Bohol is a tropical mecca located in the Philippines with 4821 square kilometers of beautiful shores, actives for everyone and endless adventure!
In this guide of Where To Stay In Bohol, I’ll be talking to you about the two main tourist hubs, Panglao which is in West Bohol and Anda which is in East Bohol.
I’ll be giving you a range of accommodation options including Luxury, Mid Range and Budget to suit all types of travelers and talking you through the best places to stay in Bohol.
Also at the bottom of this Bohol Guide, I have included some other useful information on how to get to Bohol, getting around Bohol, the best time to visit and a complete guide of the best things to do on Bohol Island during your visit!
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL OVERVIEW
I have divided this post into 2 different areas of where to stay in Bohol which I have listed below:
Panglao (West Bohol)
Panglao is hands-down the most popular area to stay in Bohol due to it’s close proximity to the main ferry port which is just a 45-minute drive and also Panglao International Airport which is a short 10-minute drive to the center of Panglao Town.
Panglao is great for beaches, shopping, restaurants, bars, cafes, nightlife, boat tours and island tours. There are so many things to do in Panglao that you could easily spend 1 week here and not get bored.
Anda (East Bohol)
Anda is located on the far eastern tip of Bohol Island, approximately 3 hours drive from Panglao. Not many tourists make the effort to travel out to Anda but this is a big mistake!
I spent 4 days in Anda myself and it offers many adventurous things to do such as cave pools, snorkeling, hiking, viewpoints, boat tours, secluded white sand beaches, waterfalls and more!
Anda is very underrated and relatively untouched, making it the perfect place to explore epic locations without battling the crowds that you will find in Panglao.
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Luxury: Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa
Probably one of the most luxury Bohol resorts is Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, offering a presidential suite with infinity pool, wifi, first-rate amenities, private beach and even a swim-up bar. With the option to go horse riding, water sports and even fishing, you can quite literally live like a president here in Panglao. This for sure has to be one of the best places to stay in Bohol.
With its own private beach, markets just down the road and the airport only 1.9miles way, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa couldn’t be more perfectly located. If you fancy a day trip, Hinagdanan Cave is just 4.9 miles away.
One word: Presidential. With luxury queen size beds, wifi, TV’s, iPod docking stations, air con and private bathrooms with hot tubs, you really are staying in a room fit for a king. These rooms and the entire resort have well and truly earned their way to being one of the top accommodations when looking for where to stay in Bohol.
Although pricey, this Panglao resort is actually really good for families. With rooms kitted out with entertainment systems, huge swimming pools and even a kids pool, this resort in Bohol is great for the entire family.
LUXURY: Amorita Resort
Experience world-class service at the Amorita Resort in Bohol, surrounded by lush green gardens and breathtaking views of the Bohol sea and the famous Alona Beach. Amoirta resort offers mountain bike hire, kayak and paddleboard hire and even the opportunity to go snorkeling and diving.
Located right on Alona Beach just 40 minutes from the airport and port, surrounded by shops, restaurants and markets, you really are at the hub of everything here at Amorita Resort. With the beach on your doorstep, this is the perfect location if you’re wanting to treat yourself to a beachfront Bohol resort.
With simply stunning interior, full of all the mod-cons like wifi, entertainment systems, air-con and some rooms even offering private swimming pools. Choose between different types of villas depending on your needs and budget. Whichever room you choose, you’ll be met by an incredibly comfortable bed and fully stocked minibar.
Personally I would say this Panglao resort is great for couples. Enjoy a romantic, sunset dinner on the patio of your villa and spend the day relaxing by the pool. However, this resort has actually been rated 10/10 for solo travelers. Either way, you’d be a fool to miss out on this when searching for where to stay in Bohol.
