Bohol is one of the most famous islands to visit in the Philippines, and it's easy to see why.
There are many beautiful tourist spots in Bohol, from the famous chocolate hills to waterfalls, white sand beaches and hidden caves. Bohol is an adventurer’s playground!
You could easily spend a week travelling around this deceptively large island, which is the 10th largest in the Philippines. We based ourselves in Panglao for four nights to relax, take time to enjoy ourselves, and appreciate slow travel.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share a complete Bohol travel guide to Panglao, and all you need to know about south Bohol. We will tell you how to get to Bohol, how to travel around, the best time to visit Bohol, plus tips on where to stay and the best places to eat in Panglao. We show you 21 things to do in Panglao, to help you plan your perfect Bohol itinerary.
At a glance Information:
Ferry ports: Tagbilaran, Loon and Momo Beach
ATM: There are many ATM's all over Bohol
Bohol is a deceptively big island, and unless you spend a week here, you will need to accept that you can't do everything.
We visited for four days and wanted more of a relaxing time, so we decided to stay in Panglao and day trip from here. We already know we will return another time and stay on the east coast in Anda for the waterfalls and best beaches.
Disclaimer: Things change, lockdowns have come and gone, new places opened and established ones closed. Some activities survive, others haven't, and although this guide will help you plan your trip, we recommend you always check the details first to avoid disappointment.
Note: After the pandemic a super typhoon on 16 December 2021 hit Bohol and the neighbouring islands of Cebu, Siargao, Siquijor and Negros. You may see some debris on beaches, half cut trees, and some recommended restaurants/accommodation on the internet have closed down. Most of the time, however, you probably won't notice that a typhoon was ever here, as Filipinos are very resilient, and nature can heal quickly.
1. Alona Beach – The heart of Panglao Island
Most people's starting point in Bohol is Alona Beach. It’s the liveliest area by far with bars, restaurants, souvenir stalls, massages, dive centres and a large beachfront resort. Alona Beach is the tourist hotspot with many guides asking if you want island hopping tours.
The beach itself is a long strip of white sand lined with coconut palm trees, but there are two very different sides to this area.
If you are looking for a lively area with plenty of bars, music, restaurants, bean bags on the beach etc, as you enter onto the beach from the road you should head to the left. At the very end of this section is the large Henann Resort which has a beach nightclub next to an infinity pool.
The quieter section of beach is to the right where you will find a few small beach bars, and a couple of dive centres. Further down the beach there are massage places, and the large ambient Isis Thai and Seafood restaurant.
2. All You Can Eat Buffet dinner at Sea Breeze Cafe
Sea Breeze Cafe is part of the Henann Resort on Alona Beach. They have an amazing All You Can Eat dinner buffet where you can stuff yourself silly. It runs 5.30pm - 9.00pm and costs around P1,000 per person, plus the option of adding unlimited drinks for P210 (prices are subject to change either higher or lower depending on the season). They operate on a first come first served basis so get here early.
This restaurant is full of indulgence and if you are used to All Inclusive hotels, this is the place for you! I won’t lie, it was one of the highlights of our trip.
3. Enjoy live music at a unique Restobar - Guitar Woodhouse
Open from 4pm daily
For a unique and unforgettable experience, go to the Guitar Woodhouse. Everything about this restobar is so cool! The exterior, the interior, guitar shaped tables and chairs, the music, ambient lighting, food, staff, seriously this is a must visit restaurant when in Bohol! They have live acoustic music from 6.30pm which isn’t too loud, the singers are excellent, very talented, and have great voices.
4. Swim in Hinagdanan Cave
Entrance Fee: P50 + Swimming Fee: P75
Hinagdanan Cave is a must-visit attraction in Bohol. We love caves, so were pleasantly surprised to find this hidden gem. It's a large cool cave with a big swimming area, crystal clear water, and the temperature isn’t as cold as some waterfall rock pools we have visited.
Beautiful Stalactites hang down from the cave roof in interesting formations, so it’s worth spending a few minutes here admiring the natural beauty. We went for the full experience and took a swim, it’s not every day you can say you swum in an underground cave in the Philippines!
