Bohol – The Amazing Island of the Philippines

Yes! Bohol – the amazing island of the Philippines. Keep reading to learn a little about this wonderful place and start planning your vacation to this wonderful Philippines beach destination. Bohol is one of the most popular and tourist-friendly destinations in the Philippines. This island is in the Visayas region and attracts visitors from all over the world because of its stunning and diverse attractions, with the Chocolate Hills being the most popular. The Chocolate Hills are a geological formation of grass-covered hills that turn brown during the dry season.

For adventure seekers, Bohol offers a wide variety of adrenaline-packed activities. But the white sand beaches, world-class dive sites and the laid-back atmosphere is what gives Bohol its unique charm. There are travel requirements in place, and you can find that information here: COVID-19 Information – U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

Bohol an island of endless possibilities! Situated in the middle of the Visayan archipelago and surrounded by the Bohol and Camotes Seas, Bohol is gifted with nature’s best offerings; the vivid depths of Balicasag, Cabilao and Danajon; the fine white sand of Panglao; the thousand hills of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan; the tarsiers of Loboc; the cave pools of Anda; the the rice terraces and waterfalls of Candijay and more! Bohol – The Amazing Island of the Philippines! Visit The Most Beautiful Islands in the Philippines here, or on Pinterest.

Bohol Weather – When to Visit

The temperature in Bohol is consistent throughout the year with temperatures averaging 80°F, cooling down at night to an average of 77°F. From August to October, the monsoon prevails in Bohol. The dry season begins in January and ends on May 30, with April having the least chance of rainfall.  The summer season (May to July) sees the highest temperatures and humid days.

To witness the Chocolate Hills in their iconic chocolate brown color, you’ll want to come during the dry months of January through May. These months are the peak season, so be ready to vacation with the Holy Week crowd.

Every year in July Bohol celebrates the Sandugo Festival. The festival commemorates the historic blood compact (Sandugo) between Datu Sikatuna of Bohol and Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. It is a month-long festival that involves beauty pageants and street dancing competitions. 

Essentials to Pack for Bohol

  • Slip On Shoes Flip flops will see you through most of your Philippines trip. If you want to bring other shoes, slip-on shoes that you can slide off when you enter your hotel or guesthouse are your best bet. I recommend some lightweight espadrilles like these or some comfy go-with-anything Birkenstock sandals like these.
  • Dry Bag You can buy a dry bag in the Philippines, but they only cost a couple of dollars and I wouldn’t trust them for long. I used mine to get on and off the boats (you usually have to walk about waist-deep into the water) but I wouldn’t have swum with it or taken it underwater. If you want a bag you can pack camera gear in to take into hidden beaches and lagoons, buy a decent dry bag before you go.
  • Walking shoes. You’re going to be spending lots of time on boats and in the water, but there are also some fantastic hikes. So pack a pair of running shoes that will dry quickly if they get back but will also support your feet.
  • Water shoes. Some of the islands are only accessible by boat. You’ll have to swim (or walk) a little way, so a pair of water shoes like these will protect your feet from stones and anything lying on the beach.
  • Underwater camera. The AKASO EK7000 4K30FPS Action Camera will get you some amazing photos and videos.
  • Toiletries The toiletry essentials you will want to pack are skin care or hair care (for out in the sun), mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer wipes, and sun screen.
  • Reusable Water Bottle The Philippines is cutting back on plastic. Help them out and do your bit for the planet by taking a refillable bottle with you. Try this great stainless steel refillable water bottle.

Best Bohol Area Beaches

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Alona Beach

Alona Beach is a great beach for snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, kitesurfing and scuba diving. On this beach there are numerous dive boats, because of the stunning reef full of clownfish, Moorish idols, angelfishes and more. Alona Beach is also the best place to catch the sunset and is a quiet, romantic place at night.

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Dumaluan Beach

Dumaluan Beach is perfect for families with children travelling together. It’s clean and spacious, and there are plenty of places where you can get a good meal or rent out beach cottages. The beach can get busy during the weekends, but you have the option to enter some resorts for a minimal fee and avoid the crowds. Consider staying overnight in a private resort for a more relaxing getaway.