LUXURY: Donatela Hotel
One of the top picks when looking for where to stay in Bohol is Donatela Hotel, one of the best Panglao hotels! Offering island-vibe accommodation with gardens, outdoor pools and wifi throughout the resort. A private beach area means you get to enjoy this Bohol resort every day of your stay. With 24-hour desk assistance and on-site restaurant, you really have everything taken care of for you. Not to mention the Olympic sized dressage arena, on-site!
The famous Alona Beach is just 0.6 miles away and beyond that, you have a plethora of shops, restaurants and markets less than 2 miles away. The airport is just 1.3 miles away and of course, your own private beach right on your doorstep.
Kitted out with everything you’ll ever need from full entertainment system, wifi, TV’s, tea/coffee maker, mini bar and even some of the rooms with walk-in shower, bathtub and plunge pool. Take your pick from the garden villa, family villa or even the honeymoon villa. Donatela Hotel is up there with some of the best hotels in Panglao Bohol.
Couple travelers, including those just married, with the option of staying in the honeymoon suite. Alternatively, if you’re coming to Panglao, Bohol with the family then you’re more than welcome here, with Donatela Hotel offering family-sized villas.
Let’s move on to some budget-friendly Panglao resorts to help you with your search on where to stay in Bohol. These next Bohol resorts are more mid-range accommodation options!
Mid Range: Marina Point Bay Resort
Marina Bay Resort boasts a huge outdoor swimming pool, gardens, a bar and an on-site restaurant. With 24-hour desk service, wifi throughout the resort and each room offering a terrace with a pool view, Marina Point Bay Resort is a great mid-range option for Panglao hotels.
Situated in Tawala, between the famous Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach, Marina Point Bay Resort is in a prime location for Bohol. You have a whole bunch of restaurants and markets just 0.2 miles away and the airport only 1.3 miles away. For the price you’re paying, you’re most certainly getting a food location with this resort.
All rooms offer a terrace with pool view, wifi, TV’s and fully stocked toiletries. With hairdryers, closets, a fridge and even a teapot, you really feel like you can make yourself at home here. If you’re wanting to spend a little extra, you have the option to stay in a private villa, with a huge comfortable king bed and your very own private swimming pool.
This one is definitely for the solo or couple travelers. With rooms offering no more than 2 beds, this one isn’t so family-friendly. It is, however, a great resort for those travelers looking to be at the heart of everything in Panglao and want a stunning Panglao resort to stay at on their trip.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
I personally stayed at Conrada’s Place and can’t recommend this place enough! This Bohol accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities and wellness spa. Conrada can also help you to book island hopping tours and other activities in Bohol.
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach and close to shops, restaurants and other nearby attractions.
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 in Panglao for families, friends and couples.
MID RANGE: The Story Resort & Spa
Located just a 20 minute walk from Danao Beach, The Story Resort & Spa features views of the gardens, wifi, 24-hour help desk, an on-site restaurant and too many swimming pools to count. Guests here at The Story Resort & Spa can also enjoy an a la carte breakfast.
Located just a stone’s throw away from Danao Beach & Alona Beach, this is a great place to stay in Panglao, Bohol. With the airport just 1.3 miles away and if you’re feeling adventurous, Hinagdanan Cave is just 5.5 miles away.
When it comes to booking your room here, the possibilities are endless. The Story Resort & Spa have such a great range of rooms to cater to everyone. From deluxe rooms with a balcony or even a double rooms with swimming pool access. All rooms have wifi, comfortable beds, minibars, cable TV and more importantly, air-con.
Again this is another Bohol resort for the solo or couple travelers with all the rooms at The Story Resort & Spa only sleeping a maximum of 2 people.
MID RANGE: Linaw Beach Resort
Located on the private beach of Danao, Linaw Beach Resort boasts outdoor pools, fining dining restaurants, an open-air games hall and wifi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy a game of billiards, table tennis or foosball in the games hall or alternatively, enjoy a relaxing massage on-site.
