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Welcoming You Back To Bohol

Welcoming You Back To

Bohol

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One of the most-visited destinations 
in the Philippines readies to reopen

Map of Boho
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The rolling Chocolate Hills

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The towering mahogany trees 
of the Manmade Forest

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Panglao Island’s
rich marine biodiversity

The Island province of Bohol is one of the most-visited destinations in the Philippines’ Central Visayas region, and for good reason.

Bohol, like many destinations across the world, might look a little different currently without the steady footfall of visitors, but its outdoor adventures and attractions are as extraordinary as ever.

Now, after months of preparation, the prospect of traveling to this island paradise inches closer.

Boracay, the first destination to reopen to local tourists in June, is now welcoming travelers from across the country. The paradise island has provided a litmus test for many top travel spots in the Philippines.

Bohol is the next province ready to welcome back more tourists, as it forges ahead with its safe and secure reopening plan.

Bohol has the facilities and systems in place to ensure peace of mind. The island boasts two testing facilities, including a containerized COVID-19 testing lab in Tagbilaran City. All travelers flying into Bohol-Panglao International Airport must provide a negative result on a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR test, as well as medical certification issued within 72 to 24 hours before arrival. Several dozen hotels have received official certification from the government, allowing them to get back to business, too.

Broader plans in the works will ensure safe—and sustainable—travel even after the pandemic passes. The Ultimate Bohol Experience (UBE) seal will be given to establishments and attractions deemed compliant to the health and safety protocols implemented by the Provincial government. What’s more, the UBE labels destinations that meet certain environmental standards measuring their ecological footprint, an effort aimed at protecting Bohol’s natural attractions decades down the line.

How Bohol is keeping you safe

All travelers flying into Bohol-Panglao International Airport must provide a negative result on a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test (RT-PCR) within 72 hours before arrival.

Travelers must also provide medical certification from a local health unit, indicating they are free from COVID-19 symptoms and are fit to travel.

All travelers must fill out contact-tracing cards via QR code at points of entry across the province.

An accompanying app facilitates, among other things, airport arrivals, check-in and check-out at hotels, making reservations, and booking transportation and tours.

Tourism-centered businesses that wish to reopen must obtain the Ultimate Bohol Experience seal, confirming adherence to provincial and national health, safety and sanitation protocols.

At tourist sites, guests will only be allowed entry after booking an appointment or reservation made through a centralized reservation system managed by the Bohol Tourism Office.

That makes exploring places like the 
Chocolate Hills more rewarding than ever

These must-see geological wonders cover 50 square kilometers on Bohol. Steeped in lore, the conical karst hills are carpeted in lush green grass that turns brown in the dry summer season, giving them their name. More than 1,776 of these striking hills span as far as the eye can see from the quiet town of Carmen.

On the way to or from the Chocolate Hills, most travelers make a pitstop at the Bilar Manmade Forest. Cool and shaded, this two-kilometer green corridor, part of a reforestation project that began more than 50 years ago, surrounds travelers with red and white mahogany trees. It is little wonder this beautiful space has become a popular spot for mountain bikers, photographers and even filmmakers.

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Beyond Bohol’s most photogenic locations,

adventure awaits

Along the Loboc River, travelers can sign up for all kinds of eco-friendly activities. Stand-up paddleboarding tours let you explore the river at your own pace. Year-round, thatched-roof boat cruises ply the waters, offering cultural performances and buffet feasts as you soak up the surrounding nipa trees and coconut palms on the way to peaceful Loctob Spring and Busay Falls.

If you’re looking to boost your adrenaline, visit the Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park for full days of action-packed activities, like zipline and cable car rides high above the jungle canopy.

No trip to Bohol is complete without a visit to Panglao Island. One of the first destinations in Central Visayas to restart tourism activities under strict hygiene and safety measures, the ever-popular island boasts incredible coral reefs teeming with a huge diversity of marine life. Postcard-perfect beaches, such as Alona Beach, Libaong White Beach and Panglao Beach, offer space of your own under the sun, as well as access to snorkeling, diving and dolphin-watching day trips on the ocean.

After successfully hosting a hybrid Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) in September, engaging most stakeholders virtually, Panglao is even being touted as a potential travel bubble destination when international tourism returns.

Taking measured steps, Bohol is reopening carefully, eyeing a more sustainable future with the same warmth, smiles and unforgettable experiences as always.

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This island sanctuary is safe, secure, and ready to

welcome your return

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