Bohol Tourist Spots

Bohol Must See Tourist Spots:Average Tour Rates and Tours Information For Bohol Philippines

Sagbayan Peak Tour:  It will take about 7 – 9 hrs

Cost is P3500 for VAN rental and P3000 for car rental.

Tour includes:

1. Blood Compact site

2. Baclayon Church – entrance fee P25 per head

3. python sanctuary – entrance fee P10 per head

4. tarsiers – donation only

5. loboc river cruise – lunch buffet (P400 per


6. hanging bridge – entrance fee (P10/hd)

7. manmade forest

8. butterfly sanctuary – entrance fee P30 per


9. Chocolate Hills – entrance fee P50 per head

10. Sagbayan Peak – entrance fee P20 per head

11. Maribojoc Tower – entrance fee P10 per head

Chocolate Hills Tour: It will

take about 6-8 hrs.

Cost is P3000 for VAN rental and P2500 for car


Tour includes:  

1. Blood Compact site

2. Baclayon church & museum – entrance fee P25

per head

3. python sanctuary – entrance fee P10 per head

4. tarsiers – donation only

5. Loboc river cruise – lunch buffet (P400 per


6. hanging bridge – entrance fee (P10/hd)

7. Manmade forest

8. butterfly sanctuary – entrance fee P30 per


9. Chocolate Hills – entrance fee P50 per head

10. Aproniana Souvenir Shop

Panglao Tour: It’s P2500 for

VAN rental and P2000 for car rental.

It will take about max. of 6 – 8 hours.

Tour includes:

1. Dauis Church

2. Hinagdanan Cave (entrance fee P15/hd)

3. Panglao Church

4. Bohol bee farm- entrance(20/hd)

5. Beach of your choice- entrance fee (P350-500/hd)

Panglao TRANSFER: Drop off and

Pick up. 

Cost Is P1500 for VAN rental and P1300 for car rental

Note: Entrance
fees and Lunch buffet at the floating are not
included in the package.

Tours to all these great Bohol destinations!

The Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look
like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills
in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape
can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea
is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the
pyramids in Egypt's. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills
(some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly
between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of
the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name.
At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult
to make.

Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones
and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days.When they were finally exhausted,
they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the
more romantically inclined is thetale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who
fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant
Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his

However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they
where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations
of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. If you climb
the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read
this explanation on a bronze plaque.

How to get there
Plenty of tourist guides and tour operators will be happy to bring you to the chocolate
hills, either as a separate trip or as part of a day tour. However, if you want
to go here on your own, from Tagbilaran, you will have to go the integrated bus
terminal in Dao and catch a bus going to Carmen. If you look like a stranger, you
will have a hard time not finding one. At the entrance of the bus terminal people
will point you to the right bus. Make sure it is the first one to leave, and ask
the driver to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills complex, about 4 kilometers before
the town of Carmen. From there it is a 10 minute walk along a road winding up to
the complex.

To get back to Tagbilaran, you will have to walk back to the main road, and wait
for a bus to pass by. The last bus from Carmen to Tagbilaran leaves at four P.M.
Alternatively, you can use the services of the motorcyclists who often wait here
for tourist, and ride 'habal-habal,' or motorbike taxi.

If you're coming from Tubigon (arriving from Cebu by boat), a few buses go to
Carmen daily, but sometimes you'll have to wait for some time for the bus to fill
up. When you arrive in Carmen, you can catch the next bus or jeepney in the direction
of Bilar, Loay or Tagbilaran, or ask a 'habal-habal' driver to bring you to the
Chocolate Hills Complex.

The Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In
fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men's hand.
Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes
has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes
burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao
in the Philippines.

If no action is taken, the tarsier might not survive. Although it is a protected
species, and the practice of catching them and then selling them as stuffed tarsiers
to tourists has stopped, the species is still threatened by the destruction of his
natural forest habitat. Many years of both legal and illegal logging and slash-and-burn
agriculture have greatly reduced these forests, and reduced the tarsier population
to a dangerously small size. If no action is taken now, the Philippine tarsier can
soon be added to the list of extinct species.

Not "The World Smallest Monkey"
"The world's smallest monkey" is an often heard slogan. However, it is not a monkey.
In truth, its classification is somewhat problematic. Some scientists consider tarsiers
to be a taxonomic suborder among the primates. While, because they are closely related
to lemurs, lorises and bush babies,others classify them with the prosimians to which
these animals belong. Monkeys and apes belong to the suborder of anthropoids.

