The island province of Bohol is accessible by land, sea or air transport. Once there, different modes of transportation take one to different tourist and commercial attractions. Here are the different ways to get around:
Travelling By Air
There are two airports in Bohol. The one located in Tagbilaran City is classified as secondary while the airport in Ubay town is considered a feeder airport.
The Tagbilaran City Airport, with its 30- meter wide and 1.7 kilometer long runway services daily to Philippine Airlines, Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific Air and Zest Air flights from Manila. Manila to Tagbilaran is just a 1 hour and 15 minute flight.
To make the island province more accessible and to accommodate more visitors, there are plans to establish a new airport in Panglao, which can also accommodate Boeing 757 planes. The Panglao Airport is eyed as an alternative to the Mactan-Cebu international Airport.
Travelling By Sea
Ship & Fastcraft
The Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier is being serviced by at least 12 shipping lines that have boats that sail to and from various areas in the country. Average ship call per day is 15 vessels which accommodate daily traffic of 4, 140 passengers.
There are 35 trips to Cebu daily, 12 of which are fast ferry vessels. These fast ferry catamaran-type vessels reduce the travel time from Cebu to Bohol and vice versa to at least 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are two trips to Manila per week and there are also boats that service the Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier from Siquijor, Dumaguete City, Dipolog, Iligan, Plaridel, Ozamis City and Cagayan de Oro City. There are also ports in other towns in the province. The Jagna Port serve’s as Bohol’s gateway to Mindanao, specifically to Cagayan and Camiguin.
Bohol can also be reached from Cebu through the ports of Tubigon, Ubay, Getafe and Talibon. There are 18 minor ports in some other areas of the province.
*Sea Vessel Directory
Motorized outrigger canoes, locally known as banca, are popularly used for inter-island travel adventures or “island hoppings”. These boats can be rented from various resorts offering island tour packages or from boat operators around Bohol island resort destinations like Panglao, Balicasag, Cabilao and Pamilacan. Most diving operators usually have their bancas for diving tours to some of the best dive sites in the island. Locals also ride the banca for a fee as a mean of transportation to reach neighboring islands from the mainland. Cruises in the different rivers in the island province are also being serviced by bancas.
Travelling By Land
It is very convenient to travel by land when one is in Bohol because there are varied modes of land transport in the province.
These range from colorful jeepneys and busses to taxis, tricycles, multicab, trisikads and habal habals.
The modes of transport when one is in Tagbilaran City area are taxis, tricycles and jeepneys. Metered taxis can be found in major shopping malls, hotels, and generally all areas within the metro. In fact, the telephone numbers are listed in the local telephone directory so that one can just call if ever taxi services are needed. Tricycles and jeepneys too, are very accessible and can be found almost anywhere within the metro area. At present, the minimum fare is P 8.00 for the first five kilometers.
To reach the municipalities outside Tagbilaran City, there are busses and vehicles for hire available around the clock at the different terminals in the towns. Travelers can choose between air-conditioned busses while vehicles for-hire is usually air-conditioned vans.
Once in the suburbs and in the different barangays, tricycles, multicabs, trisikads and habal-habals are the most popular modes of transport. Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) can accommodate at least 3 people. Trisikads (bicycles with sidecars) can accommodate at least 2 people while habal-habals (motorcycles with extended back seats) are popular in the mountain barangays which can accommodate up to 5 people. The fares for these modes of transport vary in different areas.
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