Bohol is located in the Central Visayas Region. It is only two hours away from Cebu via fast craft or ferry so we decided to squeeze in a day in Bohol during our Cebu trip. We went in early June and the rainy season just started. With the high chance of ferry trips cancellation, we did not prebook our tickets and tour as initially planned. Thankfully, the weather was fine and we had no trouble buying ferry tickets at the Cebu port. Tours are being offered as well just outside the Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Places to visit in Bohol
Tarsier Conservation Area:
I had apprehensions about visiting this place. I do not support zoos and I was afraid it is just disguising as a ‘conservation area’. The tarsiers are nocturnals and highly sensitive to light, noise and physical contact. They were cute and smaller than I thought they are but I couldn’t help but be concerned if they are only being bothered with our presence. If you wish to see tarsiers, I’ve read that the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol is a better option. It is a certified sanctuary and tarsiers are kept in their natural habitat (unlike in the Tarsier Conservation Area where there is a tourist path made and tarsiers are just placed next to it)
Man Made Mahogany Forest:
2 kilometer stretch of mahogany forest. It was a beautiful sight! Be mindful though as it is still a highway! Thankfully there weren’t a lot of traffic and we were able to have 5-10 seconds to shoot in the middle of the road in between passing cars.
Loboc Floating Restaurant:
We spent a little over an hour cruising the Loboc River while having a buffet lunch and being serenaded with acoustic music. I was pretty amazed by the blue-green waters!
The tour lasted around 6 hours and we were pretty exhausted (me especially for having no sleep at all the night before) so we decided to skip the other tourist spots and just head to the souvenir shop. Other places that are included in the tour: Bohol Blood Compact Site, Butterfly Conservation Centre and others.
What I ate as a vegan in Bohol?
I had a light breakfast of sugar cane juice from Tubo Sugar Cane stall in Cebu port and my ‘baon’ raw almonds and dates for breakfast. (I should’ve been more prepared with food but these things usually happen when you’re on the go) I also saw a taho vendor (which is pretty common in the Philippines during the morning) outside the port while we were in line for the tickets but he already left after we bought the tickets.
During lunch, there were a few vegan options at the Loboc River Cruise buffet: plain rice, steamed okra, kangkong, ampalaya, fried talong, squash & sitaw, pako salad and fruits. It wasn’t the best but it’s better than nothing! I ate it with a packed of seasoned seaweed that I usually bring with me during trips.
For dinner we went to Shaka Bohol, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant. We had hummus & carrot sticks, pad thai, fries and vegan burgers – it was a yummy and filling dinner!
Other places or things to do in Bohol
It is definitely worth spending at least two days in Bohol. Here are some of the things I wish to do next time we visit:
- Night Kayaking
- Standup paddle boarding in Loboc River
- Danao adventure park
- Explore Panglao Island and the beaches!
Have you been to Bohol?
What am I missing? Let me know in the comment box below!
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