Bahol has about 1.3 million inhabitants. The languages spoken are Boholano, Filipino/Tagalog and English.
The Bohol Province is located in the central Visayas region, southeast of Cebu and southwest of Leyte. The province consists of 75 islands, the main island, which is the largest of them all, is called Bohol.
Tagbilaran is the provincial capital.
You can get to Bohol by flight from Manila or by ferry from Cebu City. The flights from Manila goes several times a day directly to Tagbilaran Airport on Bohol.
From Cebu it is easy to get to Bohol by ferry.
It takes about 2 hours to take the fast ferry to the Tagbilaran harbour.
The port there also has good ferry connections to Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Illigan and northern Mindanao, among others.
If you want to get there in a cheaper and faster way from Cebu, you should take the ferry that goes to the northeastern city Tubigon. That trip only takes an hour. From Tubigon it is then easy to get on to all the places you want to visit on Bohol.
Bohol is an incredibly beautiful place with beautiful bays and white sandy beaches. It has been a paradise for a long time especially for divers and snorkelers. It is easy to get a glimpse at whales and dolphins there.
The Panglao Peninsula is known for its long and white sandy beaches, and that it is a great place to dive.
From November to April it is the northeast monsoon period. It is the mildest period of the year with an average temperature of 28°C during the day and 25°C at night. Sometimes there are heavy rains coming during this period but it is quite rare.
During the summer period from May to July, the temperatures are very high and the humidity high.
The southwest monsoon period begins in August and lasts until November. Then the weather is quite unpredictable with both rainy days and breaks.
The average water temperature is 27 °C. So temperatures between 25 °C and 30 °C are what you can expect.
The water currents are very calm at the most diving sites, which is ideal for those who are undergoing training. In the canals between the islands, on the other hand, there can be very strong currents.
The visibility in the water is good. On average, you can see about 10 meters on a good day up to 20 meters. At the dive sites further out to sea, you can have a 30-meter clear view in the water.
Diving around Bohol is suitable all year round. During the rainy season, however, visibility may be slightly worse.
The rains that come are usually short but powerful but they will not stop you from diving.
Cabilao Island, located in Bohol Province, is a great place to dive, especially if you are looking to see the Hammerhead Sharks. The best time of year to see them circulating around Cabilao Island is from December to June. There are excellent snorkeling opportunities around all the islands in the province. You can snorkel just off the main beaches but watch out for boats. The best way to experience the clear water is to rent a boat for a day that can take you around Bohols diving sites. Think about diving safety and don’t go diving by yourself.