Bohol is an island rich in natural wonders, history and fascinating creatures. It also has some man-made wonders or for the case of the failed construction on the Loboc bridge, a man-made blunder. And the beauty of this is that you could visit all these sites for only a day, when you opt for the country side tour offered by car and van rentals outside the port of Tagbilaran city. The trip will cost you 2500 pesos for a group of 5. Not bad for a bunch of budget travelers like us. Besides, Kuya Tantan will pay for the whole tour. Just take note of the places and tourist spots that are oofered by your Bohol tour guide or van driver. The best and most affordable Bohol tour package includes all the places included in the Bohol countryside plus a side trip to nearby Panglao Island to visit Hinagdanan Cave or the Bohol Bee Farm.
Bohol’s World Famous Chocolate Hills
Me and my Bohol fieldtrip buddies made reservations for the country side tour a few days before the trip, and we are glad that Hinagdanan cave in Panglao is part of the package. Many companies won’t include Hinagdanan cave in their countryside tour and include it in as separate tour package.
So after having our breakfast at McDonald’s, we head out to see what Bohol has to offer.
Our first stop was in a site where Datu Sikatuna made a blood compact with the Spaniards and accepted Christianity as their religion. From then on, Boholanos made fantastic churches that still are still standing today like those in the towns of Baclayon and Loboc.
Datu Sikatuna and Spaniards Blood Compact Site
Loboc River is one of Bohol’s top tourist spots. If you want to relax and have a great lunch, you could take the Loboc river cruise. There you can eat a Filipino style buffet, while you cruise your way up to Loboc river and being serenaded by folk singers. Fee for the buffet lunch and cruise entrance fee is 400 pesos per person. We are still full, so we opted not to go on with the cruise. Palusot, hehehe.
Loboc River Floating Restaurant
If you are the more adventurous type, you could ask your guide to take you up river and cross the river via zipline. The Loboc river zipline provides a wonderful view of the river and mountainside. For first timers and elders, you could still enjoy the view by riding the cable car instead.
A good alternative to the zipline is to walk the hanging bridge of Loboc River. There are two bamboo bridge to get you across and back. The 2 bridges is made up of bamboo, so be careful of your steps. You might be lucky to see Bohol’s Buko King doing his act on the other side of the river.
Another of Bohol’s famous tourist spot – Hanging Bridges in Loboc, River
For nature lovers, a quick stop in Bilar’s Man-made mahogany forest is a must! Thousands of mahogany trees are lined up just a few meters from each other, making their stems to grow straight up, and not branching out in all directions. The forest floor is filled with dried leaves, leaving an impression of having an autumn season here in the country.
Bilar Mahogany Man Made Forest
And of course the Pride of Bohol – Tarsiers!
The Tarsier is the world’s smallest primate. They are also the inspiration for the creation of Master Joda of Star Wars!
Don’t forget Bohol local delicacies and famous pasalubong – Kalamay sa Bao.
Kalamay sa bao is one of the best Pasalubong in Bohol. You can buy these native Bohol delicacies for only 3 pieces for 100 pesos. Another must buy Bohol Pasalubong are the Peanut Kisses cookies. Both Pasalubong items are sold in major tourist destinations, in the pier and airport and other shopping arcades.