How To Get To Bohol, The Philippines
Bohol is an island of many worlds, made up of lush rainforests full of exotic animals, coral-filled dive sites and white-sand beaches. Whether you’ve come to the Philippines for relaxation or adventure, this island is not somewhere to miss off your list.
As the main point of entry for the island of Bohol is Tagbilaran City. This guide highlights the easiest way to get to Tagbilaran City, from other popular destinations across the Philippines archipelago. From there it’s an hour’s drive to Panglao Island, where most travellers stay.
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How to get from Cebu to Bohol
The easiest way to get to Bohol from Cebu is by catching the ferry from Pier 1 in Cebu City. From here Ocean Jet operates regular ferries throughout the day with the first one leaving at 5.10am and the last at 6.40pm. The journey takes 2 hours and tickets cost 450 PHP for open-air or 500 PHP for tourist class.
How to get from Siquijor to Bohol
Getting from Siquijor to Bohol is very easy, with Ocean Jet offering a direct trip every day. The ferry leaves Larena Pier on Siquijor at 12.30pm and takes just 1hr 30mins, arriving into Tagbilaran ferry terminal at 2pm. A standard open-air or tourist class (inside with aircon) ticket costs 700 PHP and can be bought either in advance or at the ferry terminal on the day.
How to get from Dumaguete to Bohol
The best way to get to Bohol from Dumaguete is by ferry. Ocean Jet operates this route twice a day, both in the morning (at 9.50am) and in the afternoon (2.30pm). The ferry takes 2 hours and costs 700 PHP for a standard open air or tourist class ticket.
How to get from El Nido to Bohol
The only way to get from El Nido to Bohol is by plane. AirSwift is the only airline that has direct flights from El Nido to Bohol-Panglao Airport. They offer flights between the two destinations just 4 times a week so make sure to plan your trip accordingly. The flight time is just 1hr 45 mins, but you certainly pay more for flying direct rather than via Manila. AirSwift tickets can be pretty expensive, especially if you’re travelling on a budget.
How to get from Manila to Bohol
The easiest way to get to Bohol from Manila is by flying into Bohol-Panglao Airport in Tagbilaran City. AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines all fly this route and offer very competitive prices. The flight time is between 1hr 20min – 1hr 30mins.
How to get from Tagbilaran City to Alona Beach, Panglao Island
The most popular traveller destination on Bohol is Alona Beach, situated on the tiny island of Panglao, 20km south of Tagbilaran City and connected by a road bridge.
There are two main options for getting to Alona Beach. You can pick up a tricycle from the ferry terminal or airport which will take you there for 200 – 300 PHP. Alternatively you can travel there by minivan if you’re in a bigger group (also waiting for you at the ferry terminal and airport) which costs between 500 – 600 PHP per trip. It’s also possible to join up with other people and share a van to split the cost.