Travel Guide to Bohol, Philippines (Post-Covid)

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Going Beyond Panglao Island #ITSMOREFUNINTHEPHILIPPINES


Picturesque view at Talisay Beach; Coconuts & all!

Bohol, Philippines; home to the infamous Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island, & those cute, yoda -inspired little Tasiers.


If you care to venture out a little more, you'll come to find a hidden gem of the island; Anda! Below is your very own 2020 guide to this emerging hotspot; from how to get there, where to stay, what to eat & see.



Transportation

The Flight

*From Manila, I booked our flights through momondo & scored an amazing deal ($70 USD round trip). I recommend this or my next go to; skyscanner.


*From Cebu you can catch the ferry using Supercat or Ocean Jet Fast Craft for around 1,000 pesos which usually takes around 90 minutes.

Taxi

After landing, we found a taxi for 600 pesos to take us 45 minutes to Dao Bus Terminal.

Bus/Car/Van?

Your options once you arrive are either to take the yellow, open air bus that costs 106 pesos, an air conditioned van that costs anywhere from 130-150 pesos or a private car that's around 3,000 pesos. We took the bus there which took about 2.5 hours and the van back, & it was around 2 hours.

Accommodations

We stayed at Coral Cottages & we cannot wait to go back. It was beyond our expectations. If you're looking for a beachfront view, private beach, FREE access to snorkeling gear, & a enchanting getaway; this place is calling YOUR name.


In fact, this place is such a hidden gem it's not even on google maps!


With that being said, your land mark & queue to get off the bus (if you're taking the bus) will be a stage with a Sponge Bob painted on the side of it, (yes a Sponge Bob!).


By booking through this link you'll pay no extra costs, & in fact if you're new to Air BnB, you'll actually receive up to $47 OFF of your first stay!


Our host Phem was so inviting from the second we stepped onto the charming grounds of Coral Cottages. The whole team was so friendly & ready to help whenever we needed.


We even got to cook our very first meal using their outdoor kitchen & also tasted our very first grilled banana on a stick. Talk about scrumptious! (not sure why I'm always running into situations with bananas...you'll get my gesture if you've watched some of our vlogs!)


Getting Around

Option 1-

If you don't plan to do much but relax on your bum, occasionally going out for dinner a tri will be your best bet & can cost anywhere from 10php- 100php depending on where you plan to go.


Option 2-

Habal-Habal (motor-bike) is very cost efficient as well & allows for you to have more freedom/flexibility. This is the route we took & we rented through Jodee Scooter Rental & Tours. They were super approachable & gave us a great deal as we were renting for 4 days. We highly recommend them!

Attractions

Cave Pools


1. Combento- this cave pool is located 100 meters from Coral Cottages & the entrance fee is 50 pesos per person. This pool is truly a cave as it's 100% covered. The water is crystal clear!


2. Cabagnaw- this cave pool is located near the center of town, & is donation only. Unfortunately, when we went it was closed due to having no 'permit'. It was however very picturesque!


3. Tibaw- a 5 minute walk from Cabagnaw's, it costs 50 pesos per person & you can actually enjoy the beautiful turquoise water.

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Beaches

1. Talisay Beach- this is our first recommendation because NOBODY WAS THERE. We had the whole beach to ourselves. Known as a 'naked beach' because there are no restaurants or businesses in sight. It is almost untouched. Pristine water & picturesque coconuts. Very 'social media' worthy!


2. Quinale Beach- if you're looking to grab a couple drinks or something to eat while enjoying the sunset this one's for you. Right on the beach is the famous "Quinale Beach Bar" that offers a plethora of drinks & plates.


3. Bitoon Beach- 3 minute walk from Coral Cottages a cute & quiet beach awaits equipped with FREE rafts for you to float on.


4. Coral Cottages private beach- of course we spent a lot of time here & thoroughly enjoyed the FREE use of the snorkeling gear that was provided. Swim far enough out & you might even see one of these guys, like we did!


Food


1. Casa Amihan's tuna steak is a must. Their ambiance & service BLEW. US. AWAY. So delicious we actually went back a second time!


2. Save $$$ & head to Anda's Market to cook your own food at Coral Cottage's open kitchen.


3. J&R Hotel & Restaurant also has some great options in a quaint atmosphere.





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