urely, the first thing that will pop up in your mind when you hear about Bohol, Philippines, is its famed Chocolate Hills. Next, you can picture those cute tarsiers perched on top of lush trees! If this is your idea of fun is spending time outdoors, then Bohol is a perfect haven for you to relax and get away from the strain of city life.
Situated in Central Visayas, Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines. It has become an eco-cultural tourism destination that lures hundreds of visitors, foreign and locals alike.
The Chocolate Hills is by far the best tourist attraction that Bohol has to offer. The famed picturesque hills are consisted of an astounding 1,268 hills that resembles a child’s drawing of mountains. These hills are certainly enchanting.
Aside from the captivating charms of the Chocolate Hills, of which Bohol is known for, the province also takes pride in its immaculately white-sand beaches, scuba diving spots, magnificent waterfalls and mystifying caves that are accentuated by the richly exotic and diverse flora and fauna. Panglao, Cabilao, Mahanay and Lapinin are just among the many beautiful isles that line up Bohol’s coastline. As if these attractions are not enough to captivate tourists, Bohol is also a sanctuary for the world’s smallest monkey known as tarsiers.
With the bounty of nature that Bohol has to offer, the rich culture and history of the city is clearly epitomized by the hundred year old towers and churches as well as other historical landmarks. Adding to its historic charm, Bohol is the site for the famed blood compact of the Spanish conqueror, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Rajah Sikatuna.
Bohol may not offer a very exciting nightlife scene but the numerous historical and ecological adventures can keep you busy and awestruck. If your interest is to delve in history then your itinerary should include a visit to the Blood compact site in Tagbiliran, the Dagohoy Marker and the President Carlos P. Garcia Memorial Park. For those who are more interested in culture, there are numerous museums that can keep you occupied such as the Bohol Museum, Baclayon Museum and Clarin Ancestral House. For nature lovers, Anda, Alona, Alejawan and Bikini beaches among many others will surely be more than just good reasons to have an extended vacation in the province of Bohol. Aside from all these things that can catch your fancy, Bohol also celebrates their festival known as the Sandugo Festival that relieves the historic event of blood compact between Rajah Sikatuna and the Spanish explorer, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
The sites and scenes in Bohol can be visited in one whole day but it can be much more appreciated if you give yourself time to experience not just the attractions and activities in the province but also to avail of your self the notable Boholano hospitality. So the next time you are planning a vacation, don’t forget that Bohol is only waiting to be explored.