The island (and province) Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills, but it has a lot more to offer – like beautiful beaches, cute tarsiers, floating restaurants, or old churches.
Bohol may have a lot to offer to its visitors, but it is famous for only one thing: The Chocolate Hills.
These hills are usually green, but they become chocolate-brown in the dry season. When they are brown, they look like giant chocolates – hence the name Chocolate Hills.
Unfortunately, when we visited the dry season was over, and the hills were green again, albeit with a few brown spots.
Tarsiers are small nocturnal primates with large eyes. They are hard to spot in the wild, as they are shy and are only active at night.
If you want to see tarsiers, your best bet is one of the tarsier parks on the island. Here you are not only guaranteed to see them, you can even hold one.
Floating restaurants on Loboc River
A popular attraction on Bohol are the floating restaurants on Loboc River. Board one of the many river vessels and enjoy lunch or dinner while floating on the river. Pictured is a Filipino buffet lunch on one of the vessels.
There is entertainment along the river in the form of traditional Bohol folk music and dance. Most boats will stop at one of these entertainment groups so that you can enjoy the show, take a few beautiful photos – and leave a generous tip, as these people entertain you for a living and are paid by tips.
Beaches on Panglao Island
Panglao is a small island near Bohol. You can reach it by bridge. The island has beautiful sandy beaches, and a range of resorts, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. It is also a good place for many water activities.
If you are able to get up (very) early, you should go dolphin watching! Your hotel or resort can probably make arrangements.
The church of Baclayon
There are many old churches on Bohol. The oldest on the island, and one of the oldest of the country, is the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon.
If you have time, visit the convent next to the church: It houses a small but interesting church museum.
Blood Compact Monument
In 1565, Spanish colonizer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and local chieftain Sikatuna signed a treaty that is now known as the blood compact. According to the locals, this was the first friendship treaty in the world between people of different races.
The treaty is still celebrated annually with a festival.