Bohol is known for a handful of unique tourist spots only found on this island in the Philippines.
The famous Chocolate Hills and Tarsier Sanctuary are 2 of the best places to visit in Bohol. Many tourists will include these tourist attractions in a 2 or 3 day Bohol itinerary.
Although that is perfectly fine, Bohol offers a bit of everything and loads of interesting tourist spots worth adding to your Bohol itinerary.
We spent 10 days in Bohol and after visiting the famous tourist attractions, we explored lesser-known activities in Bohol.
Some of Bohol’s best attractions are the stunning waterfalls plunging into vibrant blue pools in the jungle. Or the rice terraces in the Candijay region, and the sun rising over rice fields and a sea of clouds in Danao.
Here is a complete guide to Bohol’s best tourist spots and off-the-beaten-path attractions, waterfalls and viewpoints.
You can click on the links in each section below for more information on each tourist spot.
HOW TO GET TO BOHOL
Searching for ways to reach Bohol? The process is straightforward and you can get to Bohol with ferries or fast crafts from some of the most interesting islands in South Philippines. Click here for a detailed guide.
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Bohol’s main tourist area is in Panglao in the South-West part of the island. Panglao is where most tourist will stay however there are a few alternatives like Tagbilaran City and a seaside village named Anda in East Bohol.
TOURIST SPOTS AND THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL
I thought I should start the list of best things to do in Bohol from a waterfall that should be somewhere at the top of a Bohol itinerary.
In Bohol’s Antequera region and about 1-hour drive from Panglao, there is Mag-Aso Falls. Mag-Aso is a cascade and huge waterhole with vibrant blue water enclosed in the jungle of Bohol.
There is a parking area at the jumping-off point to Mag-Aso Falls. And a 10-minute hike down a paved path and stairs through tropical trees and fauna leads to the pool and cascade.
We came early to Mag-Aso Falls and as we were walking along the concrete path, we didn’t really know what to expect. At some point the path opens up onto a terrace over a huge vibrant blue pool enclosed in jungle and a cascade at the end.
Camugao Falls is a cascade in the same area as Mag-Aso Falls. You can easily combine these 2 waterfalls together and it will only take 25 minutes to cruise from one cascade to the other.
On our way back from Mag-Aso Falls we decided to check out Camugao Falls. There isn’t really much online information for this tourist spot and at the time it wasn’t even listed on Google.Maps.
When you arrive at Camugao Falls you can park in the parking area and there is trail down to the foot of the cascade. On your way down there is a ticket booth where you will need to pay a small fee. From this point it takes about 15 to hike down to the cascade. It is a relatively easy hike and in some rough parts there are railing you can hold on to.
Camugao is a huge cascade but it wasn’t until we started hiking that we could see the cascade through some openings in the trees. It is a pleasant hike through a field and along trees leading into a valley.
When you have hikes down, at some point the valley opens up onto towering cliffs and a blue pool with a tall cascade pouring in from above.
There are a few tables placed around pool which you can rent if you intend to spend some time. But the best thing to do is to take a plunge into the pool and maybe cliff jump off the boulders around the water.
CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES
In East Bohol and about 2 hours ride from the popular tourist area in Panglao, there are the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and boast one of the best yet underrated tourist spots on the island.
The verdant rice terraces are carved out of a mountain in the Candijay region that is still gaining popularity.
We rode our scooter from Panglao to the Candijay region. Instead of riding the 2 hour ride back to Panglao, we spent the night in Anda. Anda is the main tourist area in East Bohol.
Bohol is a large island offering loads of interesting things to do besides the Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers. You can check our guide for a detailed 3 day or 5 day Bohol itinerary. CLICK HERE FOR A 3 DAY AND 5 DAY BOHOL ITINERARY.
On the other end of the Cadpadapan Rice Terraces, there is Can-Umantad falls. There are many waterfalls in Bohol however, nothing comes close to this towering cascade
Can-Umantad is the highest waterfall on the entire island of Bohol. It is in the same region as the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and will make for a great addition to your tourist spots in East Bohol.
These two tourist attractions are very close and in fact Can-Umantad is fed by streams making their way along the mountains and rice fields. It took us 10 minute to ride from 1 attraction to the other.
Or an alternative is to start off from the Rice Terraces and you can hike down the cliff to Can-Umantad. We only found out about this trail later on so can’t really say what to expect.
Bohol’s Chocolate Hills are one of the most popular tourist spots in all the Philippines. It is an epic view of a landscape entirely covered with a cluster of dome shaped hills. For some reason only grass grows above the hills which is what gives these hills an interesting appeal.
