Home of wide-eyed tarsiers, countless geological formations and pristine coral reefs, the province of Bohol is a lovely haven for all things nature.
Eat + Drink
There are a number of restaurants in Bohol that cater to the Western palate, but try these local joints instead: Visit Gerarda’s Place for ubi-kinampay, purple yams that are indigenous to Bohol. Or, head to Payag Restaurant, known for having the best Filipino-style barbecue in Bohol. (30 J.S Torralba St, 6300; 18 CPG East Ave, Center Matig-A St., Tagbilaran City, 0023)
Swimming in one of Bohol’s most popular tourist spots, the crystal blue waters of Hinagdanan Cave, is a must-do here. Or, travel to Corella to observe wild tarsiers at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. End the day with a cruise down scenic Loboc River. (Bingag, Dauis, Panglao Island; Tarsier Sanctuary Rd, Corella)
A sticky and sweet Filipino delicacy, kalamay is a dessert made from glutinous rice, coconut milk and brown sugar. In Bohol, they’re easy to find – look for a brown coconut shell with a characteristic red paper strip.
Escape the city and stay at South Palms Resort Panglao (from $230 a night). This beachfront resort has the longest undisturbed (and Loboc River exclusive) beach in Panglao. Or, explore the Loboc River instead! Loboc River Resort (from $60 a night) offers gorgeous room views of the waters and dense forests.
Getting There + Around
There are regular direct flights on budget and full-service carrier flights from SG to Bohol’s capital, Tagbilaran City. Once there, you can wander the city cheaply on a tricycle (actually a motorbike with a sidecar) or van, Bohol’s main forms of transport.
By Melodi Ghui, The Finder Issue 301, December 2019
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