have put together the ultimate list of the best places to visit in Bohol including where to find them and what to expect!
As mentioned earlier, I recommend spending 3 days in Panglao and 3 days in Anda.
I have dissected this Bohol travel guide into two parts, places to visit in Bohol while staying in Panglao and places to visit in Bohol while staying in Anda. This will make it much easier for you to craft together your Bohol itinerary.
So without further ado, here is my complete guide of the 31 Best Things To Do In Bohol.
THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL – FROM PANGLAO
One of the first things you’re going to want to do when arriving in Bohol is hit the beach to cool off. The most famous beach in Panglao is Alona Beach which is arguably one of the best beaches in Bohol.
Alona beach is located on the southern tip of Panglao, approximately a 45-minute drive from Tagbilaran Port and only 5-minutes drive from Panglao International Airport.
Alona Beach features a long strip of white sandy shores fringed with coconut palms and it’s without a doubt the most happening Bohol tourist spot. Alona Beach is lined with many seaside restaurants, clubs and bars that are open 7 days a week till late.
The best spot for swimming at Alona Beach is at the eastern end of the cove away from all the boats and here you can find your own little nook to enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean.
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White sandy shores at Alona Beach
The Chocolate Hills is a must-see destination to add to your list of things to do in Bohol. In saying that, the majority of travellers who visit Bohol just come to see the famous Chocolate Hills, so I am sure it’s already on your Bohol itinerary!
Chocolate Hills is located in the Carmen region on Bohol island, Philippines. From Panglao, it is a 70km drive that takes around 1.5 hours to reach Chocolate Hills and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.
You can visit Chocolate Hills DIY or alternatively, you can book a Bohol Chocolate Hills Tour which is a full-day tour from Panglao for less than $30. This tour includes Chocolate Hills, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Loboc River Cruise, Tarsier Sanctuary & Baclayon Church.
I visited Chocolate Hills at sunrise and had the entire viewpoint to myself, so if you want to beat the crowds definitely try to get here as early as possible.
At the top of the stairs is a panoramic observation deck boasting extensive views of the 1,268 cone-shaped Chocolate Hills and the surrounding Carmen region. The mysterious landscape is very impressive, to say the least.
The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometres and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height!
These limestone Chocolate Hills are covered with grass and appear to be bright green during the rainy season. However, they turn brown by the end of the dry season, hence their name.
The formation theory of the Chocolate Hills Bohol assumes that they are grass-covered limestones that were once part of the marine floor. However, the massive uplift of coral deposits and the effects of rain, water and erosion have created the amazing formation of the Chocolate Hills today.
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Incredible views at Chocolate Hills
MAN-MADE FOREST BOHOL
The Bilar Man-made Forest is one of the most beautiful places in Bohol and can’t be missed on your list of things to do in Bohol!
The man-made forest is located between the towns of Bilar and Loboc. From Panglao, it is approximately a 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Bilar Man-made Forest.
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The Bilar man-made forest composes of mahogany trees that stretch for more than 2 kilometres and when you enter this parallel tunnel of trees, you’ll feel like you’ve just entered another realm. You will also notice the temperature drop drastically as you drive through the man-made forest Bohol because the canopy above almost completely cuts out the sun.
There is a windy road that goes all the way through the man-made forest and it acts as an enchanting pathway that cuts through the natural-arched tunnel of large mahogany trees.
The man-made forest is one of the most popular Bohol tourist attractions that draws many visitors so be prepared to encounter crowds of people and constant traffic on the road that goes through the forest.
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Cruising through the Man-made Forest Bohol
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TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA
The Tarsier Conservation Area is a sanctuary where you can observe the Tarsiers in Bohol from close up and learn more about their nature.
The Tarsier Conservation Area can be found in Loboc on Bohol island in the Philippines. From Panglao, it is a 50km drive that takes around 1 hour to reach the Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary and the entrance fee is 80 pesos.
You can visit the Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary DIY or 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 and Baclayon Church.
The 30-minute walk through the Tarsier Conservation Area will take you on a fun little jungle walk around the sanctuary. You will find some viewing areas where you can spot the little tarsiers sitting in the trees and it’s easy enough to get some photos.
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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Little tarsier sitting in a tree – Bohol Travel Guide
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BOHOL ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
An island hopping tour to Balicasag Island and Virgin Island Bohol is an absolute MUST on your list of what to do in Bohol. I can’t recommend this Bohol Island Hopping Tour enough as it was by far the highlight of my Bohol trip!
The island hopping tour includes dolphin watching from the boat, snorkelling with sea turtles on Balicasag Island and a visit to the unique sand bar on Virgin Island Bohol.
