Up in the mountains of Danao in central Bohol there is a viewpoint aptly known as Bohol Sea of Clouds, or Mt. Puntaas. With a viewing area over rice terraces tumbling down into the clouds and an epic ride along Bohol’s countryside sprawling with nature, viewpoints won’t get better than this!
WHERE IS BOHOL SEA OF CLOUDS (MT.PUNTAAS) AND HOW TO GET THERE
Before I get started on the logistics of getting to Bohol Sea of Clouds in the Danao region, you should know where most tourists in Bohol spend their nights.
This will give a better perspective of where you will probably stay and an orientation on where you will be heading.
About 90% of tourists in Bohol book their accommodation on Panglao. This isn’t actually an area but rather a separate island. Panglao is an island in South West Bohol and a bridge connects the two islands together.
Most tourists stay on Panglao for various reasons. But mainly it comes down to the broad choice of lodging options, western restaurants and tropical beaches.
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WHERE IS MT. PUNTAAS
Bohol Sea of Clouds is in the Danao Region in the highlands of central Bohol. It is roughly a 2 hour drive from Panglao island.
It takes 30 minutes to ride from Panglao island over the bridge and through Tagbilaran City. The remaining 1.5 hours drive is a pleasant cruise along Bohol’s countryside. The ride is nothing short of amazing.
As you cruise along Bohol’s highlands, you will be engulfed with raw landscapes, tumbling rice fields and farmland.
The ride itself is probably a good enough reason for many to be enticed.
Once you reach the highest point of the mountain, there is a dirt road on your right. Drive for about 100 metres and park your scooter. You may be asked to pay a small parking fee.
The viewpoint is a further 100 metre easy trek up hill and from there you can wander to other peaks. You will see the trails along the ridges above loads of rice terraces.
HOW TO GET THERE
Bohol Sea of Clouds isn’t included in the popular day tours. This activity is usually done D.I.Y either by scooter or hire car.
We rented a scooter and did the ride before the sun came up. It isn’t a ride for the fainthearted since most of the ride will be along pitch black streets in the middle of nowhere.
However, if you opt to go during the day, it is a straightforward ride. All the way from Panglao to Mt. Puntaas, the streets are paved and in good condition and most of the way you will probably be the only one cruising along deserted streets.
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Scooters can be rented when you arrive at Tagbilaran ferry terminal or from Panglao island. In both areas there are loads of rental stores.
Scooters usually cost between 400/500 pesos ($8/$10) for a 24 hour rental. But you will get a discount for longer rentals.
Another option is a hire car which can conveniently can include an English speaking Filipino driver. Although this won’t be a cheap option, you can share the cost with friends or room mates and include other activities along the way.
A hire car with driver costs 3000 pesos ($60) for an 8 hour rental.
BOHOL SEA OF CLOUDS – MAP
I have included the map below with the exact location of Bohol Sea of Clouds (Mt. Puntaas).
You can click on the view larger map in the top left corner and hit directions at the bottom of your screen. This will give you live directions from your location whichever part of Bohol you are at.
It would be a good idea to include other tourist spots that are in some way on the same route to the Bohol Sea of Clouds.
There is a route that passes by Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. Just know that this is a longer alternative and in total it will take 2.5 hours to get to Mt. Puntaas where if you take the shorter route would be 2 hours.
From Panglao to the Chocolate Hills it takes 1.5 hours and a further 1 hour to Mt. Puntaas.
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If you get an early start, you could also include Mag-Aso Falls on your way back. Mag-Aso Falls is an off the beaten path waterfall nestled in the middle of jungle and tropical. The trail down to the fall is only 15 minutes so isn’t that challenging.
If you include the Chocolate Hills and Mag-Aso Falls along with Mt. Puntaas, the total travel time will be around 5 hours. But apart from a sore bum, I can guarantee it is worth the challenge. And you will be rewarded with 2 amazing viewpoints, a picturesque waterfall and an epic ride among Bohol’s untouched countryside.
BOHOL SEA OF CLOUDS IN DANAO
Mt. Puntaas or Bohol Sea of Clouds is in a region about 1 hour drive from The Chocolate Hills which is the nearest tourist attraction. It is a place you have to be going to specifically for the view from Mt. Puntaas and not somehow just be passing by.
We had already been to the Chocolate Hills for sunrise and rode a small part of the ride in the dark. However, we didn’t quite get there in time to see the sun rising over the horizon.
We planned on getting to Mt. Puntaas for sunrise and this time we didn’t take any chances! At 3:30am we cruising along deserted streets on Panglao, through Tagbilaran City and into Bohol’s remote countryside and highlands.
It isn’t a ride for the fainthearted with most of journey through isolated regions and no street lights we were almost in complete darkness.
At some point the day started to brighten up. We were engulfed by the mist of the highlands and on either side there was rice fields and farmland tumbling down.
We reached Mt. Puntaas exactly before the sun came up. There is a parking area at the foot of a short trail up the mountain which leads to the main viewpoints. And there are multiple spots worth wandering off to all around.
The views from Mt. Puntaas are spectacular. We were looking over rice terraces carved out of a valley beneath us surrounded in mountains and peaks poking out of a sky entirely covered in clouds.
I don’t think there is any better way than this to start off the day.
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