First Time in Bohol

chocolate hills bohol

This trip is a dream come true for me.  Though we had so little time, I made sure that I enjoyed every minute I am still  in BoholYeah, it is my first time so we went to the most popular spots in which everyone are talking about.

Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is the most popular attraction. The island of Panglao, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world. The Philippine Tarsier, considered the second-smallest primate in the world, is indigenous to the island.

Chocolate Hills

considered one of the wonders of the world

When we arrived around 9am, we went straight to Carmen to see the Chocolate Hills for our first destination. The Chocolate Hills is a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical. Estimated to be at least 1,268 individual mounds to about 1,776, these cone-shaped or dome-shaped hills are actually made of grass-covered limestone. The domes vary in sizes from 30 to 50 metres (98 to 160 ft) high with the largest being 120 metres (390 ft) in height. They are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan in Bohol. Bohol’s “main attraction”, these unique mound-shaped hills are scattered by the hundreds on the island’s central plain, concentrated near the town of Carmen.

During the dry season, the precipitation is inadequate such that the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of “chocolate kisses”. The branded confection is the inspiration behind the name, Chocolate Hills.

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center

We then drop by at the Butterfly Conservation Center where we saw different kinds of butterflies. It’s the first butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol. Its main goal is to protect and strengthen the natural environment of the butterflies through plant research, breeding and releasing.

Man Made Forest

We also parked for a while in the road to take some pictures of the Man made forest. It is a  mahogany forest stretching in a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns.

Loboc River Cruise

Around 12noon, we went straight to Loboc to have our lunch on their very well-knowned floating restaurants. It is another must-visit and experience activity in Bohol. Loboc is known for its floating restaurants along the scenic and winding Loboc River. The cruise takes the diners to an hour-long lunch buffet with the great view of the Loboc river. Onbard, a sumptuous Bohol-inspired dishes paired with a pair of musician and singer combo for entertainment.

Tarsier — smallest primate in the world

We  also made sure not to forget to visit our little friends. The Philippine tarsier is very peculiar small animal with enormous eyes. It is no larger than an adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects.

Baclayon Church

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is one of the best presevered Jesuit build churches in the region, although in the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church.

Blood Compact

Blood compact (in Spanish: Pacto de sangre) was a ritual in the Philippines where tribes would cut their wrist and pour their blood into a cup filled with liquid and drink each other’s blood as part of the tribal tradition to seal a friendship, a pact or treaty, or to validate an agreement.
An example of the blood compact was called Sandugo, which took place in the island of Bohol in the 16th century. The ritual was made between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol.

Alona Beach at Panglao

 

After a long day tour we finally decided to take a rest and proceed to  Alona Beach. It is really such a nice place, very relaxing.  The sand is so fine and the water is great too.  We saw a lot of tourists who are having their vacations as well.

Alona Beach is the most beautiful, and surely the most developed beach on Panglao. Located at the Southwest of the island, alona beach is about one and a half kilometers long, lined with nice resorts, a great to stay for a some time, a number of well equiped diving establishments and pleasant places to eat out.

Anyways, I got more pics in my gallery. Check it out! I will be posting next my second trip to Bohol which is full of adventures.  ^___^

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