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 Bohol >>> island paradise in the Philippines<<<

Bohol is an island paradise in the Philippines famous for its while sand beaches, the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world. It is located in the Visayas island group in central Philippines. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and corral reefs, Bohol is a travel destination for tourist & travelers who love nature. The Chocolate Hills is nominated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature".

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Bohol is also renowned for its wonderful dive spots. Foreign and local divers come to Bohol to see the breathtaking underwater corral reefs around the islands. The more popular beaches of Bohol are Alona, Dumaluan, Bikini, Momo & Doljo beaches. With the help of the Department of Tourism and the local government, the beautiful 

Balicasag Island is now being developed for tourism with careful consideration of the environment. Needless to say, water sports is very popular in these islands. Aside from the beaches, another attraction of Bohol are its numerous caves (there are more than 1,400 to explore). Most famous of which is the Hinagdanan Cave on Panglao island. The cave directs to an underground pond with many stalactites& stalagmites.

In addition to Bohol's beaches, caves, and awesome Chocolate Hills, that visitors come to admire, it boast many monuments & magnificent churches built during the Spanish era. Every town in Bohol has its own church and each has a unique and interesting design and architecture. It will take days to see them all. If you wish to see some but have limited time, you can start with the Tagbilaran Cathedral at the capital then go to the nearby towns of Baclayon, Clarin, Maribojoc, Dauis,  Loay & Loboc. A cheap way to get around the island is through the "habal-habal". It is a motorcycle for hire that serves as a "taxi' on the island.

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How To Get There?

By Air

At the moment, Bohol's city airport in Tagbilaran services daily Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airline flights from Manila. It is undergoing renovation to accommodate the B-737s of Philippine Airlines. Ramp area improvement and the construction of a modernized airport building will soon ensure bigger aircraft will allow direct flight into Bohol. Most guests to Bohol enter the island either by land or sea via its island neighbor, Cebu.

By Sea

The Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier handles more than 4,000 travelers on a daily basis. Nine daily ship calls from Cebu are processed efficiently, with other ships from ManilaCagayan de Oro CityDumagueteDipologIligan CityLarena,Plaridel and Ozamiz City also welcomed on a regular basis. Another four port terminals cater specifically to Cebu and northern Mindanao routes. Additional berthing space for fastcraft ferries is currently under construction.

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Travel Tips

A group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao, surrounded by the Visayan Sea, the Visayas is a place for your dream vacation. Join island hopping adventures, swim on it's crystal clear waters, stroll on it's white sand beaches, explore the undersea world!

 



FESTIVAL IN THE REGION

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!


TRAVEL TIPS ON VALUABLES

Avoid bringing valuables. A decent watch and faux accessories (optional) are all you need. But in case you did bring some expensive jewellery, deposit them and your other valuables in the hotel safe (most major hotels provide them for free).

Make sure you make photocopies of your passport and tickets just in case you loose them. Keep the copies in separate locations - place them in deep pockets of your luggage.



It is a good idea to use a belt bag to put your money, passport and other valuables when on the road rather than a bag. And position it in front of your body and under your shirt if possible. Better yet, use a money belt and hide it under your clothing.

Never leave your bag and other valuables on the beach or at the poolside when swimming. It is a lot safer to leave them in your hotel room.

 


HEALTH TIPS

 Sometimes an apple a day just isn't enough... If you are travelling away from home, keeping healthy is a must. Find out about risks and preventative measures by selecting your nationality from the drop-down box below:

Philippine Travel Seasons

 



June to August is the typhoon season.Although the temperature is moderate and hotel rates are lower, it is not thebest time to travel specially if you intend to see the countryside or cross theislands by sea.


From March to May is summer time and is a good time to see theislands with clear skies and calm waters. You are also assured that no flightsor ferry boat trips will be cancelled due to typhoons. Although expect thetemperatures to occasionally reach 38 degrees centigrade.

 

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!

 


CEBU CITY: The Queen city of the south

It was in Cebu that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in Philippine soil back in 1521. Even before the Spaniards came, trade with the Chinese already flourished in the province. Prosperity has continued, and today, Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, has become a thriving, highly urbanized center that comes second to Manila's bustling metropolis.



Only a few minutes away from the city are numerous white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and swaying palms, making Cebu a perfect destination for both business and leisure. Mactan Island is a coral island and famous scuba diving and beach site. It is also the site of the Export Processing Zone. Malapascua Island is endowed with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, and the west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The sleepy little market town of Moalboal was one of the first places where scuba diving caught on in the Philippines. From here, you can dive straight off Panagsama Beach, which is home to an extraordinary array of coral, anemones, sponges, and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish.