Top 5 Things to Do on Bohol Philippines: A Guide for Tourists

With over a hundred things to do on Bohol and almost every single one of them is amazing, it can be difficult to know where to begin! This is why we have compiled a list of the top 5 things to do on Bohol as a starting point for anyone planning a trip. There are plenty of things to see and do on Bohol, but with so many options it can be hard to know where to begin. In this article, we’ll take you through the top 5 things to do on Bohol: beaches, temples, waterfalls, natural wonders, and culture. So read on below if you’re traveling there soon!

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

1. Chocolate Hills

The first stop on our list of the top 5 things to do on Bohol is the Chocolate Hills. These are strange but beautiful formations that are Bohol’s signature attraction. It’s easy to see why they are so famous: the Chocolate Hills look exactly like giant mounds of chocolate. They are a natural wonder that is well worth visiting even if you’re not a fan of chocolate! Both the shape and color of the hills are caused by a natural process called “phytolith”, which is very common in the Bohol region. Phytolith makes the grass appear to be very dark and gives the hills their distinctive brown color. The hills are made of grass that has been piling up for years, so it is not unusual for them to be dyed red or orange during the rainy season.

2. Tres Marias and the Spanish Ruins

The Tres Marias Islands are located off the coast of Bohol. The majority of the wrecks are located within a few miles of each other, and most are within scuba diving range. They are all within view of the coast, making it very easy to find them. As with most scuba diving, the wrecks are in about 20-35 feet of water. Make sure you’re certified before attempting to dive in the Philippines, as the water is quite warm (about 80 degrees) but the currents can be strong. If you’re not certified, there are a few companies that offer courses. The islands are home to the Tres Marias Ruins, the remains of a wooden fort built by the Spanish in the 1800s. The islands are also home to the Tres Marias Lighthouse, which has been operating since 1924. The lighthouse is open to the public and a great place to visit for a beautiful view of the Bohol coastline.

Beaches of Bohol

3. Bohol Beaches

Bohol has a number of beautiful beaches, many of which were listed in the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic. Below are some of the top beaches on Bohol. Cang Bohol Beach – This is a great family-friendly beach near the town of Panglao. There’s a small reef that makes for good snorkeling. Balicasag Beach – This is another good beach for families. It is secluded and has calm waters, making it perfect for swimming. Baling Beach – This is a lovely beach with white sand and calm waters. Dampa Beach – Dampa Beach is a popular beach that gets lots of visitors because of its beauty. It is quiet most of the time but gets lively on weekends. Honda Bay – If you’re looking for a party beach, you can’t go wrong with Honda Bay. It is one of the most famous beaches in the Philippines.

Bohol River Cruises

4. Karsuan and the Tambo River Cruise

Karsuan is an eco-tourism spot on the Tambo River in the southern part of Bohol. There is a Boardwalk trail that goes through the edge of the lotus farm and to the top of a small waterfall. You can visit the falls at any time of year, but the best time to visit is during the rainy season (June to October). The falls are at their fullest during these months. The best way to visit the falls is to hire a driver for a day or take a public bus to Ineresan Monument in Loboc. You can visit the falls at any time of year, but the best time to visit is during the rainy season (June to October). The falls are at their fullest during these months. The best way to visit the falls is to hire a driver for a day or take a public bus to Ineresan Monument in Loboc. The area is also home to some interesting architectural landmarks, such as the Tinip-Tipil (an old water tower), and the Tarsuan (a large wooden pavilion that was once a dance hall). The river is also a great place for a river cruise, especially if you are interested in learning more about the local eco-system.

Filipino Food of Bohol

5. Loboc River and its famous food

The Loboc River is a must-visit on any trip to Bohol. It is one of the most beautiful rivers in the Philippines and a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Loboc River is a great place to see the mix of Spanish and Filipino culture in Bohol. There are Spanish-style churches, Filipino houses, and large plantations that line the river. There are several great food spots along the river, including Loboc Wharf (great Lobocneng iced tea) and Loboc River Cafe (fabulous water iced tea). The food in Loboc is famous for its use of native ingredients, including something called “taba”, which is the sap of a local plant. If you’re visiting the Loboc River, you can’t miss out on the famous “Ginisang Tugos” (a dish made with taba).


Whether you want to explore Manila or go to the mountains to see waterfalls, this country has a lot to offer. There are many places for you to visit, but here are a few of the top destinations to consider. Manila – Visit the capital of the Philippines to experience its amazing culture. Explore the many museums and other attractions, or try out some of the delicious street food. Taal Lake – Lake Taal is a large lake near the city of Manila that is a great place to visit. Here you can go swimming, or you can explore the lakeside.

There are also some volcanoes near the lake that you can climb for an amazing view. Panay Island – Panay Island is a large island in the Philippines that you can visit. It is an amazing place to explore, and you can visit the many waterfalls, go hiking, or swim in the lakes. Negros Island – Negros Island is another wonderful place to visit in the Philippines.

If you are thinking of visiting Bohol, there are plenty of options for things to do while you are there. From swimming in amazing waterfalls to exploring old ruins and chocolate hills, there is something for everyone to enjoy while they are on vacation. With so many things to do on Bohol, you will want to spend as much time as possible exploring this amazing island.

Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam. Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures. — Reekay