Bohol is blessed by nature with luscious sceneries. With its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, it remains to be one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Furthermore, it is also rich in history which is depicted through old churches, ruins, and monuments. Bohol may only seem a tiny island in Visayas, but there are endless of itineraries that can be made for a day trip or two.
Bohol is famously known for the Chocolate Hills. During summer, due to the dry season, the hills are brown in color, thus the name. There are approximately 1260 hills spreading over an estimated area of 50 square kilometers; truly an astonishing sight to behold. It is located in Carmen, Bohol.
The Tarsier, dubbed as the smallest monkey in the world, is also well-known in Bohol. Tarsiers are nocturnal creatures having their eyes as their trademarks. They are also capable of turning their heads 360 degrees. They can be found mostly in Loboc.
Accordingly, the Loboc River is also one of the famous tourist attractions in the island. Touring the river is possible through the floating restaurants. Tourists will also be serenaded with local folk music by a choir while enjoying sumptuous meals afloat the cruise.
Bohol’s man-made forest can also be found along Loboc and Binar towns’ boundary. It is composed of Mahogany trees stretching 2 kilometers long.
Adjacent to Loboc, in a town named Bilar, is where the Butterfly Garden is situated. The Garden is home to over a hundred butterflies. Approximately 60 species among them are native to the island. Although a tourist attraction and can be gone to for rest and recreation purposes, the Butterfly Garden’s main purpose is to fortify the habitat of butterflies in the area through breeding and conservation.
Another destination can be found across Panglao Island. Hinagdanan Cave is known for its stalactites and stalagmites, namely rock formations that hang from and rise from the floor of caves respectively. The cave is naturally lit by sunlight through the holes on the roof. It is also comprised of a pool at the bottom which tourists are not recommended to bathe in.
The Blood Compact Shrine, also known as Sandugo, can be found in Bohol’s capital, Tagbilaran. The Sandugo symbolizes a significant moment in history – the friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards. It was among the chieftain of Bohol, Datu Sikatuna, and Spanish explorer, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.
Meanwhile, Loboc, Baclayon, Loay, Dauis, Maribojoc, and Loon churches are among the centuries-old structures in the island that can be visited. These churches not only represent the history of the Filipinos’ culture, but also, and most especially, how faith was instilled in Filipinos and how it still constitutes a major part in the daily lives of the people.
Lastly, Bohol is blessed with world-class shorelines. Beaches around Panglao are the most recommended and are said to be worth every penny.
With the above mentioned in mind, the trip is surely going to be one for the books.