Located on the northern coastline of Panglao, from Alona Beach, it’s about a 15 minute drive and can be twinned with the north beaches, or as part of a day trip to chocolate hills.
An experience you shouldn't miss when visiting Bohol, I seriously recommend you add Hinagdanan Cave to your Bohol itinerary!
5. Photograph Panglao Beach
Panglao Beach is a few minutes north of Hinagdanan Cave, so you can easily twin these two activities. From Alona Beach, it’s about a 20 minute drive.
Many small blue fishing boats line the shore on this small stretch of soft white sand. Instagram perfect coconut trees lean towards the crystal clear aquamarine ocean. Apart from that there is no one and nothing here, which is perfect if you want to be alone. No stalls, no tourists and no locals when we visited at 11am during a hot August morning.
The famous luxury hotel Mithi Resort & Spa is located here, but post pandemic and post Typhoon Odette, it wasn’t operating when we visited. The security guard here didn’t want us to walk on the public beach section in front of the hotel, and was very insistent we leave, even though we reassured him we were only here to take photos.
6. Swim at Momo Beach
Momo Beach is a few minutes’ drive from Panglao Beach, so this makes a great stop if you are beach-hopping around the area. From Alona Beach it’s about a 15 minute drive.
There were a few local children with their parents here enjoying a splash in the beautiful ocean, and the aquamarine waters looked very inviting on a hot day.
If you are thirsty, there is a small sari-sari store selling cold drinks, but make sure you dispose of your trash in the bin. Sadly this beach hasn't been maintained and we saw quite a bit of plastic trash which may have been left by humans, or it could have washed up with the current. Either way, it’s unfortunate it hasn’t been cleared away.
Other places to visit in this area:
There are a few waterfalls and caves about an hour's drive north of Panglao which you can see in one trip:
Molave Cliff Diving Resort: Jump from this 5 metre high diving board straight into the ocean below – perfect for adrenaline junkies (but watch out for the snorkellers!)
Mag Aso Falls: An 8 metre high waterfall with natural swimming pool and cliff jumps, located in Antequera
Kawasan Falls: Small swimming pool off the Abatan River in a jungle setting, is also in Antequera
Inambacan Cave and Spring: Located in Maribojoc, a town near Antequera
Camugao Falls: A large, impressive waterfall in Balilihan, not too far from Kawasan, about a 1 hour drive from Panglao
7. Drive through Bilar Man-Made Forest
On the way to chocolate hills you will drive through a 2km stretch of road with mahogany trees lining either side. Locals started this reforestation project around 50 years ago when the surrounding area of naturally grown trees were slashed and burnt.
As you drive through the dark stretch of road, on a hot day you will feel the drop in temperature as the sun is covered by the canopy of leaves overhead. This area looks similar to enchanted forests commonly seen in movies.
An Instagram favourite spot, you will see many people sitting or standing in the road for their perfect photo. If you choose to do the same, be careful as this is a road where buses, cars and bikes drive up and down often at speed.
It's absolutely worth a stop here as part of your Bohol itinerary, even if it's just a break to rest your butt from the long motorbike journey. If you visited the tree-lined road in Siquijor, this is a longer stretch and far more impressive.
8. Marvel at the Chocolate Hills
Entrance fee: P100 per person
The Chocolate hills are the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol, and are featured in the official Philippine Tourism Authority’s list of top tourist destinations.
The Chocolate Hills are an unusual geological formation, with 1,776 cone shaped hills dotted amongst coconut palm trees. They are spread over a 50 square kilometre area, with most of the elevations between 30 and 50 meters high. There are some hills which rise over 100 meters, with the highest being 120 meters.
Most of the year the chocolate hills are covered with grass (strangely we didn't see any trees growing on the hills), however during the dry season they turn brown hence their name.
They are a natural phenomenon with Geologists and scientists puzzled over how they were formed. There is no clear explanation, but it is believed the hills were formed by limestone weathering, volcanism and plate tectonic elevations of the seafloor. The surrounding farmland also has rivers, caves, and underground springs which helped form its structure.
