I am writing this to get excited myself because in a few days we will be back in Bohol, the 10th largest island in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. I will be leading a Yoga and Art retreat for FLOW. Expectedly, I am taking my 19 months old daughter with me. We’re still nursing so, she goes wherever I go!
What Are The Things To Do in Bohol For Kids?
- Ride a ferry. When traveling, it is good to use different modes of transportation for the kids to experience. A few years back, my family and I decided to go to Panglao island in Bohol. To get there, we flew to Cebu from Manila through a local budget airline, Cebu Pacific. Then we took the SuperCat ferry which took 2 hours. We had comfortable air-conditioned seats but I imagine that seats in the open-air deck would be great with the unobstructed views, too. It costs 500 Php or a little over 10 USD per person. My son was 4 years old then so he really found the boat ride cool. It also ocurred to me that you can bring your bikes on-board this ferry so you can bike around Panglao Island in Bohol.
- Visit the Baclayon Church. Founded in 1596 by early Jesuit priests, the Baclayon Church is declared as a National Cultural Treasure by The National Museum of The Philippines, this church is certainly a must if you want to introduce history and culture in this trip’s lesson plan! It is interesting to point out that the structure is made from coral stones. Sadly, the earthquake in 2013 damaged the church so it is currently being restored. The entrance to the church is only 50 Php or a little over 1 USD per person. Please support this national treasure.
I find it so cute when my son becomes really quiet like this inside churches. He’s probably spooked out by the statues of the saints (true story!).
I certainly loved the hues and chandeliers inside the church.
3. Go on the Loboc River Cruise. Another exciting activity for the children to enjoy is to get on a boat for the river cruise. There are lots to see: beautiful houses by the water, dancing and singing during the cultural show, lush greens and local fruit trees you can point out to kids learning about tropical foods! You will also be served lunch on-board. Cost is 450 php or 10 USD per pax for adults, free for children below 3 and below and discounted rates for 11 years old and below.
5. Show the Chocolate Hills! You must take your little ones to see the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol! Looking over these thousand mounds of chocolates will make you want to eat some, yummy! Seriously, this geological wonder is a feast for the eyes! You can tell your small children a local Filipino legend of how these were created from here before taking them so that they may watch the story unfold through their creative vision.
6. Playground and Ice Cream at Bohol Bee Farm. Yep, I said two magical words in one phrase. How can you go wrong with that? For a double sweet treat, head over to Bohol Bee Farm, my favorite place on the island. Choose from a wide range of homemade local flavored ice cream and then burn the sugar at their play areas.
7. Have a lesson plan on ocean life. You’re at the beach so you better spend most parts of your days at the white sanded shores of Bohol, paricularly in Panglao island. This photo was taken right along the Bohol Beach Club where there is a clean strip of water. You can look for seashells and other living creatures and teach your young ones about life under the sea!
8. Climb coconut trees! You’re on a tropical island. Might as well teach your kids how to harvest their own coconuts. Hehe! This activity can be a fun attempt to get them away from electronic gagdets.
I hope you enjoyed my 8 Things To Do For Kids in Bohol! Have you been to Panglao? Are there any other activities for kids you can add to my list? (We also visited the Tarsiers but I can’t seem to find a photo of it.)
Lots of love from me and my little globetrotters,
Mommy Globetrotter Monica