One Day on Bohol Island Itinerary – Top things to do in Bohol, the Philippines

Impressive in many ways, Bohol is an island of vast rice fields, pristine white beaches and the so-called Chocolate Hills. Other than mesmerizing nature, Bohol is also a laid-back island with friendly and warm people who are always happy to meet you. Possible to reach both by ferry and plane, it’s a great place to visit even if you’re stuck on a tight schedule. One day on Bohol Island would be both adventurous and relaxing, tasty and challenging. And basically, you’ll never want to leave.

One day in Bohol Itinerary

What’s the best time to visit Bohol?

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The best time to visit Bohol would be December-April, although December can get a little busy. From May to July the temperatures go super high as does the humidity. The rainy season usually starts in June and lasts until the end of the year. If you’re not into getting wet occasionally, you’d better skip that period.

What’s good to know about Bohol?

Located in the Visayas region, Bohol is a name for the island itself and for 75 minor surrounding islands. An island of distinctive cultural heritage and lush nature, this is a popular tourist destination, with the Chocolate Hills and the Philippine tarsier being the ultimate tourist attractions.

Lush Nature in Bohol
Lush Nature in Bohol, Author: Francesco, Source: Flickr

Panglao Island, located southwest of the capital Tagbilaran, brings in all the crowds, since it is one of the most famous diving and snorkeling spots in the world. In 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the island, claiming around 200 lives and destroying and damaging the Spanish heritage churches along the islands.

One Day on Bohol Island Itinerary

Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day on Bohol island.

Rent a scooter/motorbike right upon your arrival

Since you only have one day on Bohol, make the most out of it and explore all the things this mesmerizing island has to offer. The cheapest and most exciting way this can be done is by renting a motorbike. It could be managed also by taking a tricycle ride, but with motorbike it’s much more convenient.

Roads of Bohol

Visit a tarsier sanctuary

Check out one of the few tarsier sanctuaries along the island. The Philippine tarsier is not just the cutest thing on the planet but also one of the world’s smallest primates. The tarsier is indigenous to the island, so this is your only chance to meet this little guy.

Tarsier Sanctuary Bohol
Tarsier Sanctuary Bohol

Check out the stunning beaches of the Anda region

Unlike the crowded beaches of the Panglao Island, Anda region offers pristine white beaches and crystal clear sea with almost no people around. It’s a part of the island you definitely should explore on your own. Bring some snorkeling equipment if you want to enjoy some astounding marine life.

Bohol Beaches
Anda Beaches

Taste the local street food – Lechon Manok

This super affordable street food dish can be bought all over the island. The Lechon Manok is actually grilled pork, but its crunchiness and juiciness make it so delicious. If you prefer chicken over pork, you can order that one too, either way it’s gonna melt in your mouth.

Visit the Chocolate Hills at sunset

The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formations, are the island’s most recognizable attraction. Climb hundreds of stairs to the viewpoint for the spectacular Chocolate Hills view and preferably do it right before the closing time. Sunset makes it even more magical than it really is.

Chocolate Hills Bohol
Chocolate Hills Bohol, Author: shankar s., Source: Flickr

Have a night walk on the Panglao beach

Panglao beach doesn’t get less crowded in the night. It only transforms to an endless line of restaurants and bars with live music. If you want to avoid the crowd, order a beer and have a seat on the sand just next to the sea.

Sunset in Panglao
Sunset in Panglao

Try some seafood Filipino specialties for the dinner

No matter if you pick to stay at the Panglao beach or if you want to check out the restaurants in Tagbilaran, you should definitely go for a seafood dinner. If you want to have a real local dish, try tuna kinilaw. It’s a raw tuna dish marinated in an acidic solution, often vinegar or calamansî juice.

Where to stay on Bohol island?

Tagbilaran city

If you prefer to stay closer to the airport and the ferry port and enjoy facilities such as shopping centers and markets, find your accommodation somewhere around Tagbilaran city. It’s a great start point for doing an island day trip.

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

Corner J. Borja and Remolador Streets, Bohol, 6300 Tagbilaran City

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel is one of the top rated hotels on the island. It offers modern rooms, amazing comfort and a great value for money. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle service.


717 Cesar Place Hotel

717 Cesar Place Hotel

CPG North Avenue, Barangay Cogon, Bohol, 6300 Tagbilaran City

717 Cesar Place Hotel is another modern hotel in the center of Tagbilaran city. The design is wonderful and the rooms are very much modern and full of natural light, so this is perfect for all types of visitors. It offers a free airport shuttle service, as well.


Pangalo island

If you prefer to stay closer to the beach – Panglao island offers some of the greatest hotels on the island. The island itself is quite touristy, but that means quite a lot of facilities and activities to do.

Positano Alona Beach Panglao

Positano Alona Beach Panglao

Alona Beach Rd, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines, 6340 Panglao

Only a few minutes’ walk to the beach, Positano Alona Beach Panglao offers a relaxing stay in a tropical ambient of banana and coconut trees. Bright and modern rooms provide super comfortable stay.


Reggae Guesthouse

Reggae Guesthouse

Panglao Island Circumferential Road Tawala, 6340 Panglao

If you want to try something different – Reggae Guesthouse offers a cottage stay in a quite ambient of the tropical garden. The rooms are decorated in a reggae style, equipped with a terrace. It’s perfectly located – only a few minutes’ walking distance to Alona beach.


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Logistical Tips and Tricks

Organize your trip in five easy steps!


Obviously, if you’re going on a trip somewhere far a way, you’ll need to book a flight. There is absolutely no need to worry about this, though, because with Skyscanner, you will be able to find a cheap flight anywhere in the world. And their website is extremely easy to use, so you will have your seat on a plane in no time at all!


To easily find the best possible room in the city you’re visiting, just head to They have quite literally thousands of options, a reliable rating system and will always get you a great deal. On top of that, you can learn a lot from the comments people leave there, too. No matter if you’re looking for an apartment or an elite hotel, you’ll find what you need here.


If you want the ultimate sense of freedom while on your trip, a car is a must. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get one – just visit Booking’s Rentalcars and they’ll have your vehicle ready in a jiffy. Now you’ll be able to explore the new city thoroughly and, who knows, maybe even make a trip outside it.


Accidents, mishaps and other troubles happen to everyone. The key is to be prepared. That’s why getting a travel insurance is such a great idea: it can help you deal with any health issues, theft and even cancelled flights. World Nomads know full well about the problems that can arise on a trip because they are passionate travelers themselves. That’s why they can offer you the very best deals.


Want to have some company as soon as you land? Through, you can find a local to meet you at the airport and help you find your way around the new city. They can also set things up for you, give you some useful tips and be helpful in general. The whole project is a great idea and very well executed, so do go and see how these people can make your trip a more pleasant one.

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