Our trip began at 5:45 am where my friends and I met our skipper and guide at the meeting point down on Alona Beach. We each signed our names on some sort of waiver form and we were swiftly on our way.
The first mission was to find dolphins on our way over to Balicasag Island and we got lucky when one breached out of the water right next to our boat. My buddy Jay also spotted a ray flying out of the water nearby.
Shortly after our dolphin encounter, we arrived on Balicasag island which boasts glistening white sands and an abundance of marine life just offshore. You can rent snorkelling equipment from one of the many shacks dotted along Balicasag Beach when you arrive on the boat. A mask and snorkel set costs 150 pesos.
We spent at least two hours snorkeling around the Balicasag reef and swam with about 15 different turtles and countless species of fish. It was a morning that I will never forget!
After few hours spent on Balicasg Island, we then continued our Bohol Island Hopping Tour over to Virgin Island which takes around 30-minutes by boat.
Virgin Island Bohol is essentially a sandbar in the middle of the ocean which consists of floating seafood kitchens. You can go up to the boat that had the most appealing seafood and choose whatever you feel like trying such as lobsters, sea urchins, calamari and fish which they would boil or grill right in front of you. There are also benches and tables that are half-submerged in water to enjoy your fresh meal.
Apart from that, there isn’t a whole lot to do on Virgin Island Bohol but it’s a very unique experience I am sure you will enjoy! The last leg of the island hopping tour is a 20-minute boat ride back to Alona Beach in Panglao.
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Snorkeling with turtles on Balicasag Island
Virgin Island – Bohol Day Tour
Fresh coconuts on Virgin Island
Floating seafood kitchen
LOBOC RIVER CRUISE
The Loboc River Cruise is one of the top-rated things to do in Bohol which includes a hearty lunch and a scenic cruise along the mesmerising Loboc River.
Loboc River is located in the Loboc region which is a 40km drive from Panglao that takes around 1-hour.
I recommend booking a Bohol Countryside Tour which includes the Loboc River Cruise as one of the activities. It’s a full-day tour from Panglao for less than $30 which also includes a visit to Chocolate Hills, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Tarsier Sanctuary & Baclayon Church.
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Loboc River Cruise
Ingkumhan Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Bohol and a must-see while you are exploring all of the places in Bohol. Cliff jumps and rope swings are just some of the reasons that make this Bohol tourist attraction one of the top locations to visit!
Ingkumhan Waterfall is located in Dimiao on Bohol island in the Philippines. From Panglao, it is a 65km drive that takes around 1-hour to reach Ingkumhan Falls and the entrance fee is 20 pesos.
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The main set of falls features a flow of water that stretches across a limestone rockface around 10 meters wide and approximately 8 meters tall. The water fills a huge natural-pool at the base of the falls that reminded me of blue Gatorade which I was almost tempted to drink.
There is a rope swing that can be used about halfway up the falls, so you will have to climb up the rock face to reach it. Surprisingly the surface of the rock isn’t that slippery and the depth of the pool is around 3 to 4 meters deep so you won’t need to worry about hitting the bottom when you swing.
There is also a 5-meter cliff jump that can be found on the left-hand side of the falls that is a lot of fun!
There are plenty of seating areas and sheltered huts around the edges of Ingkumhan Falls to perch up for a while and enjoy this incredible Bohol attraction.
I visited Ingkumhan Falls Bohol on a Sunday and it was very busy with locals and other tourists. Try and time your visit for a weekday if you want to enjoy Ingkumhan Falls without the crowds.
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Rope swing at Ingkumhan Falls
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DIMIAO TWIN FALLS
Dimiao Twin Falls, also known at Pahangog Falls, is my favourite waterfall in Bohol! It’s Gatorade rock pools and jungle surrounds are irresistibly inviting and I highly recommend adding this epic spot to your list of things to do in Bohol!
Dimiao Twin Falls is located in Dimiao on Bohol. From Panglao, it is a 60km drive that takes around 1.5 hours to reach Twin Falls and the entrance fee is 20 pesos.
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Once you arrive at the jump-off point, follow the rocky trail which then leads on to a steep set of concrete stairs with handrails to get down to the falls. It is an easy to moderate hike that takes no more than 10 minutes to reach the bottom.
When my friends and I reached the bottom of the stairs, Dimiao Falls revealed itself and we were in complete awe of how freaking stunning this place is.
Before passing over the bamboo bridge to get to the falls, we had to pay the small entrance fee of 20 pesos to the Filipino woman working ticket office. She didn’t speak much but she was happy to receive our money to come and enjoy the falls.
