Places to visit while in Bohol Philippines
Bohol is one of the most beautiful places in South East Asia when it comes to scenic beauty. It has lots to offer you throughout your stay. This island province is promoted almost exclusively through images of cute bug-eyed tarsiers and the majestic Chocolate Hills, however, there’s much more to experience. Herein lies majestic waterfalls, infamous rice terraces that Cordillera, long-stretch beach where you can get you lost in its length and the first man-made forest in the Philippines.
Banaue isn’t the only place in the Philippines that has rice terraces. Yes, even Bohol has created its own version of rice terraces. Locals believe that natives of the area were the ones who created this magnificent structure many years ago. In size, it might be nothing compared to the Banaue Rice Terraces, however, in terms of its overall look, it sure is as beautiful. Rice terraces are not unusual in the province of Bohol. In the hinterlands of the island are these carved hills and mountains, perhaps not as grandiose as those in Cordilleras, but uniquely beautiful just the same.
P20 – per person
P10 – for the habal habal parking fee (2 wheeels)
P20 – parking fee (4 wheels)
Best time – best time to go to the rice terraces is between November to March as we went there after the harvest season.
Can-Umantad Falls, a 15-minute walk from the terraces but hey, wait until you go back, you will need 15 minutes more, yes, it will take you 25 to 30 minutes to go back up as the stairs are steep. This Majestic falls towering at around 60 feet this is known to be the highest waterfall in the province of Bohol and rightfully deserves a visit for waterfall chasers & nature lovers alike. little down the falls, you’d see the next cascade which is smaller than the initial one. And its water drops into a small but clean green pool. This is where most visitors choose to relax and enjoy the view. The falls offer clean, fresh, and cool water; perfect for those looking for a way to cool off from that intense summer heat.
However, apart from these known to be on-the-list attractions, there lies a beautiful beach in Bohol that has yet to be discovered by many – the Quinale Beach of Anda. A long stretch of white sand with clear waters and a sandy bed. The sand is perhaps the finest you could find in the country. Approximately 100 kms from the city of Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Quinale Beach of Anda is not a famous yet compared to more developed and known beaches in Panglao Island but majority of those who visited here compared this to the great beaches in Boracay. Because its long stretch of fine white sand resembling to white powder can get you lost in its length. Not to mention its clear pristine waters and visibly plain sand beds which shows no presence of any rocks or seaweeds make it a reason why many argue that Quinale Beach of Anda is actually better than the beaches of Boracay.
Since this isn’t a very popular spot yet, there aren’t a lot of people visiting the beach, making it perfect for those who want to really get away from the crowd of the city. Moreover, camping on the beach is allowed but visitors must bring their own tent. Camping on Quinale Beach isn’t totally roughing it because Anda has also provided toilets, changing rooms, and open showers (also free) by the bar.
A favourite stop for tourists going to and/or from the Chocolate Hills in Carmen town is the Bilar Man-made Forest. Stretching up to two kilometers, the dense forest made up of red and white mahogany trees is located along the border of Loboc and Bilar towns.The Bohol man-made forest is the first and only man-made forest in the Philippines. It is mainly composed of Mahogany trees about 2 kilometers stretched densely in towns of Bilar and Loboc. It is 5 minutes away from Simply Butterflies Conservation Center and 20 minutes away from Tagbilaran City, the lone City of Bohol. Before entering the Bohol man-made forest, one can see the variety of trees and giant ferns along the road.
This man-made forest has been one of the many tourist attractions in the Philippines. It stands out because of its uniformity in height, the spread of the branches and the thickness of the leaves. The tidy road and forest make it very relaxing to Bohol trippers. Both locals and tourists stay for 30 minutes to 1 hour to breathe the fresh air and hear the natural sounds of birds and trees. The scenic view and the wonderful erectile order of the Bohol man-made forest make it very attractive to travelers.
How to Get to Bohol
The fastest and easiest way is by plane. Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines (PAL), and AirAsia Zest operate multiple flights from Manila to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
You may also opt to travel by boat. Tagbilaran City Pier is the destination of a number of ships coming from Manila. There are also vessels from other parts of the Visayas including Dumaguete and Cebu. If you’re coming from Mindanao, you may hop on a boat to Bohol in Cagayan de Oro and Dipolog. There are also boats from Camiguin but the destination is Jagna in the southeastern corner of Bohol.
Sure, other islands in the Philippines are worth suggesting, too, but most boast one or two of the following — white beaches, incredible sites, diverse wildlife, interesting history. Bohol has them all. Bohol is a province that is easy to promote. It doesn’t need much sales talk.