Scuba Diving in Bohol Island
Bohol has a large number of dive sites. The water temperature during the warmer months of April to November is between 25 C to 28 C – blissfully warm, and a perfect temperature for first-time divers. There are certified PADI courses to be followed here. The Philippines' incredible diving sites are a part of the countries colourful personality and beyond its shores, under the deep blue sea lies another paradisiacal world, where coral coexists with exotic fish. The surrounding islands (no further than a 45-minute boat trip) Panglao, Cabilao, Pamilacan and Balicasag; offer some of the best dive sites in the world.
With a surface area of about 25 hectares, you can walk all the way around Balicasag Island in about 45 minutes. The island itself is pretty much as you would imagine a deserted tropical island to be – flat and circular, covered with palm trees and flowering bougainvillea, surrounded by white beaches. On the south side of the island is some 400 metres of successfully protected marine sanctuary, making for a great diving and snorkelling destination.
Situated at the southwestern point of Panglao Island, Duljo Point is a favourite diving spot thanks to its calm currents, although it has been known to get a bit rough. There’s a drop off dive wall covered with large gorgonian sea fans, elephant ear sponges, hydroids, colourful crinoids and soft corals. Expect to see a huge range of reef fish here, including surgeon fish, fusiliers, razor fish, jacks, batfish and plenty more.
Trekking in Bohol Island
Bohol combines forests, small villages and farmlands to offer world-class trekking opportunities. One of the island's main attractions is the ambiguous terrain that is unique to Bohol.
Trekking enthusiasts from around the world come here just to walk the land, cross-country trekking in particular as there is a noticeable lack of mountains.
The predominantly jungle interior adds to the excitement alongside the likelihood that you will be getting better acquainted with such exotic creatures as monitor lizards, rare birds and snakes!
Considered to be a good introduction to the landscape of Bohol, the trek to the Can-umanted Falls is popular with new arrivals. It involves river crossings, rock hopping, uphill climbing and some scrambling across boulders. Activities to enjoy along the way are swimming, sunbathing and having a much-deserved picnic lunch. The trail is strenuous, especially for the inexperienced, but it offers the spectacular reward of the Can-umantad Falls.
On the other hand, if you don’t fancy the jungle trek, there’s a road that can take you almost directly to the falls.
- Location: Candijay, Bohol, Philippines
Dolphin and whale watching
Dolphin and whale watching is understandably a very popular pursuit for many of Bohol's visitors. Witnessing these endearing mammals in their natural habitat is an amazing experience. In a bizarre twist of fate, many of the whale and dolphin tour operators are former fishermen who have switched to the more sustainable livelihood of taking tourists to the best sites at which to see these beautiful creatures, putting their whale and dolphin spotting skills to a much more eco-friendly use.