Bohol is a first-class province located in the heart of the Philippines. It is a popular tourist destination. It includes most of the top tourist attractions of the country in one island. It is like a showcase of all the Philippine tourism sites.
Only a short hop from Cebu, this island is surrounded by smaller islands, ideal for island hopping, swimming and snorkeling. A prime example is the island of Panglao, which is one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. This is also where the newly opened international airport is located.
The currency in Bohol is the Philippine peso (P). The banknotes are in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. Coins are of 5, 10, and 25 centavos; and 1, 5, and 10 pesos. There are three establishments in the province where you can change foreign money for their equivalent in local cash. Two are in Tagbilaran City, and one in Panglao Island.
Foreign currencies can also be exchanged in banks. There are more than thirty in Tagbilaran City alone, and at least one in most towns. There are also Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the malls, banks and major towns of Bohol.
While most Boholanos speak conversational English, the native language of the Island is Cebuano. It wouldn’t hurt to learn a few crucial words before visiting Bohol like “tubig” (water), “salamat” (thank you), or “pila?” (how much).
The capital city, Tagbilaran has four malls, which opens the whole week. The biggest and most popular is the Island City Mall (ICM). Tagbilaran implements plastic-free Saturdays and Sundays. Be sure to bring an eco-bag with you during these days. Supermarkets are usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., while department stores are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bohol is just a short hop from Cebu. For those planning to visit the nearby province, several fast crafts travel daily, one leaving almost every hour. Buses ferry passengers from the Tagbilaran City Port to the airport, and vice versa. High-end Public Utility Vehicles are also operating from Dao Terminal, near ICM to BPIA. The bus ride only costs P50 per passenger.
At present, there are only a few taxis in Tagbilaran City. These may travel to nearby towns, such as Panglao. The popular mode of public transport in the city is the tricycle which costs only P 10 for short rides. There are also some multicabs, which go along a specific route, much like the buses and jeepneys in the other municipalities.
You may arrange for a vehicle to pick you up from the airport or pier, if your hotel or lodging house does not provide one. Tour packages or vehicle rentals are also available for sightseeing tours around Bohol.
Food and Drinks
If you have food allergies or are on a special diet, be sure to stay where your preferred food is available. When going on a tour, bring sufficient snacks and drinks. The weather is quite warm and humid, mild dehydration is possible. It is better to drink sports beverages if you are not used to excessive sweating.