Dimiao Falls is a twin set of falls that are around 25-meters tall, flowing down a limestone rock face and filling a large catch basin below. The turquoise natural-made swimming pool is deep enough in some areas to do some rock jumping but be sure to do a depth-check first.
I visited Pahangog Falls with my friends in the offseason (September) and we had the entire place to ourselves. Though I have heard this place is a popular spot for the locals and gets very busy on weekends. Try and time your visit for a weekday if you want to enjoy Dimiao Falls without the crowds.
One of the best things to do at Dimiao Twin Falls Bohol is to grab a rubber ring for 20 pesos and float around the rock pools. You can even swim up underneath the falls for a free head massage. In between the two sets of falls is a small sandy islet and a cave that you can also explore.
There are plenty of seating areas and hang out spots around the edges of Pahangog Falls to perch up for a while and marvel at this incredible Bohol attraction.
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Jungle vibes at Dimiao Twin Falls
The most famous beach on Panglao Island is without a doubt the touristy Alona Beach. However, if you are looking for an uncrowded and untouched beach I highly recommend checking out the beautiful white sands of Panglao Beach.
Panglao Beach is located on the northern coastline of Panglao. From Alona Beach, it’s a short 20-minute drive to reach Panglao Beach.
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The 200 metres long Panglao Beach is a small but dreamlike beach. Fringed with coconut palms and turquoise waters, this is hands down one of the best beaches in Bohol.
The only beachfront hotel is the famous and luxury Mithi Resort & Spa which also hosts a small island in front of their shores serving as a wedding ceremony spot. The little island can be reached by strolling in waist-deep water and you’ll be able to enjoy the views of the coastline along Panglao Beach.
When we arrived at Panglao Beach we were greeted by some friendly locals who were enjoying their karaoke session in a small beach hut along the beach. They didn’t seem to be disturbed by our presence and we enjoyed the background music as we were relaxing on the sandy shoreline.
The best time to visit Panglao Beach is during high tide and it’s also a great location to watch the sunset in Panglao.
Panglao Beach is one of the most tranquil and relaxing beaches in Panglao and well worth adding to your Bohol itinerary.
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HINAGDANAN CAVE BOHOL
Hinagdanan Cave is a famed Bohol tourist attraction for not only its unique beauty but also the interesting story of how it came to be.
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It is said that the Hinagdanan Cave was discovered by a local farmer who was clearing his land and stumbled across two holes in the ground. I am guessing no flashlights were invented way back when and so he dropped a rock down the hole and heard a big splash. Curios, he constructed a ladder and descended into the hole to discover an enormous underground cave and freshwater lagoon!
Hinagdanan Cave is located on the northern coastline of Panglao. From Alona Beach, it’s a short 15-minute drive to reach Hinagdanan Cave and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.
Inside the cavern, you’ll find a large freshwater pool that glows a fluorescent turquoise colour and large stalagmite pinnacles hang from the ceiling.
The natural pool is around 3 to 4 meters deep and there is plenty of space for swimming and rock jumping.
You won’t need a flashlight inside the Hinagdanan Cave Bohol as there is natural light from the holes in the ceiling and also light bulbs in the staircase and at the back of the cave.
Around the edges of the natural pool is quite dry and you can set down your belongings here while you go for a dip. Though do note that the ground gets quite slippery especially if there are wet kids running around, so please watch your step. I recommend bringing a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes with you for extra grip.
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Stalagmite pinnacles inside Hinagdanan Cave
WHITE BEACH PANGLAO
White Beach in Panglao is another beautiful secluded beach with sandy shores and well worth a visit if you are searching for what to do in Bohol.
White Beach Panglao is a short a 10-minute drive from Alona Beach and it is far less crowded if you are wanting some peace and quiet away from all the hype in Alona.
Relax under one of the beach umbrellas, snorkel around the nearby reefs, take a dip in the ocean and simply enjoy the peaceful vibe that White Beach Panglao offers.
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Palmtree fringed shoreline at White Beach Panglao
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Beach umbrellas on White Beach Panglao
MOLAVE CLIFF JUMP
Throwing yourself over the edge of the cliffs at Molave Cliff Diving Resort is one of the most adrenaline-pumping things to do in Bohol.
Molave Cliff Diving Resort is located on the northern coastline of Panglao. From Alona Beach, it’s a short 15-minute drive to reach the Molave Cove Cliff Dive and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.
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The Molave Cliff Diving Resort features a 5-meter high diving board straight into the clear blue ocean below. It’s best to run and jump off the diving board as there is a certain landing point that is clear of rocks. If you are not 100% confident, just ask the lifeguard on duty exactly where to land and watch some other keen jumpers go first.
