Welcome to nature's paradise in the Philippines
Well-known for its attractions, the Chocolate Hills and home of the endangered species Tarsiers, as well as incredible marine life and coral reefs of Panglao island, Bohol is a popular holiday destination for nature lovers and divers, but still retains its laid back charm. Located at the heart of Central Visayas, the Island province of Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines. With a total land area of 4,117.3 square kilometers, it is composed of an oval-shaped mainland surrounded by 72 smaller islands. A popular tourist destination, the province is abundant of beaches and resorts. Its well-known beaches are found in Panglao island, which is situated south-west of the province, and in Anda, located on the island’s east side. Bohol is composed of 1 city and 47 municipalities.
Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol, is known as the “City of Friendship.” Situated in the southwestern part of the province, it has a total land area of 32.70 km2 (12.63 sq mi) and a coastline of 13 km (8.1 mi). The city shares its boundaries with the municipalities of Cortes, Corella, and Baclayon. It is 630 km (390 mi) southeast of the national capital of Manila and 72 km (45 mi) south of the regional capital, Cebu City.
Tagbilaran city’s name is derived from “Tagu Bilaan” which means TAGU (to hide) and BILAAN (a Muslim marauder tribe) – hence its name means to hide from muslim marauders.
How to get to Bohol
Travel info: Bohol is served by domesic Tagbilaran airport, where flights from Manila arrive with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific airlines. Another way is to arrive to Cebu-Mactan International airport which is served by many international airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Silk Air and Tiger airlines (Singapore), and direct flights from Hong Kong, Korea etc. From Cebu, take a fast ferry to arrive to Tagbilaran. We are located on Alona beach, Panglao island, which is just 30mins drive from airport or seaport of Tagbilaran.
Visa and Immigration: Philippines allow tourists 29 days entry visa free for most countries. Please check with your Philippines embassy.
Weather: From November to April, the northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails. Except for a rare shower, this is the mildest time of the year. Daytime temperatures average 28 °C (82 °F), cooling down at night to around 25 °C (77 °F). The summer season from May to July brings higher temperatures and very humid days. From August to October is the southwest monsoon (habagat). The weather during this season is not very predictable, with weeks of calm weather alternating with rainy days. It can rain any day of the year, but a higher chance of heavy showers occurs from November to January.
More information about Bohol, please visit Bohol's official tourism website.