Bohol Philippines

Bohol is a province located in the region of the Visayas in The Philippines. It is known for it's white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, the unique landscape, the wildlife and the history of the country.

I've been to Bohol several times and it's definitely a place to visit in the Philippines.


Requirements to travel to Bohol in 2021

My favorite places in Bohol

Recommendations (hotel, restaurants)

Requirements to travel to Bohol


!Please be aware that these requirements may change due to the lockdowns that vary in each region of the Philippines, so please do your researches first. These are the following travel document requirement to present for the Bohol Tourist Registration and at the airport:

  • Round-trip airlines ticket

  • Negative RT-PCR (swab) / Saliva RT-PCR (from Philippine Red Cross only) test result, conducted within seventy-two (72) hours before departure. I suggest taking the saliva test as it's more affordable (only 2000 PHP; to book on the website) and painless. I take my covid test near Mall of Asia (5 Ecom Open Parking, Pacific Drive Corp, Palm Cost Avenue, Pasay city) as it's a drive through service which is less of a hassle. I also suggest booking in advance and take the earliest time possible to receive the results within the day (click here for the Philippines Red Cross website)

  • Confirmed Hotel Booking – accommodation should have a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism (DOT) or the Ultimate Bohol Experience (UBE) Seal from the Provincial Government of Bohol (click here for the list of DOT accredited hotels)

  • Bohol Tourist Registration. To sign up for the QR code needed to present upon arrival at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport you will need:

-PDF file of your round-trip flight

-PDF file of your DOT accredited hotel booking

-PDF file of your negative PR-PCR test (example pdf)

(ATTENTION: You will need to do this for each individual on your trip)

(click here to register for the Bohol Tourist Registration)

Once you've sent in your google forms document, you will receive this email with your letter of acceptance that you will have to download (click here for the example). Then you'll have a link to sign up for the Bohol Tourist Registration like this one:

Register for the Bohol Tourist Application (site example below):

You'll then receive this email with your login details to then login to the site:

Go to Dashboard> My account> My QR code

Save the QR code to your mobile device

FINAL STEP:

Download the "Traze Contact Tracing" application

(click here to download the app/ all devices)

Suggestion: Create a folder on your mobile device titled "Bohol" and save these files inside:

-PDF file of your round-trip flight

-PDF file of your DOT accredited hotel booking

-PDF file of your negative PR-PCR test -PDF file of your letter of acceptance -QR CODE These are things they will ask you present at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport. Have a safe trip!

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol is a one of a kind geological formation of grass-covered hills that turn brown during the dry season. Bohol is also known as the home of one of the world’s smallest primates, the tarsiers. Here is a list of my favorite places in Bohol with what to do, contacts for tour guides, transportation, prices and recommendations.

1- Balicasag Island Just an hour ride by banka from Panglao Island you find yourself on this beautiful island known for it's marine resources with a white sand beach and beautiful corals in shallow and deep waters. It is also considered as one of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Bohol given the stunning Balicasag reef and Balicasag marine sanctuary. If you own a drone or a waterproof camera bring it! On the tour you'll be able to see:

  • Dolphins, you'll see them on the way to the island as they are common to see in Bohol

  • Turtles, the locals will bring you to the dive sites with small boats and one of those locations is where the turtles go to rest and swim around

  • Balicasag reef, after swimming with the turtles this will be your second stop.

  • Virgin Island, completely optional but you can go to this island after the tour around Balicasag Island

PRICE: -2500 PHP Banka -300 PHP Environmental fee -Rentals: mask: 100 PHP, Tube: 50 PHP, Fins: 200 TOUR CONTACTS: Our tour guide is also a trycicle driver and he was the one who organized this trip for us because his uncle owns the banka that brought me there. Here is his contacts: Tonton Mengote: 09461725205

2- Pamilacan Island

Just like Balicasag, Pamilacan Island is an hour banka ride but from Baclayon Port. It's also rich in marine life and has stunning landscapes and blue water. If you go snorkeling, there is a fee for the small boats which only fits one + the local that will bring you to the dive sites. There are 3 snorkeling sites: the coral sanctuary, turtle sanctuary and another snorkeling spot. Although in the coral sanctuary you can't remove the life vest so I wouldn't recommend it. You could always tell them that you want to skip the sanctuary since you have to pay per location.

On the tour you'll be able to see:

  • Dolphins (again yes)

  • Turtles

  • Pamilacan's beautiful marine wildlife

PRICE: -2500 PHP Banka -50 PHP Environmental fee to pay at Baclayon Port -500 PHP Snorkeling (2 locations but if you go to the 3 its 750PHP)

-200/300PHP Mask+Tube rental TOUR CONTACTS:

Transportation hotel-Baclayon Port: Tonton Mengote 09461725205 Banka ride:

3- Napaling Point or Molave Cliff Dive Resort

Napaling Point, also called Napaling Reef, was once a secluded and off-the-beaten-path destination where even locals didn’t know how to get to. Now Napaling is lively, full of tourists, both local and foreign alike, and has become the most popular dive spot of (mainland) Panglao island. The place is particularly great for divers – for both scuba and freedivers. Depth is available almost immediately from the shore – only a few kicks away, and you’ll have a 25m drop-off already. Scuba divers love to explore the steep wall with exciting caves and crevices. Sardine shoals can be found almost all year-round making a spectacular show much to the delight of divers.

PRICE: -50PHP Entrance fee for Filipinos or else 100PHP for Foreigners

-100PHP Environmental fee

-Rentals: Mask: 50PHP, Tube: 50PHP, Fins 200-250PHP

-Freedive with guide (Benrichie): 500 PHP +photos/videos

CONTACTS:

Transportation: Tonton Mengote 09461725205

Tourist Guide/Freediving: Benrichie Dela Cruz

Photo credits to Tacio Bautista, a great friend and underwater photographer of mine, if you want to shoot with him you could DM him on IG and check out his rates.

4- Beaches

Panglao is filled with white sand beaches and the best ones I've been to are Alona Beach, Beach of Bohol by the South Palms Resort. The beaches in Bohol are very clean and it's always so much fun to be at a white sand beach, with very clear water and snorkeling. Beware of sea urchins! You could also stay to watch the sunsets at these places and Bohol's sunsets are stunning.

PRICE:

Alona Beach: free

South Palms: there are no entrance fees but you need to order something at their restaurant/bar

CONTACTS:

Transportation: Tonton Mengote 09461725205





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