Tarsier Conservation Area
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  • David R
    London, United Kingdom356 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shhh. Is that a Tarsier or a leaf? Oh really? Sigh.
    These animals are tiny and shy, nocturnal and cute. very vulnerable and sensitive to noise and disturbance, so deserving of protection. As a place to visit with little kids? I would say no, not really. There is a lot of having to keep quiet and very hard to see a fluffball on a branch that doesnt do anything much. Kids arent very impressed by the real experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Mikaela J
    Canberra, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and interesting encounters with tarsiers
    What a special experience getting up close and personal with the endangered tariser. This venue is one of the quietest places we have visited. Our mandatory guide was exceptional in making sure we had some quality time with the tarsiers, and in explaining their quirky lifestyles. The visitors centre itself is very run down and in desperate need of investment.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Kevin T
    Auckland, New Zealand1,117 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique to the Philippines……
    When we arrived at midday the guide informed us that not only are these creatures incredibly small but they are also nocturnal - so what are the chances ? A fruitless 20 mins trying to catch sight of one and of course when we did, they were asleep. A waste of time. Enjoy…..
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2023
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania3,363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Do if visiting Bohol
    This is a Must Do visit if you’re in Bohol. The Tarsiers were in a sanctuary - if you visit during day time they are hugging the plants while sleeping. We were able to spot them easily. The workers also pointed them out to us when we walked the easy trail. It only takes like 15 min to walk the whole trail. Loved the experience!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Riki from BryanDiscoversWorld
    South Africa21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adorable tarsiers, great souvenirs
    They are just so cute. You must come see the tarsiers. We came by bus so we wouldn't be rushed. It's about 100 peso each for the bus from Tagbilaran. There are some big stairs in the tarsier area so be careful. There's no specific guide, you just follow where everyone is standing. There is a place where you can give him your phone to take pics up close to a tarsier for a donation. Some gave money others didn't. We decided 50 peso was good. The gift shop is amazing, so many souvenirs from 20 peso. Pity they don't have clip on tasiers or a hair clip, would have bought those as well. Bohol bee farm icecream outside, delicious. Watch our experience on Bryandiscoversworld YouTube channel.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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Riki from BryanDiscoversWorld
South Africa21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
They are just so cute. You must come see the tarsiers. We came by bus so we wouldn't be rushed. It's about 100 peso each for the bus from Tagbilaran.
There are some big stairs in the tarsier area so be careful.
There's no specific guide, you just follow where everyone is standing.
There is a place where you can give him your phone to take pics up close to a tarsier for a donation. Some gave money others didn't. We decided 50 peso was good.
The gift shop is amazing, so many souvenirs from 20 peso.
Pity they don't have clip on tasiers or a hair clip, would have bought those as well.
Bohol bee farm icecream outside, delicious.
Watch our experience on Bryandiscoversworld YouTube channel.
Written April 5, 2024
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Regina M
Zagreb, Croatia53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Poor animals are kept awake. There are put into designated spots to get photoshooted by tourists all day long.
Avoid!!!!
Written March 25, 2024
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Christine Marshall
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is not a very long tour but well worth the visit. You have to look really hard when you are walking around as the tarsiers are so small
Written March 16, 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Be aware, this sanctuary smells a bit of smoke and mirrors. What is sold on paper is not what takes place.

There is a heritage sight where tarsiers exist in their natural habitat, then there is a tourist sight where the sanctuary walkway takes place. Tourists may not enter the heritage sight, only the tourist sight. Within the walkway loop (which is a very small area that finishes in approximately 10 minutes) there are 8 tarsiers. All of them are in low lying positions (allegedly this is normal to get hide from the direct sunlight under the tree canopy). All 8 tarsiers are very close to the tourist pathway and are in perfect view of ideal photo taking. This is not a safari where one has to find the animal in its natural habitat, under its natural behaviour. The leaves under which the tarsiers shade are perfectly placed and present as ideal "viewing platforms". Again, leaves do not fall or collect in this way, unless humans have made it so. This presentation makes it perfect for tourists to take their photos and move on. At these stations there are also staff that take photos of tourists with tarsiers in ideal view, albeit they stand less than 1 meter away from the animal on the inside of the barrier. We were told by staff that the tarsiers "go back" to these spots but it is highly unlikely that this is their natural behaviour. Instead, it appears the tarsiers are put on these viewing platforms intentionally to make it easy for tourists to take their photos. All the tarsiers were stationary (some sleeping, some not), however none were moving between locations. In such a case, they exist in nothing more than a cage without bars, that serves as little more than a human spectacle, rather than viewing them in their natural state. How much of the entrance fee goes to their conservation is unknown. What is distinct is there is an attempt by the sanctuary to present as ethical, but with some shades of deceit. In any case, this is a red flag with regard to the transparency of ethics and animal welfare.

Tarsiers are too close to human activity, despite signs requesting silence, almost all of tarsiers were awake. Tarsiers are known for suicidal activity when stressed

It is very disappointing that local activity guides in Panglao choose this destination as the tarsier "conservation experience", when it is not actually allegedly funded by the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and DOT (Department of Tourism).
Written February 14, 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA3,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a Must Do visit if you’re in Bohol. The Tarsiers were in a sanctuary - if you visit during day time they are hugging the plants while sleeping. We were able to spot them easily. The workers also pointed them out to us when we walked the easy trail. It only takes like 15 min to walk the whole trail. Loved the experience!
Written January 4, 2024
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Kevin T
Auckland, New Zealand1,117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
When we arrived at midday the guide informed us that not only are these creatures incredibly small but they are also nocturnal - so what are the chances ? A fruitless 20 mins trying to catch sight of one and of course when we did, they were asleep. A waste of time. Enjoy…..
Written December 21, 2023
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Peter T
51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
1)This rated as one of the TOP Tourists Sights in Bohol.
2)The Sight is QUITE Disappointing. MOST of the animals are under captivity and offer Depressing sights. There is only one Area, whereby the guard awakes the POOR animal, so tourists can take photos in the background !!
3)As there are few tourist Sights in BOHOL, This becomes a MUST See sights for tourists !!
Written November 17, 2023
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@ohtaphoz
Las Pinas, Philippines249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It's the normal viewing of the Tarsiers. Only 8 are displayed and cost you 150 pesos per entrance. You can have a photo with them but the tour guide will take a photo. Give or take 15 minutes of activity.
Written November 8, 2023
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Mikaela J
Canberra, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a special experience getting up close and personal with the endangered tariser. This venue is one of the quietest places we have visited. Our mandatory guide was exceptional in making sure we had some quality time with the tarsiers, and in explaining their quirky lifestyles. The visitors centre itself is very run down and in desperate need of investment.
Written October 29, 2023
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David R
London, UK356 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
These animals are tiny and shy, nocturnal and cute. very vulnerable and sensitive to noise and disturbance, so deserving of protection. As a place to visit with little kids? I would say no, not really. There is a lot of having to keep quiet and very hard to see a fluffball on a branch that doesnt do anything much. Kids arent very impressed by the real experience.
Written June 23, 2023
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