Perfectly located on the beach of Danao and just 1.3 miles from Alona Beach, this is the perfect, mid-range beachfront hotels in Bohol. Close to other shops and restaurants in the town with the option to stay on-site and enjoy the fine-dining cuisine at the Pearl Restaurant. Getting around is also super easy as you’re already close to everything but it’s made even easier by the ability to hire scooters on site.
Superior style rooms offering flat-screen TV’s, balconies with a view, wifi and air-con. With comfortable, queen-sized beds and interconnecting rooms available, you and your traveling buddies are sure in for a very comfortable stay at this Bohol beachfront resort.
This one has something for everyone. More obviously it’s great for solo or couple travelers however, with the option of interconnecting rooms, you and the entire family can quite happily enjoy a stay at one of the best resorts in Panglao!
Now it’s time to discuss the options for cheap Bohol accommodation. This one goes out to those who are on a very tight budget and don’t want to blow it all on a fancy place to stay in Bohol. Let’s talk about budget options.
Budget: Gaea’s Apartments
With free on-site parking and located just a 15 minute walk from Damaluan Beach, Gaea’s Apartments are a great option for cheap hotels in Bohol. Housekeeping services are available upon request with motorbike rentals, transport services and tour actives also being arranged on site.
Libaong White Beach is just 950 yards away, the airport is 2.2 miles away and a whole bunch of shops and restaurants are right on your doorstep. This Panglao hotel is in a great location.
With so many different options for rooms, Gaea’s Apartments are catering for everyone. From shared dorm rooms, to family suites, you have it all. All rooms are equipped with air-con, wifi and a comfortable bed. If you choose the dorm option, you have a shared toilet and a shared seating area. Whereas the private rooms have their own bathrooms and toilets.
Anyone on a budget. From solo and couple to travelers and even families with the choice of a family suite. Gaea’s Apartments cater to everyone who is looking for where to stay in Bohol.
BUDGET: Roberto’s Resort
Roberto’s Resort offers a great place to stay in Panglao, Bohol. With free wifi throughout the property, motorbike hire and a bar and restaurant, this is a great option if you’re wanting a cheap place to stay in Bohol.
Slightly more set-back from the ocean and a lot closer to the international airport, Roberto’s Resort is surrounded by cafes, markets and restaurants. Hire a scooter and make your way to Alona Beach which is just 1.1 miles away.
The dorm rooms here offer air-con, free wifi, comfortable beds and a shared bathroom. You also have the option at an increased price, to book yourself a private room and your own private bathroom. Also if you’re a traveling family, book into the family suite.
This one is more targeted at the backpackers. A little more of a hostel vibe with this one, staying in bunks in a dorm room. Alternatively, there is an option for families to stay in one of the family suites.
BUDGET: Bohol Coco Farm
When looking for where to stay in Bohol, Coco Farm offers a more rustic experience, with the accommodations having a thatched roof. Modern luxuries include wifi, common areas and a restaurant on site. Other facelifts include wifi, a tour desk and free on-site parking with complimentary coffee being offered between 6:00 – 9:00 am.
Libaong White Beach is just 1300 yards away, with Alona Beach being 2.7 miles away. Bohol Coco Farm is a little more out of town but offers that more rustic experience in Bohol. For food options, head down to the beaches and eat there or enjoy the food at the on-site restaurant.
Rustic style, single-gender door rooms are the more popular option at Bohol Coco Farm with the choice of upgrading to a private bungalow. All rooms are kitted out with air-con, wifi, shared bathrooms and toilets and bunk beds. If you book to stay in the private bungalow, you get one double bed.
This one is definitely more for the solo traveler. Be prepared, if you’re a traveling couple, you’ll be split up if you decide to stay in the dorms. The dorm rooms are single-sex only.
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
LUXURY: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
Experience world-class service at the Amun Ini Beach Resort and Spa, set just a 10 minute drive from the Anda White Beach. This is the perfect, luxury hotel in the Anda area. With privacy, an outdoor swimming pool, wifi and a private beach, this really is a true island escape. Airport shuttle services are available at a surcharge and the hotel can also organised diving & kayaking trips.