To exit the water, it’s a 20 to 30 meter swim in shallow waters to a staircase that leads back to the clifftop. It’s possible to walk across the reef to reach the stairs though it’s rugged in some areas and there is the odd sea urchin. Best to bring a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes to avoid getting cut up feet.
It’s the safest and most adrenalin-driven cliff dive in Bohol so you have got nothing to worry about! My friends and I spent an hour or so at Molave Cove Cliff Dive throwing ourselves over the edge countless times.
Once you’ve tired yourself out from all the cliff diving, you can rent a mask and snorkel for 150 pesos and check out the underwater world in Molave Cove. There are said to be large balls of sardines off the edge of the reef in Molave Cove so keep a close eye out for them.
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Cliff jumping in Panglao
MOMO BEACH PANGLAO
Momo Beach is one of my favourite beaches in Bohol and it’s still yet to make an appearance on the radar as another Bohol tourist spot. But for now, I highly recommend stopping into Momo beach for a quick swim while it is still untouched.
Momo Beach is located on the northern shores of Panglao, a short 15-minute drive from Alona Beach. I stumbled across Momo Beach on my way to Hinagdanan Cave, so keep an eye out for the sign on the side of the road.
Momo Beach features a strip of white sandy shores lined with coconut palm trees and a few wooden shacks dotted along the beach. There was not one other tourist in sight when I visited this little slice of paradise and I enjoyed a refreshing dip in the ocean all to myself.
At one end of Momo beach is a dive resort but other than that there is nothing more than a few small fishing boats along the sand and beautiful turquoise waters await.
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Empty shoreline at Momo Beach
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MAG ASO FALLS
Mag Aso Falls is one of Bohol’s natural treasures and an adventure not to be missed. Gatorade pools and epic cliff jumps are just some of the reasons why you should add Mag Aso Falls to your list of things to do in Bohol.
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Mag Aso Falls is located in the town of Antequera on Bohol. To reach Mag Aso Falls it’s approximately 30 minutes drive from Tagbilaran City or a 1-hour drive from Panglao.
The Mag Aso Falls entrance fee is 20 pesos and an additional 15 pesos for parking.
There are 197 concrete steps with metal handrails leading down to the falls and it is an easy 5 to 10 minute hike to reach the bottom. At the halfway mark on the way down to Mag Aso Falls, there is a viewpoint that overlooks the waterfall which makes for a great photo opportunity.
Mag Aso Falls is an 8-meter waterfall that is surrounded by a tropical backdrop of tall trees and wild plants. Carved out under the waterfall is a natural pool that is particularly inviting to go for a swim due to its milky blue coloured water derived from the limestone rocks in the area.
You can swim over to Mag Aso falls from the outer edges and climb up into the natural jacuzzi pool to experience a head massage under the falls. There is also a small cave that can be found under the waterfall.
Mag Aso Falls is one of my favourite places to visit in Bohol as it’s usually uncrowded as it doesn’t appear in many Bohol tour itineraries.
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Gatorade pools at Mag Aso Falls
The viewpoint at Mag Aso Falls
Camugao Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Bohol. Although it’s not quite as popular as Can-umantad Falls, it is equally as impressive with its sheer size and irresistible rock pools!
Camugao Falls can be found in Balilihan on Bohol. From Panglao, it is a 42km drive that takes around 1 hour to reach Camugao Falls.
The entrance fee is 25 pesos and an additional 20 pesos must be paid for parking also.
It’s no more than a 10 to 15 minute hike to reach the bottom of the cliffs and to where the jungle trail emerges at the base of Camugao Falls.
Camugao Falls is surrounded by a towering curved cliff face that makes you feel as though you’ve just stepped inside an enormous amphitheatre. To add to the ambience, lush green plants and vines surround the canyon.
First things first, when I arrived I set down my belongings on the edge of the swimming hole and dived right into the natural-made pool to cool off. The water is that classic vibrant blue colour that the Philippines is famous for and it was even more refreshing than I expected.
A number of huts and rest areas can be found around the edge of the swimming hole beneath the falls where you can perch up and marvel at the beautiful surroundings.
There are no food and drink options at Camugao Falls so best to pack your own snacks and drinking water if you plan to spend some time at this epic Bohol tourist spot.
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Cliff jumping at Camugao Falls
KAWASAN FALLS BOHOL
Kawasan Falls Bohol is still yet to make a name for itself as one of the most beautiful places in Bohol. I stumbled across Kawasan Falls as I was heading from Camugao Falls to Mag Aso Falls as they are all relatively in the same area.
