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Bohol is a large island in the Central Visayas, a region of the Philippines which also includes the entire island of Cebu and the Negros Oriental province of the island of Negros. Bohol is a great dive destination and easily accessible with a short flight from Manila.
Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills, Alona Beach, and of course its superb diving. Bohol’s dive sites are home to healthy coral and the plethora of unique underwater sights the Philippines is known for, including frogfish, ghost pipefish, pelagics, large schools of fish, manta rays, and even schooling hammerheads.
Bohol photo by Dominique Colletti
HOW TO GET THERE
Outgoing (Guam to MNL): Arrive in Manila with time to connect to dive destinations by using Philippine Airlines morning flight PR0111, operating 7 days a week. For the connecting flight to your destination stick with PAL for an easier booking & connection or transfer to Cebu Pacific for slightly lower rates.
Return (MNL to Guam): Getting back to Manila in time to catch an early flight to Guam isn’t possible, so use your last day to relax or do some sight-seeing. Taking a later-afternoon flight on PAL or Cebu Pacific will also minimize your stopover time in the Manila Airport.
MNL to GUM: Flights depart in the evening, around 10pm, and arrive in Guam around 4am the following day. Flight PR 0110 on Philippine Airlines.
Day trips can be booked to snorkel with Oslob’s whale sharks or to look for the schools of hammerheads around Cabilao Island. Alona Beach is full a mile of beautiful white sand with spectacular diving and snorkeling accessible right from shore. A variety of great restaurants can also be found along the beach.
On land, be sure to visit the famous Chocolate Hills and check out the world’s tiniest primate at the Tarsier Sanctuary.
Culture & Local Customs – The Sandugo Festival is a month-long event held every July to commemorate the Treaty of Friendship established by a cheiftain of Bohol and the Spanish in 1565. Visit during the festival for opportunities to see street dancing, music and historical re-enactments.
When To Go – Diving in Bohol is available year-round. April and May tend to have the best weather – and most visitor traffic. Dry season extends from December – May, with a wet season from June – November.
Permits & Fees
Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure fees.
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Dive & Land permits
The Marine Sanctuaries of the Philippines provide incredible diving and require small fees for diving and camera use. These are relatively inexpensive and may vary depending on where the day’s diving takes you. Sanctuary fees are paid directly to your dive operator and are not included in dive packages.
There are no departure fee’s required in Bohol.