|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 14% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||October||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||£984||Average for round-trip flights in December 2021|
|Round-trip from||£817||From London to Bohol|
LON - TAG
£631 - £1,031
Most of the flights to the Philippines from the GB leave from either London or Manchester. These flights land at one of two destination cities: Cebu City, on Cebu Island of the Philippines, or near Tagbilaran City, at the far south-western tip of Bolon Island. Flights from London land as frequently on Bohol Island as they do at Cebu City, about 56 km (35 miles) away on neighbouring Cebu Island. Most of the flights to Cebu are one-stop routes, taking about 15h 45m. There is the odd two-stop flight, which takes around 30h. The flights from London to Bohol are mostly two-stop flights, taking about 39h. There are a handful of two-stop flights from Manchester to Cebu City, and these will take roughly 37h. You can fly from Manchester to Bohol a lot more frequently, once again on routes that make two stops. These flights all take close to 39h.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights available between the GB and Bohol, so settle in for a more scenic journey when you board. One the flip side, the extra stops in between also mean that you can find cheap flights to the Philippines more readily. Leaving from Manchester, you’ll depart Manchester Airport (MAN) and fly first to Dubai International (DXB), then to Manila Ninoy Aquino International (MNL) and on to Bohol-Panglao International Airport (TAG). Other routes from Manchester make their stops at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International (TPE), or at London Heathrow and then Hong Kong International (HKG). Look out for good Philippines flight deals on Cheapflights. Departing from London, you’ll fly from Heathrow Airport (LHR), with only one stop at Hong Kong before landing at Cebu City Mactan International (CEB). Flights from Heathrow to Bohol-Panglao Airport also stop at Hong Kong, then make another stop at Manila. You can sometimes also find Bohol flight deals from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL), Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and Belfast Airport (BHD).
Your best options for getting between the major cities and towns on Bohol are to use the public bus transportation or the local version of a taxi, known as jeepneys. These don’t stick to a very strict schedule though, so you might want to consider hiring a car and driving yourself around. You’ll be free to visit cities like Tagbilaran City, which is where you might land; the central city of Carmen; as well as the main northern city, Talibon.
One of the most famous landmarks on Bohol Island is Chocolate Hills. Unfortunately, no chocolate is grown there – they’re named for their conical shapes and the colour of their vegetation. The moniker is thus a reference to American Hershey’s Kisses chocolates. Panglao Island is a small piece of land linked to Bohol Island at Tagbilaran City. It has some of the best beaches in Bohol, offering great snorkelling and scuba diving. In the same vein, you can visit Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis, where you can explore stalagmites and stalactites in crystal-clear water. A cruise along Loboc River is another highlight, and here you can try crossing Bamboo Hanging Bridge, about 25 metres (80 feet) above the river. An important local monument can be found in Tagbilaran City: Sandugo, or Blood Compact Shrine. It commemorates the historic friendship treaty between the Philippines and Spain.
Entry requirements to the Philippines are very simple for GB citizens. You won’t need to organise a visa if you’re staying for less than 30 days. Otherwise, you can get an extended tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy in the GB. You’ll also need to make sure that your passport is valid for your entire stay, and you may be asked to show your return ticket when you arrive.