- Chocolate Hills
Located in Central Visayas, Bohol is an island famous for its well preserved natural environment. The island’s reigning pride are the world-famous Chocolate Hills, its little islands surrounded by white sand beaches, and Tarsier- the world tiniest primate. Considering its features Tarsier has been calculated a confusion of normal primates’ evolution. Characterized by its bizarre looks, this timid creature with big bright round eyes unfortunately faces the threat of extinction. Their habitat are destroyed and have these animals sold to mostly unwitting foreigners for souvenirs. Other distinct animals that also are suffering from this local ignorance are the lovely flying lemurs.
Apart from strips of white sand beaches, chocolate hills and Tarsier, touring the interiors of Bohol will give you sights of historic edifices built with strong European influence, lavishly designed with
carvings and painted ceilings. With a few efforts to exert, these magnifique sights of Bohol are enough to comprise a worthwhile touring vacation.
Motor biking is the easiest and the most exciting way to see these classic landmarks. If you are staying in Panglao Island, resorts’ staff are best source of information regarding bike rentals. When you reach Loboc town, don’t miss to pass by "nuts huts", a hidden restaurant resort up in the mountains overlooking Loboc River and Busay Falls. The ride can be tough and tricky but as soon as you get there, you will see what its worth. Then follow the road to Chocolate Hills. This trip gives you sights of sleepy towns, rolling hills, green fields, rivers and dark roads amidst thick forest.
White-sand beaches and nearby reefs inhabited by thousands of tropical fishes obviously account for the island’s invincible fame for water activities. The richness of Bohol’s marine life sited nearby Panglao Island is world-known destination both for beginners and advance divers. Even for swimming in its prestine water or simply walking on its sugar-like sand bars are just enough reasons to visit Bohol. Among these known destinations is Panglao Island, which has nice resorts, lively bars and delightful restaurants scattered along its wide strips of whitesand beaches. See Points Of Interest for details on adventure activities in Bohol.
- Panglao Island
Geographic Description: Bohol is an island located in the Visayas, south-central Philippines, and lies between the Camotes Sea (north) and Bohol Sea (south). It has an area of 3,864 sq/km with mainly coastal settlement except the town of Carmen, which is surrounded by a low central plateau. Its volcanic core is mostly covered by coralline limestone. The rivers are short and there are few good anchorages. The spectacular Chocolate Hills or Haycock Hills are named for their brown appearance during dry season. They are limestone remnants of an earlier erosion cycle, a phenomenon known to be present in only two or three other places in the world.
To get there, PAL, and other local airlines have regular flights from Manila to Tagbilaran. Another option is via Cebu but you will have to spend 20 mins by car From Mactan Airport to the Supercat Terminal and 90 mins by Phil. Fast Ferry Corp. to Tagbilaran. And 30 mins more by car if heading to Panglao Island.
Visiting old centuries churches, motor biking around the island, visiting the famous chocolate hills, enjoying the white sand beaches of Panglao Island, Bar hopping in Panglao and scuba diving. Caving as well is recommended to do in this island.