According to Atlas Obscura, Scientists aren't sure where the limestone came from. One theory is from a self-destructing volcano which left limestone deposits behind. Another theory is that it's from an oceanic volcano with limestone coming from ancient coral reefs.
Of course there are several legends and myths about the origins of the Chocolate Hills (especially among superstitious Boholanons). A common legend says the Chocolate Hills used to be a battlefield for two giants who fought over huge stone blocks for several days. After days of fighting, there was still no winner and the two giants became exhausted, leaving Bohol without cleaning up their battlefield.
Now you know the myths and mysteries of the Chocolate Hills, I can tell you about the journey here. If you are on a scooter, the ride to chocolate hills from Panglao is a long one (about 1.5 hours one way), and is harsh on the butt. However, it is a scenic journey taking you alongside the Loboc River, passing many lush rice fields, small villages, buffalo, goats, it’s very picturesque. We stopped quite a few times to photos, but also to rest our bum, and grab snacks along the way.
When you arrive at chocolate hills, after parking, there is an area to buy cold drinks and a toilet. Walk up the 214 steps to the viewpoint for the beautiful view, take your photos, admire the landscape then you can head to your next destination. You will discover you don’t need long at the viewing platform, so to make the trip worthwhile, I suggest doing other activities in the area. You can easily make up a good itinerary from this article.
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But before you leave Chocolate Hills, take time to admire the strangeness of the landscape, and ask yourself how did nature form this? Strange yet beautiful .
We visited during rainy season when they were lush and green so didn't pop out from the green landscape as they do during dry season. This could feel underwhelming and not very impressive for such a long, arduous journey, but it was still a fascinating landscape.
There are good reviews and bad reviews of Chocolate Hills Bohol, though don’t let anything you read on the internet deter you from experiencing this other-worldly location.
9. ATV at Chocolate Hills
Operators: Soters, Graham ATV Rental, Chocolate Hills ATV Rental
Open daily 8am – 5pm
Price: P500 – 30 minutes; P950 – 1 hour
For more of an adventure, why not ride an ATV around the base of the chocolate hills? It’s a great way to see the hills up close and personal, and perfect if you are looking for an adrenaline rush.
The trails can be a little challenging which can make it more fun. Some parts are very muddy (especially after rain) so considering bringing a change of clothes as you will be splattered with dirt.
There are about three different ATV companies near the entrance to Chocolate Hills, so take your pick when you are here, the only difference is the trails . You will be given a short briefing on how to handle the ATV, and a safety helmet is provided.
10. Visit an Adventure Park
If you want a different type of adventure in Bohol, visit one of the adventure parks!
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
Entrance Fee: P80, plus P750 per person for each activity
Open daily 8.30am – 4.30pm
Due to its location, Chocolate Hills Adventure Park can be combined with a visit to chocolate hills. You’ve heard of ziplining, but what about bike ziplining? Yes that’s right, you can ride a bike along a 550 metre long zipline hundreds of metres off the ground with views of the chocolate hills.
They also offer tree top rope challenges, tarzan swings, obstacle courses for children, mountain biking, horseback riding, wall climbs, zorbing, and more.
Danao Adventure Park (known as Eco, Educational and Extreme Adventure Tour)
Open daily 8am – 4pm (closed for 1 hour for noon break)
Prices range from P100 – P700 per person per activity
Danao Adventure Park is about three hours from Panglao, the journey will take you past chocolate hills so it’s possible to combine both for a day trip.
They have a lot of activities including the longest and tallest zipline in the Philippines called “sui-slide”, which traverses 480 metres between two mountains, 200 metres off the ground. There is also river tubing, kayaking, wall climbing, rapelling, root climbing, caving, and more, but make sure you don’t arrive during noon break because there will be no around and you will have to wait over an hour to start your activities.
If you’re up for a challenge, try riding on “the plunge”, a canyon swing attraction 200 metres high in a 300 metre wide gorge. It involves a 45 metres free fall before you are launched on a pendulum swing. This is one of the most popular activities in the park.