Kawasan Falls located in the town of Antequera on Bohol. To reach Kawasan Falls Bohol it’s approximately 30 minutes drive from Tagbilaran City or a 1-hour drive from Panglao and there is a small entrance fee of 20 pesos.
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Kawasan Falls is not an outrageous waterfall with a heavy flow of water but it is the jungle surrounds and the nearby Abatan River that makes this place so tranquil.
You can enjoy a nice walk through the forest along a jungle trail down to the Abatan River to where you can find a few sheltered huts on stilts. A perfect spot to have a picnic with your friends!
Once you have checked out the river, continue on the trail for a few minutes to reach Kawasan Falls. A trickle of water flows down a tall rockface from the rice terraces on top of the hill and into a small lagoon at the base of the falls. The catch basin is quite shallow and a great spot for a swim to cool off.
The freshwater lagoon at Kawasan Falls
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INAMBACAN CAVE & SPRING
Yet another off-the-beaten-path location is the Inambacan Cave and Spring. Although it’s not yet on the radar for most tourists, it’ definitely worth visiting during your Bohol trip!
Inambacn Cave and Spring is located in Maribojoc on Bohol. From Panglao, it is a 40km drive that takes around 1 hour to reach Inamabacan Cave.
There is a small ticket office at the entrance to Inambacan Cave and Spring Bohol and the entrance fee is 20 pesos. The Filipino lady who owns the land was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived and she showed us the way down the path to the cold springs.
Inambacan Spring features a large lagoon and swimming area which is fed from a running freshwater stream. There are many nooks and crannies to take a dip in the springs which are the perfect opportunity to jump on in and cool off.
In one corner of the lagoon, there is a small cave that you can swim into which is another cool feature at this Bohol tourist attraction.
The Inambacan Cave itself is a natural cave carved out of the hillside and a man-made pool has been built around it. You can walk through the knee-deep water into the cave to where you can find stalagmite pinnacles hanging from the ceiling.
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CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES
If you thought Bohol was just beaches and waterfalls, think again. The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces are hands down one of the most beautiful places in Bohol and an adventure not to be missed.
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces remind me a lot of the rice fields in Bali with its tiered architecture and vivid green hues. And on the plus side, there were absolutely no other tourists in sight when I visited these rice fields in Bohol, unlike that of the herds of tourists that you’ll encounter in Bali.
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces can be found in the Candijay region in Bohol. From Anda, it is a 30km drive that takes approximately 50 minutes to reach Cadapdapan Rice Terraces.
The entrance fee at Cadapdapan Rice Terraces is 50 pesos.
If you happen to be staying in Panglao, you can book a tour to Candijay which is a full-day trip from Panglao. This tour includes three epic locations – Anda White Beach, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and Can-umanted Falls.
Incredible beauty is what you can ultimately expect at Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and it truly is one of the best places to visit in Bohol.
I visited Cadapdapan Rice Terraces early one morning to catch the sunrise at 5:30 am and made it just in time to wander out into these gorgeous Bohol rice fields and witness a colourful sunrise as it lit up this remarkable vista.
There is a narrow dirt trail leading right out into the centre of the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and I remember it being so silent and peaceful. I spent some time just standing amongst the tall rice fields enjoying the sunrise and shooting some photos of a cluster of coconut palms out in the terraces.
I continued along the trail to a nearby hill that is almost perfectly round in shape which resembles something similar to the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. This incredible viewpoint not only overlooks the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces but it also boasts extensive views down the valley and to the ocean. If you don’t have a drone, this elevated viewpoint is by far the best spot to view the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces from a birds-eye perspective.
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CAN UMANTAD FALLS
Can-umantad Falls in Candijay is the biggest and arguably the best waterfall in Bohol. Located high in the hills away from the main tourist towns, Can-umantad Falls is an adventure not to be missed!
Can Umantad Falls is located in the Candijay region in Bohol. From Anda, it takes approximately 50 minutes to get to Can-umantad Falls and the entrance fee is 20 pesos.
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From the jump-off point, it’s a short 5-minute walk along a clearly marked trail to reach Can-umantad Falls Bohol. The way is made up of dirt trails, stone steps and wooden bridges that cross the running freshwater stream.
There are a number of rockpools leading up to the main set of falls which are very inviting with there milky blue waters. This is your first opportunity to take a refreshing dip following the long journey to reach this Bohol tourist spot.
The height of Can-umantad Falls is said to be 60ft making it the tallest waterfall in Bohol. Its water source originates from the blue and cool water from Pundol Spring in Candapdapan, making its way downstream to the 60ft drop at Can Umantad Falls and into a large basin below.
