Bohol, Philippines

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June 21 – 28, 2015 

The island province of Bohol touts itself as a mix of history, mystery, legends, culture, and nature. Tagbilaran City is the provincial capital, commercial center, and transport gateway with its airport and seaport facilities. Once you fly in, take a taxi (600 PHP) or motorbike (250 PHP) to Alona Beach (20 km and 15 minutes away). Alona Beach is the most touristy area of Bohol but offers the most to do and eat as it’s much more developed than the other beaches.

Dumaluan Beach, also on the south of the island, is about 2.5 kilometers east of Alona Beach. Here you will find some of the more exclusive beach resorts of Bohol, such as the Bohol Beach Club (which I recommend visiting). Both beaches offered long stretches of white powdery sand.

June 21 – 28, 2015 

The island province of Bohol touts itself as a mix of history, mystery, legends, culture, and nature. Tagbilaran City is the provincial capital, commercial center, and transport gateway with its airport and seaport facilities. Once you fly in, take a taxi (600 PHP) or motorbike (250 PHP) to Alona Beach (20 km and 15 minutes away). Alona Beach is the most touristy area of Bohol but offers the most to do and eat as it’s much more developed than the other beaches.

Dumaluan Beach, also on the south of the island, is about 2.5 kilometers east of Alona Beach. Here you will find some of the more exclusive beach resorts of Bohol, such as the Bohol Beach Club (which I recommend visiting). Both beaches offered long stretches of white powdery sand.

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We stayed in the area at Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort – the best hotel in Bohol. It’s worth staying at a well-known resort in Bohol just for the convenience factor of being able to take trikes and taxis (private cars) around and the drivers being able to get you back to your hotel. 

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After relaxing on the beach, here are some other things I recommend doing in Bohol:

1. Go diving. The islands of Balicasag and Cabilao boasts some of the world’s most-revered dive sites. The sea turtles were probably the coolest things I’ve ever seen diving, so far. We left at 8:30 am one morning for 3 dives with Seaquest Dive Center for 3500 PHP each. Their rates in person are cheaper than what’s listed on their website.

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2. Spend a day at the Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa. It’s an idyllic spa with two swimming pools, a jacuzzi, white beach, and a man-made private island. It costs 550 PHP a person to enter, but 400 PHP of that can be used for food and drinks at the resort. 

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3. Rent a motorbike. A 125cc Honda is a great facilitator for your vacation, allowing you to zip around for shopping, meals, or to visit popular sites without paying for taxis. Rentals cost 500 PHP a day.

4. Eat, shop, and get massages at the Bohol Bee Farm. It’s dedicated to bee culture, organic farming, and healthy diets. The spa is open 7:30 am – 9:00 pm. We walked in and booked a Taste of Everything package for 2500 php. It was a 2-½ hour-long package which included a classic facial, queen bee foot scrub, and buzzz signature massage. Get rubbed down to the sounds of the nearby ocean waves crashing against the shore.

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5. Hire a car to drive you around to the different tourist attractions. You’ll have the most options to rent on Alona Beach. Look for signs like this:

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We rented a private car for two people (2,000 PHP for 5 hours). We had the option to be driven anywhere we’d like, and stay for as long or as short as we wanted to. I recommend skipping the Loboc River Cruise & Lunch and the Bohol Python. My favorite thing was checking out the Chocolate Hills, which were a bunch of cone-shaped hills covered in green grass which turn brown during the summer. The Blood Compact Shrine, Baclayon Church & Museum, and tarsiers were worth a visit, too.

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6. Eat and drink. Admittedly, I never really got into the cuisine there. I am a big fan of Red Horse beer and Bohol Bee Farm ice cream, though.

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