11. Chase Waterfalls a Pangas Falls
Entrance fee' P30
Only 20 minutes drive from chocolate hills is Pangas Falls. Located about 3km off the main road, you will dive for about 10 minutes along a bumpy dirt track passing rice fields and locals farming the land with caribou.
Pangas Falls is still an undiscovered attraction so you won’t find crowds of people here. It’s an untouched piece of nature, and thanks to typhoon Odette in December 2021, the two small cottages built in the middle of the waterfall are no longer here.
We visited after heavy rains so the water level was too high for us to swim, and the Falls were brown not the typical waterfall blue we are used to, however this isn’t uncommon during monsoon season.
A long curtain waterfall plunged thick water over the mossy rocks and downstream through lush jungle. Waterfall spray gave the air a misty feel as the thunderous sound of cascading water filled our ears.
If you are chasing waterfalls in the Philippines and have the time, add Pangas Falls to your Panglao or Bohol itinerary.
12. Loboc River Cruise with buffet
Cost: P850 per person for 1 hour, 11am to 2pm
Cruising down the Loboc River with a live band playing Filipino music is a cultural highlight for many people. However on TripAdvisor there are mixed reviews, as people complained that the music is too loud, the buffet food not so good, and the trip not worth the price.
As we live in the Philippines and are used to Filipino food and music, we opted not to do this river cruise, but felt we needed to include it in this guide, leaving you the option to decide whether or not you want to add it to your Bohol itinerary.
13. Lunch by Loboc River
Instead of a river cruise, we chose to have lunch by the river at Fox and Firefly Cottages.
It's a great restaurant serving a mixture of vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes so everyone is happy. Lounge in large comfortable bamboo cushioned seats on a breezy upper deck. Admittedly the prices are a little higher than some places. Do note that in low season they have limited lunch and dinner opening hours, however they do serve snacks all day.
If you are staying in the area, the Fox and Firefly offer firefly tours at 6pm for P400, SUP tours along the Loboc River from P800, or mountain biking tours from P800.
14. Dine at the Instagram-Worthy Mist Restaurant
Opens daily 10am - 10pm
A quirky, innovative three level restaurant has many different styles of seating. Flat cushions, rope chairs as well as traditional tables, it really is a beautifully styled space. Food portions are good for the price, service was quick even during busy times, and their desserts are to die for!
This Instagram restaurant is always busy in the evening, and is popular with locals and international diners alike. The busiest time seemed to be 5.30pm - 7pm when families are here for dinner. If you want to eat at this time, arrive early otherwise you could be queuing for 30 minutes when hungry. During busy times, you won’t have a chance to choose where you sit, it's a first come first serve basis.
We recommend visiting either for lunch or sometime during the day, then you can choose where you sit. We returned one afternoon for one of their delicious looking desserts, and opted to sit in a swing chair near the door.
If you want the Instagram photos of the illuminated chair or the building lit up at night, you can simply drive by later about 7.30pm when there are less people queuing for their photo shoot.
15. Relax at Doljo Beach – Our pick for the best beach in Panglao!
We believe we found the best beach in Panglao! Doljo Beach ticked all our boxes and was a true hidden gem. It was such a wonderful surprise to discover Doljo Beach, and we were so happy to find the perfect place! To find this little treasure, stroll through the small Moadto Strip mall, and take a moment to look at the craft stalls here. We spotted a gorgeous shark photo made out of flip-flops found on the beach.
Doljo Beach is a long stretch of clean white sand, and picture-perfect coconut palm trees. We witnessed staff from the strip mall raking the beach of plastic, seaweed and other debris to keep it clean.
The ocean has a few sandbars dotted around, the beachfront has leaning coconut palm trees, plus many newly planted umbrella trees. We sat on a log underneath a tree admiring the beautiful ocean with a cool breeze. It was pure bliss.
16. Sunset drinks and nibbles at Rojo Bar and Grill
Open daily 11am – 10pm
Rojo is an awesome beach bar. If you want lunch or drinks on the beach, Rojo on Doljo Beach is the place to go. Smooth music, fabulous view, and they serve snacks and food - perfect for that quintessential Philippines holiday vibe. We sat admiring the ocean with a crisp beer. Absolute heaven.
