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Updated on Sep 26, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

  • Chocolate Hills is located on the island of Bohol, 60km southeast of Cebu. It's most common to get there from Cebu or Manila
  • Chocolate Hills covers a very large area (50 square kilometers/19 square miles), and you basically have 3 ways to get to visit it:
  1. View it from the town of Carmen (the best option)
  2. View it from Sagbayan Peak
  3. Aerial tour from either Cebu or Tagbilaran City (biggest city in Bohol and where the main airport is located in)


  • Option 1: Town of Carmen
  • The town of Carmen is the main Chocolate Hills tourism hub. This is the best option because the view of the hills is the best from here and there are multiple spots in the town where you can get a good view of the hills. The two most popular spots are:
  • Chocolate Hills Complex (Tripadvisor, location): it's actually a hotel that you can stay in, but it has a rooftop observatory that offers probably the best view of Chocolate Hills. It's also the only hotel that has a direct view of the Chocolate Hills
  • Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (Tripadvisor, location, website): an amusement park with ziplines, hiking trails, horseback riding, rock climbing, camping, and other outdoor activities. You'll be able to get a view of Chocolate Hills from some sections of the zip lines
  • In addition, you can also do a hot air balloon tour in Carmen to see Chocolate Hills from above with Sky's the Limit Hot Air Balloon (Tripadvisor, website). Price is about $90USD per person and the trip is 1-hour long
  • This is the view from the observatory on top of Chocolate Hills Complex, which is where I went:User submitted photo of Chocolate Hills
  • How to get to the town of Carmen:
  1. Get a flight to Tagbilaran City (the airport is Panglao International Airport. Airport code: TAG). This is an international airport so you can use websites like Expedia or Skyscanner to find flights to it
  2. In Tagbilaran, make your way to the Integrated Bus Terminal from the airport with a tricycle (a 3-wheeled motorcycle taxi) for 50 PHP, or $1USD. The terminal is located here next to the Island City Mall (a major landmark in Tagbilaran). The terminal is about 3 kilometers north of the city center of Tagbilaran
  3. Take the bus to Carmen. I can't remember if the buses are numbered, but it's quite easy to just ask the staff there. The bus runs fairly frequently from 5am to 4pm. Fare is 60 PHP ($1.2USD) each way and travel time is 2-2.5 hours. Return bus runs as late as 4pm so if you're not planning to stay in Carmen overnight you need to be mindful of this time
  4. Once you get to Carmen, find a local habal habal (a motorcycle taxi) to take you to Chocolate Hills Complex or the adventure park
  • Alternatively, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle in Tagbilaran City and ride to Carmen. Rental rates start at 400PHP per day ($7.75USD) for a basic 110-125cc scooter, but can be as much as 4000PHP ($77USD) per day for a 650cc motorcycle. The ride takes about 2 hours. You will want to leave Carmen by about 3pm so that you get back to Tagbilaran before it gets dark. Read this for more details about renting a scooter in Bohol


  • Option 2: Sagbayan Peak
  • Sagbayan Peak is located here in the town of Sagbayan. The view of Chocolate Hills from Sagbayan Peak looks like this:User submitted photo of Chocolate Hills
  • I don't recommend going to this spot because it's a tiny town with nothing else to do aside from the viewing spot, and far fewer visitors go there so the transportation infrastructure to get there and back is not that great. I personally did not go there but the steps below are based on what I researched locally when I visited Bohol
  • How to get to Sagbayan Peak:
  1. Fly to Tagbilaran City (the airport serving the city is Panglao International Airport. Airport code is TAG). You can use common websites like Expedia and Skyscanner to book flights to this airport
  2. Get to the Integrated Bus Terminal. You can do so on a tricycle (the 3-wheeled motor taxi) for about 50 PHP. The terminal is located here, next to the Island City Mall (a major landmark in Tagbilaran). The terminal is about 3 kilometers north of the city center of Tagbilaran
  3. Take a bus to the town of Sagbayan (tell the staff your destination and ask them to point you to the right bus) Fare is 25-50 PHP ($0.8-$1.6USD). Bus takes about 1.5 hours to get there. I'm not sure what the first and last bus and return bus schedules are for it
  4. Once you get to the town of Sagbayan, take a habal habal (what locals call a motorbike taxi) to get to Sagbayan Peak, located here
  5. Pay entrance fee to the Sagbayan Peak (30 PHP, $0.6USD) and then walk up
  • Alternatively, you can rent a scooter in Tagbilaran City and ride to Carmen. Rental rates start at 400PHP per day ($7.75USD) for a basic 125cc scooter, but can be as much as 4000PHP ($77USD) per day for a 650cc motorcycle. The ride takes about 1h45min. You'll want to ride back towards Tagbilaran by around 3pm so you get back before it gets dark. Read this for more details about renting a scooter in Bohol


  • Option 3: Aerial tour
  • There are a handful of aerial tour companies departing from both Cebu and Tagbilaran City
  • This is what a tour feels like:
  • Costs of the aerial tours:
  • Aerial tours from Cebu cost $80-$250 USD per passenger, depending on how many people you have. The more you have the cheaper it is per person
  • Aerial tours from Tagbilaran City cost $80-$200USD
  • Aerial tours last about 1 hour, and you will usually get a tour of not just Chocolate Hills but other points of interest on Bohol as well
  • How to get there: because these tours are only offered from Cebu or Tagbilaran City, you will need to get to one of these two cities. It's extremely easy to do so - both cities have international airports and you can easily find regularly scheduled commercial flights to them from Manila and lots of other major cities
  • Some tour operators include:
  • Fly Bohol: https://fcomachon.wixsite.com/fly-bohol
  • AirTaxi: https://airtaxi.ph
  • Island Trek Tours: https://www.islandtrektours.com/cebu-bohol-aerial-tour
  • Bohol in the Sky: https://www.facebook.com/boholinthesky