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From Bohol & Panglao Island: Full-Day Bohol Tour

1. From Bohol & Panglao Island: Full-Day Bohol Tour

Explore some of the Philippines’ most beautiful landscapes and countryside in this tour of the island province of Bohol. Start with a visit to the Blood Compact Site in Tagbilaran City, and see the place where the Spaniards and Filipinos created friendly relations and ties through a blood ritual. From there we will head towards the Baclayon Church and Museum in the town of Baclayon, considered one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. Admire this old stone church and its religious relics dating back to the early 16th century. Later, watch local craftsmen as they make bolos and other handmade metal crafts in the town of Loay. See local men and women weave Nipa leaves into roofing materials, before visiting a typical Boholano home, the Clarin Ancestral House. Walk along the Loboc River, and keep your eyes open along the water for a Tarsier, the smallest monkey in the world. Feel the coolness of the air and gaze at the thousands of painstakingly planted mahogany trees in the man-made forest of Bilar. From there, feast your eyes on the breathtaking Chocolate Hills, a collection of over 1,200 clustered green hills that turn brown during dry season. This amazing site has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Loboc-Loay River, and take in the beautiful panorama of Nipa palm trees. Enjoy lunch on board during the cruise, and watch the amazing landscape pass by.

Full-Day Bohol Excursion (Departs from Cebu)

2. Full-Day Bohol Excursion (Departs from Cebu)

Discover the Island of Bohol by taking a convenient one hour and forty five minute ride on a fast ferry. Be amazed by the Chocolate Hills, a rolling terrain of no less than 1,268 giant mole hills, then stop by the Blood compact site to take photos. Visit the Bilar man-made forest, then stop at Baclayon Church, the oldest stone church in the country. Then board the Loboc River Cruise and enjoy a buffet lunch.

Bohol: Loboc River Buffet-Lunch Cruise with Private Transfer

3. Bohol: Loboc River Buffet-Lunch Cruise with Private Transfer

You will start your morning with a convenient hotel pickup, following which you will arrive at the Loboc River. There you can board your signature sightseeing cruise, which is also a floating restaurant. You will be greeted by professional staff with warm food with a guitar-playing singer who will take care of the live music in the background. You'll be welcome to grab a seat and enjoy your local buffet-style meal while music plays along the river, filled with green trees and panoramic sites. The boat will eventually stop at a performance platform where local children showcase traditional singing and dancing. You can take plenty of time there to capture the moment with photos whilst sipping on unlimited fruit juice. Following that, you will travel back down the river to your starting point, where upon arriving you will be transported back to your hotel.

Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour

4. Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour

This tour brings you to the historic Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the 1st Treaty of Friendship between the east and the west. Next, visit the centuries-old Baclayon Church & Museum, built in 1595. En route to the Chocolate Hills, we will drive through the lush Mahogany Man-Made Forest and the green farmlands in Bilar and Batuan. A stop at a viewing deck offers one the vista of the the awesome cone-shaped hills known as the "Chocolate Hills" in the town of Carmen. Drive back to Loboc for a 50-minute river cruise along nipa-lined river on board a native catamaran while lunch is served on board. The river cruise will surely relax both your body and mind as you view nature’s beautiful rolling hills, graceful coconut trees and green nipa-palms lining the riverbanks. You may even get the chance to see a Tarsier, one of the worlds smallest primates with its gentle demeanor and large bulbous eyes. After the cruise, the tour takes you back to Tagbilaran, after a brief stop to see the backyard industries in Loay (nipa weaving and knife making).

Boracay: Private 6-Hour Customized Walking Tour With A Local

5. Boracay: Private 6-Hour Customized Walking Tour With A Local

Explore the island of Boracay with a local guide with the 6-hour itinerary of your choice. Visit any place of your interest or allow your guide to help you design the perfect walking tour to show the island's history, culture, and leisurely way of life. After you meet your guide at your accommodation, or at any other location in Boracay of your choice, spend 6 hours with your guide exploring.  Go for some great shopping at D'mall and check out the vendors with fun souvenirs, exotic fruits, and delicious street food.  Walk around White Beach and let your guide help you find the best spots for beautiful photos. If are looking for recommendations, your guide can take you to the best restaurants on the island.

Half-Day Panglao Island Tour

6. Half-Day Panglao Island Tour

Panglao Island is the largest of Bohol Provinces satellite island. Connected by a land bridge to the main island, Panglao is just 15 minutes away from the capital city of Tagbilaran. This half day tour takes you to the Church of our Lady of the Assumption in the town of Dauis. Although the first church of light materials was built as early as 1768, the present stone structure - the Church´s 5th incarnation - was built in 1863. With its Gothic architecture, the church is an imposing structure with the sea and watch tower at its back. Next, we proceed to Hinagdanan Cave, the most easily accessible among the caves of Bohol. Classified as a karst cave, it boasts of a large number of stalactites and stalagmites and leads to an underground spring pool. From here, we will drive on to Alona Beach, the most famous of Bohol´s beaches. Its 800 meter long, white sand beach is dotted with restaurants and resorts. It is also the departure point for many diving and marine tours. Also enjoy a gourmet organic lunch at the Bee Farm Restaurant during the tour.

Cebu: Southern Countryside Tour

7. Cebu: Southern Countryside Tour

Set off to explore the countryside south of Cebu with this fantastic experience. After being picked up from your hotel, drive through Cebu’s coastal towns en route to Carcar, approximately 25 miles south of Cebu. Your first stop will be at a Gothic-inspired, 16th century church in San Fernando. After a brief visit to the church, set off once more for Carcar and visit Theotokos shrine. Set amongst beautiful hillsides, it is dedicated to Our Lady Mother of God. After arriving in Carcar, catch a glimpse of rural life and experience the day-to-day activities of shoemaking, gourmet cooking, woodcarving and basket weaving. Take a “carabao” (water buffalo) ride and enjoy a ride on a tricycle to a colorful market. Learn how to weave a bamboo basket and enjoy the thrill of drinking fresh coconut wine. Afterwards, visit a beautiful ancestral home, before savouring a delicious lunch at a local open-air grill in Carcar.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 11 reviews

It almost doesn't get any better!

There were only two of us on this tour plus our tour guide - thus private transfer :-) We learned a lot about the island of Bohol, Panglao and also about the history of the Philippines. Tour guide was very well prepared and was able to answer any question. We were at the Tarsiere, Chocolate Hills, Butterflyfarm and on the river for lunch. In the afternoon we saw a church from the 15th century. This excursion was really great!

Great day seeing the sites of Bohol. The chocolate hills were impressive, lunch cruise was great, seeing the tiniest “not monkey” primate was probably once in a life time thing and visiting some of the oldest churches in Bohol was cool! Good guide and safe trip so overall a great day!

After paying over 500 AUD for this tour,i was expecting that everything will be included but that not happened. We got charged another $100 for riding the ATV's on the Chocolate Hills I need your explanation for this pls Thank you

Excellent Service

Really good and amazing destination in bohol, friendly tour guide, all you need in tour/sight seeing is here. The food is superb and all the places are really great. Thanks for this tour I really enjoyed it!

Simply great.

We had a great guide. He was funny and explained a lot to us.