Bohol is the 10th biggest island in the country, offering many surprises for travelers who are looking forward to a rustic adventure that keeps the adrenaline flowing! It is famous internationally because of the Chocolate Hills. But beyond these unique symmetrical geological formations are lots of amazing attractions and activities that you should not miss [Check out our list of the top tourist attractions in Bohol].
Here’s how to spend 24 hours in Bohol and make the most of your trip in this stunning destination.
Early morning visit to Chocolate Hills
Wake up early, eat breakfast, and prepare to view nature at its best! First stop- the Chocolate Hills, which ranked third in the country’s National Geological Monument list, it is still the most popular tourist attraction in Bohol. These truffle-shaped cocoa colored hills are sprawled over 50 square kilometer area and said to be around 1,776 but only 1,260 hills are visible. The best viewing deck is at the Sagbayan Peak or the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen. Take a lot of pictures with them as your backdrop for a perfect postcard view. You can rent a motorbike or take public transportation to reach the location.
Lunch by the river (Loboc River Cruise)
Next on your list should be the Loboc River Cruise. Enjoy a buffet style lunch with serenading local singers as you cruise down the river on a large float boat-house. The jungle-like scenery, palm trees, and the riverside views of the Loboc Church are simply breathtaking. There are cultural dancers to welcome guests in every riverbank station, while at the end of the cruise is the picturesque Busay waterfall where you can splash around or get a soothing back massage under the pressure of the falling water.
Watch the sunset in Panglao
Your adventure in Bohol is not complete if you do not explore the island paradise of Panglao. This is a popular place for sun worshippers, beach lovers, and thrill seekers because of its impressive diving spots and pristine beaches. A small bridge separates the two islands, so you can cross over via cab or tricycle. Be sure to catch and watch the panoramic sunset in Panglao before heading on to find a good place to dine.
Dinner at Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast
If you love authentic Italian dishes and brick-oven-baked pizza for dinner, the ideal choice is Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast. This highly-recommended restaurant in Panglao Island is owned by Chef Giuseppe Genco, who personally oversees the preparation of the mouth-watering menu.
Have some drink at Pinarella Bay
Add Pinarella Bay in your list of how to spend 24 hours in Bohol if you are in the mood to party, meet girls, and have some glasses of drinks to cap the night. This much-sought disco-bar is located on the main road near Alona Beach.
Breakfast at the Buzz Cafe
Start your day with the soothing view of the Alona Beach, while enjoying a healthy breakfast in The Buzz Cafe which is on the second floor. Try their Puto and Maya, Honeyed Halo-Halo, and homemade ice creams with unique flavors. It also serves organic foods.
Morning Visit to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella
Don’t leave Bohol without taking a glimpse of the palm-sized tarsiers in their sanctuary. You can spot these nocturnal, tiny primates with big, brown eyes clinging sleepily to the trees. They are shy and sensitive to noise, so it is important to be extra quiet and keep at least 1-meter distance from them. Taking photos is allowed without flash. It is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is P60 per person.
One day is not enough to completely enjoy the one-of-a-kind attractions of this Philippine Island, but you can do a lot and maximize your stay when you follow this guide on how to spend 24 hours in Bohol.