Bohol is an island located in the Philippines’ central Visayas region. It is one of the country’s more classic destinations, so don’t be surprised to find many locals looking for adventures here any time of the year.
Known for the Chocolate Hills, other attractions in Bohol are also worth your itinerary. Sail along Loboc River through a cruise that includes a sumptuous local buffet, or snorkel near Balicasag Island. If you’re lucky or persistent, you can also spot the Philippine tarsier, which is endemic to the region.
How to get from Cebu to Bohol
The easiest way to travel the 75 km journey from Cebu to Bohol is by ferry. This ferry journey takes 2 hours and costs 460 PHP ($8). An alternate option is to take an indirect flight, but it takes 5 hours and costs around 3,000 PHP ($54).
The ferry is a cheap and convenient way to reach Bohol from Cebu. You can choose to dock at either Tubigon or Tagbilaran port. Note that Tagbilaran Port is nearer the tourist attractions in Bohol.
We don’t recommend taking a flight. Indirect flights make a stopover at either Manila or Davao, so they take at least 5 hours to reach Bohol, double the time of taking a ferry. Fares for the indirect flight cost around 3,000 PHP ($54).
Note that Air Juan used to operate direct flights from Cebu to Bohol, but they have permanently closed due to the pandemic. In case they re-open, we would think twice before flying with them. Numerous passengers have complained against Air Juan for cancelled flights and lack of refunds.
The ferry is the most preferred mode of transportation for travellers going from Cebu to Bohol. It’s an easy way to reach the island and the ferry ride only takes about 2 hours, given good weather conditions.
There are two ferry companies operating from Cebu to Bohol: Oceanjet and Lite Shipping. Oceanjet operates fast boats which are more expensive, but also have a more convenient arrival port.
Departure and arrival of the ferries to Bohol
The ferries depart from Cebu Pier 1, which is only a 10-minute drive from Cebu City centre.
In Bohol, there are 2 gateways the ferries from Cebu arrive: Tubigon port and Tagbilaran port. You can find more information on these ports below.
Lite Shipping ferries arrive at Tubigon Port on the west side of Bohol. It’s a great option for those who want to stay in Bohol and be close to sightseeing points like the Chocolate Hills.
On the other hand, Oceanjet ferry and Supercat ferries arrive at Tagbilaran Port. This port is the most popular arrival port for travellers going from Cebu to Bohol as this is the port where most ferries from Cebu arrive at. From here, you can take a taxi or jeepney to your hotel.
Tagbilaran Port serves as an important hub in the southern Visayas. The port is located in the southern part of Bohol, just next to Panglao island, which is famous for its’ white sand beaches. From here it’s easy to get transfers to other destinations around Bohol like Panglao Island.
See here the ferry schedules from Cebu to both ports in Bohol:
Prices for the Oceanjet and Supercat ferries range from 910 PHP ($16.50) for a regular ferry to 1,400 PHP ($25.50) for business class.
Note that you have to pay a small excess baggage fee if your luggage exceeds 15kg. The price is 10 PHP ($0.15)/kilo plus a possible charge from porters to carry the luggage on board for 50 PHP ($0.90) – 100 PHP ($1.80).
Lite Shipping ferry
Lite Shipping prices start from 460 PHP ($8) for standard ferry seats, while tickets for the tourist class start from 630 PHP ($11). There are also a few night schedules, but as the journey only takes about 2 hours, we wouldn’t recommend anyone taking the night ferry. For that reason, we left out the night schedules.
Lite Shipping also charges an extra luggage fee if it exceeds 15kg, but they will charge you the full amount of 150 PHP ($2.70) per 10kg. Lite Shipping doesn’t always get good reviews, but it’r your only choice from Cebu to Bohol’s Tubigon
Cebu to Bohol by Flight via Manila/Davao
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 3,000 PHP ($54)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 3,000 PHP ($54)
It’s not practical to book an indirect flight from Cebu to Bohol as they take at least 5 hours, after a stopover at either Manila or Davao. This means that it will take more hours to fly through this route than to take a ferry.
Most of these flights are operated by Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Philippines Airlines (PAL), or a combination of these carriers. Planes depart from Mactan-Cebu International Airport and arrive at Bohol-Panglao International Airport. The flight fare ranges from 3,000 PHP ($54) – 6,000 PHP ($105) but can go as low as 2,000 PHP ($36).
To check the latest schedules and the cheapest flights, click on the button below.
Frequently asked questions about travelling to Bohol from Cebu
What are the most popular attractions in Bohol?
Bohol is an island blessed by nature. Its most popular attraction are the Chocolate Hills, which is a must-visit for tourists and has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For an even better exploration of Bohol’s culture, history and natural wonders, you can take a scenic cruise along Loboc River, visit the 400-year-old Baclayon Church, drive to the 2-km Mahogany Forest and not to forget: a stop at Alona Beach (better if you can stay at one of its hotels!).
What are the best things to do in Bohol?
Every important Bohol travel guide will advise you to go island hopping in Bohol, and we totally agree! We highly recommend boating to the nearby Balicasag and Virgin islands, which boast of pristine waters and white sand beaches. While on the boat trip, you can check out the beautiful coral reefs and go diving or snorkelling.
Are you into hiking? Bohol has over 40 mountains — the highest of which is Mt. Matunog. If you’re looking for a camping adventure, then this is the place to be.
Don’t forget to go shopping for souvenirs. Bohol is famous for its handicrafts, like ceramics, baskets & mats, and raffia woven cloth.
What to eat in Bohol?
When it comes to food, Bohol has so much to offer. For breakfast, try out the chorizo de Bohol dish, best paired with fried rice and egg. For drinks, Bohol is known for it’s sicuate, local chocolate drinks made from Jagna’s famed cacao.
Craving for a snack? Have a taste of Jagna calamay (made of glutinous rice and stored in a coconut shell) and ube polvoron (made from purple yam, Bohol’s staple crop).
And of course, seafood. Fishing is life for many residents in Bohol and they make a good catch for tourists. Grilled sea urchin by the beach, anyone? They can be expensive, though. Be prepared to haggle and always ask for the price in advance. There have been instances of travellers being asked to pay exorbitant prices for seafood on Bohol islands.
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Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.