Bohol is an island that is best known for the Chocolate Hills : a countless number of almost-identical hills. Yet there are more reasons to visit Bohol. You will find, for example, the striking ‘tarsiers’ and a beautiful river. We share our tips for a perfect stay in Bohol and tell you which activities are not worthwhile.
Day trip to Bohol
We booked a day trip to Bohol ourselves . That was easy and informative in itself, because a guide brought us to the most important sights and could tell us a lot about it. He also arranged access, so we hardly had to wait at popular attractions.
The disadvantage of such an excursion is that you also make some dull stops. For example, we were not so excited about the butterfly garden and we skipped the gift shop. That was not a problem, because we had our own guide. But with a group you probably waste time on places that you do not necessarily need to see.
Are you a bit adventurous and do you want to decide what you see? Then rent a car or take the taxi. The roads on Bohol are fine and the most important hotspots are clearly indicated. Below you will find the places that are definitely worth a visit.
The biggest attraction on Bohol is the Chocolate Hills. Spread over an area of 50 square kilometers, more than 1,200 almost identical hills adorn. They have a height of about 30 to 50 meters. The grass on those hills gets a brown color in the dry season (November to March), which is reminiscent of mountains of chocolate.
According to a local myth, the Chocolate Hills are tears of a giant who could not process the death of his great love. The scientific explanation is slightly less romantic. Although geologists do not fully agree, it is probably a result of limestone erosion.
The most famous viewpoint is the Chocolate Hills Complex . From there you have a good view over a large part of the hills. Near that viewpoint are companies that rent out quads. You can thus very close to the hills and they also good from the ground view.
Big eyes, a small hairy body and a long tail. The ghost animals (in English called tarsiers ) do not sound very cute, but they are. You can only find them in a few places in the world and Bohol is one of them.
The chance that you see them in the wild is excluded. Ghost animals are not much bigger than a human hand and live at night. If you want to see them anyway, you have to go to the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary or the Tarsier Conservation Area . Do not expect much spectacle, because the tarsiers probably hang in a tree. Yet it is special to see them – real or not – in real life.
There is a good chance that you will drive through the Man-Made Forest on the way to one of the ghost animals . Can not miss, because for your feeling you are in a totally different place. The agricultural land suddenly makes way for high mahogany trees.
The forest was planted in 1947 after many trees around the river Loboc were cut down. That now provides a special view. The winding road that runs through the forest is a popular photo stop for tourists. That sometimes goes just fine, because the locals drive a lot.
Sometimes an attraction without a historical background is also nice. Then the Sipatan Twin Bridge offers a solution. These hanging bridges consist mainly of bamboo and are therefore quite rickety. Crossing the river in this primitive way does not really have a function, but is quite entertaining.
Lunch during the River Cruise
A River Cruise is a special experience in every respect. It is great and terrible at the same time. We still do not know what to think of it, but we advise you to do it anyway. That sounds vague, so we like to explain it.
First of all, the concept is separate. The River Cruise is in fact a huge floating buffet restaurant that is pushed forward by a small boat. But then over the beautiful Loboc river.
Unfortunately, the chances are that you will be dropped at a table with other tourists. With a bit of bad luck they are loud smacking Chinese. And although the food is mediocre, most tourists turn into hungry predators as soon as the buffet is opened.
If you can poke through it, it’s a great experience. The view along the way is worth it anyway: you sail past a waterfall, tropical plants and children who take a dip in the water.