Tagbilaran

Kids returning home from school in Tagbilaran (Photo: Lester Ledesma)

Where to stay

  • Amorita Resort, 1 Ester A. Lim Dr, Brgy. Tawala, Panglao Island; +63 2 553 9549; amoritaresort.com. A tranquil getaway perched on a limestone cliff on the southern edge of Panglao Island. Accommodations — in relaxing and muted earth colors and natural wood finish — range from deluxe garden rooms and suites, to standalone villas with private plunge pools.
  • Be Grand Resort, Danao, Panglao Island; +63 38 412 9000; beresorts.com/resorts/bohol. The perfect place for some R&R, with 187 rooms offering comfortable beds and bathrooms with deep-soak tubs and rain showers. For more privacy, book a stay in one of the resort’s 19 luxury villas.
  • Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort, Danao, Panglao Island; +63 38 416 0695; www.bluewaterpanglao.com.ph. For a luxe getaway, book a stay at an elegant pool villa at this upscale resort.
  • Bohol Bee Farm Resort and Restaurant, Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island; +63 38 501 7819; www.boholbeefarm.com. A quiet and cozy resort with its own restaurant, which serves up stellar organic fare.
  • Darunday Manor, 22 J. A. Clarin St; +63 38 412 2512; www.darundaymanor.com. A stone’s throw away from major attractions like the Capitol, Cathedral, Rizal Park and Bohol Museum.
  • Henann Resort, Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island; +63 38 502 9141; henann.com/bohol/henannalonabeach. A five-star resort with Filipino-inspired rooms and suites fashioned from local materials.
  • The Bellevue Resort, Brgy. Doljo, Panglao Island; +63 38 422 2202; thebellevue.com/bohol. A high-end island resort with its own private beach.

Where to eat

  • Bohol Bee Farm Resort and Restaurant, Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island; +63 38 501 7819; www.boholbeefarm.com. Do your health a favor and nosh on organic fare like salads, tacos and even ice cream.
  • Chicken Ati-atihan, Ma. Clara St; +63 35 501 9963. Head here for barbecued chicken with free-flow rice.
  • Coral Restaurant, Henann Resort, Alona Beach, Panglao Island; henann.com/bohol/henannalonabeach. Enjoy a dinner buffet that includes fresh seafood, hearty meats, and desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • Gerarda’s, 30 J.S Torralba St; +63 38 412 3044. A homely restaurant that serves Filipino dishes like dinakdakan (grilled pig parts) and black pancit (squid ink noodles).
  • JJ’s Seafood Restaurant, K of C Dr, Gallares St; +63 38 412 3756; www.jjsseafoodvillage.com. Order mouthwatering seafood specialties like ginataang alimango (crabs cooked in coconut milk).
  • Oceanica Seafood Restaurant, South Palms Resort, Brgy Bolod, Panglao Island; www.southpalmsresort.com. Enjoy fresh and value-for-money seafood dishes, such as baked prawns with Lyonnaise potatoes, or steamed seabass in ginger sauce.
  • Payag Restaurant, 18 C.P.G. East Ave; +63 38 501 7852. Home to the legendary Jo’s Chicken Inato (grilled chicken).
  • Wok Bar, Hontanosas Rd, Panglao Island; +63 999 581 7153; facebook.com/WokBarPanglao. Wok Bar is your go-to place for late-night Asian fare (it’s open till 3am) and some communal fun, with quiz nights every Tuesday and Friday, and beer pong every Saturday.

What to do

  • Anda. This little town east of Tagbilaran City is home to quiet fishing villages, a laidback resort community, and the dreamiest beach in Bohol.
  • Balicasag Island. Go snorkelling and marvel at giant clams, sea turtles, colorful schools of fish and beautiful coral reefs.
  • Bohol Bee Farm, Purok 1, Brgy Dao, Dauis, Bohol; +63 38 510 1822; boholbeefarm.com. Learn more about honey production and watch locals weave handicrafts at this farm. Then, round off your visit with a scoop of delicious malunggay (moringa) ice cream.
  • Chocolate Hills, Loay Interior Rd, Carmen, Bohol. Marvel at the sight of more than 1,2000 conical, symmetrical haycock hills, each standing at a height between 30m and 50m. At the end of the dry season, these grassy hills turn from vibrant green to chocolate brown — hence their name.
  • Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, Camanayon, Brgy. Buenos Aires, Carmen, Bohol; +63 932 667 7098; chocolatehillsadventurepark.com. This eco-adventure park offers all sorts of thrilling activities, such as the Bike Zip, where involves cycling on a tightrope (while strapped to state-of-the-art safety equipment, of course!). The view from 150ft above is especially breathtaking.
  • Danao Adventure Park, Jetafe Rd, Danao, Panglao Island; +63 38 510 0050; www.danaoadventurepark.com. Adrenaline junkies will love the activities at this park – for instance, you can take The Plunge, a canyon swing that sends you on a 45m free fall. Then there’s also the Suislide, a 500m-long zipline suspended between two mountains.
  • Hinagdanan Cave, Bingag, Dauis, Panglao Island. Take a refreshing dip in this cave, which contains a deep lagoon and striking limestone formations.
  • Loboc River Cruise, Loboc. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise that includes a sumptuous buffet lunch and an entertaining cultural performance.
  • Panglao Island. A short ride from the airport, this island offers impressive diving spots and superb beaches.
  • St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral, Carlos P. Garcia Ave, Poblacion. The largest church in Tagbilaran City. Click here for the mass schedule.
  • Tagbilaran Branch Museum, Old Capitol Complex, Carlos P. Garcia Ave corner JS Torralba St, Poblacion. The local branch of the National Museum houses artefacts from excavated sites in the Anda Peninsula, which in turn offer insights into the history and geology of Bohol.
  • Virgin Island. Take a day trip to this uninhabited island, where you can go snorkeling. Do note that the majority of the island is usually submerged during high tide.
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