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Bohol

Bohol

Home to the famous Chocolate Hills and tarsiers, this lush island province has become a favorite for nature-lovers and thrill-seekers.
By Keisha Uy

Overview

Bohol is home to the post-card famous Chocolate Hills and tarsiers. While tourists continue to visit this island province to see these attractions, it has also gained popularity for its off-the-beaten-path adventure and ecotourism offerings. Untouched white-sand beaches, natural sanctuaries, diving sites, caves, waterfalls, and rice terraces all add to the natural grandeur of Bohol.

History

  • The name Bohol came from a place called "Bool", where the blood compact or "Sandugo" between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi transpired.
  • It is believed that the Boholanos are descendants of the Pintados or "tattooed ones," which are said to be the last native inhabitants of the Philippines before the colonial era.

Travelers' Attractions

  • Bohol is a good destination for ecotours and nature sports. The famous Chocolate Hills, the elusive tarsier, and the Loboc River are among the attractions that can be viewed during a quick sightseeing trip from the capital city. In addition to its wide range of resorts, the popular Panglao Island and other small islands off Bohol's coast also offer watersports and activities such as diving and dolphin-watching.
  • Bohol is also home to a number of notable man-made structures such as old Hispanic churches and watch towers. The Baclayon Church, which is dubbed as the oldest church in the country, may be found here.
  • Pastries and other local treats such as broas, ube, and kalamay are popular Bohol pasalubong items.

Getting there and away

  • It takes approximately 25 minutes to get to Tagbilaran from Manila by plane. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Zest Airways offer regular flights to Tagbilaran.
  • By sea, it takes about 25 hours to reach Tagbilaran. Superferry offers connecting trips to Tagbilaran via Cebu.
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Chocolate Hills

Bohol is primarily known as the home of the post-card perfect Chocolate Hills.

Tarsiers

Bohol is home to tarsiers, which are among the smallest primates in the world.

Loboc River

Lush forests border the banks of Loboc River.

Loboc Church

Loboc Church is the second oldest church in Bohol.
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