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Guide To Bohol With Kids

Adventure + Spa + Diving In The Phillipines

Bohol With Kids

Getting there: it’s pretty easy to get a low budget airline anywhere in Asia that will fly to Manila, however, if you choose Bohol as your island of choice you can fly directly into Cebu City, Cebu with CebuAir and bypass Manila altogether. From the airport you would need to catch a taxi (white cab) to the ferry port (20minute journey). There are a few companies that ferry passengers to Tagbilaran, Bohol. This is a 2 hour crossing, but they do show a movie on board.


    The most direct route is by flying direct into Cebu (CebuAir), or fly via Manila. From the Cebu airport, you would need to catch a taxi (white cab) to the ferry port (20 minute journey). There are a few companies that ferry passengers to Tagbilaran, Bohol. This is a 2 hour crossing, but they do show a movie on board.


    The ideal place to find accommodation would be on the tiny island of Pangleo. There are a number of hotels along the Alona Beach front and it's just 18km from the port at Tagbilaran. Hotels range from 3 star to 5 star all along the front.  The best way to get around Pangleo is to go by tricycle, it's an experience in itself and relatively cheap. You must just negotiate price with the driver before climbing in. A tricycle can lift 3 passengers.


    Panglao Regents Park Resort,

    Amorita Resort,

    Bohol Beach Club,

    South Palm Resort,

    The Bellevue Resort Bohol,

    Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa,

    Isis Bungalows,

    Alona Royal Palm Resort & Restaurant,


    There are so many activities on land and water in Bohol for families!  Go snorkeling with the fish or diving with the sharks, say hello to the world's smallest primate, or take a family SUP journey to a waterfall.  Happy exploring!


    *  TANSIERS!:  Tarsier Sanctuary on Bohol Island is also a must, the Philippines being the only place to spot the worlds smallest primate.

    *  SNORKELING:  Snorkeling is a favorite activity here and it's easy to hire a snorkel and goggles for the day at 200pesos a set (30HKD). The waters are warm and the coral shallow enough for beginners or children to have fun exploring. There are also loads of scuba diving centers where you can hire gear.

    *  HINGDALARAN CAVES:  Hingdalaran Caves is 13km from Alona Beach and costs 100pesos per person to explore and swim in the caves. The tricycle ride to the cave also gives you a feel for the setting and the rural way in which the local island people live.

    *  LOBOC RIVER:  We would also recommend exploring the Loboc River, this is on the mainland of Bohol and you will need to go by 4x4 or mini van as the roads are not in great condition and it's an hours drive from Alona Beach. You can choose to do a river lunch cruise or if you prefer to do something more active

    *  SUP TOURS:  Adventure lovers will love the SUP tour. Don't worry if you have never done Stand Up Paddleboarding before, if you have pretty decent balance, you'll manage fine. If you have young children they can sit comfortably on the front of your board. It's a 4km SUP to some waterfalls where you will get the opportunity to cool off and enjoy a natural water massage. The SUP tours have even added a night tour to see the fireflies light up the river.

    *  ZIP LINING:  Stop along the Loboc River and walk across the swinging bridge, which is made entirely of bamboo. If you are feeling adventures you can even zip line across the river. This is not for the faint of heart as its 120m high.

    *  CHOCOLATE HILLS:  Another big attraction is the Chocolate Hills.

    *  ISLAND HOP:  From Alona Beach it is easy to negotiate a rate with one of the local boats to take you to any of the surrounding islands for a day trip. An early morning trip to Balicasag Island will ensure an opportunity to swim with turtles, again snorkel and goggle sets can be hired on the island.

    *  SWIM WITH SHARKS:  If you wish to swim with the whale sharks you will need to make the 3 hour crossing to Oslob. These boats leave at 6am, but it is well worth the trek.


    You can pretty much find any cuisine amongst the many restaurants and bars on the Alona Beach front. The restaurants spread out across the sand up to the waters edge at night and if you love seafood you get to pick your catch before they barbecue it. A main meal and a drink will roughly set you back 150 to 200pesos. Score!

Additional Info:​

High Season:  September/October to June/July Temperature:  28-38°C (82-100°F).  Hot and humid, Northeasterly to Easterly winds, little or no rainfall.   Low Season:  June/July to September/October Temperature:  25-32°C (78-90°F).  Cool south-west wind, moderate to heavy rainfall

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