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Bohol Island, Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bohol Island, Philippines. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Bohol Island?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bohol Island, they said:

"Before retiring in Bohol Island, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it is higher than in other parts of the Philippines. They should also be aware that the primary language spoken is Visayan, although English is widely understood and spoken. Expats should know that Bohol Island is known for its natural beauty, including the famous Chocolate Hills and white sand beaches, making it a popular tourist destination. It's also important to know that the healthcare system in Bohol is not as advanced as in larger cities like Manila, so those with serious health conditions may need to travel for treatment. Expats should be aware that the island is prone to natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. They should also know that while the island is generally safe, they should still take precautions against petty crime. Before retiring in Bohol, expats should understand the visa requirements for long-term stay in the Philippines. They should also be aware that the island's infrastructure, including internet and road conditions, may not be as developed as they are used to. Finally, expats should know that the culture in Bohol is a mix of traditional Filipino customs and Spanish influences, and that the locals are known for their hospitality and friendliness," said one expat in Bohol Island.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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