Mainland Bohol is oval-shaped surrounded by 72 smaller islands. It is about 626 kilometers south of Manila and about 72 kilometers southeast of Mactan Island. Its boundaries are Cebu to the northwest, Leyte to the northeast and Mindanao in the south.
The island province has gently rolling terrain, ideal for commercial and industrial site development. Its mountainous interior is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. At certain points, hills drop steeply to the coast from a maximum elevation of 870 meters above sea level. The interior uplands are fit for agro-forestry and high value agricultural production. The central and northern lowlands also have fertile grounds and abundant water supply. Over a hundred caves have been identified, the biggest of which is found in the eastern part.
As of the year 2010 Census, Bohol has a population of 1,255,128. It has 242,307 households with an average household size of 5.1 persons. From 1990 to 2010, the annual growth rate in the province is. 1.41 percent. Locals speak Cebuano, English and Tagalog. Fukien is spoken within a fairly large Chinese Community while Mandarin is taught in a widely-attended Chinese School.
Climate in Bohol falls under the fourth type characterized by a not very pronounced maximum rain period and dry season. It is usually warm and dry along the coast while cold and humid in the interior areas. Typhoons and earthquakes are rare. Maximum precipitation occurs in June to October. Average annual temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Philippine standard time is eight hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time.
Dress/What to Bring
It is advisable to wear natural fabric; lightweight clothing when one is in Bohol. Shorts, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, insect repellant, flashlight, sun block, comfortable shoes for walking and rubber slippers for the beach are a must when visiting tourist attractions.
The Barong Tagalog is the acceptable formal wear for men. Shorts or sleeveless shirts should never be worn when visiting churches.
The Philippine currency is peso, divided into 100 centavos. Nest to peso, the US dollar enjoys wide acceptance. Most foreign currencies may be changed in banks, hotels, and authorized dealers. Foreign currency is not readily taken by the establishments in Bohol. Major foreign credit cards may be accepted only at major hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants. Visitors are advised to bring sufficient amount of change in small bills or coins.
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8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
9am to 12nn Saturday
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Monday to Saturday
Most department stores stay open on Sundays and Holidays
Getting around Bohol, one may take a colorful jeepney or a bus at a minimal fare. Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecar) and multicabs are popular in outlaying areas and in the suburbs, quite notably within Tagbilaran City. Metered taxicabs are widely available. Other means of transportation: vehicles for hire- vans, cars, coasters, buses and motorbikes.
*Further information on the country can also be obtained from the Bohol Provincial Government official portal, www.bohol.gov.ph
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