Bohol Countryside Tour

Bohol was my first major travel destination this year that triggered the travel bug in me. This was also my first time to visit Bohol. The world famous Chocolate Hills and tarsiers are among the local attractions that made me eager to visit this island in Central Visayas. I only used to see them on post cards and textbooks at school, and it's great to finally see them up close!

Back in February, planning a trip like this was quite new to me. We were supposed to leave everything to a travel agency but, in the end, decided to do the itinerary and booking by ourselves. I realized that we could save a lot! Also, going on a trip using an orbitz coupon can give us more savings.

View of Tagbilaran City from the airplane

My friend and I flew via Airphil Express from Manila to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. At the airport, we were picked up by a van from Bohol Coconut Palms Resort where we're staying for two nights. We arrived about noon which was already late to do any tour so we decided to stay at the hotel and start exploring Bohol the next day.

If you plan on seeing the famous attractions in Bohol, you will need at least two days. The Bohol countryside tour and the Panglao tour are the most common tours being offered in the island. We had four days to spend so we were able to cover these tours during our entire stay. We contacted Bohol Day Tour in advance to book for these tours. During that time they had the cheapest rates I found online. We paid PhP1500 per person based on two people for this tour.

1. Chocolate Hills

What's the better way to start the countryside tour than to visit the famous Chocolate Hills! You can't truly say you've been to Bohol if you didn't see these amazing natural wonders.

2. Butterfly Conservation Center

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is located in Bilar town which is the first butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol.

3. Man-made Forest

The man-made forest in Bohol is said to be the first and only man-made forest in the Philippines. It is a stretch of two kilometers of densely planted Mahogany trees. Passing through the highway between the forest was a cool experience, literally.

4. Hanging Bridge

The hanging bamboo bridge is a fun tourist spot in Bohol. The bridge is crossing the Sipatan River in the Municipality of Sevilla, Bohol. If you're afraid of heights, you might have second thoughts on crossing the bridge as it tends to sway especially if more people are on it.

5. Loboc River Cruise

This was where we took our lunch and it was my first time to eat aboard a floating restaurant. The experience was relaxing as we cruised the calm river of Loboc. The Loboc River Cruise is one the popular attractions in Bohol that draw local and foreign tourists.

6. Tarsier

The Philippine tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world. No trip to Bohol would be complete without seeing these cute little creatures.

7. Prony

Prony is said to be the world's longest and heaviest living snake in captivity.

8. Baclayon Church

One of the attractions we were looking forward to visit is the Baclayon church. Baclayon Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and is found in town of Baclayon, Bohol.

9. Blood Compact Commemorative Shrine

Also called as the Sandugo Shrine, it is one of the historical places located in Tagbilaran City. It portrays the first treaty of friendship between the brown and white races.

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    Batang Lakwatsero said...

    wow.. gusto ko na din mag-bohol.. kaya lang wala pa sya sa list ko ng 2012 destinations.. pangarap ko makahawak ng tarsier.

    Pinoy Travel Freak said...

    ang cute talaga nila...kaya lang bawal sila hawakan :(

    Raymond Charles Caccamis said...

    I like They go to alot of these places and they have a nice new Toyota Previa. Great trip

    joan | the backpack chronicles said...

    Tamang tama magpupnta kami ng Bhol sa 27-28. Mga how much pala nagastos nyo? Dalawa lang kasi kami eh..

    Pinoy Travel Freak said...

    Hi Joan, 2 lang din kami. Nakalimutan ko na magkano nagastos namin eh. Hehe. :-)

    Contact nyo pala to for the island tour:

    Sila yung may pinaka cheap na package tour na nakita ko online. :-)

    Robx Bautista said...

    Aaack! Haven't been to Bohol yet. Would like to see the man-made forest!!!

    AC said...

    Bohol is next in my list!

    Mikito Ohara said...

    Do you travel in Bohol by motorcycles?

    Bohol Motorcycle Rentals

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