Sunny Skies? Check!

Golden coastline? Check!

Scenic hiking trails? Double check!

Yep, we’re definitely talking about Bohol – one of the best-kept secrets in the Philippines!

Offering a delightful blend of culture, outdoor experiences, historic landmarks, and natural wonders, Bohol easily lends itself to various types of travelers. Located in the Central Visayas, this island seems to embody everything that makes the Philippines special: crystalline lagoons, sandy shorelines, thick forests, and beautiful lagoon caves.

Of course, it goes without saying that your choice of accommodation can make or break your trip. After all, there’s nothing worse than landing in an exceptionally GORGEOUS place only to find that your accommodation is a huge letdown, right? But don’t worry – we won’t let that happen here.

So, let’s check out the best places to stay in Bohol!

Top 3 Recommendations for Where to Stay in Bohol

Looking for the top accommodation options in Bohol? Or are you planning an epic backpacking journey across the Philippines? Well, be sure to check out my top 3 recommendations for where to stay:  

Bohol Island

Best Airbnb in Bohol – Islandview Holiday Villas

Islandview Holiday Villas

Perfect for families and small groups of friends, this space comfortably sleeps up to four guests. Overlooking Libaong Beach, the villa lies just a short stroll from the shoreline, ensuring you can enjoy the warm waters whenever possible!

Because it’s located in one of the most happening Bohol neighborhoods, this space is the ideal home base for exploring numerous points of interest, including Hinagdanan Cave.

Best Hostel in Bohol – Mad Monkey Panglao

Mad Monkey Panglao

Interested in the local nightlife? Then there’s really no better place to crash than at an actual party hostel!

Known for its lively atmosphere and social events, this hostel is well-suited to backpackers and solo travelers. Guests can take their pick from various mixed or female-only dorms with 20, 8, or 4 beds each. Private rooms are also available.

You’ll never be bored at the hostel, with onsite amenities like an outdoor pool, Xbox Kinect Corner, a coworking area, a bar, and a restaurant.  

Best Hotel in Bohol – Three Little Birds Resort

Three Little Birds Resort

Who said that deluxe accommodation needs to be expensive? Certainly not this lovely little resort located near Lara Beach!

This hotel offers various room configurations, including family bungalows that can sleep up to five guests. In addition, you’ll have access to numerous onsite facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant offering both local as well as international specialities.

When it’s time to explore, you can always check out nearby points of interest like Bunhayag Nature Park and Anda White Long Beach.

Bohol Neighborhood Guide – Places to Stay in Bohol

FIRST TIME
Anda White Beach Bohol
FIRST TIME

Anda

Located in east Bohol, Anda offers a tranquil environment where you can put your feet up and relax after exploring all the nooks and crannies in the vicinity. This gorgeous area places you just a short drive from other popular Bohol destinations, including lively Panglao and Tagbilaran, the capital city.

ON A BUDGET
Blood Compact statue Tagbilaran City Bohol
ON A BUDGET

Tagbilaran City

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Bohol without splurging, then there’s no better destination than Tagbilaran City, Bohol’s bustling capital! Tagbilaran City is usually referred to as ‘The City of Friendship’ because of the super friendly and welcoming locals.

NIGHTLIFE
Panglao Island Bohol
NIGHTLIFE

Panglao Island

Reputed for its wild parties, Panglao Island can best be described as the Ibiza of the Philippines! In fact, one of the best spots for partying it up is nearby Alona Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand known for its many beach clubs, bars, and outdoor parties.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Loboc Bohol
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Loboc

An absolute playground for adventurers, Loboc houses just about every type of experience you can think of. From a jungle-fringed river to waterfalls, old churches, and hiking opportunities galore, this area is awash with outdoor experiences.

