IJsselstein, Sunday, 20 July 2003 (updated: Sunday, 11 August 2013)
Bohol has a large number of hotels, resorts, and other facilities for tourists. Most of these are concentrated in Tagbilaran and around Alona Beach, with a few more scattered around the island. To help you make your choice we have listed most hotels here, with some short personal comments.
We often get requests for the cheapest resorts or places to stay. This is a question we cannot answer. More important, it often makes little sense to go for the cheapest. I think it is better to go for the best value for money, within your budget, and considering your wishes. There are very expensive hotels that are worth every centavo of their rate and cheap hotels that offer great value for money, but you can also be unlucky and end up in an overpriced place at any rate.
The purpose of this site is to help you find a place that matches your budget and expectations. As a general rule, if you want to stay directly on the beach, you pay much more, and could easily find a much more pleasant place a few hundred meters from the beach. When you select one of the larger, secluded resorts, you will pay considerably more than with most smaller resorts, especially if alternative locations are nearby (such as on Alona Beach).
Please also take into account that in the more secluded places, you have less choice of restaurants (often only the resorts' own restaurant is your only option and some even charge an excessive "corkage" when you bring your own food), and your options of getting there and away are limited, which may result in even higher bills.
Also be aware that some resorts charge double the normal taxi fare for their transfer service, while others include it for free as a service!
Details for resorts can also be found via our search interface. A list containing more hotels and resorts on Bohol is also available.
If you're looking for a different way to experience Bohol, Philippine Homestays has accommodation in Anda, Balicasag Island, Cabilao Island, Panglao Island, or Loboc that will provide an interesting cultural experience.
Contact Person: Anna Cleal and Dhora Arcamo
Address: Homestays throughout Bohol, Anda, Bohol
Phone: +63 9209674145
|Amun ini Resort|
|Amun ini Beach Resort & Spa|
Address: Bas Dako Beach, Candabong, 6311 Anda, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 510 6230
Phone: +63 917 7965 412
|Bituon Beach Resort|
Contact Person: Markus Hohmann
Address: Basdio, 6310 Guindulman, Bohol, Philippines
|Bungalow at Bituon Beach Resort|
This resort caters mostly to German speaking scuba divers who arrive here on fully pre-arranged tours. The rate starts at EUR 34 per person (not per bungalow) per night, including all meals. Given the location on top of high cliffs, the place is less suitable for small children.
Cocowhite-Beach Resort, also in Basdio, but Swiss owned, opened its door on 4 May 2002. It has a small private beach, and includes all facilities for diving, including courses. The resort also is mainly oriented to German speaking guests on fully arranged tours. Cocowhite Beach resort has its own patch of beach underneath some nice cliffs. Rates are in the order of USD 30 per person per night, including all meals.
|Dapdap Beach Resort|
Contact Person: Grace Tinio Lim
Address: Candabong, Anda, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 528 2011
Flower-Beach Resort, in Virgen, Anda, provides air-conditioned guestrooms in duplex houses. Build in traditional materials, but designed to western comfort standards. The resort has its own diving facilities, with access to some of the better, but less visited diving spots near Anda.
|The Peacock Garden Luxury Resort and Spa|
Contact Person: Peacock Garden
Address: Upper Laya, 6301 Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: + 63 38 539 9231
Phone: + 63 917 326 9000
Fax: +63 38 540 9487
Balicasag island is a small island south of Panglao island and belongs to the municipality of Panglao. It is the home to a small barangay with the same name, two light-houses (an old, American build one, and a modern one build with British aid), and one resort. Around the island are some of the best diving spots in the Philippines. A world-class overhanging wall, going from about 7 to more than 60 meters deep, and some wonderful coral reefs that are worth the trip alone. Balicasag Island Dive Resort has a number of okay cottages straight on the beach at the southern side of the island, and its own restaurant. The restaurant suffers somewhat from the fact that it has no competition on the island what-so-ever.
Cabilao Island is an island to the west of Bohol, part of the municipality of Loon. Unlike the nearby islands of Sandingan and Pangangan it is not connected with the main land of Bohol, so you'll need to go there by boat, which is possible from Barangay Mocpoc in Loon. On the island are three resorts, and some of the best diving locations of the Philippines. The dive-site north-west of Cabilao Island is a favorite spot for shark enthusiasts, as hammerhead sharks can be seen here regularly. On the island itself, birds are protected, which means that you can see more of these feathered friends than you are used to on the main-land.
