Bohol Itinerary, Philippines


Bohol Vacation Checklist

Bohol is one of the provinces in the Philippines, located in the Central Visayas region. All the tourist sites are accessible by tricycle/jeepney and van. Hiring a van for a one-day city tour is a smart choice; if you consider the time and travel going to different places you can save ample time to get these places. Let's go!

Advantages: Hired Van
-Time Management for travelers who has a few day's stays.
-A number one choice for groups and partners who likes a hassle-free city tour.
-Slight difference in expenses but worth the saved time and security as well.
-All tourist spots will be visited as long as you're not too obsessed with taking too many pictures.
- I recommend for your first-day book a day tour, pick-up transfer from the ferry terminal or from the airport to different tourist spots. Then on the next day, you can plan your next move, at least give yourself a day to familiarize the place before going on your own tour.

Advantages: Going on your own 
- Great for Solo travelers or just Backpacking in Bohol.
- It wouldn't be fun if you don't get lost. To avoid such read blogs ahead of time and research for possible routes and fares.
-Time-consuming yet you'll never know what's in store for you. Great for people who have a sense of Adventure and keep a positive vibe all day long.
- Meet different kinds of people along the way and definitely, you're bidding skills will be put to the test.
-Choose what you like to visit, bear in mind that time management is important to meet your checklist and number one thing let lose you're on a vacation! Smile, laugh and enjoy every step of the way.

How to get there: ( by air or by sea ) Updated 2019

By Air
For Locals: Book a domestic flight bound for Bohol. There are direct flights to Bohol from most parts of the country. 

For foreigners: Some airlines offer direct flights to the province. If you can't find a flight to Bohol, stopover to Cebu (Mactan-Cebu International Airport) then book your domestic flight to Bohol. 

Another alternative if you want to save some money, you can take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol.

From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:
You can take a cab going to Pier 1, Cebu Pier Area.  The estimated fare is 250 PHP – 350 PHP, depending on traffic.  

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation. 

If you have luggage have your cab enter the ferry terminal for a fee of 10 PHP. Take note the ticketing office is outside the ferry terminal gates.

By Sea: I personally trust Oceanjet and Supercat ferry operators. Both have daily trips.
There are two ports: Tagbilaran Port or Tubigon Port. Save your worries and take the Tagbilaran Port.

Option 1.Ferry from Cebu Pier to Tagbilaran Port: ( Tagbilaran is the capital city of Bohol )

Boat Fare: 500 PHP - 1,200 PHP
Travel time: 2- 3 hours

Option 2.Ferry from Cebu Pier to Tubigon Port:
Boat Fare: 200 PHP - 300 PHP
Travel time: 2 - 3 hours
From Tubigon Port to TagbilaranCity by Van: 90 PHP - 120 PHP
Travel time: 1 hour

Terminal Fee: 25 PHP

Prices may have changed.  Please check the ferry operators for more information.

From Tagbilaran Port: Book ahead of time for city tours. 
Van tours: 2,500 PHP - 3,500 PHP

Pre-arranged pick up transfer from your resort/hotel or take a tricycle. Tricycle fare: 30 PHP -100 PHP

Take a cab or van if you're going straight from Tagbilaran Port to Panglao Island
Cab fare: 300 PHP - 1,000 PHP
Tricycle fare: 250 PHP - 350 PHP
Motorcycle fare: 150 PHP - 250 PHP

Travel time: 20 minutes - 45 minutes

Power outlets: are commonly type A, with standard voltage 220 V and frequency 60 Hz.  Be sure to bring a universal plug adapter!
Money matters:  We recommend getting your currency exchanged via Western Union (WU) since you'll get a better rate than at the airport.  You can send your travel budget to yourself and pick up the exchanged amount at the local WU.
Convenient phone apps:  Grab for transportation.

Survival Terms
CR is the term for the toilet
Salamat means "thank you"

3 days itinerary in Bohol

First Day

We had the hired van as we're traveling in a group and just visiting Bohol for a short time. Rate: 2,500 PHP for 5 people. We shouldered all the Entrance Fee for the tour.

Bohol Tourist Spots: Entrance Fee:
• Python Sanctuary, Albur, Entrance Fee: 10 PHP
• Panglao Island - Dumaluan Beach Resort 
• Hanging Bridge
• Sagbayan Peak

Pension House rate for an overnight stay at Tagbilaran City:
900 PHP per night, plus an additional 300 for an extra person with a mattress.

Second Day

We only had our city tour with a hired van for a day, the next day we're on our own.

At night we went to Panglao Island

Third Day

Panglao Island - Dumaluan Beach Resort 

Chill all day long in the beach

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have more days to spare why not go to Oslob and see the famous whale shark or also known as "Butanding."

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to the Land of Smiles and that's no other than Amazing Thailand.


  1. Wow we will be visiting Bohol soon on May 1 to 8. this itinerary would help us alot. Thanks

    1. I'm glad you're able to check my post. I hope you had a great time in Bohol. ^__^

    2. how much po ung van? san po na hotel ung 900?

    3. kaya no po bang halfday sa chocolate hills at luboc?

    4. Hey Tonix!

      I think we paid 2,500 php for 5 people and ask for another discount during the payment transaction. It would be much better if you go as a group so you'll pay less individually.

      I can't remember the establishment where we stayed but it's just around Tagbilaran Market. We asked the local people for this place, it's not actually a Hotel but a Pension House.

      You can visit Loboc River first then proceed to Chocolate Hills. However , it would be such a waste if you just past by other tourist spot along the day. Well Its your trip, your decision. Just make sure to manage your time to achieve it in a half day pace.

      Have fun and be safe!

  2. Bohol is really the place to be! all in one tourist spot!

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    1. Exactly! Tourism in that place is continuously booming and one of the best beach spot in the country.

  3. Hi! So how can we avail the package? What hotel in cebu city did you guys checked in?

  4. Hi! So how can we avail the package? What hotel in cebu city did you guys checked in?

    1. Hello Mary, There are plenty of hotels in Cebu, you can check out agoda to compare prices. Thanks for checking out my post. Cheers!

  5. thanks ,this info helped me a lot

  6. thanks ,this info helped me a lot

    1. Hello Ashley, My pleasure. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

  7. Hi do you know how much is the entrance fee for kids at Chocolate Hills?

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