24 hours in Bohol
There is so much to see in the Philippines. With such a variety of places to go, it’s not uncommon to find yourself strapped for time.
But whether you are taking a holiday or currently on a backpacking trip, Bohol should be on your list. You can actually fit a lot in one day if you want to see as much as you can in Bohol in a short amount of time, .
To make the most of your travels – broaden your mind, put you out of your comfort zone, and create memories for life – here's what you can do in 24 hours in Bohol.
8 am – Check in at Moon Fools Hostel
A new hostel but fast becoming very popular, Moon Fools has room for 36 guests in a dorm and private accommodation. Free breakfast and wi-fi are available, the online reviews are always good, the staff are very helpful, and it’s ideal for a budget trip. Moon Fools is eco-friendly and is located by Alona Beach.
Once you head out of the hostel, it’s recommended to either hire a vehicle, motorbike, van, or car, or pay for a local tour guide to take you around. If you only have 24 hours or a short time in Bohol, its best to make the most of it.
10 am – Make your way to the Blood Compact Shrine
Take in a little bit of Filipino history and get the lowdown on this monument. The Blood Compact was an agreement between the Spanish and Filipinos to seal friendship back in 1565. The monument is located in Tagbilaran City. Nowadays, you can buy memorabilia here and get your photo taken professionally. It's important to take in as much history as you can about a place and visiting this location is the perfect way to begin your day.
11:00 am – Loboc River Cruise
Unfortunately, the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc sustained major damage in 2013 because of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. If it wasn't that would have been included in my guide, too. However you can take an hour-long cruise down Loboc River for a show in itself. On the riverbank at different stations, dancers will greet guests, too. Finish up with some lunch before heading to your next destination.
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2 pm – Visit the world famous tarsiers
These are some of the smallest primates in the world. Their big googly eyes are their most prominent feature. You'll spot them normally clinging to the trees looking very sleepy. You will notice they are not much bigger than a human hand. This is probably one of Bohol’s main attractions so make sure you do make time for the visit. It will be humid and you’ll be walking through the jungle, so take plenty of water and of course your camera! Opening times are between 9 to 4 pm and cost around P50 for an hour.
4:30 pm – Revel in the Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are made of green grass but turn brown in the dry season and almost look as if they continue forever into the distance. There are at least 1,200 hills in sight but there may be over 1,700 hills over 50 square kilometers. The chocolate hills are currently 3rd in the Philippines National Geological Monument list.
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7 pm – Head back to Alona Beach for drinks
Lost Horizon is a good place to start, and perfect to meet up with others for the first time. There will be a bunch of travelers here, and the bar is fairly cozy. A popular choice, Lost Horizon is actually a resort, so you can stay the rooms, but it's fine to go and have a few swift drinks instead. As the night falls, if you stick to this itinerary, you will have done many great things in Bohol in a short time, though if you do have more time to spare, there's still plenty to do. – Rappler.com
Tommy has been traveling for over 4 years. He loves adventure, the ocean, hot yoga and most of all deep jungles. Tommy writes for a number of travel publications. His new website is thewanderingwalker.com. You can follow him on Facebook as The Wandering Walker.