FOR FAMILIES
Chocolate Hills Carmen Bohol
FOR FAMILIES

Carmen

There’s no doubt that Carmen’s most iconic attraction is the Chocolate Hills area- and yes, if you’re wondering, the hills do look like mounds of Hershey’s Kisses, especially when the grass turns brown during the dry season. One of Bohol’s prized natural wonders, the Chocolate Hills are rooted in the local folklore as well.

The gorgeous municipality of Bohol consists of the mainland and over 70 surrounding islets. One of the largest islands of the Philippines, this municipality is split into 3 districts, each with its own charm and character.

For instance, the sun-soaked coastal town of Anda lends itself well to first-time travelers since it’s an excellent jumping point to some of Bohol’s most popular attractions. With heaps of nautical activities and beaches galore, this spot is especially known for its cave pools.

Traveling on a budget? Then you can always consider booking a place in Tagbilaran, Bohol’s capital city which encompasses beachside living with plenty of history and urban amenities.

On the flip side, partygoers will no doubt find their joy on Panglao Island, a place that’s awash with clubs, restaurants, and live entertainment. Panglao Island is also a great jumping point to Alona Beach where outdoor beach parties seem to be the norm!

Adventurers and outdoor fans will feel right at home in Loboc, an area that’s teeming with hiking opportunities, waterfalls, forests, and rivers. If you ask me, this is the ideal place to relax and disconnect from the daily grind.

For family-friendly attractions, there’s no better place than Carmen, home to the iconic Chocolate Hills that look like Hershey’s Kisses during the dry season.  

5 Best Areas to Stay in Bohol

Bohol is a little paradise surrounded by little paradises. This area of the world is a big splatter of some of the best tropical islands. So let me tell you about some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Bohol!

1. Anda – Where to Stay in Bohol for First-Timers

Anda White Beach Bohol

Just landed on the island for the first time and wondering where to stay in Bohol? Well, I can totally vouch for Anda, a sun-soaked neighborhood known for its crystalline azure waters, cave pools, and sandy shores.

Located in east Bohol, Anda offers a tranquil place to stay in the Philippines to put your feet up and relax after exploring all the nooks and crannies in the vicinity. This gorgeous area places you just a short drive from other popular Bohol destinations, including lively Panglao and Tagbilaran, the capital city.   

In classic coastal town fashion, you can expect a quintessential beach vibe, complete with oceanfront shacks and an abundance of nautical activities. Diving and snorkeling are especially popular in Anda owing to the incredible clarity of the water and rich marine wildlife.

Adventure seekers will no doubt find their joy in Anda’s cave pools, including Cabagnow and Kalingoon while foodies can fuel up with a hearty Filipino feast at the famous Loboc Floating Restaurant.

Best Airbnb in Anda –  Tiny Home for Two

Tiny Home for Two

A cozy retreat for solo travelers and couples, this tiny home lies just a 40 minutes drive from Anda’s unblemished beaches!

Well-suited to travelers seeking an off-grid experience, this space may be on the smaller side, but it still features classic home comforts like a well-equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own home-cooked meals. Beautiful bay views await on the patio, perfect for enjoying the sunset at the end of the day.

Best Hotel in Anda – Three Little Birds Resort

Three Little Birds Resort

Who said that deluxe accommodation needs to be expensive? Certainly not this lovely little resort located near Lara Beach!

This hotel offers various room configurations, including family bungalows that can sleep up to five guests. In addition, you’ll have access to numerous onsite facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant offering both local as well as international specialities.

When it’s time to explore, you can always check out nearby points of interest like Bunhayag Nature Park and Anda White Long Beach.

Another Great Hotel in Anda – J&R Residence

J&R Residence

Located less than 3 km from Anda’s town center, J&R Residence features Suites, Deluxe Rooms, and Family Rooms that can sleep up to four guests. Suites add well-equipped kitchens- perfect for when you want to dine in.

After checking out popular attractions like Quinale Beach and the Cabagnow Cave Pool, you can always enjoy a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool or take advantage of the on-site barbecue facilities. Best of all, the hotel provides access to a private beach area where you can lounge to your heart’s content!

