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It’s All in Bohol: Top 5 Underrated Places to Visit in Bohol

August 16, 2019

Bohol is popular to many for its Chocolate Hills, peanut kisses, and tarsiers, but only a few have delved into the underrated wonders of the place and the travel destinations it is capable of offering. Because of its extensive limestone formations, Bohol has one of the most numerous caves in all the cities I’ve ever visited. So much so, that some believe it got its name from the word buho which means “hole”. There also tons of other beautiful natural and manmade destinations for you to visit. Freshwater springs, saltwater lagoons, and beautiful waterfalls? Bohol has them all!

 

Want to explore the wonders of Bohol? Check out the list below for the spots you definitely HAVE to visit!

Hinagdanan Cave 

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It is said that this cave got its name when a farmer discovered it by accident. He found two holes, and wondered how far they went so he dropped a stone in each one. To his surprise, he heard a splash. He then made a ladder, a hagdan, and came down to find this beautiful cave pool. The two holes served as the first entrances to the cave, and another one was discovered just recently.

This is actually one of the more popular caves in Bohol, and definitely the easiest to access. But despite its beauty and accessibility, it’s not something you immediately hear about when travelling to Bohol. A shame, really, because the amazing stone formations and the natural light streaming through, should be seen by LITERALLY everyone. It’s that amazing!

Location: Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol.

While on the Dauis-Panglao road, head to the Panglao Island Circumferential Road. Make a left at the street next to the Divine Mercy Road, and keep going straight until you reach the cave at the end.


 

Kabagno/Cabagnow Cave Pool

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The square-shaped cave mouth of the beautiful Cabagnow Cave is fringed by jagged cliffs. Three and a half meters below lies a turquoise blue well of spring water, approximately 20 ft. deep, that makes you want to dive right in! But beware, it might be difficult to climb out. Firstly because you’d want to stay in the enchanting waters forever, and secondly, because there are no clear hand or footholds to help you get out. However, there are a few knotted ropes for you to climb up on, but it will require a lot of upper body strength and stamina since the opening is so high up. 

 

Location: Municipality of Anda. The Cabagnow Cave Pool can be located in Brgy. Bacong, which is a short walk from the town plaza.


Tibaw/Tigdao Cave Pool

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This beautiful limestone cavern holds fresh spring water which is only a few inches from the rim. Spelunkers have dove deep looking for any major tunnels and came up with nothing making it seem like it was conjured out of thin air! From an onlooker’s perspective, Tibaw Cave Pool would look like a giant well.

Location: This place is also located in Anda! While you’re there, ask the locals or your tour guide for directions and they’ll gladly give them to you.


Cadapdapan Rice Terraces

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Being in one of the top rice-producing towns in Bohol, it’s not a surprise that there would be such vast and beautiful rice terraces here as well. It’s especially stunning when the grass is a vivid green. The fields are irrigated by a river and that very same river flow down to…

Location: Brgy. Cadapdapan, Candijay. It’s a 20-minute habal-habal ride from the Lungsoda-an Public Market of Candijay for PHP 160.


 

Can-umantad Falls

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This is the most iconic attraction in Candijay being the tallest fountain in the island of Bohol. The Cadapdapan River flows through the fields and down to a 60 ft. cliff trickling down three layers and into a shallow pool at the bottom. A few meters downstream, a smaller cascade drops into a deep, green, circular pool, perfect for a quick dip.

Location: This is still in Candijay, so great news! It’s 15 minutes away from the rice terraces so while you’re in the area, you definitely have to visit!

 

How to Get Around


Getting to Bohol from Manila

  1. Catch a flight from NAIA Terminal 3 to Bohol-Panglao International Airport.
  2. Ride a bus or take a taxi to your accommodations.

Getting to Bohol From Bacolod City

Option 1

  1. Take a Ceres Bus from the South Ceres Terminal heading for Dumaguete. Travel time will take around 5-6 hours.
  2. From there, take a fast craft heading to Jagna, Bohol. Travel time will be around 2 hours.
  3. From Jagna, ride a bus or van heading to your resort or homestay.

 

Option 2

  1. Take a Ceres Bus from the South Ceres Terminal heading for Dumaguete. Travel time will take around 5-6 hours.
  2. From there take a fast craft heading to Tagbilaran City.
  3. From Tagbilaran, ride a bus or van heading to your resort or homestay.

 

Getting to Bohol from Cagayan de Oro

  1. Take a fast craft heading to Jagna, Bohol. Travel time will be around 2 hours.
  2. From Jagna, ride a bus or van heading to your resort or homestay.

Getting to Bohol From Cebu City

  1. Take a fast ferry (2 hours) from Cebu heading to Tagbilaran Port, or catch a flight from Cebu-Mactan International Airport to Bohol-Panglao International Airport.
  2. Ride a bus or take a taxi to your accommodations

 

My Experience


This wasn’t my first time hearing about the caves and falls in Bohol but it was the first time I ever got to visit so many in person! Our original plan was to go on a roadtrip and see Bohol for what it was popular for, so this was an amazing and surprising new experience for me. The formations of the cave walls gave a mystical vibe and it really felt like you were stepping in (or in this case, spelunking into) a different world! As for the terraces and the falls, you’ve seen the photos, right? It was so surreal and it just goes to show that there’s so much more that this island has to offer. Bohol really does have it all!

 

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