Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills (Image by young woon Song from Pixabay)

As a now COVID-19 free island with three patients recovering in Cebu, the province of Bohol in Central Visayas will soon open up for tourism but following the strict new normal guidelines imposed by the National Task Force against COVID-19.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the country’s national action plan against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), said the task force is making preparation in June for the reopening of the local tourism sectors in Bohol.

Bohol, a province that feature many tourism destinations such as Panglao Island’s white sand beaches, diving and snorkel areas, Loboc river tours, heritage sites, and Chocolate Hills, relies heavily on tourism income before the pandemic.

As part of the preparation for the gradual reopening of tourism in Bohol, a molecular laboratory will be installed at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport for the quick test for travelers.

“We saw that Bohol will be one of our candidates for the new normal because they’re still COVID-19 free and considering that most of their businesses came from tourism,” said Galvez in recent news reports.

Under the task force plan, Bohol’s reopening will be in gradual phases. It is targeting 25 percent of the business by July, while the remaining percentage will be in the next few months when the province can absorb the capacity to react for full-blown operations, according to Galvez.

Bohol Virgin Island (Image by Myung Lee from Pixabay)

As a major tourist destination in the Philippines, Bohol boasts of spectacular white sand beaches in Panglao Island, which include Alona Beach, Dumaluan Beach, Bagobo Beach, Danao Beach, Doljo Beach, and Momo Beach.

Loboc River Cruise in Bohol

You can also explore more of Bohol by island hopping. Visit Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island, and Virgin Island.

For nature lovers and adventurers, the island province also offers Hinagdan Cave, Chocolate Hills, Loboc River cruises, and Tarsier sanctuary tours.