We loved the chill vibe so much we returned for sunset. Sunset tunes, happy hour drinks, loungy cushions, palm trees, white sand beach, tasty snacks, what more could we ask for? Nothing, I tell you nothing! Perfection personified.
17. Lunch at the quirky La Vara Restaurant
Open daily 10am - 11.30pm
Located in Dolijo a few minutes’ walk from the gorgeous beach, we recommend you combine a visit to La Vara restaurant for lunch or dinner. Prices are reasonable, good portion size and fast service.
An old bus converted into the front end of a quirky restaurant, then you choose how you dine either on floor cushions inside a small tent, or at a traditional wooden tables. We loved how they have different menu options serving traditional food with a twist. La Vara Sisig, Tacos, Seafood Paella or Chicken and Sausage Paella. For a spicy spin on a Filipino flavour, the Diabolo is served in a BBQ sauce, but be warned it comes with a chilli kick.
18. Go Scuba Diving and Support a Street Dog Charity
Bohol is a great place for scuba diving and freediving, and you will find many dive centres for both. Blue Revival Dive College share our marine conservation advocacy and also disapprove of the Oslob Whale Shark watching, but they also support a street dog project! A percentage of your diving fee is donated towards BARK (Bohol Animal Rescue & Kindness), a non-profit organisation invaluable to the community.
Filipino dog breeds (known as Aspins) are the sweetest, friendliest, most loving dogs I have ever known, they truly are incredible, but there is a huge street dog problem in the Philippines. Charities caring for dogs with medicine, food, rehoming/adoptions or offering free or low cost spay and neuter clinics are badly needed.
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If you plan to go scuba diving, by choosing Blue Revival Dive Centre, tell them you are booking because of BARK, and they will donate a percentage of your diving fee towards this charity.
There are several dive sites around the island. The most popular are:
19. Have a Massage
Approx Cost: P600 Swedish, P700 Thai or Aromatherapy
After hours on the scooter, it's nice to relax and indulge yourself with a massage. We love having a massage when we travel, and in Bohol, massage places are everywhere. On Alona Beach, on the road near Alona Beach, on the side of the road in Panglao, just take your pick.
We went to Nuay Thai because we like this chain, and we the massage we had with them on Bantayan Island was wonderful. At this branch, there was no traffic noise, they play soft music, and we felt it was just perfect.
20. Hit the gym to burn off last night's all you can eat!
Bohol Social Club is an adults only facility which offers the perfect mix of working out and relaxation.
They offer regular promos so it’s worth checking out their Facebook page. One promo for P1,090 per person included breakfast, use of their state-of-the-art Gym, lunch by the club pool, then finishing your day with a relaxing 30 minute Swedish massage.
Another offer was for a romantic 5 course Dinner costing P2,490 for two people including a bottle of champagne.
21. Get a Tattoo
Tarsier Tattoos has a good ring to it don’t you think? This tattoo shop is just one of a few places where you can “get inked” as a permanent reminder of your fabulous time spent in the Philippines. At Alona Beach there is a henna stand which is a good way of trialling your tattoo idea before making it permanent.
Why we DO NOT recommend Tarsier Sanctuary at Chocolate Hills (there is better place!)
The “sanctuary” at Loboc Tarsier Conservation Area are only open for profit, and not for the conservation of this endangered species. They are not an official sanctuary, and are not supported or endorsed by any charity, even though they say they built this place to protect the world’s smallest primates. The tarsiers appear to be placed on a certain tree which has a pathway leading directly to it. As this place is included in the Countryside tour on the way to chocolate hills, it means hundreds of people will be viewing them all day every day during daylight, but they are nocturnal animals prone to stress. Tarsiers hate noise, lights (flashes of camera), lots of people etc, and have been known to kill themselves in captivity as they can’t handle stress. Do you really want to be contributing to this? There is a much better place to visit, that is endorsed by ecotourism organisations.
Visit Philippine Tarsier Foundation instead!
