8 Best Things to Do in Bohol, Philippines 2023
As you may have read from our previous posts, the Philippines is a country that has an unimaginable number of exciting adventures to offer. Not only this, but its many picturesque destinations offer incredible sights and experiences that not many countries can provide. Whether you are a digital nomad looking for the next best place to produce content, or are simply a traveller investigating the next destination to visit, the Philippines should be on your list. More specifically, besides Siquijor, which we have covered extensively in previous articles, Bohol is another area to add to your list. Throughout this post, we will be looking at the best things to do in Bohol, namely 8 fun experiences to discover when you are wondering what to do on Bohol island.
1. Dive with Sardines
As you may have read from our article on Cebu, diving with sardines is one of the experiences that tends to be a visitor’s favorite when visiting the Philippines. If you are not planning on going to Cebu, do not worry! You can also do so in Bohol. Try out the School of Sardines (Panglao Kalikasan) to see millions of sardines all packed together.
2. Day Trip Island Hopping (Balicasag and Virgin Islands)
If jumping in with sardines is not your thing (or you have already done so!) try going on a day trip to the Virgin Islands and Balicasag. The Balicasag Island is very small, but it has numerous experiences to offer. In fact, this island is well known as a beautiful marine resource that also has white sand beaches for those who prefer a laid-back day. You can see beautiful corals and can visit shallow and deep waters, depending on your preference. A spot famous for its snorkelling sites, the Balicasag Island is definitely one of the best things to do if you are wondering what to do in Bohol Island!
3. Exploring Waterfalls
If you have been looking up content on Instagram to figure out what to do on Bohol Island, you most likely have come across a few pictures of waterfalls. For this, we have a pro-tip: visit the Pahangog falls. This is by far one of the best waterfalls that I have ever visited, and I have seen many! You can access it after a 20 minute hike, and you can park your bike there as well. It is also known as the Dimiao Twin falls, and it is surrounded by huge trees and impressive vegetation, and is likely to make you feel like you are dreaming.
4. Sea of Clouds, Dagohoy Bohol
When you think of the "sea of clouds”, what do you picture? In Bohol, the sea of clouds is something you can visit if you want to truly experience what it is like to be on “cloud 9”. The sea of clouds is something you can see if you get there early in the morning, such as around 5 AM, but you may be lucky and still see it if you arrive by 6. Situated at Sitio Puntaas, La Esperanza, Dagohoy, it is sometimes compared to the “Playground of the gods” which is in Luzon (Mt. Pulag). Simply head over to Dagohoy and hike to see the clouds. You can also camp there, but be aware that you cannot rent any of the equipment, so come prepared! Click here for more information about the sea of clouds!
5. ATV Ride – Chocolate Hills
If you are a fan of excursions that are high in adrenaline, you may like this one. In Bohol, you can attend a Chocolate Hills ATV tour option which costs around 1000 pesos per hour per person. Chocolate Hills is a unique location in Bohol that has its name from the bizarre formation that it has, and because it turns brown during the drier months. The ATV ride is a great way to take a look at this part of the island, especially if you are looking for something a bit different from simply walking and hiking!
6. Relax at South Palms Beach Resort
After the ride, why not head over to the South Palms Beach Resort? This resort is one of the nicest we have seen. The beaches are made of fine white sand, and the water is crystal clear. The view surrounding the resort is picturesque: palm trees surround it, making sure to give you a relaxing time after otherwise very hectic and exciting experiences. If you are looking for things to do in Bohol, this resort is a must! Visitors particularly like the food choices, the extremely comfortable bedding, as well as the activities that one can do without paying extra (kayaking, paddleboarding). Try it out!
7. Tarsier Sanctuary
The tarsier is the world’s smallest primate. An eco-tourism destination in Corella, Bohol, the Tarsier Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that protects the animal and its habitat. The tarsier is adorable to look at, and it is especially well-known for its large eyes that almost resemble those of flies. Tarsiers are emotionally sensitive, and seeing them or encountering them has been known to be a life-changing experience for many people. They are delicate animals that are easily stressed, so be sure to be quiet when you visit them and to keep any rapid movements to a minimum.
8. Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape
Staying on the theme of primates, if you are wondering what to do in Bohol, head over to the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape. Just like the other activities listed above have to do with the environment in terms of its beauty and uniqueness, the Rajah Sikatuna is made up of 60% of limestone. While the views are already picturesque, the site is also the home of long-tailed macaques and flying lemurs. For a day full of beautiful sights, including limestone hills, natural springs, and grasslands, the Rajah Sikatuna Landscape is a great place to head over to.
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