Adjacent to Cebu, Bohol is most visited for its diving activities, mainly on the islets offshore, but the island’s interior is also famous for its population of Tarsiers, one of the world’s smallest and cutest primates.


The endearing animals can be viewed at The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary near Corella, inland from the island’s major city of Tagbilaran.


In the island’s centre, the Danao Adventure Park is a pleasure ground for thrill seekers, and offers a cable car ride, a 500 metre zipline across its gorge, kayaking down the Wahig River, caving, tubing, rock and tree-root climbing, canyoning, rappelling and paragliding. One of the premier attractions is the ‘Plunge’, a canyon swing with a 45 metre free fall.


South of Danao, the area known as the Chocolate Hills, is one of Bohol’s main interior attractions, a series of oddly shaped natural mounds that stretch picturesquely across the landscape, the most photogenic of which are to be found near Carmen.

The town of Anda, on Bohol’s southeast coast, is a quiet haven of white sand beaches, accessible via the private resorts to be found here. If you are not staying at a resort, Long Beach is a public affair, though it can be occasionally swamped with day visitors. Diving trips are possible here at Basdio Reef. Anda is also the site of some prehistoric cave paintings.


Diving is the main focus of activity around Bohol's southern island of Panglao, especially from Alona Beach and the islets Balicasag and Pamilican. Another dive location is on the island of Cabilao, off Bohol’s west coast, renowned for its engaging Pygmy Seahorses.

A little way beyond Panglao, the diminutive island of Balicasag is encirlced with sandy beach and is an excellent location for snorkelling and diving.