If you really want to see these cute but sort of ugly fluffy animals, visit the Philippine Tarsier Foundation/Sanctuary in Corella. They are the main non-profit organisation in the Philippines who protect the Philippine Tarsier, and they live in a 134-hectare area of wilderness.
They are endorsed and supported by the conservation and ecotourism authority, DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources). Unfortunately, this is not the one visited on the Countryside tour near chocolate hills, so you will need to visit separately.
NOTE: To help you differentiate, the unethical one is located in Loboc; the official sanctuary is located in Corella.
Why we haven’t suggested the Island Hopping or dolphin watching tour
Friends of ours booked the Island Hopping tour of Balicasag Island and Virgin Island which also included dolphin watching. They reported that the dolphins were chased and hounded by boats into a circle for people to watch, and they hated it. We only support sustainable activities and travel which do not scare or chase animals for humans to enjoy; frightening any animal is not good, and we don’t always know the long term effects this has them. Our friends also said there were too many boats departing from the same point at the same time, so the waters were crowded with about 20 boats, hundreds of people, making them feel they couldn’t snorkel safely. In hindsight, it would have been better if they went to the other side of the island to snorkel where it’s quieter, as the majority of tourists stay at the drop off point.
Related post: Ethical Dolphin Watching, Cebu
Like most Countries, the Philippine tourist industry suffered badly during the pandemic, then we had Typhoon Odette in December 2021. Maybe this is the reason for their bad experience compared to pre-pandemic reports where people praise the tour stating it was a highlight of their trip. Always check reviews on Trip Advisor to make your own decision.
Where to eat in Panglao
Eat like a local - When driving around, if you start to feel peckish but don't want to stop anywhere for lunch, there are plenty of snack options.
Fried chicken: Look out for these vans on the side of the road. They regularly cook tasty fried chicken drumsticks and wings, just like KFC.
Cost is P20-P25 per piece
Bakeshop: Pastry shops are everywhere selling cheap snacks. Anything with purple is ube which is a yam, my favourite is ube hopia which is a small dense pastry. Sometimes there is buko pie which is a sweet coconut pastry.
Fruit: Fruit stands are also dotted around, and vendors sell (amongst other things) bananas, apples, pineapple, dragon fruit (when in season) and of course the famous sweet Philippines mango which are yellow.
Carinderia: These are roadside stalls with home cooked local food stored in large silver pots with lids. An example of food served are Meatballs, soups, fried veg, beans with meat, noodles, rice, lumpia (small Filipino spring rolls), and torta talong if you're lucky (eggplant with tomatoes and egg). Prices range from P20-P50 per item
Sari Sari stores: Small convenience stalls sometimes on the side of someone's house or made out of make-shift pieces of wood, they are great for grabbing refreshments and/or a bag of crisps (Piattos are good) or maybe chicharon (deep fried pigskin like pork scratchings).
D'Rose Cafe: If you are travelling from Loon Port to Panglao, about halfway is the cute D'Rose Cafe. Delicious rice bowls or pizzas, refreshments and a clean toilet to use. Prices are very reasonable and it's the perfect pit stop for a pick me up to continue the rest of your journey.
Cactus Cantinas Panglao: A simple tex-mex resto bar in Panglao which makes a great lunch stop. Simple furniture but cheap tasty tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadilla etc which are partnered perfectly with a cold beer.
Best time to visit Bohol
Try to avoid monsoon season which is August and September, as you could experience a lot of rain (which we did when we visited in August).
April is high season and you could see a lot of tourists during this time.
The rest of the year is either hot and dry or hot and wet, although the Philippines is susceptible to changing weather patterns such as El Nino (droughts) and La Nina (rains). The weather doesn’t adhere to any “wet season” or “dry season”. It rains when it wants regardless of whether it’s supposed to be dry season. As long as you are prepared with a rain jacket, accept that your plans may have to be adjusted, you will be fine.
How to travel around Bohol
The best way to travel around the island is to rent a scooter. Your accommodation can arrange this, or there are plenty of motorcycle rental places in Panglao. Cost is P350 - P400 per day, and a full tank of gas is about P200.
