Bohol

Bohol is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Philippines. Here you will find Hills that looks like perfect mounds of chocolate, white beaches and amazing dive sites. 

Highlights

  • Get close up pictures of the Tarsier, the world’s cutest monkey
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Chocolate Hills
  • Spend a lazy day at Panglao Island's Alona Beach
  • Feel the fresh air at the Man Made Forest

Hills that looks like perfect mounds of chocolate. Primates so small, they fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Restaurants that float gently down a river. Welcome to Bohol!

Bohol is a province found in the Central Visayas region in the Philippines which is composed of the Bohol island and more than 70 smaller surrounding islands. It has gained popularity not only to locals but to tourists and travelers as well.

Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are geological formations in the province of Bohol in the Philippines. There are about 1,200 to 1,700 hills spread over the 50 square meter area which is covered in grass that turns chocolate-like brown during the dry season where the name of the famous landmark came from.

The Chocolate Hills is the country’s third National Geological Monument and is proposed to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Chocolate Hills are the most famous attraction in Bohol.

 

Tarsier Sanctuary

The Tarsier Sanctuary that covers the forest between the towns of Corella and Sikatuna. In this sanctuary, tarsiers are able to live in the wild while being protected by the government from poachers who sell these poor creatures in black markets.

The staff in the center controls the population, treats, and feeds the tarsiers in the vicinity.

Tarsiers are adorable nocturnal animals and are particularly inactive during the day. Tourists may see tarsiers but the actions they may do is limited, the use of cameras with flash may also be prohibited to avoid disturbing the tarsiers or damaging their large eyes.

 

Rajah Sikatuna National Park

Rajah Sikatuna National Park is a haven for nature lovers and a must-go paradise for birdwatchers. It gains its popularity due to being the widest remaining forest in Bohol which has karst limestone areas and was declared as a National Park in 1987.

The wildlife in this National Park remains undisturbed and can freely roam around the park’s interiors. Countless species of birds, butterflies, flora and fauna thrive in the area.

To enter the park, one will have to pay Php20.00 for the entrance fee regardless as to whether the visitors would trek or go bird watching.

 

Loboc

Loboc is a fourth class municipality in Bohol which is famous for its lunch cruises along the scenic and winding Loboc River.

It is a municipality with great natural features and scenic views which will definitely be major eye candies for tourists who visit the location.

 

Amanoc Island

Lamanoc Island, dubbed as the “Cradle of Civilization in Bohol” is an island rich in beauty and in heritage. Tours that provide tourists with a glimpse of limestone formations, caves, and secluded white beaches may be accessed in the mainland of Anda, Bohol.

Lamanoc may be accessed by foot or by boat. During low tide, it is possible to wade in the water and reach the island on foot. During high tides, on the other hand, guests may go to the island via boat ride.

A tour guide may be hired during your exploration of the island and to avoid getting lost in the woods. You will find a giant clam shell embedded in one of the rocks which prove that these formations have risen from beneath the sea years ago. Interesting, don’t you think?

 

Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan Island is found in the Bohol Sea. The people in this island’s main source of income at present is dolphin watching and whale watching, along with subsistent fishing. In the past, however, hunting whales, dolphins and manta rays were included in their source of income.

Pamilacan which means “resting place for mantas” has a 200 – year-old Spanish fort which served as a watchtower in the past. It is famous for whale shark and dolphin-watching activities and its white sand beaches and dive sites such as Dakit-Dakit.

Snake Island, also known as Cervera Shoal, a sunken plateau is another beauty found in the southern part of Pamilacan. It is covered with coral but lies in the middle of the ocean which causes a very strong current. In this part of the water, one may encounter black-white banded sea snakes, moray eels, nudibranchs, and even bucket sponges.

 

Cabilao Island

Cabilao Island is a tropical destination in the Philippines which possesses amazing dive sites.

It is a perfect place to go relax and feast your eyes with awesome world class diving sceneries. During your diving experience, you may get the chance to see pygmy seahorses, critters, and hard and soft corals of various species – definitely a must-see in the place.

At present, there are two marine protected areas around the island where no one is allowed to take or catch anything.

 

Balicasag Island

Just like Cabilao Island, Balicasag Island is also famous for its diving attractions. It is considered as one of the best dive sites in the Philippines which has the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world.

Feast your eyes with colorful fishes, coral reefs which have both hard corals and soft corals. To get to the island, you will have to ride their luxury banca boat or a traditional Filipino outrigger.

 

Panglao Island and Alona Beach

Panglao Island is a haven for various Beach Resorts which are frequently chosen by many tourists and occasionally by the locals.

Alona Beach, a gorgeous half kilometer breadth of tropical paradise that is found in Panglao island.

This beach is Bohol’s top beach destination due to its white sand beach, blue waters and it’s world class diving spots that would surely take your breath away. This tropical paradise is surrounded by palm trees veering towards the crystalline waters of the island, and rocky cliffs are found on both ends of the beach.

There are also excellent snorkeling and diving spots within swimming distance that may be found in the area.

 

Dolphin and Whale Watching

A very “in-demand” activity in the province of Bohol at present is the dolphin and whale watching. In this activity, several species of whales and dolphins have made the waters in the southern part of Bohol as their home. That part is Bohol’s main migration route for marine mammals and cetaceans.

The sea around Pamilacan Island is where these whales are often seen and it is also believed that the area is home to at least thirteen species of cetaceans. Species of whales such as Bryde’s whales and Sperm whales have also been sighted within the vicinity.

Smaller species of whales that were spotted in the area are the pygmy killer whaleshort-finned pilot whale, and the melon–headed whale.

The dolphin species that are often sighted in the area on the other hand are the very playful spinner dolphinRisso’s dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, the spotted dolphin, and the Faser’s dolphin – which is actually a specie of whale.

These species are of major eye candies in the region and are often covered by various wildlife protecting programs that are being implemented in the area to be able to conserve the number of these animals and keep them from extinction.

Divers and marine biologists will be very much delighted by this activity.

HOW TO GET THERE

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily direct flights from Manila to Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol.

There are daily ferries from Cebu, Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Iligan City, Larena, Plaridel and Ozamiz City.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Bohol is a year round destination.

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