Bohol Trip Itinerary: Things to Do in Bohol

A trip to Bohol Island in the Philippines is better spent with the family or some close friends. It was my first time to visit Bohol last March and I’m glad that my close friends namely Ada, Maire and Dylan joined in this trip. We all needed to escape from our routines and explore what Bohol has to offer.

After eating dinner somewhere along Alona Beach during our first night in Bohol, we were able to talk to a van driver and hired him to facilitate a Bohol Day Tour. He informed us that we will be joined by a family. We’re lucky because the Manabat Family turned out to be a cool and funny bunch! The four of us felt that we had an instant family outing. Ang saya-saya!

I am planning to blog about all the destinations we’ve been to in Bohol since every spot has an interesting story to tell. For now, let me share this preview post about our Bohol adventure!

 

Blood Compact Site

Reminisce History at the Blood Compact Shrine

If you did well in your Civics and Culture subject way back in Elementary and Philippine History in High School & College, most probably you’ve heard about the Blood Compact Shrine. It is one of the historical marks of Tagbilaran City since the very first Treaty of Friendship between Miguel Lopez de Legaspi (the first Governer-General in the Philippines) and Datu Sikatuna. A blood compact ritual was done as a sign of friendship where they drink each other’s blood. Hmm… Yum?

 

Baclayon Church
Can you see Father Pio’s image?

Say a Little Prayer at the Baclayon Church

The Baclayon Church is considered as one of the oldest Churches in the Philippines. What captured my attention is the image of Padre Pio found outside, which gave me goosebumps.

Baclayon Church

We all went inside and I consider Baclayon Church as one of my favorite Churches in the Philippines. I guess it is the serene feel that made me feel at peace. There is also a corner there were colored candles symbolizing health, love, purity, career among others is for sale. We all lit our chosen candles and one prayer was answered recently. Yihee!

 

Meet Prony the Python!
Meet Prony the Python!

Meet and Greet Prony the Python… and watch Marimar Live!

Meet and Greet Prony, the largest python in captivity in the Philippines. We were really surprised on how big he is! When we went there, some of his friends were with him in the cage and to make our stay a bit more entertaining, a tour guide named Marimar shared some interesting facts about Python and even rendered a Regine Velasquez impersonation presentation.

Marimar awww! #meynteyn (Photo by Maire)

You already, Go Gurl! #meynteyn

 

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Bohol Butterfly Conservation Center
There is a number of Butterfly Sanctuaries in the Philippines and you’ll find one in Bohol too. While most of my companions devoted their attention in learning the Life Cycle of a Butterfly and taking photos, I devoted most of my time looking at the souvenirs for sale and bought a Tarsier bonnet. Supposedly, it is my gift for my brother. I ended up wearing it since it is too comfy and cute!

 

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Mahogany Man-Made Forest

We had a short stopover at the Mahogany Man-Made Forest on our way to our next destination. Rain starts pouring in when we arrived, but that didn’t stop us from taking pictures! This is man-made! Amazing, isn’t it? It is also a perfect setting for a Koreanovela-ish type of movie.

Visit the Philippine Tarsiers

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The Philippine Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world and I didn’t really expect that they’re that small! Considered as an endangered specie, I had mixed feeling upon visiting the sanctuary. I still suggest though that you visit but please, be a responsible visitor!

The Chocolate Hills Wonder

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Chocolate Hills

I remember asking my parents if the Chocolate Hills are edible when I first read it in a magazine as a kid 😛 On our way to the viewing deck area, we were already in awe on how it was formed. There is no known scientific explanation nor a legend that can narrate its existence. The Chocolate Hills is one of the must-see sights in the Philippines.

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Buffet Lunch at the Loboc River Cruise

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Instead of the usual lunch route in a restaurant, we group decided to try the buffet lunch offered in the Loboc River Cruise. We were surprised because it’s almost 2pm when we arrived yet there’s so many hungry tourists on queue! The buffet lunch in our Bangka is sold-out. Enjoy the scenery and the smooth-sailing cruise. I have to admit though that I am interested with this particular destination because Dagupan City’s Dawel River Cruise are quite vocal that they got the inspiration from this one.

Refreshing Delight at the Mag-aso Falls

Our Bohol Trip Family in Mag-aso Falls (Photo by Ada Lajara)

– Feeling sleepy? You will surely be forced to wake up once you step in Mag-aso Falls is found in Antequera, Bohol. I love this part of the trip since we took lots of pictures and I almost jumped – but I backed out the last minute LOL. This destination is out of the way from the usual route so you need to allot extra travel time.

Beach Bumming at Alona Beach

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Alona Beach Bumming

Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol is one of the best beaches in the Philippines. Why should you miss this part?

