Bohol Bee Farm: A Unique Organic Experience in Panglao, Philippines

Ever heard of a place where the hum of bees mixes with the gentle lapping of sea waves? Welcome to Bohol Bee Farm, a gem tucked away in Panglao, Philippines. The first time I visited, it felt like stepping into my childhood. Located amidst the lush greenery of Panglao Island, this farm is a testament to the beauty of nature and the wonders of sustainable living.

company logo with an image of a bee on the left and the name Bohol Bee Farm on the right

How To Get There

Located in Dauis, Bohol Bee Farm is a short distance away from the main areas of Panglao. If you’re already in Panglao, especially near the popular Alona Beach, getting to Bohol Bee Farm is straightforward. You can hire a tricycle, which is a common mode of transportation in the area, or rent a motorbike if you’re up for a little adventure. The journey is approximately 15 minutes. As you approach Dauis, signboards and directions to the farm are clearly marked, ensuring you reach your destination without any hassles.

Organic Farming and Dining

Bohol Bee Farm is a living proof to the beauty and richness of organic farming. As you explore, you’ll discover:

Herb Gardens

These aren’t your typical gardens. At Bohol Bee Farm, you’ll find a vibrant array of herbs and plants, each grown with care and love. From the aromatic dill and cilantro to the crisp organic lettuce, and even the lush mango trees, these gardens showcase the farm’s dedication to natural and sustainable farming.

various herbs plants in plant containers arranged in an herb garden

Other Organic Products

Their commitment to organic produce extends beyond fresh veggies. They produce:

  • Honey: Pure, unadulterated, and harvested from their own beehives.
  • Jams and spreads: Made from the freshest fruits, including mango jam, these spreads capture the essence of Bohol’s rich biodiversity.
  • Vegetable Chips: Crunchy, flavorful, and a perfect snack for any time of the day. Don’t miss out on their squash chips!
  • Handcrafted chocolate: A treat for the senses, made from locally sourced cacao beans.
  • Pesto: Freshly made with organically grown basil, their pesto is a burst of flavor that complements many dishes.
    various organic products like honey, bread spreads and more, each placed in a bottle

In-house Bakery

A haven for those with a sweet tooth. Their bakery churns out delightful treats daily, including the much-loved squash muffins. But the real star? Their homemade ice creams. With flavors ranging from the nutritious malunggay (moringa) to the refreshing lemongrass and spicy ginger, each scoop is a taste of paradise. And the cassava cones add a delightful twist to the traditional ice cream cone, making it a must-try! If you missed this, don’t worry, they sell these along Alona beach.

Dining Experience

The Bohol Bee Farm restaurant is more than just a place to eat, it’s an experience. Set in a rustic ambiance that feels like a giant treehouse, diners are treated to panoramic ocean views. The menu is a celebration of organic produce. Whether you’re biting into cassava fish tacos served in their signature cassava cones, savoring a slice of their classic cheese pizza, or indulging in a mango and pesto salad, you’re in for a treat.

pork soup in a bowl, salad greens in another bowl and a cup of rice all on a table

Commitment to Sustainability

But it’s not all about food. Their dedication to sustainable agriculture is evident in every corner. They champion organic farming, ensuring that every herb, vegetable, and fruit is grown without harmful pesticides or chemicals, promoting a healthier ecosystem and a brighter future for the next generation.

Accommodations with a View

Bohol Bee Farm isn’t just about organic farming and delicious food, it’s also a haven for those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Panglao. Here’s what you can expect from their accommodations:

a queen size bed in a room with a rustic design

  • Rustic Ambiance: The accommodations at Bohol Bee Farm exude a rustic charm. Imagine staying in rooms that feel like they’re part of nature, with wooden interiors, traditional Filipino designs, and the gentle hum of the outdoors. I love that old province feel.
  • Stunning Ocean Views: One of the highlights of staying at Bohol Bee Farm is the breathtaking view of the ocean. Whether you’re in your room, dining at the restaurant, or lounging by the pool, the vast expanse of the blue sea is always in sight. It’s a view that’s sure to calm your soul and make your stay unforgettable.
  • Swimming Pools: Dive into relaxation with their unique swimming pools. The main pool, located in the reception building, feels like a serene oasis inside a barn. For a more exclusive experience, the smaller pools or jacuzzis adjacent to certain villas offer privacy and luxury. Surrounded by nature, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploration.
    mutiple swimming pools in a resort
  • Old School Chic Rooms: The rooms at Bohol Bee Farm are a blend of old school charm and modern comfort. While the design leans towards traditional Filipino aesthetics, the amenities ensure a comfortable stay. From cozy beds to spacious bathrooms, every detail is thoughtfully curated. And the best part? Waking up to the sound of waves and the sight of the ocean right from your bed.

Activities and Tours

Bohol Bee Farm isn’t just a place to relax and dine, it’s also an adventure waiting to unfold. Here’s a closer look at the activities and tours they offer:

  • Farm Tours: For just Php 30 ($0.5) per person, guests can embark on a guided tour of the farm. This tour offers a glimpse into their organic practices, herb gardens, and greenhouses. From dill to cilantro and organic lettuce, visitors get a firsthand experience of the farm’s dedication to sustainable agriculture. Though the tours are scheduled every half hour, it’s always a good idea to check in advance.
    a bee pollinating a bright yellow flower
  • Water Adventures: Guests can indulge in water adventures like scuba diving and stand-up paddleboarding. The deck overlooking the ocean serves as the starting point for these activities, offering breathtaking views of the sea.
  • Relaxation by the Sea: After a day of exploration, guests can head to the deck by the sea to relax and enjoy cocktails. The deck also offers massage services, allowing visitors to unwind to the soothing sounds of the waves.
    lounges infront of an infinity pool with the view of the ocean
  • Shopping: Bohol Bee Farm has its own store where visitors can purchase a range of products. From honey, jams, spreads, chips, to handcrafted chocolates, there’s something for everyone.

Community and Sustainability

But what truly sets Bohol Bee Farm apart is its soul. Their commitment to the community and the environment is awe-inspiring. By promoting organic farming, they not only ensure healthier food options but also encourage local farmers to adopt sustainable practices. Their livelihood projects, ranging from weaving raffia to crafting organic products, empower the local community and pave the way for a brighter future.

Bohol Bee Farm is more than just a tourist spot in Bohol, it’s a movement. A movement towards sustainable living, community empowerment, and a celebration of nature’s bounty. Whether you’re savoring a slice of honey-glazed chicken, relaxing with a massage overlooking the sea, or simply taking a stroll through the farm, you’re bound to leave with a piece of Bohol in your heart. So, why wait? Pack your bags, and let Bohol Bee Farm weave its magic on you.

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