The Philippines have recently become a rising member of the “best places to visit” lists across channels. As a result, naturally people become curious and want to know what the fuss is about. What are the best things to do there? Where do we go? These are the questions that occur to travellers, so we have tried to simplify things for you, and have compiled a list of the best things to do in Bohol, Philippines. Let’s get started!
1. Bohol Chocolate Hills
The chocolate hills are Bohol Island’s most famous tourist destination. Visitors flock there from all around the world. The smooth, creamy, “chocolate-like” texture of the hills has attracted people by the thousands.
Hundreds of similarly smooth hills lie as far as the eye can see. During the dry season, the hills turn into a more brown colour, hence the name Chocolate.
The best way to enjoy this place is by hiring a bike for yourself and cruising your way through the narrow paths along the hills!
2. Secret Waterfall
Have you ever read a book that describes an undiscovered mystical tropical paradise that invariably contains hidden treasures? The secret waterfall is the real life equivalent to that, minus the treasures. Hidden deep within the forest, this beautiful waterfall is very well known to locals, but doesn’t actually have official tours going to it. So it is more difficult to visit because you have to befriend one of the locals and ask them to take you there. So if you’re planning to stay for a while, make some friends and let them guide you here, since locals will always be the best tour guides.
3. River Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding is a popular tourist sport in Bohol Island. All you have to do is make your way to the southwest of the island, where you can rent a paddle board, paddles and lifejackets. Once you figure out how to keep your balance, its a wonderful way to cruise down the narrow streams and rivers through the dense foliage.
4. Unofficial Cruise Down Loboc River
While there are official cruises down the loboc river, those are often crowded and noisy, and lack the freedom and beauty of an unofficial cruise.
The river lies along the path to chocolate hills. Many locals have built huts along the bank, and own fishing boats. You may have to negotiate a bit, but most of them will be happy to take you for a ride down the river. There is even a small but magnificent freshwater waterfall at the end, so you can even plan a quick swim there if you want.
5. Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park
This is the place for all the adrenaline junkies out there! The ride starts with an exhilarating zipline course which has you soaring above the trees. This also has a beautiful view of the Chocolate Hills. Apart from ziplining, there are also many river sports, and an official lunch cruise down Loboc River. Adds just the right touch of excitement to your vacation!
And there you have it! Bohol Island is one of the biggest tourist spots in the Philippines, and it’s easy to see why. There is something for every kind of traveller, whether it be solo, families, first timers or veteran travellers. Regardless of which category you fall into, you’re sure to have a great time in Bohol Island!