Budget Boholing in a Day!
Yes, I know. I didn’t really get the 3k budget I want in Bohol, the pasalubong and van got me spending more that I wanted. So I’m gonna warn you now this budget trip that I’m writing about is more for the ones in a group. Because renting a van when you’re just alone is not really cheap. You can commute via bus, tricycles and habal habal. Commuting in Bohol is pretty cheap: Tricycles range from Php20.00 – Php 40.00, Busses cost around Php 40.00 while habal habal varies from Php 30.00 – Php 40.00
I was able to fly to Bohol and back via Philippine Airlines with the price of 1,800 while my companion got the discounted price of 700 via Cebu Pacific. If you’re really want a cheap price. Waiting for the piso fares from Cebu Pacific and Air Asia are worth the wait. Even Philippine Airlines gives out cheap prices now.
- Inclusion for Philippine Airlines Promo : Light Snack, (1) 10kg check-in luggage (Round Trip), Free Seat Selection upon booking.
- Inclusion for Cebu Pacific Promo: (1) 15kg Check-in luggage (Bohol – Manila only) she bought this for the pasalubongs. You can check it out if you want a cheaper price.
Our accommodation was actually free of charge but for reference the price is 1,700 for a big room for 3 Days. We stayed at a guesthouse in Tagbilaran with a view of the sea. It also has a pool. It’s homey and just your usual place to sleep in.
- Inclusion: 3 Day Stay, Daily Breakfast, Roundtrip Airport Transfer. It has a pool but you gotta pay extra for that.
Day 1 – Arrive in the Morning then check in a hotel. Rest for a while and try tackling some of Tagbilaran’s Famous spots. Check out different spots like the tarsier conservation center and just tackle that pasalubong to be bought off the list. Or maybe explore the parts of Antique. Just to see something off the beaten path.
Day 2 – You can do everything in a day from Tagbilaran to Panglao. If you rent your own van you could actually do everything in a day. Start with a tour to Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills – Tarsier Conservator – Sevilla Hanging Bridge – Manmade Forrest – Loboc River Cruise – Baklayon Church – Blood Compact – Handagan Cave – Bee Farm. You can even add some beaches you’d like to visit.
As you can see the itinerary above is kind off jammed packed. You can distribute everything throughout your days. Like we did. Where we went to sevilla hanging bridge and tarsier conservation on our own so we won’t be as busy on our second day, Also it’s to not think about pasalubongs anymore since Sevilla Hanging Bridge has one of the cheapest areas for pasalubongs.
- Airfare (Might be the Lowest you can get) – Php600.00
- Accommodation for 3 Days- Php 850.00
- Butterfly Museum – Php 40.00
- Tarsier Conservatory – Php 60.00
- Man made forest – Free
- Chocolate Hills – Php 40.00
- ATV Ride through the chocolate hills – Php400.00
- Loboc River Cruise – Php 450.00
- Sevilla Hanging Bridge – Php 20.00
- Blood Compact – Free
- Handagan Cave – Php 60.00 without swimming plus Php15.00 for Parking.
- Public Dumaluan Beach – Php 40.00
- Bee Farm – Php 60.00
- Tricycle – Php 20.00 to Php 40.00 per ride
- Bus Ride – Php 30.00 to Php60.00 per ride
- Habal Habal Ride – Php 40.00 to Php 60.00 per ride
- Private Van – Php 2000 ( tagbilaran only), 2500 (Panglao + Tagbilaran)
Imagine how much time and money you would save if you’re a group of 10 when you get your own van.
If you follow the right amount of budget above without buying pasalubongs you might get the 3k budget.
- If you want to really save up money. Travel in numbers and get a van. But not too many because it will get too crowded and you might not fit in one van making you get another van so you can all fit. A safe number is 12.
- If you’d like to just experience the touristy parts of Bohol joining a tour won’t hurt. It’s less of a hassle and you get to chill in a van with air conditioning.
- If you want something raw. Public transportation is the way to go. It’s not the easiest and it might be time consuming but the experience is one for the books. I suggest that you travel alone or in smaller groups when you do this because the bus is way too crowded.
- When riding a tricycle always “PARA” the tricycle going to the way your heading. It’s cheaper.
- Don’t let money constrain you to how you enjoy your time here in Bohol. After all this is just a guide to see how much you should save up for your trips.