Things to Do in Anda

Two pairs of legs crossed over relaxing on a blanket watching the sunset at the beach
Plenty of this.
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  1. Explore the Cabagnow Cave Pool, one of Anda’s (many) gorgeous caves!
  2. Trek to the Anda Falls and enjoy a dip in the natural pool.
  3. Learn the local folklore at Lamanoc Island.
  4. Dive in the stunningly clear waters.
  5. Relax on Quinale Beach.
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2. Tagbilaran City – Where to Stay in Bohol on a Budget

Blood Compact statue Tagbilaran City Bohol

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Bohol without splurging, then there’s no better destination than Tagbilaran City, Bohol’s bustling capital! Tagbilaran City is usually referred to as ‘The City of Friendship’ because of the super friendly and welcoming locals.

You’ll probably be coming into Bohol from here if you’ve been staying in Cebu or Beyond. Tagbilaran lies close to the ocean, and therefore, the ports.

And Bohol’s legendary beaches without offer cheap waterfront accommodation. Speaking of the waterfront, the city does have a few sea-facing spots, check out the Tagbilaran Baywalk for a sunset stroll, my friend.

First-time visitors to Bohol will no doubt appreciate the capital city’s proximity to some of the most popular attractions on the island, including the Chocolate Hills. It’s also home to numerous historical landmarks; Blood Compact Monument is said to be the first friendship treaty made between a native chieftain and a visitor sent by the Spanish monarchy in the mid-1500s. History buffs should visit the Bohol Museum, found in the former president’s residence.

Best Airbnb in Tagbilaran City – Charming Apartment for Four

Charming Apartment for Four

Located just five minutes from Tagbilaran’s Main Street, this condo is well-suited to small families and groups of friends.

Hop on a tricycle to explore attractions like the National Museum and the Blood Compact Monument, then treat yourself to a meal at one of the nearby restaurants. If you would rather eat in, you can always use the well-equipped kitchen to prepare a meal.

Like most places in Tagbilaran, the space doesn’t have hot water, but you’ll certainly be grateful for the cool shower after a full day of adventures in the sweltering heat and humidity!  

Best Hostel in Tagbilaran City – AK Residences

AK Residences

Is there anything better than sinking into a comfy bed after an exciting day of sightseeing? I think not! Well, with a stay at this hostel, you won’t even need to break the bank either.

Located right at the heart of the city, this hostel features a private double bedroom, complete with en-suite bathroom facilities- perfect for travelers who need their personal space!

You’ll be close to a wide range of attractions, including Fort San Pedro and Kawasan Falls.

Best Hotel in Tagbilaran City – Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

One of the most affordable places to stay in Bohol, Sweet Home Boutique Hotel offers various room configurations to sleep 1-2 guests. Suites add classic home comforts, including a furnished patio, a separate sitting area, and a private kitchenette.

Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s onsite facilities, including a 24-hour front desk and a restaurant serving local, American, and vegetarian specialities. With a stay at the hotel, you’ll be just a short distance from Hinagdanan Cave and Panglao Beach.

Things to Do in Tagbilaran City

Ferry to Tagbilaran City Bohol
Photo: Vincent Paul Sanchez (Flickr)
  1. See the fireflies from a private Abatan River cruise.
  2. Visit the Blood Compact Monument, a historically significant structure significant peace between the natives and foreigners.
  3.  Learn the local history at the National Museum.
  4. Stroll around the Plaza Rizal, named after a famous Filipino writer and nationalist.

3. Panglao Island – Where to Stay in Bohol for Nightlife

Panglao Island Bohol

It won’t take you long to realize that Bohol has a pretty epic nightlife- and in my opinion, there’s no better destination for taking in those vibrant nightspots than on Panglao Island.

Reputed for its wild parties, Panglao Island can best be described as the Ibiza of the Philippines! In fact, one of the best spots for partying it up is nearby Alona Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand known for its many beach clubs, bars, and outdoor parties.