Probably the best value for money is Polaris Beach and Dive Resort, run by the German-Filipino couple Franz and and Maria Baumann. Franz is one of the few German resort owners who speaks fluent Cebuano, and is also active to build up the local community and preserve the islands natural beauty.
|Polaris Beach and Dive Resort|
Contact Person: Franz and Maria Baumann
Address: Pantudlan, Cabilao Island, 6327 Loon, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 505 4118
Phone: +63 918 903 7187
|La Estrella Beach Resort|
Contact Person: Estrella Zagorski
Address: Cabilao Island, 6327 Loon, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 505 4114
Phone: +63 38 505 4151
Fax: SMS +63 918 904 4859
La Estrella Beach Resort, located directly at the sea, has a number of neat luxury bungalows in native style, a restaurant and a bar. The resorts is close to the Sea Explorers diving school, which has its own compressor, boats, and equipment to offer diving trips and (PADI) dive courses. The smaller bungalows are 10.40 euros (PHP 600) and 13.50 euros (PHP 800) per night, and can house two persons; the larger bungalows are 20 euros (PHP 1200) per night, but can house four guests. If you come here for diving, they have some interesting package deals, such as 1 week stay and 12 dives for 389 euros (PHP 24,500).
|Cabilao Beach Club|
Contact Person: Henry Firlay
Address: Cambaquiz, 6327 Loon, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 917 4545 897
Phone: +49 341 21 24 341
If you would like to stay in the Chocolate Hills overnight, you have very little choice. The only facility is the Government run Chocolate Hills Resort. A couple of years ago, they started to extend and renovate the place, but, since funds have run out, work on this is suspended, and you'll have to deal with the mess of a half-completed resort. The rooms are somewhat run-down, but if you stay here, you'll be rewarded with a very nice sunrise over these eerie hills partly covered by fog the next morning. The same place can also be used as a base for exploring the Sikatuna National Park, not far away from here.
Dumaluan Beach, also on the eastern side of the island houses some of the more expensive resorts of the island, and along the other beaches are also a number of resorts, all listed here below.
Address: Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 502 9042
Phone: +63 38 502 9027
Fax: +63 38 502 9029
|Henann Resort Alona Beach|
Contact Person: Henann Resorts
Address: Alona Beach, Tawala, 6340 Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 2 5231234
|Alona Palm Beach Resort|
|Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa|
Contact Person: Phoebe B. Lim
Address: Tawala, Panglao, Bohol
Phone: +63 38 502 9516
Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, is a recently (2007) opened resort in the top luxury class with corresponding prices. It provides neatly designed cottages, some with private swimming pool, which blends local architecture with modern facilities. This resort is located directly at the beach, on a 16 hectares area.
Alonaville Beach Resort: Alona Beach
The Ananyana Beach Resort is a lovely designed resort in traditional Balinese style. Rooms here start at about USD 140.
Aquatica Beach Resort: Alona Beach
Beach Rock Cafe & Lodge: Alona Beach, Tel. & Fax: +63 38 502 9034
Blue Sky-Sea Resort Bolod
Bohol Beach Club is one of the older and best-known resorts in Bohol, on its own stretch of beach a little north of Alona Beach.
|Bohol Bee Farm|
Contact Person: Vicky Wallace
Address: Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 502 2288
Phone: +63 917 304 1491
Bohol Island Dive Resort Alona Beach, Tel. & Fax: +63 38 502 9005
Bohol Plaza is build against Dayo Hill in Dauis on Panglao Island. It is the large building you can easily see from Tagbilaran City. This resort has a great view of Tagbilaran City and the sea.
Bohol Sea Resort Danao
|Flower Garden Resort|
Contact Person: Erwin & Hampi Dürig
Address: Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 502 9012
Contact Person: Mae Atienza
Address: Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 32 2326010
Phone: +63 32 4181550
Fax: +63 32 2315054
Panglao Island Nature Resort Bingag, Tel. +63 38 411 2599, Fax: +63 38 411 5866
Peter's House: Alona Beach, Tel. +63 38 502 9056, Fax: +63 38 502 9107
Playa Blanca: Alona Beach, Tel. +63 38 502 9015
Rene's Place: Alona Beach, Tel. +63 38 502 9149
|Sun Apartelle Corporation|
Contact Person: Irena and Boris Heberer
Address: Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
Phone: +63 38 502 90 63
Fax: +63 38 502 90 64
|Cottages at Nuts Huts|
Loboc, a friendly town on the Loboc River, and home of the world-famous Loboc Children's Choir, is a friendly place, mostly visited for its ancient church, and a river cruise on one of the floating restaurants.