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Bagobo Beach

This is another beach on Bohol’s Panglao Island. It’s the less known, but steadily growing in popularity. It is not as commercialized or crowded as the other more famous beaches on Bohol. You can skim the waters, feed the fish, dive, and snorkel, as well as just throw down your towel and sun bathe.

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Danao Beach

Like the neighboring Alona Beach, Danao Beach has white sand shores, clear turquoise waters, and large palm trees. There are many unique fish species that dwell in the Danao Beach waters and giant coral reefs that can be enjoyed and witnessed. You may also ride boats, dive, parasail, snorkel, or just swim and wade through the waters.

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Virgin Island

Virgin Island is basically a sandbar with palm trees. It’s about a 15 minute boat ride from Panglao Island. Although the islet is small, you’ll be amazed by the unspoiled beaches and shallow blue waters here. There are also food stands when you can purchase fresh and delicious seafood.

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Best Bohol Tours & Activities

Bohol Highlights Tour: Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Spotting and Loboc River Cruise

Enjoy a full-day tour of Bohol Island from Tagbilaran, traveling with an informative guide around the stunning island. Relax during a lunch cruise on the Loboc River, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot indigenous Philippine tarsiers, some of the smallest primates in the world. Visit a butterfly sanctuary and historic landmarks such as Baclayon Church, a Spanish colonial edifice from the 16th century, then take in the Chocolate Hills from several vantage points. You’ll also see daily life in villages and farms for a comprehensive island experience. Book your Bohol Highlights Tour Here.

Bohol Nature tour with Locals

Nature tour with locals is a very different trip from the normal ones. It is done exclusively and we bring you to places or spots that is not crowded. You get a chance to be with locals. See places that a regular tour does not have. we take you to the depth of the island where you see more than you think. Book your Bohol Nature Tour with Locals Here.

Philippines: See & Experience it ALL in 14 Days, 1st Class Traveling

You absolutely will not find another tour out there as packed with activities and attractions as this one, provided by CharlieTheTraveler. You will also not find another tour out there that offers it all “FIRST CLASS,” yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year-and that’s because no competitor can beat us on quality, price and substance. Book your Philippines See & Experience it All Tour Here.

Oslob Whale Shark and Sumilon Day Tour

Get the opportunity to swim alongside whale sharks, under the supervision of a guide, during this full-day tour to Oslob and Sumilon Island. Learn the safe, respectful methods for entering the underwater world, then hop out on the sandbar or the white sand beach to relax and take in the sun. Reach Sumilon Island for a lunch feast to keep you energized. Book your Oslob Whale Shark and Sumilon Day Tour Here.

Private Bohol and Chocolate Hills with Loboc River Cruise

See more of Bohol’s natural and cultural wonders on a full-day sightseeing tour from Tagbilaran City, a stress-free way to see more sights in less time. With just your private guide and party, you’ll travel between a wildlife refuge in Corella, the 16th-century Baclayon Church, the Manmade Mahogany Forest, and the famous Chocolate Hills. Plus, you’ll enjoy lunch during a cruise on the Loboc River. round-trip hotel transport are included. Book your Private Bohol and Chocolate Hills Loboc River Cruise Here.

Best Bohol Restaurants

Bohol Bee Farm $11 – 30

This is both a guesthouse and a restaurant, and a place that promotes sustainable and eco-friendly farming. The menu features an array of organic delights made from the freshest ingredients – truly one of the island’s most endearing and enjoyable dining venues. Telephone: 63 38 510 1822 Web: Bohol Bee Farm

Hayahay Restaurant $11 – 30

Hayahey Restaurant serves among the island’s best pizzas. Choose between a thin or thick crust and between chowing down by the beach or in the comfort of the restaurant. If you want something other than pizza, the fresh seafood here is also very good and reasonably priced. Telephone: 63 38 502 9288 Web: Hayahay Restaurant