Swimming under the flow of water to receive a natural head and neck massage is an awesome experience to have at Can-umantad Falls Candijay. The water is quite shallow on the edges of the catch basin but it becomes deeper the closer you get to the falls.
There are plenty of seating areas around the main falls which is a perfect spot to chill out for a while and let the epicness of this Bohol attraction sink in
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Turquoise rockpools at Can-umantad Falls
CANAWA COLD SPRING
The Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, in my opinion, is the best cold spring on Bohol island. It’s a popular spot for the Filipino locals to hang out though you won’t see many tourists here, which can be a good thing sometimes.
Canawa Cold Springs is quite close to the more popular Bohol tourist spots Can-umantad Falls and Candapdapan Rice Terraces. All three of these Bohol attractions can be visited in one day making it a perfect day trip from Panglao or Anda.
Canawa Spring is located in the Candijay region in Bohol. It takes approximately 50 minutes to drive from Anda to Canawa Cold Spring and the entrance fee is 20 pesos.
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There are two main springs at Canawa, one is a man-made pool with concrete walls and a somewhat dam-like structure, and the other is a natural pool which is almost completely surrounded by lush trees.
The natural pool at the back is far more beautiful than the man-made pool that you see when you first arrive. So don’t be deterred by this concrete section of Canawa Cold Spring, just be sure to keep wandering along to discover the enchanting blue pool at the back.
A long rope stretches from one side of the cold spring to the other, so you can use this as an aid if swimming isn’t your strong point. There is also a high tree branch above this natural pool that can be climbed and used as a jump-off point into the spring.
Canawa Cold Spring is definitely worth adding to your Bohol itinerary.
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Turquoise natural-made pools at Canawa Cold Spring
BINABAJE HILLS HIKE
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.
Binabaje Hills is located in Alicia, a town in the north-eastern region of Bohol island. It’s approximately a 45-minute drive from Anda to Alicia and the cost is 300 pesos for the guide and 50 pesos entrance fee.
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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 Raul who then took us to the trailhead of the hike.
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.
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.
Safe to say the Binabaje Hills Hike is one of the best things to do in Bohol.
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Kinahugan Falls is one of the most off-the-beaten-path waterfalls in Bohol. A short five-minute hike along a jungle trail to Kinahugan Falls is a worthy adventure on your list of what to do in Bohol.
Kinahugan Falls is located in Jagna on Bohol island. From Anda, it’s s a 37km drive that takes approximately 50 minutes and the entrance is free.
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The trek to Kinahugan Falls from the parking lot takes no more than five minutes down a narrow dirt trail that can be quite slippery so take your time through this section.
When you reach the bottom of the trail it opens up to a flat plateau surrounded by coconut palms and a river runs down one side of the valley.
We caught our first glimpse of Kinahugan Waterfall from here and we followed the trail up some large tree roots that act as stairs. This lead us to a viewing platform at the top which was covered in vibrant foliage from the canopy above.
There are actually two sets of falls at Kinahugan Waterfall boasting mass volumes of water gushing down a rock face into the river below.
Kinahugan Falls isn’t the most ideal spot for a swim as there is quite a lot of water moving around and it did look quite dangerous to be fair. This location is purely for marvelling at and enjoying the scenic jungle that surrounds Kinahugan Falls.
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Jungle vibes at Kinahugan Falls
LONOY COLD SPRING
Lonoy Cold Spring is one of the top Bohol attractions and a great spot to spend an hour or two swimming in the man-made pools which are fed by a nearby freshwater stream.
Lonoy Cold Spring is located in Jagna and can be visited on the same day you visit Kinahugan Falls. From Anda, it is a 38km drive which takes around 55 minutes and the entrance fee is 10 pesos.
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Lonoy Cold Spring is made up of three separate springs which are fed from a runoff of water from the nearby mountains. The flow of water cascades down the hillside into each mad-made pool and meets the freshwater stream at the bottom.
It’s a popular location for the locals to hang out on weekends and you won’t find too many tourists here. They are always very friendly and welcoming to foreigners so take the time to get to know them and learn more about the local way of life here on Bohol.
Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase from the little shop next to the springs.
The water in the Lonoy Cold Spring is no more than six feet deep and it’s a great spot to cool off while listening to the sounds of the surrounding forested area.
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Jungle vibes at Lonoy Cold Spring
Cooling off at Lonoy Cold Spring
LAMANOK ISLAND & MANGROVE BOARDWALK
Lamanok Island, also spelt Lamanoc, is said to be one of the most mysterious places to go in Bohol. Lamanok has a long history of being a sacred place for priests and healers who would make offerings to nature spirits on the island and some people claim to have seen or heard paranormal activity on Lamanoc.
