Bohol is a small island located east of Cebu in the Philippines. You can fly into Cebu, which is proabably the cheapest option, or you can fly directly into Bohol to Tagbilaran City.
From here you can get a jeepney or taxi around the island. In fact there will be a number of tour guides eager to take your money, and on an island tour.
We decided to do our own thing and hire a scooter for a DIY tour.
Hiring a scooter was easy. They are readily avaiable and everyone (even little kids) are whizzing around in them.
I contacted a company online prior to our arrival, and arranged for them to deliver two scooters to our apartment in the morning. We hired two 50cc scooters for 2 days. The price per day was 400 PHP; approximately £5.60. Fuel was cheap along the way too, and there were plenty of places to fill up.
Once I got my confidence, and mastered driving over the many potholes, we were on our way.
We spent a few days visiting the north of the island, and enjoyed the freedom of having no itinerary.
Here is where we rode to by scooter:
The Loboc River
The Loboc river starts in Carmen and is approximately 1 mile long and then flows south into the Bohol sea. Here you can take a tour along it by boat, many of which offer dinner and local music.
Whilst in the area you can also see the Loboc church, which is one of the oldest churches on the island. It was however damaged in a recent earthquake and is under reconstruction.
One other place we wanted to get to in the same area, but couldn’t find it was the man made forest.
We had began to search for it, but it began to rain, so gave up our search in favour of going further north to the chocolate hills.
The Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are a collection of geological formations (over 1,200 of them). Named due to their colour in the dry season, when the hills turn brown from very little rainfall.
There was a minimal entry fee and plenty of parking for our scooters.
The hills were beautiful, but due to the amount of tourists there, it felt a little overrated in places. It was also difficult to take a clear picture (which is of course the most important thing when travelling).
There is a very small cafe on site, and a few toilets, so I’d advise you to pack some snacks, and water when travelling there.
The Tarsier Sanctuary
On our second day out on the scooter, we drove out to the Tariser Sanctuary, part of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation.
Please note, if you are planning on seeing the Tarsiers, visit this place and not any other. There are a handful of “sancturies” around, but they are not approved by the foundation, and not treated properly.
The Tarsiers are endangered species and there are approximately only 130 of them left. They are about the size of your fist, and mostly are noctural, so you should visit as early as possible to see them.
Other places to see in Bohol
Whilst on the island, you can also visit the Danao adventure park for a bit of zip lining, caving or kayaking. You can also head further south to Paglao and relax on some beautiful beaches.