JJ’s Seafood Restuarant $11 – 30

Helmut’s Place offers some of the best steaks in Alona Beach. Owned and run by a German expat, it’s naturally primarily a German restaurant and bar. Even so, you’ll also find fantastic Italian food and tasty sandwiches at this cozy little place on the outskirts of town. Telephone: 63 38 501 0566 Web: JJ’s Seafood Restaurant

Loboc Riverwatch Floating River Resto $11 – 30

You can cruise along the scenic and meandering Loboc River while enjoying some good wine and full plate of food. You can enjoy live music both onboard and during stopovers, when musicians serenade you with the romantic sound of an acoustic guitar. Telephone: 63 999 582 4655 Web: Loboc Riverwatch Floating River Resto

Pyramid Restaurant $11 – 30

Idyllically placed by a waterfront, the panoramic view of the ocean makes Pyramid Restaurant a great choice for a relaxed and romantic dining atmosphere. Down on the popular tourist site of Alona Beach, this resort restaurant attracts many visitors due to its positioning, but more so for to the mouth-watering food. Telephone:

Best Bohol Bars

Aluna Beach Lounge

The place has a warm and friendly vibe, where you can meet travelers from all over the world and even make new friends. Web: Aluna Beach Lounge

Namaka Beach Bar

Namaka is a bar cum pizzeria where you can enjoy great Italian food and thirst-quenching drinks. The bar’s seating arrangement allows patrons to watch the waves crash the shore as they eat. Telephone: 63 956 160 9192 Web: Namaka Beach Bar

Lune at BE Grand Resort

Lune is a rooftop tapas bar and lounge from where you can enjoy a 180-degree view of the Panglao bay. Telephone: 63 38 412 9000 Web: Lune at BE Grand Resort

AliaHailey Reggae Bar

If you don’t want to go far from the beach, relax and take it easy at this quaint beach shack. Its festive décor and friendly staff will make you want to stay forever.  Web: AliaHailey Reggae Bar

Seabreeze Pool Bar

Sea Breeze Pool Bar caters to those lounging by the resort’s swimming pool and also those relaxing at the beach. They have a wide selection of cocktails for guests to enjoy while taking in the beautiful setting. Telephone: 63 38 507 9244 Web: Seabreeze Pool Bar

The 10 Best Bohol Island Beach Resorts

24 Comments

  1. Ingrid Robins

    When I look and read your article I feel like I am on holiday already. The article has a lot of information and you can explore different things to do. I was wondering, do you have affiliate links to all the products you offer? I like the way you set out the article it is very pleasing on the eye. It is not cluttered.

    I had not heard of Bohol in the Philippines and I was pleasantly surprised. 

    Elke

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Elke, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  2. Kae

    I have for many years considered traveling to the Phillppeans. The only thing that has stopped me is not knowning exactly where to go, why, or when. From reading this during a pandemic and longing for a holiday! I know now that during April when there’s less rain, and the  Durmaluan beach is the place for me and the family. The food also looks really reasonble in price and I think that as soon as it’s safe to travel this could be a spot for me and the family. Thanks for sharing you’ve kind of made a dream of mine some how seem realistic and that it can be done!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Kae!  I hope you can vacation to the Philippines soon!

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  3. recoveringroamers

    Oh my goodness! Nice review of a beautiful place! I would love to go there! In fact I clicked on the airfare link just to see what it would cost! This definitely needs to be a bucket list trip! I can almost feel the warmth of the sun and sand just gazing at those photos! Nice job on your page! 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed!

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  4. Jerry

    This Bohol island certainly looks like a fantastic destination and I think the water quality of the sea looks absolutely amazing. I think that Damaluan Beach would be the one for me and my family, not too busy, looking for a place with shade and a good meal. Snorkeling in these crystal clear waters and seeing the coral and all these fish would be just my kind of thing. Thanks for bringing my attention to this perfect opportunity.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Jerry, I am glad you enjoyed your digital visit to Bohol.  Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  5. Caleb Utrera

    Wow! That place looks amazing I know where I’m heading for summer 2022! I am absolutely stunned to see that a beautiful place like that exist makes me feel like ancient times right. I also favor Alona beach it has clear water and it looks peaceful, fun to be around with the family. I’m gonna bookmark this so I won’t forget about booking and getting more details on what to do. Thank you for listing the items needed to take when traveling to Bohel. That is a big help for people who are first gonna go there, makes them feel more comfortable and prepared for the trip. I know where to go when I wanna go on vacation. This site has absolutely everything needed when booking for a nice vacation, listing all the recommended places to go and the reviews are absolutely accurate!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Caleb, and I am glad you enjoyed your digital visit to Bohol Philippines.  Yes, peaceful, serene, beautiful, wonderful…all would describe the island.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.  Thank you for you visit and for leaving comments.

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  6. pdñ2370

    Hi Learaeh

     Thanks for this walkthrough of beautiful Bohol, definitely paradise in the western Asian pacific, vacations are a synonym for beach, sand, blue sea, mountains, rivers, nature, culture, Asian cuisine, amenities, all together. I am looking forward to visiting that side of the world, it’s got magic of its own.

    Cesar M

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Cesar.  Thanks for the visit!

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  7. Lilly Land

    One of my daughters-in-law is from the Phillipines, so if I booked a vacation there, I could finally meet her family. 

    I have been intending to try to learn her language even though she speaks English very well.

    The beaches are all so gorgeous, I don’t know how I would choose.  The 14 day tour and the river cruise look great also. That would reduce the walking required.  Of course I would love to go hang out on the beach also.

    The Lune at BE Grand Resort looks like a lot of fun as does the Seabreeze Pool Bar.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like you have a trip planned Lilly.  I would personally do the 14 day tour and river cruise.  Covers everything including beach time 🙂

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  8. LineCowley

    Wow, Bohol looks amazing and I can indeed see the attraction of the chocolate hills. They look very unique. I have a son who lives in Australia, and I plan on visiting him once the borders there have been opened more and visas are granted. We were planning a trip to either the Philippines or Bali, but reading all about Bohol, I recon that should be our destination. 

    How long do you think should we plan as a minimum? Would a week be ample time to explore Bohol, or should we stay longer to really benefit from the unique destination? Thanks.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I really believe that an exotic destination like this deserves a couple of weeks.  Figure at least 2 days for travel and just getting rid of the the jet lag.  Then familiarizing yourself and exploring.  Definitely two weeks.

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  9. Cynthia

    I have family in China and Vietnam but I have never visited the Philippines!  Bohol sounds like a great destination, lush and beautiful!  I appreciate your info on Covid-19 restrictions as well as a list of what to pack to cover terrain, weather and cultural needs.  I would love to take the 14-day tour with CharlieTheTraveler as it seems like a great price.  Does this include accommodations? 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, everything is included and yes wonderful choice!  Glad you enjoyed your digital visit to Bohol! 

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  10. Daniel Tshiyole

    From what I’ve seen on the TV. The Philippines did not seem like an interesting country to visit. It made it seem like there isn’t much to do in that country but having went through this article, I can confidently say that I was wrong. It is clearly a wonderful country and a good place to visit. I have added it to my bucket list. Thank you for this 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you were wrong LOL.  The Philippines is stunning and with the culture and food, it’s paradise.

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  11. Aly

    Wow! What a stunning landscape!! Those lush, green mountains look like they sit in the middle of a tropical paradise. I can see why the Chocolate Hills are such a big attraction – they are quite unique! 

    What kind of crowd is there for the “holy week”? Does this last throughout the dry season, or is there a specific week that there will be higher than usual crowds?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Holy Weeks lasts for one week, and is a lot of religious ceremonies, marches, etc.  It will be very crowded during  Holy week with traffic jams, hotels booked solid etc.  If you would like to go during this time, plan ahead and make sure you can get a hotel.  And yes very stunning 🙂

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  12. Ann

    I have heard a lot about Bohol. A friend even showed me pictures of her trip to the Island of Bohol. It’s lovely. She went about four years ago. 

    I like it’s a friendly tourist destination. And people of all ages will enjoy it. I’d love to go with my mom!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You guys would definitely enjoy!  Thank you for visiting beach travel destinations.

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