Baclayon Church Tours

The Baclayon Church, sits atop the original site of the first Catholic mission to Bohol and dates back to the 16th century. The simple cross-shaped church facing the Bohol Sea that visitors can see today is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is fashioned from coral-stone block and was completed in 1727.

The church and its adjacent bell tower suffered major damage in the 7.2 earthquake that shook the region in 2013. A new red roof has been added and visitors can once again wander inside, taking in the ceiling frescoes around the altar, tiny saint figures tucked into its nooks, and a handful of glass-enclosed statues from the earliest days of the church. Renovations are ongoing.

Behind the church in the old convent, the Church Museum houses many of the building’s artifacts including gold-stitched vestments, hymnals bound in water buffalo skins and inscribed with plant-based inks, as well as additional saints, iconography and relics.

Practical Info

It’s just over six miles (10.2 km) from Tagbilaran City. Busses, jeepneys and tricycles make the trip and the church is included in a number of regional tours.

The Church Museum charges $1 (50.00 PHP) per person with funds directed toward the church’s restoration. It keeps daily hours (from 8:30am-4:45pm. Mon-Sat and from 9:30am-4:15pm Sun, though it closes for a break each day between 11:45am-1:30pm). Pictures are allowed inside the church, but not inside the church museum.
Location
Address: Tagbilaran City, Philippines
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Hours: 8:30am-4:45pm Mon-Sat and from 9:30am-4:15pm Sun, though it closes for a break each day between 11:45am-1:30pm
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Admission: $1 (50.00 PHP)
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Bohol Country Eco-Cultural Tour

If you’ve got limited time in Bohol, pack in as many activities as possible on a sightseeing tour that reveals the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Your guide drives you between top attractions such as the Chocolate Hills, the Manmade Mahogany Forest, and Baclayon Church in air-conditioned comfort, leaving you free to focus on the scenery and listen to commentary. Plus, you’ll eat lunch at a floating restaurant and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Hop over to Bohol Island from Cebu to explore the serene countryside on this full-day tour. Admire the beautiful scenery as you visit the Chocolate Hills, the man-made Bohol Forest, and a lunch or dinner cruise down the Loboc River. Get an up-close look at the “midget monkey” of the Philippines, the Tarsier, with tiny bodies and big round eyes and see more than just the beaches of the Philippines.
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hours
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Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour

With no need to keep your eyes on the road, you’re free to keep your eyes on the scenery on this private door-to-door day tour of Bohol’s spectacular countryside. Get up close and personal with Bohol pythons and tiny tarsiers at local conservation facilities; see the Chocolate Hills; enjoy lunch as you cruise the Loboc River. Along the way, see historic sights including the Blood Compact Monument and Baclayon Church.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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