This one is a little out in the sticks, with Anda being a more quieter area. A 2 hour drive from the Panglao Airport and not much else around it, this Anda hotel is definitely a little more remote. You have an on-site restaurant.
Deluxe ocean view rooms, come fully equipped with comfortable beds, wifi, sea views, flat-screen TV’s and balconies. Aircon is also available in every room.
This one is definitely for couple travelers. This secluded Bohol resort is perfect for those looking for a chilled out holiday in Bohol.
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 in Bohol for families, couples and friends.
Mid Range: Seaview Beach Resort
Seaview Beach Resort is located in Guindulman, Anda. With poolside, balcony rooms, all fitted with air-con and offering free private parking, this is a great compromise between luxury and budget. This Anda hotel is the perfect mid-range Bohol accommodation option.
Another secluded resort, close to Anda and right on the beach offers you the chance to experience Bohol but with a little privacy. Although close to the beach which is perfect for those sun-worshipers, bare in mind this is a very secluded Bohol resort, 35.7 miles away from the closest airport.
This Anda Beach Resort, offers one type of room. With a large, comfortable queen bed, a balcony, air-con and flat-screen TV, this has all you’ll need for a little escape in Bohol.
This Bohol resort is perfect for the solo or couple travelers. I would recommend hiring a bike or something to get around, so if you’re adventurous, this is right up your street.
Budget: Canto’s Cafe Bistro & Lodging
Featuring gardens, a bar, shared lounge and terrace, this Anda Beach Resort in Bohol is perfect for the budget traveler. With the resort offering a la carte or American breakfast, this is a great option for exploring Anda on a budget. What’s even better is the property offers karaoke and room service! See, you’re really spoilt for choice here.
This resort is actually in a really good location for Anda. Located close to waterfalls, boardwalks and blue heaven viewpoint, you really have everything on your doorstep. Restaurants, cafes and markets are all within 5 miles and the beach is just a stone’s throw away.
The option between standard or double rooms with even the option of just booking the room for 12 hours. All equipped with air-con, mountain/landmark views, free wifi and free toiletries.
This one is ideal for backpackers on a budget when looking for where to stay in Bohol. With a great location and a really affordable price. The area is popular for hiking and mountain biking so if you’re an adventurer, this is great for you.
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. Continental breakfast is included for all guests.
This Anda resort is centrally located in Anda town, walking distance to shops, restaurants and beaches.
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.
Recommended for solo travelers, couples and a group of friends on a budget.
THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL
Now that you’ve got all the information on where to stay in Bohol, you may want to read my Ultimate Bohol Travel Guide which includes 31 Epic Things To Do In Bohol!
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 travelers. The main airport in Bohol is Panglao International Aiport located on Panglao Island.
Cebu to Bohol ferry
The most common route is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol which takes approximately 2.5 hours and the cost is around 600 pesos.
There are daily ferry departures from the Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal and it arrives at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Once you have booked your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, on the day of travel you can head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure and present the online booking number to the staff at the check-in counter so they can issue you a seat number. There is also an additional 25 pesos terminal fee that must be paid in cash on the day.
Siquijor to Bohol ferry
If you happen to be on Siquijor island and heading over to Bohol from here, there are daily ferry departures from Larena Port in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol. The ferry from Siquijor to Bohol takes around 1.5 hours and the cost is around 850 pesos plus an additional 20 pesos terminal fee.
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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 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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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!
Getting around Bohol by scooter
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
Chocolate Hills Bohol
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So there you have it! An in-depth guide on everything from luxury to budget accommodation to help you find what best suits you when looking for where to stay in Bohol.
As you can see a lot of Bohol accommodation is located in Panglao but there is also the option to stay in the Anda area in East Bohol.
If you have any questions at all about where to stay in Bohol, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!