How do you explore laidback Bohol island, one of the Philippines’ top destinations? Let us count the ways.
Compiled by: Abby Yao
Bewitching Bohol is known for the Philippine tarsier, Chocolate Hills and white-sand beaches. But sightseeing and lounging on the sand isn’t all there is to this island. Get active and test your sense of balance with these fun activities on land, water and even on air.
ON TWO FEET
On the calm waters of tree-lined Loboc and Abatan Rivers, SUP Tours Philippines offers stand-up paddling, which lets you be one with nature. It’s like standing on a surfboard and rowing yourself with a paddle. There aren’t many places where you can do it, so why not try it in such a scenic location?
ON A BOAT
If you prefer someone else to do the work (of operating the boat, that is), take a firefly tour on Loboc River or Abatan River. Some tours include dinner, which comes before you watch the trees on the riverside for the natural nightly illumination. Various tour operators offer it, and it’s possible to book it when you get to Bohol.
OPTION 2: Too leisurely for you? Then get a rush from kayaking and jet skiing on Panglao Island.
SEE ALSO: Island Itinerary: 3 Days in Bohol
ON TWO WHEELS
Set your tyres on solid ground on guided bike tours of the island with Bugoy Bikers. Go for a day or two in Bohol itself, or try a 14-day trip around Bohol and the nearby Visayan islands (not solely on a bike, of course).
OPTION 2: You can also rent a mountain bike and roam the Bohol on your own. Grab a map (or update your Google Maps app) before you go.
OPTION 3: For a unique experience, The Rush bike zip at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP) is your best bet. Cycling from hill to hill on a wire isn’t only for circus performers anymore!
UP IN THE AIR
Fly above the trees on a zip line across the river at Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park. It’s a thrilling ride at only PHP350 – good value for money.
ON FOUR LEGS
How about a horseback ride with a difference? The equestrian centre at Tarsier Botanika offers trail rides on the beach or around historic sites.
OPTION 2: Less dreamy but just as memorable are the carabao (water buffalo) races during town fiestas. Though you won’t be able to ride the carabaos yourself, you won’t forget the sight of these beasts of burden running across a field.
When you’re ready to just take it easy, make the beach your final stop. Alona Beach is lively at night, as fire dancing and seafood dinners are the norm. Bohol has several beaches for some peace and quiet, too, if the occasion calls for total relaxation.