During peak season, some beach clubs also host live performances like fire shows. You may also wish to check out Danao, another lively spot known for its abundant pub-crawling opportunities.

And it’s not just about nightlife either: in true island fashion, Panglao is awash with beach fun, including fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities. It’s also home to the Nova Shell Museum which has an extensive collection of marine artifacts and shells from all over the world. When you’ve had your fill of Vitamin Sea, you can also visit Panglao Town, known for its quaint buildings and local markets.

Best Airbnb in Panglao Island – Islandview Holiday Villas

Islandview Holiday Villas

Perfect for families and small groups of friends, this space comfortably sleeps up to four guests. Overlooking Libaong Beach, the villa lies just a short stroll from the shoreline, ensuring you can enjoy the warm waters whenever possible!

Because it’s located in one of the most happening Bohol neighborhoods, this space is the ideal home base for exploring numerous points of interest, including Hinagdanan Cave.

Best Hostel in Panglao Island – Mad Monkey Panglao

Mad Monkey Panglao

Interested in the local nightlife? Then there’s really no better place to crash than at an actual party hostel!

Known for its lively atmosphere and social events, this hostel is well-suited to backpackers and solo travelers. Guests can take their pick from various mixed or female-only dorms with 20, 8, or 4 beds each. Private rooms are also available.

You’ll never be bored at the hostel, with onsite amenities like an outdoor pool, Xbox Kinect Corner, a coworking area, a bar, and a restaurant.  

Best Hotel in Panglao Island – Modala Beach Resort

Modala Beach Resort

Not only does this upscale hotel lie smack on the beach, but it also places you close to popular nightspots like the Alona Jazz Lounge.

After exploring nearby sights like the Bingag Marine Sanctuary and Rizal Park, enjoy a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool or relax in the garden. Other on-site amenities include evening entertainment, a 24-hour front desk, and a restaurant.

At the end of the day, retreat to the hotel’s deluxe rooms that accommodate up to 3 guests.

Things to Do in Panglao Island

Alona Beach Bohol
  1. Go on a pub crawl.
  2. Be awed by Hinagdanan Cave, a picturesque cavern with a deep, turquoise lagoon.
  3. Party on Alona Beach, a gorgeous strip of shore lined by seaside bars and clubs.
  4. Island-hop and watch the dolphins frolic in their natural habitat.
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4. Loboc – Coolest Neighborhood in Bohol

Loboc Bohol

As far as the coolest neighborhoods in Bohol are concerned, Loboc certainly ticks off all the boxes!

An absolute playground for adventurers, Loboc houses just about every type of experience you can think of. From a jungle-fringed river to waterfalls, old churches, and it’s one of the best places to plan a hiking trip abroad.

Nestled within a valley, Loboc may be infused with a sense of calm and relaxation but it’s definitely far from boring! Quite on the contrary, this area is awash with activities. From leisurely lunch cruises to grueling, yet rewarding hikes, Loboc lends itself well to various budgets and preferences.

In addition to an extensive range of outdoor pursuits, this area has plenty of historic sites, including the Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol church which was originally built in 1602. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can even try to brave the Twin Hanging Bridge that hangs above the River Sipatan.

Best Airbnb in Loboc – Bamboo Cottage by the River

Bamboo Cottage by the River

Enjoy an immersive experience in nature with a stay at this eco-friendly waterfront bamboo cottage! After all, there’s nothing quite like falling asleep to the soft trickling of the river, right?

Perfect for solo travelers and couples, this space lies right in the middle of the jungle, perfect for exploring those scenic trails.

The cottage doesn’t have a kitchen, but with some of Loboc’s best eateries just a short drive away, why bother cooking, right?

Best Hotel in Loboc – Loboc River Resort

Loboc River Resort

Commanding an excellent location just 20 minutes from the Tarsier Sanctuary, the Loboc River Resort offers various types of rooms with river or garden views. All units feature private balconies while select rooms add kitchenettes. Guests can also opt for family rooms that sleep 4.