From Panglao island to the Chocolate Hills a 1.5 hour ride will take you through the busy streets of Tagbilaran City and along Bohol’s countryside. We rode our scooter before the sun came up and reached the viewpoint for sunrise. The ride is mostly through the countryside and along rivers and rice fields. On the way the route heads through Bilar’s Mahogany Forest. It is no doubt an interesting ride.
At a certain point, there is a street covered with rice fields on either side. This is when the Chocolate Hills seem to pop out one after the other.
The main viewpoint is above a hill somewhere in the middle of this stunning landscape. The view is rather impressive as you can see hundreds of the dome hills pointing out.
PHILIPPINES TARSIER SANCTUARY
There are different species of Tarsiers and mainly they are found in Asia. And as it turns out, the Philippines tarsier is the smallest of all. And one of Bohol’s main tourist attractions is “The Philippines Tarsier Sanctuary” in the Corella. There are other sanctuaries on Bohol but not all are ethical unfortunately.
The Philippines Tarsier Sanctuary In Corella is a safe have for these Primates. It is located in the middle of Bohol’s countryside and jungle landscapes. There the tarsiers can roam freely in a their natural habitat.
Visiting the sanctuary is with a guide which will be provided on entrance.
We went to the sanctuary on a rainy day while riding back to Panglao from Anda. A guide was assigned to us and we were placed in a group of 6.
There is a small part of the Sanctuary open for visitors. This is where they mate the tarsiers or keep tarsiers needing treatment.
We followed our guide along the paths in the jungle environment. The tarsiers are so tiny that even when our guide spotted one out for us, it took us some time to actually see it. But that one was high above the trees. But we were lucky enough to spot 2 that were close enough to photograph.
It takes about 15 minutes to walk around the sanctuary. And keep in mind to keep quite and turn off your camera flash. Tarsiers are delicate creatures that are easily frightened with load noises which can cause a heart attack.
Pahangog Falls is in the Dimiao region in the South of Bohol. It is a twin waterfall and a pool with that vibrant blue colour synonymous to the Philippines.
The route to Pahangog is amazing. You will travel along Bohol’s South Coast and when you arrive in Dimiao town the journey heads up into the highlands. From Panglao it should take about 1 hour 20 minutes to get there.
Eventually, the paved road will get narrow until it turns into a dirt path through the jungle. Don’t worry, the dirt road is smooth to drive on and is the official route. At the end of the road is the parking area.
We parked our scooter and headed down a trail in the direction of a sign. The path isn’t paved but there is some bamboo railing just in case you need. It took us about 10 minutes to hike down and there was even a mountain goat nibbling on the grass.
Pahangog waterfall isn’t visible at any point on the way down. Everything suddenly comes at the very end of the trail. And it is no doubt a stunning sight!
There is bridge crossing over and blue pool with cascades at the end and tropical vegetation along cliffs above. We ended up spending over an hour swimming in the pool and up to the cascade.
On our trip to Pahangog Falls we included another waterfall. But this time it was one of Bohol’s new tourist attractions that isn’t listed on many of the day tours.
Imagine Ingkumhan Falls like a natural water park hidden in the jungle of Bohol. There is a Tarzan swing hanging over a cascade and different levels of cliff jumps. At Ingkumhan Falls you can also jump out of a tree over the cliffs. I don’t know if this is safe, but the locals seemed quite confident.
If you made the journey to Pahangog Falls, then you should definitely add Ingkumhan Falls in your daily itinerary. It is an easy 10 minute ride from one fall to the other.
Keep in mind that Ingkumhan Falls is a relatively new tourist spot in Bohol. And although the waterfall is listed on Google.Maps the location isn’t completely correct. You will need to look for the signs indicating the way once you get close.
BOHOL SEA OF CLOUDS
On the entire island of Bohol there probably isn’t any other view better than the Sea of Clouds – aka Mt. Puntaas.
Bohol Sea of Clouds is a lookout and viewpoint in the Danao region. The exact point is on a peak known as Mt.Puntaas in central Bohol.
It is a 2 hour trip from Panglao to the Sea of Clouds views and we did the whole journey on our scooter and in the dark before the sun came up. Although we did most of the journey along pitch black streets only guided by the light on our bike, I would say in the end it was worth the effort and maybe the risk.
As the name suggests, the view is literally over the clouds. In fact, as we cruised into the highlands we passed through thick fog which was probably the clouds. The visibility was so low we had to slow down until we reached higher grounds.
On the highest point there is a shape bend onto a bumpy dirt road. It is only for about 100 meters and then there is a small parking area and a further 100 meters to the peak.
Bohol Sea of Clouds is truly one of the best viewpoints on the island. The view look down into rice terraces carved into a valley and over the mountain ridges with a backdrop a clouds and peaks poking out.
We came here early morning for sunrise. If you come during the day, I’m not sure what the view will be like or if the clouds eventually clear up. I guess this isn’t something anyone can really predict.
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