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Bohol Islands

bohol-chocolate-hillsAside from being the tenth largest island in the Philippines, Bohol is also a paradise known for its white sand beaches, the Chocolate Hills and the smallest primate in the world - the Tarsier.

Bohol is also world-renowned for its wonderful dive spots. The small islands of Panglao, Balicasag and Pamilacan, located southwest of the main island Bohol, are superb diving spots, rated as among the world's best! Both foreign and local divers come to Bohol to see the breathtaking underwater corral reefs around the islands.

Surrounded by water, Bohol is gifted with a bounty of beautiful beaches. The more popular ones are Alona, Dumaluan, Bikini, Momo & Doljo beaches where water sports are popular past time activities.

Spelunkers will have a field day exploring Bohol's numerous caves. There are more than 1,400 caves in the province, including most popular one - the Hinagdanan Cave on Panglao island. The cave leads to an underground pond with many splendid rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites.

The Chocolate Hills has become synonymous with Bohol. The spectacular hills, which resemble chocolate mounds, is a sight to behold! The hills, a total of 1,268, have the same shape but different altitudes the highest being 40 meters.

According to geologists, the hills were formed millions of years ago. The breaking down of the upper layers of limestone, followed by the erosion processes, resulted in odd formations. During the rainy season, the Chocolate Hills are green because of the vegetation that grows on them. When the dry season comes, the dried out vegetation gives the landscape a brown  hue, hence the name.

Another tourist attraction in Bohol are the ancient churches built during the Spanish era. Every town in Bohol has its own church and each has a unique and interesting history and architecture.

The smallest monkey in the world can be found in Bohol. The tarsier thrives in Bohol's lush tropical rainforests. These adorable creatures are just around 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches) in height and weighs between 70 to 165 grams.

Other Attractions in Bohol:

Dolphin and whale watching at Pamilacan Island

Blood Compact Monument - The place where the Chief of Bohol (Sikatuna) signified the friendship and acceptance of the Spanish Leader Legaspi.

Loboc River Cruise - have lunch while cruising the scenic ride Loboc River.

Punta Cruz Watchtower - get an impressive view of the Cebu Strait (the strait between Bohol and Cebu).

Going around Bohol is easy especially if you are adventurous. Just take the habal-habal, a motorcycle for hire that serves as a "taxi' on the island.

Bohol Photo Gallery

 

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