Welcome to Bohol, Philippines!
The 10th largest island in the archipelago, Bohol boasts of its many tourist attractions—all vying for your attention. If you’re planning out your next travel adventure, why not include Bohol on your itinerary?
Here are 10 good reasons for you to explore Bohol on your next tour this 2017.
Of course your tour package to Bohol mainly includes a visit to Chocolate Hills. This world-famous group of chocolate-colored mounds of earth—1,268 hills to be exact—have gained not only national publicity but also an international audience! Yes, that’s 1,268 hills that are mostly 40 meters high, all in one place!
Geologists have proposed the theory that these hills have come about as a result of years and years of weather changes and erosion. Whether that is actually the case, we can never really quite figure out. Let’s just say that these chocolate-colored hills are yet another beautiful mystery this amazing planet has for us.
Your visit to Bohol cannot be complete without a glimpse of the world’s smallest primate—the tarsier! So how small is this smallest primate in the world? Well, on an average, this cute bug-eyed monkey is only some 3.5 to 6.25 inches big and 70 to 165 grams heavy. Yep, small and light enough to be on your hand!
But of course, Bohol is not all about its chocolate hills or its tarsiers. It’s also well-known for its must-see beaches and diving sites. So don’t forget to go island hopping! There are many affordable island hopping tour packages in Bohol for you to choose from. Visit Panglao Island. Get sand on your toes in the island’s most popular beach—the Alona Beach. While this 800 meter stretch of white sand seems small compared Boracay’s 4-kilometer stretch at White Beach, it’s no less beautiful. And we have to say this—sunsets in Bohol are also worth traveling for.
4. Scuba Diving
Rate yourself from 1-10 (10 being the highest), how fond are you of diving? If your answer is a 10, then Bohol’s diving spots should be on your travel list for 2017.
Venture into the blue at Balicasag, considered as one of the best dive spots in the Philippines for its beautiful cascading coral walls and rare fish specimens.
And then there’s Pamicalan Island, which teems with much marine life—mackerel, tuna, groupers, snappers, and surgeon fish. There’s also the beautiful Double Barrier Reef right off the northern tip of Bohol—the only double barrier reef in the country which spreads across for roughly 130 kilometers.
Really, Bohol is every diver’s dream destination.
the chance to appreciate the rich biodiversity that its waters holds. In fact, you could do so while staying out of the water! Head off to Pamilacan Island for dolphin and whale watching. Did you know that the sea surrounding the island is considered to be the jump-off to where there are at least seven species of marine mammals? Amazing, isn’t it?
Now you understand what keeps tourists coming back for more of the place.
And then there’s the zoo. But not just any regular zoo. It’s the Albuquerque Zoo, which holds the world’s largest python in captivity. So if you’re a great fan of creepy crawlies, you might look forward to seeing this python for yourself. Wondering how big it is? It’s roughly 23 feet long and weighs about 300 kilograms. Uh-huh, it’s not just big; it’s humongous! But don’t take our word for it. Go see 5-year old Prony (yes, the snake’s got a name) yourself.
Get in touch with nature in the mahogany forests of Loboc and Bilar. Believe it or not, this seemingly endless stretch of giant ferns and mahogany trees is man-made! And while we haven’t counted exactly how many trees have been planted there, we could tell you that the entire man-made forest is two kilometers long. So if you’re looking for lots of green foliage, you know where to head!
There’s always something beautiful about butterflies, don’t you agree? Surround yourself with these delicately dainty creatures at the butterfly sanctuary in Sagbayan Peak and prepare to be amazed by the colorful spectacle that awaits you there.
Learn about the rich history of Bohol by visiting its many historical sites. One of the most famous sites is the one located at Barangay Bool in Tagbilaran City—the Blood Compact Site. This is exactly where the island’s chieftain, Datu Sikatuna, forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi from Spain, over 450 years ago. And did you know that to this day that blood compact is considered as the first “Treaty of Friendship” between Asia and Europe?
The Blood Compact Site is but one of the must-see historic places. For a more detailed understanding of the place’s rich history, why not head over to Bohol Museum, which is also in Tagbilaran? Paying that place a visit will help you further appreciate all the beauty that you see in Bohol.
10. Limestone Caves
You might be surprised to find out that Bohol is not only known for the Chocolate Hills, the tarsier, or its beautiful beaches and diving spots. It’s also known for its beautiful limestone caves. In fact, here’s a trivia for you: Bohol is also called the “cave country”. Its many caves are in fact the reason why the island is named ‘Bohol’—derived from the word ‘boho’, which means ‘hole’.
Among the well-known caves in Bohol is the Francisco Dagohoy Cave, which once was the headquarters of Bohol patriot Fransisco Dagohoy, after whom the cave has been named. There are at least 30 caves in each of the towns in Bohol, and many of them are yet to be explored. So if you’re in for some cave exploring, then travel to Cave Country! Book your package tour to Bohol today and see why it’s always ‘more fun in the Philippines!’
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