Uncover the island’s rich heritage on the Lamanok Island Mystic Experience Tour which costs around 300 pesos and includes a guide, entrance fees and boat trip. You can book a Lamanok Island Tour via your accommodation in Anda.
Apart from the spookiness of Lamanok, you can enjoy a half-day of fun activities such as island hopping, kayaking, hiking and caving.
The journey also begins with a stroll through the mangrove forest across a boardwalk which is constructed completely out of bamboo.
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Mysterious caves on Lamanok Island
CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
Mother Nature has carved over twenty major cave pools in Anda and Cabagnow Cave Pool is arguably the biggest, the best and the most beautiful out of them all. I highly recommend adding Cabagnow Cave Pool to your list of things to do in Bohol.
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Cabagnow Cave Pool is located in Anda on Bohol Island, Philippines. From the main town in Anda, Cabagnow Cave Pool is a 5-minute drive. The entrance fee is 20 pesos and the parking fee is 20 pesos.
Follow the dirt trail from the parking lot to Cabagnow Cave Pool which is clearly marked and it takes no more than 10 minutes to walk.
About 2 minutes in, I came across an intersection and a sign that read ‘Tibaw Cave Pool’ with an arrow pointing to the left which leads down to another epic cave pool. I decided to check this one out first before heading over to Cabagnow Cave Pool.
This unique cenote / sinkhole / cave pool is surrounded by coral rock and filled with fresh water which is fed from the nearby mountains.
To enter the deep blue coloured pool you can either walk across the rocks and slip in on the shallow side or if you’re keen for a jump there is a 2-meter cliff jump on the opposite side of the pool. The depth of the water is around 3 meters deep so you won’t have to worry about hitting the bottom if you decide to do some cliff jumping.
I continued on to find Cabagnow Cave Pool which is only a 5-minute walk from Tibaw Cave Pool.
The Cabagnow Cave Pool is much larger but unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to enter the pool without the ladder that used to be in place. It’s a 5-meter drop into the sinkhole so there is no way of getting out once you’re down in the water.
I would have loved to have jumped into the clear blue waters and explore the enormous caves underneath. I do hope they make this cave pool in Anda accessible again by the time you read this blog post as it really is one of the best Bohol attractions.
Overall, if you’re looking for what to do in Bohol a visit to Cabagnow Cave Pool and Tibaw Cave Pool is definitely worth it as they are both very unique locations that you don’t see every day.
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BLUE HEAVEN VIEWPOINT
The Blue Heaven Viewpoint is the highest peak on the Anda Peninsula which offers panoramic views of Bohol island and coastlines.
I visited Blue Heaven Viewpoint Anda one afternoon to watch the sunset and it was one of the best highlights of my Bohol trip.
Blue Heaven Viewpoint is approximately a 20-minute drive inland from Anda town centre and the entrance is free.
It’s very easy to find this viewpoint with the use of Google Maps and when you arrive at the jump-off point on the side of the main road, it’s a short 2-minute walk along a dirt trail to the top of the hill.
There is a small sheltered hut at the summit offering extensive views of the Anda region and its beaches. On a clear day, you can see the neighbouring islands of Camiguin and Surigao.
Blue Heaven Viewpoint Anda, in my opinion, is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Bohol.
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Some local kids getting 4G reception at the top
Drone shot of Blue Heaven Viewpoint in Anda
QUINALE BEACH ANDA
Quinale Beach was one of my favourite beaches to explore while I was in Anda and coincidently, it’s dubbed the best beach on Bohol.
Quinale Beach Anda is most famed for its long stretch of white soft sands, crystal clear waters, palmtree fringed shores, beach bars and open style huts that are dotted along the coastline. Not a bad spot to spend a few hours if you ask me!
The best time to visit Quinale Beach is during high tide to see its true beauty. Visiting on low tide is also okay but there may be a lot of seaweed grass along the shores.
There are many spots to perch up under the shade of a coconut palm or under the sun to work on that summer tan. Quinale Beach is not to be missed on your list of things to do in Bohol.
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Empty shoreline at Quinale Beach Anda
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Open style huts on Quinale Beach in Anda
CATERES CAVE POOL
Cateres Cave Pool is one of the many epic cave pools in Anda and a real hidden treasure.
From the town centre of Anda, it is approximately a 5-minute drive to reach Cateres Cave Pool. Follow Dapdap Beach Road right till the end till you come to a closed-off gate and this is the jump-off point.
