How to Go to Bohol from Manila: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction

Bohol, one of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines, is a must-visit destination for both local and international tourists. And it’s one of my family’s favorite destination. Known for its stunning natural attractions such as the Chocolate Hills, the white beaches of Panglao Island, and the adorable Philippine tarsiers, Bohol offers a wide range of activities and experiences for every type of traveler. But before you experience all that, of course you have to get there first. Planning your trip from Manila to Bohol is essential to make the most out of your visit. Why from Manila you say? In my last trip to Bohol, the only international flight I saw in Panglao International Airport is to and from South Korea. I think sometimes they also have flights to and from Singapore, that’s their only known international flights for now. So if you want to get there, you have to get to Manila first. In this comprehensive guide, I will provide you with all the information you need on how to go to Bohol from Manila, including the different transportation options, the best time to travel, and tips for getting around Bohol.

Getting to Bohol from Manila

flight information display board showing a flight to bohol tagbilaran
flight information to Bohol from Manila

By Air

Direct Flights from Manila to Bohol

The fastest and most convenient way to travel from Manila to Bohol is by air. There are several daily direct flights from Manila to Bohol operated by major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. The flight from Manila to Bohol takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia operate daily flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to Panglao International Airport, which is the primary airport serving the province of Bohol. It is located on Panglao Island, near Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. It is recommended to book your flight in advance to get the best deals and to ensure availability, especially during peak seasons.

Pro tip: Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines usually have seat sales all through out the year, you may want to wait for that if you’re on a budget or you want to save on your plane ticket.

Alternative: Flights from Manila to Cebu, then Ferry to Bohol

Another option is to take a flight from Manila to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and then take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol. This option may be more affordable, but it will take more time as you will need to transfer from the airport to the ferry terminal in Cebu, and then take a 2-hour ferry ride to Bohol.

By Ferry

Direct Ferry from Manila to Bohol

Traveling by ferry is a more affordable option, but it will take longer compared to flying. There are several ferry companies that operate routes from Manila to Bohol, including 2GO Travel, OceanJet, and SuperCat.

2GO Travel operates a direct ferry service from Manila to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. The ferry ride takes approximately 10 hours. Of course I recommend to book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons.

ocean jet ferry going to bohol with a line of people boarding on the boat

Alternative: Bus from Manila to a Port, then Ferry to Bohol

Another option is to take a bus from Manila to a nearby port such as Batangas or Lucena, and then take a ferry from there to Bohol. This option may be more affordable, but it will take more time as you will need to transfer from the bus terminal to the ferry terminal.

By Land and Ferry

Combination of Bus and Ferry Rides from Manila to Bohol

A combination of bus and ferry rides is another option to get from Manila to Bohol. This option is the most affordable, but it will take the longest time.

Take a bus from Manila to a nearby port such as Batangas or Lucena. From there, take a ferry to Cebu, and then another ferry from Cebu to Bohol. This option will take approximately 23 hours in total.

Best Time to Travel from Manila to Bohol

Weather Considerations

The weather in the Philippines is divided into two seasons: the dry season from November to April, and the wet season from May to October. The best time to travel from Manila to Bohol is during the dry season when the weather is more stable, and there is less chance of typhoons and heavy rains.

Peak and Off-Peak Seasons

The peak seasons for travel in the Philippines are during Christmas and New Year (December to January), Holy Week (March or April), and summer vacation (April to May). During these times, transportation and accommodation prices may be higher, and availability may be limited. It is recommended to book your transportation and accommodation in advance if you plan to travel during peak seasons.

The last time we went to Bohol was in June. It was very nice because there were only few tourists so there’s no line in most of the tourist spots. It did rain for 2 days out of the 7 days our of our stay.

Getting Around Bohol

Transportation Options Within Bohol

Bohol is a relatively large province with many attractions spread out across the island. It is important to plan your transportation in advance to make the most out of your visit.

green tricycle on the upper left, yellow buses on the upper right, chrome mitsubishi suv on the lower left, motorcycles on the lower right

Tricycles

Tricycles are a common mode of transportation for short distances within towns and cities in Bohol. They are affordable and convenient for getting around.

Jeepneys

Jeepneys are a popular mode of transportation for longer distances within Bohol. They are affordable and can be found in most towns and cities.

Buses

Buses are another option for traveling longer distances within Bohol. They are more comfortable than jeepneys and are a good option for traveling between towns and cities.

Vans

Vans are a more comfortable and convenient option for traveling within Bohol, especially for larger groups or if you have a lot of luggage. It is recommended to book your van in advance, especially during peak seasons. You can also hire a driver who can double as your tour guide as well.

Car Rentals

Renting a car is another option for getting around Bohol. It provides the most flexibility and convenience, but it is also the most expensive option. There are several car rental companies available in Bohol, and it is recommended to book your car rental in advance.

Tips for Getting Around Bohol

  • Plan your transportation in advance to make the most out of your visit.
  • Consider renting a car or van for more flexibility and convenience.
  • Book your transportation in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  • Be aware of the local transportation options and prices to avoid being overcharged. Click here for more information.

Planning your trip from Manila to Bohol is essential to make the most out of your visit. Whether you choose to travel by air, ferry, or a combination of bus and ferry, there are several options available to suit your preferences and budget. Remember to book your transportation and accommodation in advance, especially during peak seasons, and consider renting a car or van for more flexibility and convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to travel from Manila to Bohol?

The travel time from Manila to Bohol depends on the mode of transportation you choose. By air, it takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to fly from Manila to Bohol. By ferry, it takes approximately 10 hours to get to Bohol. By land and ferry, it takes approximately 23 hours.

What are the top attractions in Bohol?

Bohol is home to many stunning natural attractions and cultural and historical landmarks. Some of the top tourist spots in Bohol include the Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island, the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, the Loboc River Cruise, the Baclayon Church, and the Bilar Man-Made Forest. There are also many beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and caves to explore in Bohol.

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