Activities On Bohol: 1 Day Sightseeing Itinerary

Beautiful Bohol

Before going to the Philippines I did a lot of research, trying to decide which of the 7000 islands I should visit. I don’t think I could have made the wrong choice because all the islands look pretty amazing. Nevertheless, I was very pleased with my decision to go to Bohol!

We stayed at some very nice accommodations, transport was effortless (thanks to very friendly locals and a great amount of luck) and we ate great food at Alona Beach. And off course it was gorgeous everywhere we went.

One of the highlights was a sightseeing trip with a scooter around the inlands of Bohol!

Activities on Bohol: 1 day sightseeing itinerary

First stop: The Tarsier Sanctuary & Conservation Area

Tarsier Bohol

These weird monkeys are one of the smallest of their kind and look like they came straight out of a comic book, with their too big for their skull eyes (did you know that their eyes are larger than their brain!) and tiny claw like hands. What I liked about the sanctuary is that there are one or more caretakers for each Tarsier, urging every approaching visitor to be very silent and not to take photos with a flash because, when stressed out, Tarsiers have a tendency to commit suicide… It’s true, read it on Wiki.  Again, weird little creatures!

The Manmade Forest

Manmade forest

I have to admit I did not find the forest that impressive. Maybe because I found the trees too similar to the ones at home. But we passed through it on our way from the Tarsier Sanctuary to the Chocolate Hills so I took a picture anyway;)

Butterfly Conservation Center

activities on bohol

Before reaching the Chocolate Hills we passed the Butterflies Conservation Center. For both the Tarsier Sanctuary as well as the Butterfly Sanctuary I’m not sure how I feel about visiting them. I mean, if I were a butterfly I probably wouldn’t enjoy being put on someone’s nose 100 times a day. And with the Tarsiers so sensitive to stress, being constant gawked at by tourists (including myself) cannot be good for them.

But… these sanctuaries do provide local people with jobs and an income. And allows for a Tarsier Sanctuary to exist at all, not unnecessary since they are an endangered species. So I am a bit torn about these attractions. Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

Last but not least: The Famous Chocolate Hills!

Chocolate Hills Bohol

These crazy hills are a real mystery, read some of the best legends about them.

It was so much fun driving around on a scooter and while all the stops were interesting, what I loved most was seeing how people lived in the little villages we passed. And driving through the changing landscapes, which ranged from flat agriculture fields to narrow and steep mountain roads.

Isn't this the coolest bus stop you have ever seen!
Isn’t this the coolest bus stop you have ever seen!

Practical information about sightseeing on Bohol

We drove from our cute bungalow in Loboc (Fox & Firefly Cottages) to Carmen, where the Chocolate Hills are, and back the same way. All the sites mentioned above are on this road, you can’t miss them! Check the map below for more information.

Sightseeing costs Bohol

You can download the map and table with the costs for a day of sightseeing below!

Looking for more travel planning resources? Check out the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library and my Travel Resource page!

I had a great time on Bohol and will definitely go back to do more exploring if I get the chance!

PS. I am sure I’ll remember this day forever because it left me with a permanent reminder:-) Every time I look at the scar left by burning my leg on the scooter exhaust it reminds me of our 5-month trip, this great day on Bohol in particular.

Permanent reminder
A day of sightseeing on a scooter around the inlands of Bohol, highly recommended! There are a lot of interesting stops such as the Tarsier Sanctuary, the Manmade forest, the Butterfly Sanctuary and the famous Chocolate Hills. It's great to drive around the beautiful green island and through the small villages with playing children. On Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog you can download a map marked with these sights and read all about the costs.A day of sightseeing on a scooter around the inlands of Bohol, highly recommended! There are a lot of interesting stops such as the Tarsier Sanctuary, the Manmade forest, the Butterfly Sanctuary and the famous Chocolate Hills. It's great to drive around the beautiful green island and through the small villages with playing children. On Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog you can download a map marked with these sights and read all about the costs.

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8 Comments

  1. February 1, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I really wanted to go to Bohol and see the tarsiers. Unfortunately the ferries didn’t go because of a typhoon, so I got stuck on Negros and then want to Cebu. Cebu is also nice, but I’d love to see the tarsiers one day….

    • Lotte
      Author
      February 1, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Ah that’s too bad Jenny! I wasn’t feeling to well on the ferry to Bohol in normal weather so I can imagine it would run into problems in during a typhoon. But I hope you get to go back one day and admire these strange little (and somewhat creepy;-) creatures:-)

  2. February 1, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Au, die brandblaar… 1 keer bijna gehad, maar gelukkig net op tijd in de gaten. Bekende route, mooi is Bohol! En die Chocolate hills, die zijn echt super als de zon er een beetje bij komt. Wij hadden bewolkt met perioden met zon, waardoor 1 of 2 heuvels oplichtten, bizar gezicht.

    • Lotte
      Author
      February 1, 2016 / 11:32 pm

      Haha, ja dat was minder prettig… Maar wel een permanent aandenken aan onze mooie reis;-) Gaaf dat je ook op Bohol bent geweest en de Chocolate Hills zijn echt fascinerend!

  3. Marijke
    February 3, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Haha, het is zo grappig en zielig tegelijk voor de beestjes. Ik snap je twijfels volledig, al zou ik toch ook gegaan zijn. De locale economie steunen (die dan ook nog eens belang heeft bij natuurbehoud), lijkt me zeker wel te verantwoorden.

    • Lotte
      Author
      February 3, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Dank je Marijke! Blijft altijd een lastige afweging bij dit soort toeristische dingen…

  4. February 4, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Ohnee je been! Een vriendin van mij heeft exact hetzelfde gehad in Indonesië, altijd uitkijken met die scooters ;).

    • Lotte
      Author
      February 4, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Achja, deed op dat moment behoorlijk pijn maar heb er een ‘mooie’ permanente herinnering aan over gehouden;-) En ik ben sindsdien nooit meer aan de verkeerde kant van een scooter afgestapt!

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