Going around Bohol on a shoestring budget only means one thing: you have to commute. However, if you know how to drive a motorcycle and you are not afraid or shy to ask strangers for directions, renting a motorcycle is also one of the most cost-efficient way of touring the province.
If you have extra money saved, you might also consider taking a day trip with one of Bohol’s trusty drivers. If you want to try traveling in Bohol’s tricycles, I recommend Jayward Digal at (+63) 910-280-8989). Jayward’s Tagbilaran-Panglao rate starts at PhP300 ($6.26). If you want to rent a car with a driver, you can contact Lino at (+63) 9194787693. Lino’s Tagbilaran-Panglao rate starts at PhP500 ($10.43); his day tour rate for 1 to4 persons is at PhP1,800 ($36).
On the other hand, if you are feeling a little on the loose and confident that you have enough cash for a more comfortable travel, you can contact Lande Lawangon of Wow Bohol Travel and Tours at (+63) 928-758-2804 to arrange your trip.
For somebody who has traveled solo when time permits, I can say that the key to making the most out of your trip without spending too much is to ask. Ask how much the flat rate from point A to point B is; ask the cheapest way to get to your point of interest from where you are staying; ask your cab/tricycle/habal-habal/bus driver where to check out local products; and, ask for recommendations because locals usually know the ins at outs of every place.
So, go and experience Bohol even if you are traveling on a budget and traveling by yourself.
Quick Tips for Travelers
● You can spend lower than the budget mentioned above depending on your choice of transportation and food.
● Think the driver is asking for too much? If haggling doesn’t work, ask the driver some information about the place and how to make the most out of your stay—cheaper alternative to getting a tour guide.
● Wear light clothes when traveling. After all, Bohol is in a tropical country and you wouldn’t want to carry heavy faux fur coats while riding a habal-habal.
*All prices mentioned are subject to change without prior notice.
**$1 = P47.90 for the purpose of this article.