I can honestly say, hand on heart, that Bohol is one of the best islands anywhere in The Philippines, and one you simply must fit into your travel itinerary.
All around the island you can discover sandy white beaches and crystal blue oceans, and just a little further out you have snorkelling spots, dolphins and even a sandbar.
With so much natural beauty, it’s no surprise Bohol is home to many of the most beautiful things to see in The Philippines.
But what this popularity does mean is that there are ample hotels, resorts, hostels and other types of accommodation in Bohol to choose from.
And to help you wade through all of the choices on offer, I thought we’d put together a quick guide on where to stay in Bohol this year.
So, let’s get stuck in!
Booking.com takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect vacation accommodation from the large number of hotels, resorts, homestays, and boutique properties available in Bohol.
With an easy-to-understand rating system, you can easily identify the location, amenities, and value-for-money points that are most important to you.
Their handy mobile app allows you to book on-the-go. No more searching through your inbox for email confirmations.
Once you’ve completed three bookings, you become a Genius Member, giving you access to cool discounts and perks, such as early check-in, late check-out, free welcome drinks and 10% off on selected properties.
Agoda is our second favourite service, with a fantastic array of properties all offering competitive prices.
Their unique service, Agoda Cash, also means that some properties come in cheaper here than on Booking.com.
So, for all bookings, I recommend searching prices on both Agoda and Booking.com to see which is cheapest.
I've made that easy by providing links to both services for all properties below.
Best luxury hotel in Bohol
Best mid-range Bohol hotel
Best budget accommodation in Bohol
(Best Luxury Hotel In Bohol)
If you are looking for great value, Hennan Resort Alona Beach is one of the best places to stay in Bohol. With three swimming pools and 120 metres of beachfront, you will have no shortage of spots to sun, swim, and lounge. This place has plenty of dining options: Two super cool cafes, one fine dining restaurant for the fancy stuff, and three well-placed pool bars.
You don’t have to worry about going thirsty or hungry, here. The hotel provides sunbeds and umbrellas for guests on the powdery white sand of Alona Beach. Order a cocktail or fresh fruit juice, and watch the sun set on the blue waters of the Bohol Sea. You may never want to leave this little slice of paradise.
This 5-star hotel in Bohol boasts a fitness center, mini shop, and a spa. Massage? Yes, please! But if you do decide to venture out, the area is known for top-rated diving and snorkeling. Or arrange a visit to the nearby Hinagdanan Cave through the friendly staff at the front desk.
You can stay in one of the resorts well-appointed guest rooms or suites, fully equipped with flat-screen TV and WiFi, or book a splurge-worthy exclusive villa, each with its own private pool. This resort is all about choices. You won’t be disappointed.
Kids want to have fun, too. This cozy Bohol boutique hotel is great place to make that happen. Set in the middle of private gardens and surrounded by plenty of trees, the Bohol Dreamcatcher is a family-vacation oasis. The resort offers babysitting services and a children’s play area, and there’s a lounging area and hammocks for the big kids, too.
The best part? A two-story slide from the top floor. Adults won’t be judged if they decide not to take the stairs. The friendly staff is available to organize a family BBQ or local activities like snorkeling, diving, and sightseeing. But don’t let the jungle-like surroundings fool you.
All the modern amenities like free WiFi, onsite restaurant, clean comfortable rooms with AC and ensuite bathrooms make this the perfect Bohol accommodation for families. If you need a little more space, the two-bedroom apartment has a full kitchen and bunk beds!
The Bohol Beach Club has so much to offer. Beautifully landscaped grounds, traditional Filipino and international food choices, and the velvety soft white sand of Dumaluan Beach make this dream location one of the best places to stay in Bohol. Even though you are in a tropical paradise, you still have access to modern luxuries like free WiFi throughout the property.
Perfect for stopping to snap and post those gorgeous Instagramable Bohol sunsets; and room service to do the latter from your own private balcony. What sets this this 4-star hotel in Bohol apart from others is their concentrated commitment to the environment as well as their guests. Bohol Beach Club designated a certain number of units as “Green” rooms.
These guest rooms are stocked with reusable environmentally friendly amenities. The restaurants source ‘farm to table’ herbs and vegetables that have been grown inside the resort ensuring produce is fresh and free of pesticides. If you ever ask yourself, “Did they go out back to pick the lettuce?” Chances are, the answer is, “Yes.”
All guest rooms and suites are equipped with flat-screen televisions, comfortable beds, private balconies, and AC. However, there is so much available outside the room, you may have trouble deciding what to do first.
When you’re ready to peel yourself from the comfort of your lounge chair on the resort’s private beach, you can arrange a PADI trial dive (more advanced dives are on offer) from the Aquatic Center. If staying above the surface is more your speed, rent snorkeling gear, canoes, windsurfing gear, and more. We guarantee you'll never want to leave.
(Best Mid-Range Bohol Hotel)
Imagine you’re on vacation. Imagine you’re looking for something a little different from the typical Bohol budget hotels. Imagine that you would like a clean comfortable apartment close to the beach where you can make your own meals and feel at home. Guess what? You’re already there when you are here.
Imagine Bohol let you do all of the above. Once you get settled into your soundproofed apartment equipped with free toiletries, fully stocked kitchen, personal safe, and flat-screen TV, the super friendly staff will help you rent a motorbike, arrange excursions, set you up with a taxi service to take you into town, or just allow you to lounge by the pool.
