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.
Head to Carmen to tour the famous Chocolate Hills – more than 1,268 grass-covered limestone domes that are nearly symmetrical in shape and height. The picturesque hills turn a distinct shade of brown during the dry season and give them a passing resemblance to a certain confectionery treat, hence their name. To give your sightseeing an extra kick, try touring the hills by ATV.
Another popular tourist spot is the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella. Drop by the park for a rare chance to get up close to the Philippine tarsier in its natural habitat. At just three to six inches tall, this animal is one of the smallest primates in the world. With gaping eyes, miniscule proportions and a sensitive nature, the tarsier certainly has a quirky charm.
For a unique cruise experience, there’s Loboc. As you slowly drift down the Loboc River, you can enjoy a delicious Filipino buffet and a serenade from a local community.
The Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park also offers a zipline and an open-air cable car ride, both providing impressive aerial views of the river.
More thrilling exploits also await at E.A.T Danao. Ask what the “plunge” is when you get there — and see if you’re brave enough for it.
Baclayon is a great stop for people who enjoy historical architecture.
The Baclayon Church is a well-preserved edifice that was declared a national historical treasure in 1995. Its antique décor and religious relics, some of which are on display in the church museum, date back to the 16th century.
Baclayon’s main road is also home to over 65 Spanish-Filipino ancestral homes – some of which were built as far back as 1853!
Cap your visit with a stop at the Aproniana Gift Shop, which carries everything from local delicacies to tarsier plush toys.
Nearby Pamilacan Island has made a name for itself with its move from destructive fishing practices to sustainable eco-tourism and marine preservation. Most people head here for dolphin-and-whale-watching tours, but the island also has accessible white sand beaches, excellent dive sites and even a centuries-old Spanish fort.
How To Get To Bohol
The city of Bohol is mainly served by Tagbilaran Airport.
Flights to and from Tagbilaran to Manila take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Domestic and budget carriers have daily flights.
It is possible to take a Roll On-Roll Off boat with your vehicle from Cebu to Tagbilaran.
Check out this blog for an indication of schedules – http://cebuboattrips.com/slow_ferries.htm
The Tagbilaran City Tourist Port serves boats plying the busy Cebu-Bohol sea traffic and major port cities in Mindanao. A fastcraft ferry ride from Cebu takes about 2 hours.
THINGS TO DO IN BOHOL
• Enjoy a world-famous view
Tour the popular Chocolate Hills on foot or by ATV.
• Meet E.T.
View the small and strange Philippine Tarsier at the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella.
• Go on a quick cruise
Dine on hearty Filipino fare while cruising down the Loboc River.
• See historical Architecture
Visit Baclayon to get up close to a well-preserved church and ancestral homes from the Spanish Era.
• Go on a daytrip to Pamilacan Island
Enjoy a dolphin-and-whale-watching tour, dive sites and white sand beaches.