Loboc River Floating Restaurant

Buffet Lunch at the Loboc River.

Loboc River (Loboc; 21 km. from Tagbilaran

Enjoy a fascinating boat ride in the serene waters of Loboc River, starting from
Loay Bridge which is the outlet of the river, and along the palm-fringed banks inland.
The ride via motorized pump boat near the Tontonan water falls, where several water
falls with cascading water provides a pleasant bathing session.

Sagbayan Peak

This five-hectare mountaintop resort and recreation center offers massive, spectacular
viewing for nature covers. Its viewing deck offers a 360-degree perspective of the
Chocolate Hills plus the blue sea that separates Bohol and Cebu. The high-powered
telescopes on the view deck are a treat. With a 10-peso coin, you can have a view
of Cebu City from across the sea for a minute or two. There's a playground in the
middle of a grassy field, while a flea market at a side offered native products
and delicacies. Caf? Baudillo is an imposing structure on Sagbayan Peak, with its
spacious veranda and congenial ambience.As of March 20, 2005 the management has
added attraction to the influx of both local and foreign tourists by bringing the
life-size giant dinosaur known as t-rex. It is 19 feet in length and 10 feet in
height and is properly situated at the old parking lot near the stairs leading to
the pavilion area. Myrna Torrefranca is the operations manager and wife of Mayor
Jimmy Torrefranca. They purchased the T-rex all the way from Pampanga by Manila-based
business couple Allan and Delia Torrefranca only to give additional attraction to
the site even with the existence of another cartoon character like Duffy Duck, Bugs
Bunny, Lola, Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Pizza Man, Snow White and 7 Dwarfs, Lion
King, Tiger and other dinosaurs. Sagbayan before, was known as an ambush area. Since
Jimmy Torrefrance became chief executive, here the Torrefranca family worked hard
if only to change the image of the town into a tourist destination until the Sagbayan
Peak was born.

The Pamilacan Island Dolphin

and Whale Watching Tours

We provide the best dolphin and whale watching experience here in Bohol, Philippines.
Our spotters and local guides are the former hunters of dolphins, Bryde's whales,
whale sharks and manta rays of Pamilacan Island. They abandoned the centuries-old
hunting tradition and participate in the new alternative livelihood program. They
now serve as stewards of the sea.

Balicasag island Popular Dive Spot

Location: The southwest wall of Balicasag island, 6km southwest of Panglao island.

Fresh from the success of the Philippines, Balicasag in the 2006 Marine Diving
Fair in Tokyo, where Balicasag was voted as the Reader’s Choice ‘ 3rd world’s best
dive site through a diving magazine survey, the Department of Tourism further ensure
its presence in the biggest Asia Dive Expo in 2006.

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is considered
to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is one of the best persevered
Jesuit build churches in the region, although in the 19th century, the Augustinian
Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings that now surround
the church. The first Spanish missionaries or doctrinaires in the region, Fr.Juan
de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez, first settled in Baclayon in 1595. Shortly after
their arrival, a visita was erected on the spot.

Although Baclayon was the first seat of the Spanish Jesuit missionaries, fear
of Moro mauraders soon forced them to move their headquarters more inland, to Loboc.
Only in 1717, Baclayon became a parish, and construction of a new church commenced.
Some 200 native forced laborers constructed the church from coral stones, which
they took from the sea, cut into square blocks, and piled on to each other. They
used bamboo to move and lift the stones in position, and used the white of a million
eggs as to cement them together. The current building was completed in 1727. The
church obtained a large bell in 1835. In the Baclayon church is a dungeon, which
was used to punish natives who violated the rules of the Roman Catholic church.

Next to the church is the old convent, which also houses a small museum with
centuries-old religious relics, artifacts and other antiquities, dating back to
the 16th century. Included in the collection are an ivory statue of the crucified
Christ looking towards heaven; a statue of the Blessed Virgin, said to be presented
by Queen Catherine of Aragon; relics of St. Ignatius of Loyola, old gold embroidered
ecclesiastical vestments, books with carabao skin covers, and librettos of church
music written in Latin on sheep skins. Here you can also find the cuadro paintings
made by the Filipino painter Liberato Gatchalian in 1859.

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