The Province of Bohol is located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. When most people visit Bohol, they base themselves on Panglao Island, the largest of the 75 minor islands surrounding the main island of Bohol itself. Panglao Island is connected to Bohol Island by two bridges and is easily reached from Bohol’s capital city and main port of Tagbilaran. The popular Alona Beach on Panglao is less than 20km from Tagbilaran and all major attractions of Bohol can easily be reached from Panglao. We chose to stay in the small town of Anda on the eastern peninsular of Bohol Island itself, as well as in the Alona Beach area of Panglao Island. The two areas are very different and it was great to experience both. Here are just some of the fun things to see and do on Panglao Island, while many other places on Bohol Island can also easily be explored from Panglao:
TRAVEL TIPS FOR BOHOL
Most visitors to Bohol arrive from Cebu Pier 1 Ferry terminal by boat. We recommend using BookAway or 12Go website to view boat schedules and book a ticket in advance online. Take a Tricycle for PHP50 from the Tagbilaran Ferry Terminal to the DOA Bus Terminal from there.
Another easy entry point to Bohol is Tubigon. The port city in the North East has over 20 daily ferry connections to Cebu and the ride only takes about an hour. Also, it is the cheaper option than taking the ferry directly to Tagbilaran with a ride costing about half the price in comparison. Tubigon is well connected to all the major tourist attractions on Bohol and you can easily reach Tagbilaran, Panglao and Carmen by bus or shared van (V-hire) from here.
From DOA Bus Terminal you can get a bus to almost anywhere on Bohol. To get to Pangloa / Alona Beach use the Panglao airport bus (hourly) for PHP20-40 depending on your destination.