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Where to stay in Bohol

Bohol Hotels

With the doe-eyed tarsier monkey as its poster child, and the almost mythical land of Chocolate Hills, Bohol is an intriguing island. Set at the heart of the Philippines, separated from Cebu by a narrow ribbon of water, Bohol is a prime destination for adventure sports. In the south, Panglao is renowned as one of the best dive sites in the world, while the lush interior of the island is prime territory for hiking in the hills and rafting down fast-flowing rivers.

Things to see

Backpackers and dive enthusiasts tend to make a beeline for Alona Beach, and it’s easy to see why. Beyond the swathe of cheap bars, there is an expanse of soft, white sand, dappled by the shadows of palm trees stretching towards the sun. Beyond, the water is dazzlingly clear and warm. Around the bay, there’s superb diving to be had at the Panglao Reef, where tropical fish burst like confetti from their hiding places, and turtles swim sedately by. The whole beachfront is packed with dive companies, so whether you’re a beginner needing lessons or a pro looking for a new adventure, you’re sorted. When you need a change of scene, pull on your hiking boots and head into the hills at the center of the island. Beyond cascading waterfalls and chattering forests, you’ll discover the Chocolate Hills, a proliferation of limestone mounds which turn brown in the summer.

Hotels in Bohol

You’d be hard pushed to find 2 hotels alike in Bohol – most are independently-run boutiques with their own distinctive character. The cheap hotels in Bohol provide bright, rustic accommodation, much of it self-catering, with your own living space and kitchenette to make use of. Many have outdoor pools, and some offer freebies, including breakfast and beach shuttles. WiFi can be a bit hit and miss, but it’s provided in most mid-range hotels. Luxury Bohol Hotels provide a more modern resort atmosphere, with facilities including spas and sports equipment. Some are located on their own private beaches for the ultimate getaway.

Where to stay

Panglao Island, attached by a thread to the main Bohol Island, is the top tourist destination, brimming with restaurants, bars, and adventure companies. If you’re coming to let your hair down at night, chill on the beach in the day, and do a spot of diving from time to time, this is the place to stay. Backpackers will be pleased with the range of budget hotels on offer, and there are one or two more upmarket resorts too. Just north of Panglao in quieter Baclayon, you’ll be away from the crowds and there are a couple of luxury hotels here.

How to get to Bohol

Bohol is accessible either by air or boat from Cebu or Manila, both of which have international airports. Visitors from Europe and the US will need to make a connection somewhere like Singapore or Hong Kong. If you land in Manila, the easiest way of getting to Bohol is to fly. It takes just over an hour, and the airport in Tagbilaran is just 15 minutes from Panglao. From Cebu, there are high-speed ferries to Tagbilaran, which take about 90 minutes. In Bohol, taxis, buses and tricycles provide local transport, while organized tours are a good way of seeing the island.