There are a few car hire companies, U-Drive Bohol have self-drive cars from P1,500 per day.
If you don't want to drive, then take a guided tour. The most popular is the Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour which includes:
How to get to Bohol
There are a few options to travel to Bohol by ferry, either from Oslob, Argao or Cebu City. This information is only to be used as a guide, as schedules, times and prices are subject to change depending on the season.
If you have a motorbike/scooter, the most convenient and quickest route is from Argao on Cebu's east coast to either Loon or Tagbilaran, Bohol. The travel time between Argao and Loon is around 2 hours while the travel time between Argao and Tagbilaran is around 3 hours.
From Oslob with Apekop Travel (Daily)
Oslob (Quartel Beach – Panglao (Momo Beach): 11.30am
Panglao – Oslob: 6.30am
Journey time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Passenger fare: P900
From Argao with Lite Ferries (Daily)
Argao-Loon: 3am and 10am
Loon-Argao: 6:30am and 1:30pm
Journey time: 2 hours
Passenger fare: P230 per person
Motorcycle fare: P840
P1,300 for 2 pax and 1 motorcycle
Argao-Tagbilaran: 4:00am and 12:00noom
Tagbilaran - Argao: 8:00am and 4:00pm
Journey time: 3 hours
Passenger Fare: P230
From Cebu City to Tagbilaran
Most people take the ferry from Cebu City Pier 1 Ferry Terminal to Tagbilaran Port, Bohol
Journey time: 2.5 hours
Passenger fare: P600 + P25 terminal fee
You can book your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, then head straight to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure. Show your online booking number at the check-in counter and they will issue a seat number. You also need to pay the P25 terminal fee on the day.
If you don't book a ticket in advance, it's best to arrive at least an hour before departure (longer if you can) because some ticket offices stop selling 30 minutes before departure, and you will need to wait for the next available boat.
Siquijor to Bohol ferry
If you are on Siquijor island and want to visit Bohol, daily ferries depart from Larena Port in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Journey time: 1.5 hours
Passenger fare: P850 + P20 terminal fee.
There are daily flights to/from Panglao - Bohol international airport to Manila and many other destinations with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia.
Where to stay in Bohol
Bamboo and nipa buildings, a swimming pool and restaurant serving Filipino and Western dishes with vegetarian and vegan options. Rates start from P375 per person in a shared tent, or P925 for 2 people in a private tent.
Nora's Place Boutique Hotel, Panglao
A more eco-friendly hotel using 100% solar energy. It has a swimming pool and on site restaurant. Prices start from P1,800 for a double room
La Casa Di Beatrice, Panglao
Mediterranean-inspired BnB with swimming pool and cute café.
Room rates start at P2,000 per night for 2 pax in a standard room inclusive of breakfast. If you don’t wish to stay at the casa overnight, you can pay a day rate to use their pool and villa
Henann Resort Alona Beach
If you want to splash out and indulge yourself, if you can afford it then stay here. It's a beachfront resort which has everything you could want from a luxury island resort, including an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Prices start P4,750 for a double room for 2 pax
Fox and Firefly Cottages, Loboc
Beautiful natural, native bamboo and nipa cottages over looking the Loboc River. Prices start from P2,600 per cottage
Water to Forest Eco Lodge, Loboc
A peaceful treehouse located in Loboc, prices start from P2,000
Travelling the Philippines? Where to stay in Moalboal, Cebu
If you are planning a visit to Moalboal, Cebu, for the famous canyoneering at Kawasan Falls or seeing the natural phenomena sardine run, we recommend Moalboal Eco Lodge. Located in the middle of a peaceful field with no traffic noise, it’s close enough to amenities, but far away so you can have a good night’s sleep. There is plenty of space to observe physical distancing at the Eco Lodge.
Nestled in amongst palm trees, bamboo and coconut trees, Moalboal Eco Lodge have beautiful Bamboo Cottages suitable for solo travellers, couples and friends. There are two private rooms, a spacious 4-6 bed friends/family room, a breakfast area, kitchen, and a stunning hammock/yoga/sunset deck. Take a look at our rooms!
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