Walk down to Danao beach for amazing sunset views on the Bohol sea. Imagine your worries about where to stay in Bohol are gone. Whatever you can imagine, you can do. Except for housekeeping… they provide that, too.
Panglao Sea Resort is just steps away from the ocean. Literally. A stairway leads from the sloped lawn at the back of the property into the sea. All the rooms of this 4-star hotel in Bohol include AC, flat-screen TV with cable, mini-fridge, electric kettle, hairdryer, and sitting area. The friendly hotel staff is available to help arrange a diving excursion.
Balicasag, one of the Philippine’s most famous dive sites, is located just outside of Panglao Bay. The area is also popular for water sports like kayaking and canoeing. If you’re more of a land lover, rent a bicycle or scooter to explore the area.
Relax at the swimming pool, take in a sunset on the back lawn behind the hotel, or have a late breakfast or leisurely lunch at the on-site restaurant. If you’re looking for accommodation in Panglao that provides a room with a view, this is the one.
The word ‘Ohana’ in the Hawaiian language means ‘family’. Ohana Panglao Resort Management team aims to deliver. The modern resort was designed for comfort. But the staff takes their namesake to heart. This beautiful resort is situated between Bohol-Panglao International Airport and Bohol’s famous southern beaches.
The Ohana’s guest rooms are some of the most well-thought out rooms in Bohol. Spacious, bright airy spaces are fitted with modern touches like flat-screen TVs, design-inspired bathroom fixtures, AC, and electric kettles. The friendly staff will help you arrange the perfect tour to visit some of Bohol’s most famous sites.
Such as the Chocolate Hills, over one-thousand hills dotted throughout the island that turn the colour of dark chocolate during the dry season. Relax on the terrace poolside or make your way down to the white sands of Alona Beach, about a 15-minute walk. Being close enough to all that Panglao has to offer, yet away from many of the busy tourist spots, could well make Ohana one of the best accommodations in Bohol.
(Best Budget Accommodation In Bohol)
With all that Bohol has to offer (waterfalls, a Tarsier Sanctuary, rice terraces, scuba diving, snorkeling, and more) you may only need a comfortable, inexpensive, and functional place to lay your head. Alimpay Foresters self-catered apartments are the perfect choice for cheap accommodation in Bohol.
Each air-conditioned 1-bedroom unit has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, free WiFi, and television. Grill facilities are available in the garden area, as well as free parking. Alona Beach is only 1.7 miles away. Head to the beach to look for seashells and watch an amazing sunset. If you’re looking for value for money, Alimpay Foresters Apartment fits the bill. And leaves more of them in your pocket – bills, that is.
With all of these options available, it may be hard to choose where to stay in Bohol. Bohol Garden Homes may be just your place. Nestled in the middle of a mini-jungle, Bohol Garden Homes offer many different room options, including a traditional cottage with AC named after the family’s beloved goat, Olec.
As soon as you step foot onto this property, your taken care of. Staff will help you make arrangements to visit local attractions: Chocolate Hills, Pangas Falls, the furry little Tarsiers, or a visit to the idyllic white sand beach, Libaong. The family grows many of their own fruits and vegetables. Enjoy fresh papaya from the tree with your continental or Asian breakfast.
Rooms are simple but comfortable. You can choose a room with AC or fan. Some contain microwaves and fridges. Ask upon booking. WiFi is available, and you can meet the other guests in the shared lounge. When choosing your accommodation in Panglao, you can’t go wrong with this family-run homestay.
Who hasn’t dreamed of trading in their busy life for a bamboo hut on a beach and falling asleep to the sounds of crashing waves? Steffi’s place makes this dream a reality. Welcome to Bohol budget hotels best kept secret.
Cheap accommodation in Bohol may be basic, but you don’t have to give up your experience. The bamboo huts are simple structures equipped with fans and mosquito nets. However, upon waking, step off of your patio to the morning sea and sun. and do you hear that? Neither do I. Welcome to your quiet bamboo-beach-hut dream.
Don’t worry though. You don’t have to give up all modern luxuries. Free WiFi is available in the common area, and you can rent a motorbike from the office staff to scoot around the area. Use the communal kitchen to whip up a breakfast Robinson Crusoe would be proud of.
I just love a place that comes with a story. Don’t you? Welcome to Unk’s House Homestay. This cozy accommodation is more than a resort or hotel. It’s a home. Daniel and Emma paid homage to Daniel’s dear Uncle who had come to stay with them – Hence, Unk’s House Homestay.
The shared lounge and garden are available for hanging out and trading Bohol adventure stories. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast and use of the shared kitchen. All rooms have AC and WiFi. The friendly staff and owner will help you with your excursion requests.
Unk’s is a proper Bohol homestay. You have on-on-one contact with the owner, and they will treat you like their own family. What this property lacks in big-resort perks is more than made up in the attention to service and their guest’s comfort. You really are home during your holiday. Come and meet the extended family you never knew you had in Bohol.
Bohol has no shortage of things to do. First and foremost, Let’s talk coffee. Finding a decent cup of coffee in the Philippines has proved challenging. But if you need a cup of Joe, try Bo’s. Great coffee at a decent price.
For more information on what to get up to, check out our in-depth guide on the best things to do in Bohol.
As you can clearly see, Bohol really does have something for everyone. On top of white sand beaches, water sports and world-famous dive sites, they have accommodation to fit every lifestyle and budget. We really did have an incredible 4 days here, and would recommend every one of the options above as a great place to stay during your stay.