Journey to Bohol

Getting from Cebu City to Bohol is a very easy, painless process. A 3.5 hour boat journey for £40 return. Although, you must remember that there’s certain (annoying) extra costs to go onto such as terminal fee and baggage fee, which ended up being around £6 each. It’s safe to say of all the countries in South East Asia, the Philippines is a little more expensive. From here, we got a taxi to Panglao island near to Alona Beach. Alona beach is the main tourist spot for most people visiting Bohol, but you don’t need to stay here. In fact, the majority of the attractions we saw here aren’t near this area at all.


We stayed at Villa Almedilla Pension House, near Alona Beach – a small stretch of tropical beauty. Literally, a stone throw walk away from the beach front. All the restaurants and bars are conveniently located there. The rooms were affordable and clean which is the least you can ask for in Bohol. There were hostels available but here was only £7 a night each so you wouldn’t of saved much squeezing into a dorm.


2 places that are recommended are as follows. One called L’Elephant Bleu which was perfect for dinner, although, a little pricey. The food was of a better quality than some of the other tourist places here. As with most areas that have a high concentration of tourists, the prices are hiked up and the quality is usually lacking, but here was good. Another eatery called Nikitas (#1 on Trip Advisor!) was also a good shout for breakfast. If, you’re into typical western breakfasts, and at a cheap price too. For 4 people it only cost us 800 PHP (£12).

A good idea, in our opinion is to eat at restaurants as far away from Alona as you can. The food is usually just as good at a fraction of the cost. On the way up to chocolate hills we went to a small roadside bakery and the prices for food were 5 PHP (8p) for a small roll. It was literally worlds away to what we was paying back at base.

Bike Trip

To explore Bohol, rent a motorbike for 1,000php (£14). You can bike through impressive freeways marvelling at their many beautiful natural and architectural attractions. The bikes here are of better quality of the rest of the Philippines, we found and the roads much safer. As with most places in this part of the world you’ve always got to be careful when overtaking and make sure your brakes work properly. It was around a 2 hour journey to our final destination here in Bohol.


The first stop was a historic church named Baclayon. Known as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, dating back to the 1700’s. This was, sadly, partly destroyed down to the 2013 earthquake which hit Bohol with a 7.2 magnitude. Despite this it still looks the part, but with not much to do it can be skipped if you’re in a hurry or tight schedule.

Hanging Bamboo Bridges is another of Bohol’s attractions for 30php (£0.40). This 25m long bridge sits over Loboc River and is not for those afraid of heights, the bamboo bridge swings and sways across a long 30m drop into a river. It was also a little touristy but that’s to be expected.

Tarsier Sanctuary

Tarsiers are one of the main attractions on the island of Bohol. Although their numbers are dwindling there is one natural reserve here for them. They’re nocturnal and smaller than you expect but so cute and eyes bulge out at you as you point your camera lens ever so slightly closer to them. You can’t handle them unfortunately due to their nervous disposition to human contact, the shock can sometimes kill them. They’re very private animals so it’s definitely worth seeing these while you still can!

Chocolate Hills

Before hitting the final stop, you can head to the man made forest which is.. exactly as it sounds. Huge trees engulf either side of the road towering over you, blocking the natural light as it attempts to penetrate the green shrubbery. It’s a great place to get that perfect instagram shot and take in the sights. Best of all, its free!

The final stop here was Chocolate Hills, the main attraction of Bohol and it did not disappoint, the green mounds draped the horizon as far as you could see. The ascent to the peak of one of the hills costs around 120 PHP (£2) where a restaurant and refreshments can be found. It’s a picture perfect moment to see the untouched beauty of the Philippine countryside. It is still unknown to why they exist. Conspiracies say that they are coral reefs that have erupted previously.

Where Next?

Once finished the main things to do here, we headed back to Cebu for one night before catching our plane to Boracay, land of the white sands and trust us, it lived up to expectation…


  • Alona beach area is super touristy, I think if we went again we’d be happier staying a bit further north.
  • Avoid the tours, you’ll be rushed around and won’t have time to properly enjoy the stops – and they’re expensive
  • The Himalayan caves are apparently worth a look too, we didn’t get time to see them
  • Be prepared to pay for lots of little things along the way, it’s a recurring theme in the Philippines
  • There’s also many island tours offering but we didn’t try them out as we knew we were going to other parts of the Philippines where this was more admirable.

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