Contact Person: Walter Laureys
Address: Gotozon, 6316 Loboc
Phone: +63 920 846 1559 (cell)
Pamilacan island is a small island half-way between Alona beach and the municipality of Baclayon, of which it is a part. On the island is a small barangay with a church - its cross is said to have washed ashore - and an old triangular Spanish watchtower in a rather dilapidated state. Eighty percent of the island is surrounded by a nice white beach, the remainder of the coast line is rocky. On the island is just one small resort, run by a local Filipino, who has constructed a number of small nipa huts almost on the beach. It lacks all except the most basic facilities, but is very peaceful -- without cars, motorbikes or jeepneys, the only sound you'll hear is that of the local poultry, and some fishermen with load motor-bankas. Including all meals, staying here will cost you 300 pesos per person. The owner will cook fish caught by the local fishermen. If you arrive here un-announced, you may wish to bring some food for yourself, as there is no shop on the island. This place was recently re-named Pueblo de Pamilacan.
|Pueblo de Pamilacan|
Contact Person: William F. Soriano
Address: Pamilacan Island, Baclayon, Bohol
Phone: +63 2 714 3541
Phone: +63 927 796 7759
Tagbilaran City, the capital and main port of Bohol houses the main shops (including the department stores Bohol Quality and Plaza Marcela), banks with ATMs, money changers, and several attractions, such as the Bohol Museum and a few cinemas. However, unless you're here on business, during the fiesta or Sandugo festival, or arrive late or have to depart early in the next morning, there is little reason to stay here, as nicer places to stay can be found on Panglao. Still, the city has a good number of hotels and a few resorts.
Bohol Tropics Resort Club is one of the best known places on Bohol. Home to many official and semi-official functions, such as miss elections, it is the first place most Boholano's will point visitors too. Located a little to the west of Tagbilaran, directly at the coast, you can escape much of the hectic here. Graham Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3510, Fax: +63 38 411 3019
Casa Juana Lodging House: Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3331
Coralandia Resort: Graham Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3445
Chriscent Ville Pension House: Gallares Street, Tel. +63 38 411 4029, Fax: +63 38 411 4028
Gie Garden Hotel: M.H. del Pilar Street, Tel. +63 38 411 3182
Hotel La Roca Graham Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3797, Fax. +63 38 411 3009
Island Leisure Inn: Ilaw International Center, Bool, Tel. +63 38 411 2482
LTS Lodge: Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3310
Meridian Hotel: Martig-a Street, Tel. +63 38 411 3060, Fax: +63 38 235 5793
The Metro Centre Hotel is the islands business hotel. In the heart of Tagbilaran City, this hotel is one of the better places to stay if you want to stay right in the middle of the city. At walking distance from the Bohol Quality Mall, with it's many shops, food-plaza, restaurants, and cinemas.
Nisa Travelers Inn: Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3731
Taver's Pension: Remolador Street, Tel. +63 38 411 4896, Fax: +63 38 411 4790
The East Coast Tourist Inn: Miguel Parras Street, Cellphone +63 916 416 1793
Villa Camilla: Maria Clara Street, Tel. +63 38 411 4966
Villa Alzhun Tourist Inn V.P. Inting Street, Tel. +63 38 411 3893, Fax: +63 38 411 4143
Wregent Plaza Hotel: Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Tel. +63 38 411 3144
Tubigon, a friendly little town on the west coast of Bohol, is about 45 minutes by V-hire, or 90 minutes by bus from Tagbilaran City. It is also the place where boats from Cebu arrive. A fast boat gets you to Cebu in 45 minutes from here, and a slow boat cost about 60 pesos, so both the fastest and cheapest way to Bohol lead you through Tubigon. From here, you can also catch a direct V-hire to Carmen, for the famous Chocolate Hills. If pass through this place, don't forget to visit the church, which has some wonderful murals.
The Inanuran Beach Resort, which used on an island nearby, closed in 2001.
Contact Person: Alicia Andersson
Address: Valencia, Bohol
Phone: +63 38 532 0182; +63 38 532 1352
Phone: +63 926 806 1657
Rooms here start at PHP 1495. All full air-con. The site further has its own private swimming pool, and can assist with tours through the country side.
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