We only stayed in Bohol for 2 Days that’s why we weren’t able to do the following: Buffet Lunch and Tour at Bohol Bee Farm, EAT Danao Adrenaline Rush Adventure and Bohol Island Hopping (Balicasag, Pamilacan etc.). All in all, our trip is a short but relaxing one. Perfect to reminisce while listening to a Reggae song 😛

Have you been to Bohol? What can you say about the Heart of the Islands, truly Philippines slogan they launched a few weeks ago?

20 Comments

  1. Dylan said:

    Parang kailan lang ah… 🙂

    – I like your Tarsier photo Mica. Kuhang kuha talaga kung ano yung nasa postcard.
    – When I was a kid, I also thought that these Chocolate Hills were edible.
    – Alona Beach is relaxing. I’m not sure about you and the vodka ice though. Memories came rushing back. 500pesos. niremind ka talaga ano… lol. hahaha
    – Naalala ko tuloy yung pose ninyo ni Ada sa Mag-aso Falls before we jumped. Poser. Hindi ka naman tumalon. #Nang-aasarlang. hahaha.
    – Naassociate mo talaga yung man-made forest sa kung anong pwedeng movie gagawin. Nice eye. hehehe
    – Naalala ko kung gano ka katakot sa python. Kunting hinga lang ng python parang na heart attack ka na. hahaha
    – Padre Pio on the wall is an added attraction to the church. If it’s man made, I would say nice job. If not, then that would really be creepy. 🙂

    Whew! Ang dami palang nangyari in such a short span of time. 🙂
    sa uulitin! 🙂

    May 17, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Happiness mo talaga ang mang-asar eh, noh? Hehe pero woot that was one happy Bohol trip! I don’t really regret my 500 pesos moment. I’m planning to make a separate post about it pa nga eh hehe 😛 Till our next travel! 😀

      May 17, 2012
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  2. Gusto ko itry lahat yan except don sa may python.:p

    May 18, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Go lang! Hindi ka naman nila papayagan na pumasok kung ‘in the mood’ siya hehe 😀

      May 19, 2012
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  3. chyng said:

    bohol is a presonal favorite. masarap food eh! charot. sympre yung underwater kingdom ang most favorite ko. 🙂

    May 18, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Sayang hindi kami nakapag-Bohol Bee Farm. Target ko pa man din yun dahil sa post mo hehe at di rin ako nakapag-Underwater Kingdom 0_o

      May 19, 2012
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  4. Is Marimar performing again? The last time I heard their place was closed due to lack of permit from the DENR.

    May 19, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Yes, he/she is back na hehe. Tagal na pala niyang nagpe-perform dun

      May 20, 2012
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  5. mervz | pinoyadventurista.com said:

    ang ganda ng mag-aso falls… di namin yun napuntahan when we went there… 🙂

    May 20, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Ganda nga hehe. Don’t miss it na the next time you visit Bohol 😀

      May 20, 2012
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  6. Jarmo said:

    I stayed also on the Alona beach, but I hired a motorbike for myself, and drove to the chocolate hills, while seeing the butterfly sanctuary and tarsiers along the way. I think it was a good way to see the Chocolate hills! Also diving on Bohol is amazing!

    May 20, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      I’d love to explore Bohol on a motorbike! That was our original plan until reality struck as that only one out of four knows how to drive a motorbike toinks. Would love to try diving in Bohol soon! 😀

      May 28, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Balikan mo na! 😛

      May 28, 2012
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  7. Ayngelina said:

    I have been to Bohol and had such foggy memories but your photos reminded me of all the beauty.

    May 23, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      You should do a comeback soon! I’d love to read your adventures from the Philippines even if that trip occured a decade ago 😀

      May 28, 2012
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  8. Mark Wiens said:

    When I go back to the Philippines, Bohol is definitely an island I want to visit. Looks like there are so many cool things to do and see. Drinking each other’s blood… that’s a pretty intense sign of friendship!

    May 26, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      That is truly intense! Yup, you should explore Bohol as well as Cebu, Dumaguete, Siquijor among others. Glad you’ve explored the northern part of the Philippines though 😀

      May 28, 2012
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  9. KUMAGCOW said:

    Been there and done all of that. I spent most of my time having coffee though in Alona Beach.. habang humahampas ang alon.. that is my kind of day… lol

    May 5, 2013
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  10. Boots cornel said:

    Amazing. Extraordinary. Highly informative and educational. Thank you very much for instilling such a wonderful feeling of pride to us Filipino People, that our country THE PHILIPPINES, is a step to paradise… More power to you .

    July 12, 2016
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