Located in the Central Visayas region, Bohol is the central island of the Bohol island province that is made up of a total of 76 islands. The name “Bohol” immediately brings the famous ‘Chocolate Hills’ to one’s mind. Every traveler planning a tour to the Philippines includes the Chocolate Hills to their list of must-visit places. While these eminent hills primarily drive you here, there are a lot of other engaging things to do in Bohol that a day or two is not enough to explore this picturesque island. This beautiful place is also becoming the sought-after destination for water sports and fun activities such as snorkeling, diving, and dolphin watching. From historical landmarks, pristine beaches, rice fields, stunning caves to the sanctuaries of tarsiers, below are a few of the stunning attractions in Bohol.
Gaze at the incredible Chocolate Hills:
The first thing to do in Bohol is unquestionably rushing to this unusual landscape called Chocolate Hills, recognized as the Philippine’s third National Geological Monument. The cone-shaped geological formations sprawled in an area of 50 square kilometers are more than 1200 in number with a height ranging from 30 meters to 120 meters. These otherwise green hills turn chocolate brown in the dry season, due to which they came to be known as Chocolate hills. Climbing 214 steps get you to the viewing deck from where you’ll catch a 360-degree view of these karst hills that just seem to extend as far as an eye can see!
Visit the Philippines’ Second Oldest Stone Church:
The Philippines, being the only Christian nation in Asia with Roman Catholics constituting up to 86% of the population, has historically significant churches on every island. Bohol houses the second-oldest church in the Philippines – Baclayon Church, officially known as The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church. The church facing the sea was made up of coral stones using egg white as binding mortar. There’s also a museum preserving religious artifacts and choir books. Although devastated by an earthquake in recent years, it was completely and beautifully rebuilt.
Go beach hopping on Panglao Island:
How can one miss the white sand beaches of the Philippines? Pangalo island, connected to the island of Bohol by means of a bridge, is the haven for beaches and water sports. It also has the top beach resorts and restaurants. The 1.5 km stretch of white sand alongside the clear blue waters of Alona Beach is perfect for relaxation, and the rich coral reefs near the shore make it ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Enjoy the sunset at the uncrowded Dumaluan Beach, and dive in the waters of Bagobo Beach or Danao Beach.
Swim in the lagoon inside Hinagdanan Cave:
One of the interesting and adventurous things to do in Bohol is caving! Hinagdanan Cave, situated in the municipality of Dauis, is a popular attraction in the Bohol province because of the large-sized stalactite and stalagmite formations adorning the roof of the cave! Once you carefully descend the slippery steps leading into the cave, you’ll see a beautifully clear freshwater lagoon. Swimming in this cave pool is surely going to be a one-of-a-kind experience! The natural cavities in the ceiling allow flashes of sunlight into the cave revealing its beauty.
Visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary:
Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella is another famous attraction in Bohol after the Chocolate Hills. Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) is one of the smallest primates in the world, measuring up to 12 cm (adult one). These rare and endangered species native to Bohol are carefully protected and raised in this sanctuary. You’ll get to watch these tiny creatures closely and learn about their habitat. However, be extra careful not to disturb these nocturnal animals that are commonly seen asleep on the branches of trees!
Apart from these top things to do in Bohol, you must also visit Danao Adventure Park, Pahangog Waterfall, Alona beach, man-made Mahogany Forest, and Camugao Waterfall. If you are planning a long tour, do check out the Panglao Island’s best diving spots, Loboc River Cruise, and never miss the thrilling walk on the hanging bamboo bridges that cross the Sipatan River. Book your flight tickets online with iEagle, and enjoy a great holiday!