Bohol, a province in the Philippine’s Central Visayas Region is a tourist haven that has lots to offer. Considered by many as one of the most eco-rich as well as iconic destinations in the country, it draws both international and local tourists alike who want to relax and unwind in a “green” setting. For starters, the province made a name for itself and became a regular in a myriad of travel packages in the Philippines primarily because of the Chocolate Hills, an area of over 1,700 hills that are spread over 50-square kilometers of land. It should be noted though that there is more to Bohol than these geological formations. But before we get to the details lets take a quick look of the general activities that you can do while there.
If your definition of an ideal trip is enjoying the beauty of nature to the fullest, then Bohol is probably just what the doctor ordered for you. It is filled with countless attractions that are perfect if you want to tap the eco-tourist in you.
Yes, the beauty of nature is Bohol’s top draw, but it also boasts of countless landmarks, historical exhibits, awe-inspiring architecture, and the likes. With these in mind, it is also ideal if you’re a “culture vulture” who wants to discover new things and visit new places.
Are you an adrenaline junkie who’s looking for your next adventure? Then you might want to include Bohol in your travel plans. Why? You ask. Well, because it also features places as well as activities that can satisfy your adrenaline rush. The long list of activities that you can indulge are trekking, backpacking, rappelling, caving, ATV riding, and many others.
Now, that we’ve elaborated the things that you can do while in Bohol, let’s take a more extensive look at the attractions that you can visit while there. Take note that in the succeeding paragraphs, we’re going to focus on Bohol’s natural beauty since it’s a little something that can spice up your getaway.
- Tarsier Sanctuary
Bohol, a bio-diverse place that is filled with tropical rain forests is the natural habitat of Philippine tarsiers (tarsius syrichta), peculiar small nocturnal animals that are known for their cute; big eyes and superb sense of smell. If you want to gain a first-hand experience of this unique animal then you should visit the Philippine Tarsier sanctuary in Corella, a non-profit organization that is specifically established to conserve tarsiers, together with its natural habitat.
- Loboc River
The Loboc River is another major tourist attraction in Bohol; the winding river regularly hosts small boats that double as floating restaurants. While on tour, sightseers can enjoy the river’s rich vegetation that is made up of lush coconut trees, nipa palms, bushes, banana groves, and many others. Other parts of the river are also rich in wildlife that is composed of turtles, wild chickens, as well as pythons.
- Panglao Island
Panglao Island gained notoriety for its white sand beaches such as Doljo Beach, Alona Beach, and Bingag Beach, among others. In addition to all these, the island also showcases interesting geological wonders that include the Hinagdanan cave as well as captivating religious architectures like the Assumption of our Lady Shrine Parish, an institution that became a Parish in the late 1600s. What makes it unique is its accumulated water at the foot of the altar. Furthermore, Panglao Island also has a Spanish watchtower that is one of the oldest Spanish structures in the country.
- Simply Butterflies Conservation Center
Simply Butterflies Conservation Center houses a butterfly garden (of over 60 species of butterfly) as well as a restaurant. It is the first butterfly livelihood breeding program in Bohol and its primary objective is to protect the province’s butterfly population program via breeding, releasing, and plant research, among other similar scientific approaches. The conservation center is found in the municipality of Bilar and within close proximity from the Bohol Man-made Forest.
- Bohol Man-made Forest
The Bohol Man-made Forest is a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees that deliver a kaleidoscope of lush green foliage. Aside from mahoganies, different tree species as well as ferns line the road. This man-made area stands out due to its big trees, thick leaves, and thick trunks.
- Bamboo Hanging Bridge
The Bamboo Hanging Bridge in the municipality of Sevilla is a unique tourist attraction that was constructed with the use of a bamboo as well as rope. Nowadays, it is constructed with steel cables that add safety as well as stability. To add, the bridge stretches about 40 meters and gives a fine view of the Sipatan River.
- Batungay Cave
The Batungay Cave in Santo Tomas Barangay is found in the remote part of the town of Trinidad. Located about eight kilometers from the town proper, it spans approximately 700 meters underneath two solid rocks that are named Batungay twin peak. Inside the cave is a steady flow of crystal clear waters, coralline stalactites, and stalagmites that appear like massive curtains, chandeliers, and tables, among others.
- Pamilican Island
Pamilican Island is a part of the Bohol Marine Triangle, which is a marine sanctuary that is the habitat to more than 11 species of whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures. Some of the species that you can have a first hand experience of are sperm whales, Bryde whales, blue whales, and pilot whales, just to name a few.
- Can-umantad Falls
Can-umantad Falls is an amazing as well as stunning waterfall that is the tallest in Bohol with a height of 60 feet. It’s clean and is made up of clear as well as cold water that may entice you to have a swim. The waterfall is also ideal for picnics and trekking.
There you have it, a couple of the attractions as well as activities that you can enjoy if you decide to include Bohol in your travel plans. As you can see, it basically has everything you need if you want a vacation that is just one for the books. So, if you’re tired of your usual weekend or weeklong escapade, then you should seriously consider going to Bohol.
How about you? Do you have a Bohol experience that you want to share? Do you have some tips and pointers to first-timers out there who want to make sure that their getaway is well worth their time, money, and effort? Give us a shout at our comments section.