Bohol and Panglao: an island guide

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An increasing number of airlines make it possible for travelers to skip Manila altogether when flying to the Philippines. In case you wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the capital and arrive to what most would label the definition of a tropical paradise, Cebu would be your best bet. With Cebu city being the gateway to many surrounding islands, we decided to go straight from the airport to the city port and to take the ferry, destination Tagbilaran city in Bohol. From Cebu airport to the city port, take the white taxi. Yellow cab representatives will come up you and offer their services, but they are significantly more expensive than the white taxi. From the port, the ferry ride takes about 2,5 hours and will set you back around 600 pesos. The fastest companies are OceanJet and Supercat. Once you reach Bohol, a tricycle ride to Tagbilaran city should not cost more than 50 pesos. However, if you wish to go to the adjacent Panglao island (most travelers stay close to Alona beach), expect to pay 500 pesos for a taxi ride and 300 pesos for a tricycle. If you are travelling with a backpack, you may want to pick up a scooter as soon as you arrive to Tagbilaran port. There are a number of companies that offer this service, the advantage of which is the fact that you save time and have a scooter at your disposal as soon as you arrive.

Bohol island is well known for its tarsier conservatory and Chocolate Hills, however based on other travelers’ reviews and photos, I decided to skip both. Instead, rent a scooter, ask around for the most beautiful spots, or simply start exploring without necessarily having a clear goal. Once you get out of the city and the traffic fumes, the scenery alone is enough to take your breath away. Drive along the coast line, through lush rice fields, roads surrounded by palm trees and enjoy the feeling of absolute freedom.

A few of Bohol’s highlights:

 

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