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Where To Eat, Stay, Play in Bohol

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They say Bohol is like The Philippines condensed into one large province. Even though I had the wonderful opportunity to travel slow and explore (mostly) all it offers, it didn’t take long for me to fall straight into its arms – its big, beautiful, green arms.

Made the incredible decision to head over to Bohol (if you still need some great reasons, read here)? Here’s my quick travel guide on the best places to eat, stay and play in Bohol.

Eat

  • Bohol Bee Farm – Unique, organic ice cream flavours like spicy ginger (yum!) in homemade cassava cones. Salivating as I type this.
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Organic spicy ginger ice cream in a home made cassava cone, Bohol Bee Farm. (It’s melting!)
  • Bohol Coco Farm – Fresh and tasty local cuisine with a twist, using mostly organic ingredients sourced from their own farm. Their hearty buko shakes are a must!
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Crunchy pica-pica (sweet potato fries) and hearty buko (coconut) shakes at Bohol Coco Farm.
  • Traditional Filipino Buffet – One with the locals! These no-frills street buffets are set up everywhere but there’s a large one just outside the Alona Beach car park. Be cautious with hygiene and try getting here between morning and midday as the food is more likely to be fresh.
  • The Bier Garden Restaurant, Sun Apartelle Resort. You’ll be allured by the sizzling BBQ smoke but do make your way in for fresh, juicy, flavourful meats downed with San Miguels.
  • Tip Top – When you’re craving Western cuisine, look no further than these scrumptious authentic Viennese schnitzels – even to European standards! It’s pricey compared to local joints but it’s worth every PHP.

Stay

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A private bungalow at Bohol Coco Farm.
  • Bohol Coco Farm – These thatched bungalows are super basic but I adore them. Without fans (eco-friendly, you see), perhaps they’re not ideal in hellishly hot seasons but the chillout hammocks and backpacker atmosphere can be fun.
  • Alona PawikanI was one of the very first few people to stay here and it’s a winner! Recently built, Alona Pawikan looks of simple island bungalows on the outside but inside it’s a comfortable, tasteful modern space with a blasting air-con. I feel like I received more than what I paid for.
  • Reggae Guesthouse – I stumbled into this gorgeous garden home by chance and was welcomed in like family. Owners, older French couple Christine and George are quick to become your friends.
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Drowning in greenery at the warm Reggae Guesthouse.
  • Amorita Resort – A night at this luxury seaside retreat to have cocktails by their cliffside pool is worth it. Chic, accessible and family-friendly, Amorita Resort attracts the discerning traveller. (Psst. You’ll also be less likely woken up by roosters here.)

Play

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Chocolate Hills, Bohol, The Philippines.
  • The Ride to Chocolate Hills, Carmen – What I love about Bohol is its current stage of ‘not quite there yet’. This is much evident along your journey through local village communities and dense jungles to the strangely mesmerising Chocolate Hills, a series of grassy limestone domes over 50 square kms.
  • Water activities on Alona Beach, Panglao Island – You’ll never forget a landscape like this. When done bathing in heaven, walk up to the cliff towards Amorita Resort for a moody dusk palette away from the nightlife crowd below.
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Dusk at Alona Beach, Panglao Island.
  • Snorkelling or Scuba Diving around Balicasag Island – The most beautiful experience I’ve ever had. Would you have a look at that water?! I shopped around and found the best, reputable tour company: Island Adventure Dive Centre. It’s a couple of shops down on your right when you walk the main road towards Alona Beach. It’s cheap, the crew are professional and fun, their boats are big and clean, and activity equipment is top notch. Win, win, winnnn!

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  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Loboc RiverMeditatively paddle down the serene jungle river ending at some series of small falls. Tip: try morning sessions to avoid bumping into river cruises.
  • Relaxing on Panglao Island’s South East Beaches – Don’t miss the quieter, white sandy beaches of neighbouring trio Dumalan, White and Libaong Beach. The ocean water also appears to be cleaner here.

Happy exploring!


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Published by Tiffany Tran

Passionate Human (also Travel & Lifestyle Writer based in Sydney, Australia). Say hello: tiffany@talesofardour.com. The backstory →

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