Bohol on a budget

Yey, another item off my 100 list: tour Bohol. Although the main reason that Tenshi and I went there last month was to take part in her friends’ wedding in Maribojoc, we had one day to tour Bohol’s most common destinations. However, there was not enough time to stay in Panglao or watch dolphins in Pamilacan, which makes Bohol a must-return-to place for me.
I am coming back for more of this!
I am coming back for more of this!
A month before our trip, fellow Eduk, Inc. volunteers also went to Bohol to attend a wedding.  Gladys generously shared her Bohol travel tips with me, and I hope she does not mind me sharing them here.


  1. Check if your hotel offers a free shuttle ride from and to the airport and avail of this service.
  2. The city is actually a tricycle ride away from the airport. If you are traveling light and willing to walk a short distance away from the airport, then do so before getting a tricycle so that you will be charged only Php8 per person.

Day Tour

Car rental for a day tour usually costs Php1500 while a van costs around Php2500.  The usual route is the Blood Compact site, Baclayon Church and Museum, Python Sanctuary, Loboc River Cruise, Tarsier Sanctuary, Manmade Forest, and Chocolate Hills.

Blood compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi
The site of the blood compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi
Baclayon Church
Baclayon Church, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines
With Prony, one of the biggest pythons in captivity
With Prony, one of the biggest pythons in captivity
Loboc River cruise
Lunch time at a floating restaurant in Loboc River
Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills are green this time of the year
Man made forest
Manmade forest

More notes from Gladys

  • Do not forget to dine at Chicken Ati-Atihan and Payag in Tagbilaran City. (I failed to do this 😦 )
  • Island City Mall and Angel’s Basket are the places to get your souvenirs and pasalubong.
  • If you have time and the weather allows it, go dolphin watching. The best time to go is in early morning at 5 AM when the dolphins feed. Boat rental is atPhp1500 for half-day.
  • Balicasag Island has an impressive marine sanctuary. Bring bread for fish feeding. Be ready with goggles, life vest, and aqua shoes. The goggles can be rented at Php100 and the aqua shoes for another Php100. Additional Php100/head for a snorkeling guide.

Thanks Gladys! We were not able to do many of the things you suggested due to time constraints, but I enjoyed Bohol.


10 thoughts on “Bohol on a budget

    1. @Betchay: I’m so bad that I actually thought of how many shoes and bags can be made from the python’s skin (don’t tell PETA about me haha!)

      @Naoko: Maybe it was a habal habal? i don’t know tuk tuku or bata bata 😦

      @Cat-sensei: Gene-san has been to Bohol too? Sugoi! Punta na din kayo ni Wigent-san!

      @Angel: Kaja! Let’s go back for the dolphins and the beach!

  1. i love the hills! they are so… erect hehe

    katakot naman ang sawa — isang lunok lang ako nyan so malabo mo akong mapahawak dyan.

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