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Top 8 Reasons Why You Should NOT Stay in Abraham Bohol

Bohol is my go-to place for dive retreats. It always draws me back to its blessed shores time and again throughout the year. With each visit, I would explore not just the dive spots but also places to stay or accommodations yet amidst the search, one consistent choice emerges – hostels. This year, I stumbled upon a fresh option: Abraham Bohol. And my take on it? Don’t. If you’re curious, here are my top 8 reasons why you should NOT stay in Abraham Bohol.

Fun tours every day at the top attractions, restaurants and bars in Bohol

Bohol DIY Adventure to Balicasag Island
Balicasag Island

Bohol, a gem of the Central Visayas Region, is among the top tourist favorites in the Philippines. If you’re checked in to Abraham Bohol, you won’t have to leave the premises to book tours. They offer exciting trips from the famous geological sights like the Chocolate Hills to the stunning beaches and islands of Panglao. They had these tours tailor-fit into its guests’ interests. You may choose from the following tours that they offer:

If you don’t want a punctual, chill vibe in your tours, don’t book your tours with Abraham Bohol.

For Bohol DIY trips, check this detailed travel guide with sample budget and itinerary: 2024 Bohol DIY Travel Guide (Itinerary + Budget)

Meet expats from all over the world

The hostel is usually packed with expats hailing from diverse corners of the globe. Should you desire to forge connections, exchange stories of adventure, or even travel with them, Abraham Bohol stands as an ideal accommodation for you in Panglao. You can sit with them and engage into casual conversations at the lobby or restaurant, play billiards or even board games with them. Simply muster the courage to initiate interaction we might not know; a meaningful connection could be waiting.

If you don’t want to make friends and pick up from other culture, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol.

Rooms have direct access to pools

Abraham Bohol boasts two pools: one situated centrally amidst the dormitories, adjacent to the lobby, and the other within the building housing the private rooms. While the pool near the lobby may be compact, it offers greater depth, whereas the other pool, elongated and shallow, caters perfectly to families traveling with children. Regardless of which pool you choose, both promises a refreshing deep. If you wish to connect with the expats and have access to the bar and restaurant, the first pool is the best place to be.

If you don’t want pools by your doorsteps to get a swim if the day feels hot, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol.

Free yoga on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Traveling itself serves as a means of relaxation but it becomes even more rejuvenating when your accommodation offers complimentary yoga sessions to unwind after a day of exploring the town. Abraham Bohol provides this amenity every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for its in-house guests from 5:30 PM onwards. Held by the poolside, these yoga sessions provide a holistic approach to wellness, allowing visitors to decompress, stretch, and find balance after a tiring day.

If you don’t want to feel renewed inside out after a tiring day, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol.

Live Music Night

More than the great choice of music playing in the ‘chill out’ areas, guests can join in singing along to the top hits performed by the local band or duo in the lounge. Live Music Night takes place every Sunday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Imagine being serenaded while enjoying a delightful dinner or sipping refreshing drinks by the poolside. It’s indeed a charming way to enhance one’s evening.

If you are not someone who would love to sing your heart out to the best songs ever being sang live, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol.

Affordable accommodation with fun amenities

Its guests (i.e. us) have spoken and would speak of it: Their services are cheap for what you get. It’s not only the room rates that are fantastic but even the stay itself. The dorm-type accommodation that may be as low as Php 600.00 (more or less $10.00) includes a breakfast (it’s honestly the best for me given that it is a hostel) that you could fill yourself in if you wish. This includes access to pools, a lively music night, complimentary yoga sessions on select days, free billiards, and Wi-Fi coverage throughout the premises, among other perks.

Abraham Bohol’s Family Room

If you’re okay with paying more for such fun, Abraham Bohol may not be a place for you.

Feast Together on a Filipino Dinner

When the hostel buzzes with guests, they extend a warm invitation for all to indulge in an authentic Filipino culinary tradition known as the “Boodle Fight.” This dining experience offers a journey into Filipino gastronomy and hospitality. Held every Saturday evening at 7:00 PM, participants can partake in this feast for just Php 350.00. During the Boodle Fight, diners gather around a communal table lined with banana leaves. They are treated to a lavish spread of traditional Filipino dishes such as grilled seafood, barbecued meats, fresh vegetables, and aromatic rice—all laid out without utensils.

If you don’t want an affordable dinner featuring a Filipino culinary tradition, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol.

You won’t wanna leave Abraham Bohol

The abovementioned reasons are the very reasons why I personally would not want to leave Abraham Bohol. Apart from serving as a gateway to the province’s gems, its unbeatable value, vibrant atmosphere, facilities and activities such as live music nights and yoga sessions, convenient amenities, central location for exploring Bohol’s attractions, and comfortable accommodations ensure a restful stay. Just what we all desire when traveling. I did not find myself feeling guilty for sitting by the pool, sipping tea, or, in other words, resting for a day instead of exploring the province. Other than these, I also love the hospitality of the staff.

If you wish to spend most of your days in the province exhausting yourself in exploring, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol. It will only make you want to get up late, enjoy a hearty breakfast and just chill by the pool.

Abraham Bohol, in a Nutshell

If you don’t ever wanna get that feeling of not wanting to leave, don’t stay in Abraham Bohol. It will only break your heart leaving it and Panglao, Bohol, too.

I’ve previously traveled with Abraham Tours Philippines but in Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales. I also had the best experience with them.

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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