Dumaguete is often dubbed as the gateway to tourist destinations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Local and international tourists, backpackers, and divers often choose Dumaguete as their get-off point to locations as Siquijor, Manjuyod Sandbar, Oslob Whalesharks, Apo Island, Sumilon Island, etc. One thing most tourists don’t realize is that Dumaguete is just an hour and a half away to the amazing island of Bohol, the island of the infamous Chocolate Hills, white sand beaches, the Philippine tarsier, old churches, etc.

How do I get to Bohol from Dumaguete?

First of all, before heading straight to the Dumaguete City Port, you need to purchase first your boat ticket from Ocean Jet. Their ticketing office can be quite tricky to find. It is located along Flores Avenue just before Tocino Country when you’re coming from the Rizal Boulevard.

These are the daily schedules to Tagbilaran City, Bohol from Bohol via Ocean Jet.

Departure from Dumaguete
Estimated Arrival at Tagbilaran City
09:50 AM
11:50 AM
02:30 PM
04:30 AM

Ticket Fare:
Open Air / Tourist Class = PHP 700.00
Business Class = PHP 1200.00

(Check with Ocean Jet’s Website for more accurate sailing schedule)

You may also purchase in advance your return ticket if you are planning to return to Dumaguete since this will avoid the hassle of queuing at the ticketing office in Tagbilaran.

Now that you have your ticket, proceed directly to the Dumaguete Pier’s Passenger Terminal. It is just a 5-minute walk around the corner. At the passenger terminal, pay the terminal fee at the left side of the passenger terminal entrance. You cannot enter the building without paying the terminal fee.

After you have passed through the security checks, proceed to the Ocean Jet check-in counter which is located at the far left side of the building near the toilets. Here you will be given your boarding passes together with your assigned seat numbers.

Please be informed that if you have luggage with you, you need to check them in with an additional baggage fee of PHP 50.00.

Finally, you can proceed to the boarding gates and wait for boarding.

How do I get to Dumaguete from Bohol?

Check with your hotel/resort if they provide free transfers to Tagbilaran airport or seaport. Normally hotels in Bohol provide this for free or for a very affordable price. If you’re coming from Alona Beach in Panglao, a transfer would cost PHP 600.00 which is good for 6-8 pax already.

If you have already purchased your return ticket in Dumaguete, you should proceed directly to the check-in counter of Ocean Jet which is located outside left of the passenger terminal building. But if you do not have a return ticket to Dumaguete, no worries, you can purchase your tickets directly at the Ocean Jet office located just beside the check-in desk.

Sailing schedule to Dumaguete from Bohol is quite early relative to standard check-out time of most hotels. Please plan your travel ahead or make arrangements with your hotel a day prior.

Departure from Dumaguete
Estimated Arrival at Tagbilaran City
07:30 AM
09:30 AM
12:10 PM
02:10 PM

Ticket Fare:
Open Air / Tourist Class = PHP 700.00
Business Class = PHP 1200.00

(Check with Ocean Jet’s Website for more accurate sailing schedule)

What to see in Bohol?

The island of Bohol is considered one of the most blessed islands in the Philippines. It has everything that you expect from a tropical island paradise. From 5-Star Hotels to backpacker hostels, beautiful landscapes, underwater wildlife, endemic animals, powdery white sand beaches, cultural heritage, and the list goes on and on. Here we have prepared 5 things you should definitely check-out in Bohol.

1. The Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills is considered the main attraction of Bohol. It is a unique geological formation of over 1500 hills spread over 50 square kilometers. It is located in the town of Carmen which is situated around in the middle of the Bohol island. These “Hersey Kisses” like hills is just a 3-hour drive away from the main gateway of the island, Tagbilaran City.

During the dry season, the hills vegetation normally dry out giving the brown color like Hersey Kisses thus the name.

2. Philippine Tarsiers

The Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world, is endemic to the island of Bohol. Multiple Tarsier sanctuaries are located in Bohol. These animals are very shy and are most active at night time. Be sure not to touch them and keep your noise down when visiting. 

3. Alona Beach, Panglao Island


Alona Beach at Dusk - Panglao, Bohol

Alona Beach at Dusk – Panglao, Bohol

The Philippines is blessed with beautiful white sand beaches. Alona Beach in the nearby island of Panglao is one of them. Similar to the infamous Boracay, Alona Beach has a more laid-back atmosphere. Shops and restaurants are just located along the beach.

Alona Beach is about a 40-minute ride from Tagbilaran City.

4. Balicasag Island

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Balicasag Island is the perfect spot to do your snorkeling and scuba diving. The island has a healthy coral reef with plenty of marine life. Be sure to protect the environment, bring home your trash, and do not step on the corals.

If you’re staying at Alona Beach, you can arrange for a day trip to Balicasag Island directly from your hotel.

5. Old Spanish Churches

Baclayon Church - Bohol

Baclayon Church – Bohol

The Philippines’ oldest churches can be found in the island province of Bohol. With the recent earthquake that struck Bohol in 2013, all efforts are exerted to restore the beautiful colonial churches.

If you’re into Visita Iglesia, you would probably find Bohol a very spiritual pilgrimage.

Where to stay in Bohol?

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(Disclaimer: Because the schedule may be changed without notice, we highly suggest you directly contact Ocean Jet for the schedule. myDumaguete.info cannot assure the accuracy of this information.)

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