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About Tour / Sightseeing in Bohol

Bohol is an island province in the Philippines that is packed with almost everything that adventurers and nature lovers crave for. Its shores are heavenly and will impress even the most discerning beach expert, while explorers will be delighted to see some of its natural caves with bizarre rock formations. There are waterfalls with pools that will entice anyone for a dip and picturesque mountainous and hilly regions that will leave sightseers breathless. Don’t forget Bohol’s one of a kind wildlife that continues to draw in tourists all over the world.

Intriguing history behind the beauty

If only the natural wonders could talk, they would surely narrate stories about Bohol’s rich past as this enthralling province happens to be the site of some of the important historical events in the country. When the Spaniards first came to the Philippines in the 16th century, it resulted to countless battles fought between the conquerors and the natives. However, there are some who chose to welcome the foreign visitors. This can be seen in an event called Sandugo, where Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol, performed blood compact with Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who would soon become the Governor General of the Spanish East Indies. The event is considered the first treaty of friendship that was established between Spain and the Philippines.

However, the peace treaty was not enough to prevent more battles from erupting between the two countries. As the influence of the Spaniards grew in the Philippines, so did Christianity, with more and more natives embracing the new catholic faith. A native priest from Bohol known as Tamblot was against the religion brought by the conquerors. He gathered his followers and led them in a religious battle against the Spaniards from 1621 to 1622, which is known in history as the Tamblot Uprising.

Another revolution that took place in Bohol was led by Francisco Dagohoy. After being refused by a priest to have a Christian burial for his deceased brother, he gathered some of his countrymen to join him in a war against the Spaniards. Dagohoy proved to be a thorn in the side of the Spanish colonizers as he won battle after battle. The revolution started in 1744 and lasted even after Dagohoy died of old age in 1800. It finally ended on August 31, 1828, lasting for more than 84 years. Throughout the more than 300 years of Spanish occupation in the Philippines, Dagohoy’s revolution is considered the longest war ever by a Filipino against Spain.

Bohol’s finest

With Bohol’s assortment of natural wonders to see, it’s almost always the Chocolate Hills that is first on the list of must-visit spots for visitors. These green hills that turn to brown during summer are scattered all over three towns in Bohol: Sagbayan, Batuan, and Carmen, with the latter being the most ideal gateway for these wonders. The best way to see these more than 1,700 hills is to go ziplining or zipbiking. While in the air, you will be able to feast your eyes on the endless stretch of green and brown mounds, which, according to a legend, are the rocks that two giants threw at each other in a scuffle that lasted for days.

Another icon of Bohol is the tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world. It is an incredible animal that can jump from one tree to another when searching for food. They are also characterized by their huge eyes and protruding ears that enable them to be extremely aware of their surroundings. While their charming physical traits and calm demeanor make them appear approachable, they are, in fact, very shy and get easily stressed when approached by humans. They also cannot be kept in confined spaces as they need wide areas with a lot trees in order to survive. Tarsiers can be seen in the sanctuaries established in Bohol, which are dedicated in saving these unique animals from extinction.

Panglao Island is Bohol’s version of a tropical paradise. Like its counterparts in Boracay, Palawan, Siargao, and Caramoan, the beaches in this calm island boast fine white sands and aquamarine waters. Activities are also plenty like swimming, boating, sunbathing, and watersports, but diving is said to be the best thing the island offers. Balicasag Island is the most recommended diving spot where you can discover an astonishing underwater world of sea creatures and coral gardens.

While the beaches in Panglao Island are gorgeous, some beach connoisseurs claim that the shores in Anda are even better. Situated in the southeastern part of the island province, the beaches in this town have barely been touched. The sands are pure and the waters are clear and blue. Ideal for a quiet escape, Anda is recommended for those who want to be away from civilization for a while to enjoy some peaceful scenery.

For a unique destination to enjoy in Bohol, Cabagnow Cave is a must-see. This cave has a pool at the bottom where you can take a plunge. The pool contains a mixture of salt water from the sea and fresh water from the mountains. It glimmers with a shade of blue during daytime, making it very picturesque and a sight to behold.

Some interesting facts about the places in Bohol

The many places to see in Bohol are tourist friendly, but they are also shrouded in a little mystery. During your visit, take time to listen to your guide for some cool stories and legends that will make you appreciate your trip even more.

The Lamanok Island in Anda is a mysterious island with caves, where archeologists have found remains of the first settlers in Bohol. Its name came from the word “manok” or chicken because during the old days, shamans would sacrifice chickens in a ritual to honor the mystical beings living on the island.

Aside from the legend about the two giants fighting, there are other stories about the origin of the Chocolate Hills. One of them is about another giant who fell in love with a mortal woman. When the woman died, the giant was so devastated that he could not stop crying. His tears were so huge that when they dried, they turned into the Chocolate Hills.