The resort offers plenty of facilities, including a restaurant, wellness treatments, and boat rental for exploring the river.

Another Great Hotel in Loboc – MS Mountain Cabin

MS Mountain Cabin

I’m sure by now you’ve realized there are heaps of amazing places to stay in Bohol, like this lovely hotel near Hinagdanan Cave.

Each room features a terrace or balcony where you can put your feet up and relax with soothing sea views after touring nearby points of interest like the Marine Sanctuary and the Loboc Town Park. You’ll also be close to a café and a restaurant, but if you don’t want to eat out, you can always treat yourself to a meal at the hotel’s on-site restaurant.  

Things to Do in Loboc

Loboc River Bohol
  1. Enjoy a Loboc River Cruise.
  2. Take in some history at the Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol.
  3. Brave the Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge.
  4. Check out the Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park.
  5. Visit the Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area, home to a population of Tarsiers.             

5. Carmen – Where to Stay in Bohol for Families

Chocolate Hills Carmen Bohol

Okay, we just can’t end this list without talking about Carmen! After all, this is easily one of the best spots in Bohol for families!

There’s no doubt that Carmen’s most iconic attraction is the Chocolate Hills area – and yes, if you’re wondering, the hills do look like mounds of Hershey’s Kisses, especially when the grass turns brown during the dry season. One of Bohol’s prized natural wonders, the Chocolate Hills are rooted in the local folklore as well. Locals will tell you that the hills were formed after a battle between two giants.

In addition to the hills, the municipality of Carmen offers plenty of other family-friendly attractions, including the Kokok & Nueva Vida Sur Caves and the Lasang-Lasang Park.

Best Airbnb in Carmen – Wooden Chalet Near the Chocolate Hills

Wooden Chalet Near the Chocolate Hills

With three bedrooms to comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests, this lovely wooden chalet offers all the comforts of home. There’s even a modern, well-equipped kitchen that you can use to put a meal together- perfect for parents traveling with picky children!

Parents and kids alike will appreciate proximity to the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park and Sagbayan Peak.

Best Hotel in Carmen – Matilde B&B

Matilde B&B

Parents wondering where to stay in Bohol with the kids can consider this charming B&B which offers both Asian and Continental breakfast options.

Guests can choose from deluxe studios or classic rooms, both fitted with complimentary toiletries and an outdoor dining area. The hotel also features a family-friendly restaurant that serves American specialties for lunch and dinner.

Another Great Hotel in Carmen – The Acacia Glamping Park

The Acacia Glamping Park

Are you in the mood for something different? Then you can always drop anchor at the Acacia Glamping Park!

Don’t worry though: you certainly won’t be roughing it up in the wild since the glamping park features a comfortable quadruple room that easily sleeps four. Nearby, you can treat yourself to a scrumptious meal at the Chocolate Hills Restaurant or Tanies Native Chicken.  

Things to Do in Carmen

Rajah Sikatuna National Park Bohol
  1. Marvel at the world-famous Chocolate Hills.
  2. Take the kids to the Butterfly Garden.
  3. Spend a day exploring the Rajah Sikatuna National Park.
  4. Visit the historic Carmen Parish Church, one of the main landmarks in the city.
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FAQs About Finding a Place to Stay in Bohol

Here’s what people usually ask me about the areas of Bohol and where to stay.

What To Pack For Bohol

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Bohol

There’s no denying that anyone who spends time in Bohol will most likely end up falling in love with the place. The island has a unique charm that never fails to win over even the fussiest of travelers, and the fact that it’s a pretty affordable destination only adds to its allure!

I hope you narrow down your list of places to stay in Bohol. But if you’re still on the fence, I would say that Anda is a pretty great option. In terms of hotels, I can totally recommend the Three Little Birds Resort. You get to live it up with a nice vibe, without spending a fortune!


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