The trail is narrow and overgrown but I assure you it emerges at the Cateres Cave Pool. It’s a short 2-minute walk from the jump-off point and there is no entrance fee.
When I arrived there was a group of teens hanging out, listening to music and drinking rum. They were super friendly and I sat down and chatted with them for a while.
The cave pool is tucked away under the cliffs and stalagmite pinnacles hang from the ceiling. I couldn’t resist jumping into the turquoise lagoon to cool off.
Cateres Cave Pool is not as popular as Cabagnow Cave Pool and chances are you won’t see any other tourists there making it a worthy addition to your Bohol itinerary.
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The turquoise lagoon at Cateres Cave Pool
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Marvelling at the stalagmite pinnacles
Canuba Beach, also spelt Can-uba Beach, is one of the most beautiful yet under-rated beaches in Bohol. White sands, beach shacks and a palm tree-fringed shoreline make this location a must-see Bohol attraction.
Canuba Beach can be found in the Jagna region on Bohol. From Anda, it is approximately a 50-minute drive to reach Can-uba Beach.
When we visited Canuba Beach we were literally the only two people along the entire coastline. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and I was in complete awe of the sheer beauty of this place.
If you’re looking for an uncrowded beach to spend some time during your Bohol trip, head over to Canuba Beach and you will find exactly that!
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Palm tree fringed shores at Canuba Beach
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WHITE BEACH ANDA
White Beach in Anda is hands down one of the best beaches in Bohol. I visited White Beach for sunset one afternoon and explored the white sands, swam in the shallow crystalline waters and hung out underneath the coconut palms.
From the town centre in Anda, it is a short 5-minute drive to White Beach. You can ride your scooter all the way down to Anda White Beach Resort and park in the small parking lot. From the jump-off point, follow the dirt trail on the right-hand side of the resort to get down to the beach.
My favourite part about White Beach Anda is the cluster of palm trees that reside on the soft sands. I spent some time taking photos here before running into the ocean to cool off after a long day of adventures. The crystal clear waters here are to die for!
Once again there were no other tourists in sight, just a bunch of local kids running around on the beach, kicking sand and having an absolute blast. Ah, the simple things!
White Beach Anda is a tropical slice of paradise and I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to do in Bohol!
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Sunset at White Beach Anda
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Unforgettable sunset at White Beach Anda
COMBENTO CAVE POOL
Last but not least on this Bohol travel guide is the Combento Cave Pool in Anda. After Cabagnow Cave Pool, it is my second favourite cave pool in the region and a must-visit while you’re exploring Bohol.
From the town centre of Anda, it is approximately a 5-minute drive to reach Combento Cave Pool. You’ll find a small parking lot at the jump-off point and there is an entrance fee of 25 pesos.
A coconut palm tree forest welcomes you as you enter past the ticket office and the Combento Cave is located in the back corner of the property. The locals will be sure to point it out to you.
A set of concrete stairs with bamboo hand railings leads the way through a narrow entrance and opens up into a large dome-like cave with a freshwater lagoon inside.
The crystalline water inside the Combento Cave is incredibly transparent with a hint of blue. It’s waist deep and a great spot for a refreshing dip. The cave is quite dark inside and only natural light fills dome at certain times of the day.
You don’t need much time to check out the Combento Cave but you could quite easily spend a couple of hours swimming in the lagoons and chilling out under the canopy of the coconut palm forest.
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Crystalline waters at Combento Cave
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The entrance to Combento Cave Pool
Heading down into the cave pool
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ARRIVING IN BOHOL
If you are arriving in Bohol by ferry, see below for the best ways to get from Tagbilaran Port to Panglao and from Tagbilaran Port to Anda.
Tagbilaran Port to Panglao (45 Minutes)
From Tagbilaran Port to Panglao, you have the option of taking a 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.
Tricycle ride from Tagbilaran to Panglao costs 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 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.
WHAT TO PACK FOR BOHOL
Bohol island, as you now know after reading this Bohol travel guide, offers all sorts of activities including waterfalls, hiking, island hopping, caving etc. which means there are things you definitely need to consider packing for your Bohol trip!
FINAL THOUGHTS ON BOHOL ISLAND
I thoroughly enjoyed the week that I spent on Bohol Island and it definitely won’t be my last visit to this tropical paradise.
From the beaches to the waterfalls to the mountains, there are endless things to do in Bohol for all kinds of travellers and I guarantee you will have an incredible experience exploring this beautiful island in the south of the Philippines!
I hope you enjoyed reading my Bohol Travel Guide and if you have any questions at all, feel free to drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
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