Arriving in Bohol Philippines And Finding Somewhere To Stay

 In Asia, Phillipines

For the first time on my 4 month adventure, entering the Philippines was me entering a brand new country and I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

It was the first time that i’d entered a brand new country solo too. Eeeek!

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As much as i consider myself an experienced and confident traveller, i definitely had those ‘am i going to get lost, be stuck in a bug infested dorm and be in the middle of nowhere on my own‘ backpacker thoughts again. Just like I did on my first ever backpacking trip to Asia in 2013.

Where I would have once freaked out, I now know that if i don’t like where i am, I simply get in a taxi and move somewhere difference.

So now it’s no more than passing butterflies.

See my tips on ‘Travel Nerves And Anxiety’ here.

Arriving in the Philippines…

If you’re flying internationally into the Philippines, you will most likely be touching down into Manila before branching off elsewhere. For my first 10 days I decided to branch off to Bohol in the central Viyansas, so after landing in Manila I connected down to Tagbilaran Airport, Bohol. {I did so with Air Asia}.

Check out the airlines that fly and the flight prices for your adventure here on Sky Scanner.

This flight cost me £90 {once i’d added more baggage and online payment fees} which was actually more than I expected after reading endless comments about the £20 internal flights available. Saying that, I did book 2 days before I flew, so you probably have to book in advance to get the cheap flights.

After landing in Terminal 2 at Manila Airport, I grabbed my luggage and hopped on the free shuttle to Terminal 4 which comes every 15 minutes. Depending on your transport preference, there are also an abundance of taxis outside the terminal to use.

Tip: Use the yellow taxis that have a meter, and ask them to use it!

Do you need to pre purchase / apply for a Visa to enter The Philippines?

As a UK citizen there is no need to purchase a visa before entry. Upon arrival you can obtain a 30 day Visa for free providing you have 6 months on your passport and have a flight booked out of the Philippines.

Note: Visa terms can change. Be sure to consult your government foreign travel office for more accurate information at your time of travel. See the UK Travel Office advice here.

Where Should You Stay In Bohol?

Tagbilaran airport is located in Tagbilaran city on the main island of Bohol. There is also another island conjoined to Bohol by two driveable and walkable bridges called Pangalo Island. Both are beautiful and worth researching accomodation for.

Panglao Island is where a lot of the upper market hotels and resorts are located and is considered the most popular ‘tourist’ destination of the two islands. If you are looking for a location to base your hotel search around and want to be in this area then look at Alona Beach or White Beach.

Bohol Island is a lot larger and most people, if they stay here, will stay in Loboc or the City itself.

Take a look at the accommodation on offer here on {That’s usually my go to when i’m looking for an overview on accommodation available}.

For my stay, I wasn’t looking for a resort to check in to, and neither do I usually like staying in the super ‘touristy’ areas. However, my given rule when travelling solo is to locate myself near a ‘busier’ area for at least the first night so that I can settle in and seek help easily should I need it.

After having a little look around online I decided on a hostel, obviously, because i love the social vibe they have. Simple as.

See my ’10 reasons I prefer hostels to hotels’ here and my ‘how to choose the best hostel guide’ here.

I chose to stay at Bohol Coco Farm

A wonderful choice on my behalf {yay me} and one I would highly recommend it for both backpackers and travellers looking for a social experience. Bohol Coco Farm is run by a Pilipino family and most of the guests I met there were European travellers which, as a solo traveller, was nice and comforting. It soon felt like home.

See my tips for making friends when solo travelling here and my tips for solo travel in South East Asia here

I stayed in a female dorm which cost me 350PHP for one bed for one night. Alternatively you can book a hut to yourself (sleeps 2) for 800PHP.

They have an awesome restaurant on site {I recommend the Coco Pancit £1.29 and the coconut pudding bites 25p} and you also get free WIFI {it’s really good} and free breakfast {super yum} included in your stay. Should you want to explore the island {my Bohol roadtrip post is coming soon}, Bohol Coco Farm have motorbikes for hire at: 1-3 hours 250PHP | 4-8 hours 350PHP | 24 hours 400PHP.

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I absolutely loved my stay and would just like to mention they fill up pretty quick here so reserve your spot as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. I usually book through HostelWorld because you can cancel for free up to 1 day before your booking.

Shout out to EJ and Julie who were excellent hosts and gave amazing advice on Bohol Island and the Philippines in general.

Book your stay at Bohol Coco Farm here or search other properties on HostelWorld here and here.

Getting to Panglao Island from Tagbilaran Airport…

As you exit arrivals, you will be inundated with taxi drivers, tricycle drivers and tour guides. Take a deep breath and politely decline all offers until you have exited the crowd.

By Tricycle {it’s the popular mode of transport here}, just approach a driver and say you are going to Bohol Coco Farm {Purok 1, Libaong Panglao} or your address otherwise. A tricycle can accommodate 1-3 people, it will take 25-30 mins and should cost you 250-300PHP so don’t settle for paying any more than that.

By Jeepney, {another popular mode of transport and the cheapest} you will need to take a tricycle and go to the Jeepney Terminal at Bohol Museum which should cost 15PHP and then take a jeepney that says TAWALA/ALONA telling the driver that your stop is at Bohol Coco Farm. Jeepneys are available only until 5:30 pm and cost 20-25PHP only.

As always there is also the option of going by taxi / car which is the most expensive option and will cost you about 600-800PHP.

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Is there anywhere else you should consider staying on Bohol?

Knowing what I do now and if I was a backpacker looking to plan an adventure trip, I would stay in Loboc for 2 days {met some girls who recommended Twilight N} which is closer to the main Bohol attractions like the Chocolate Hills, Loboc river cruise, zip lines, hanging bridge and waterfalls. Then I would go and explore the beaches and incredible Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, East Bohol. And finally, I would finish up with a few days of relaxation on Pangalo Island.

Stay tuned for my Bohol Roadtrip post coming soon!

Browse the best price hostels and properties to stay in on HostelWorld here

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Have you been to Bohol Philippines?

What did you think? I’d love to know! ?

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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