They say travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer and I strongly agree. Good thing I live in an island where pristine beaches are just a ride away and natural wonders are everywhere. Ladies and gentlemen, fellow hodophiles, welcome to Bohol!
In case you haven’t heard of it, Bohol is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region. It comprises of the main island and numerous smaller surrounding islands. This place is known for its white sand beaches and world-famous Chocolate Hills but let me tell you something, Bohol has more to offer. Here is my list of the must see places in Bohol from a Boholana’s point of view.
You’ve probably seen tons of pictures of it in your elementary Sibika at Kultura days and it’s the first thing that comes in to your mind when you hear of the province, Bohol. Yes, it’s beautiful and mesmerizing in those post cards, pictures and videos but you know what? It’s even more picturesque in person.
It is perhaps Bohol’s main attraction. There are at least 1,260 unique mound shaped hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi) throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. Perfect, isn’t it?
Bilar Man-made Forest
Have you ever wanted to feel like Bella and Edward in that famous forest scene in Twilight? Well, this place is perfect for you. This is a 2km stretch man made Mahogany Forest located in the borders of the towns, Bilar and Loboc. Once you enter the forest, you will immediately feel the drop of temperature due to the dense forest and it’s also dark since the trees block the sun. You will really feel like you’re in Forks, Washington. (sorry, another twilight reference J)
Of course, we all know salt water heals all wounds or is it just me? Bohol has several white sand beaches and most of them are in the Panglao island. Panglao is where the famous resorts are located.
If you got the money, you can have your staycation at luxury resorts like Hennan, Bellevue, Be Resort, Eskaya and more. But if you are financially challenged like me, there are also tons of budget-friendly hotels and inns around the island.
For people who want to have some fun and drinks along the shore, we also have a so called “little Boracay” and it is in Alona beach. Alona Beach is a one kilometer and a half stretch of white sand where restaurants are located. I know my description is not really inviting but hey, just look at these pictures.
As I’ve mentioned in the first part of this article, Bohol is composed of islands and these islands should be checked out. We have several must see islands such as the sandbar known as virgin island (Pontod), Balicasag and Pamilacan island. These island have white sand beaches and perfect for snorkeling and diving too. You can also check out the dolphins and swim with the turtles. The island hopping fee is cheap too! Here’s a recent video of the Virgin Island.
Bohol Bee Farm
Have you ever wondered what a bougainvillea tastes like? Well, this is where you will know. The farm is also located in Panglao Island and the place is very relaxing. You can visit the farm with no entrance fee, try their famous organic ice cream and dine in their restaurant which has perfect view of the sea. The farm is perfect for people who want to chill and relax.
Sea of Clouds
This place proves my theory that sunrise is as beautiful as sunset. This is a kilometer-long viewing deck on top of the Laguna Hill in Barangay Concepcion, Danao. The place is magical. I am still in awe of the place so I am a bit loss for words so you just better check the pictures below or see it personally because pictures don’t do it justice.
The Hanging Bridge in Sevilla
Some of you have seen “Dolce Amore” and may be familiar with the place already. The bridge spans around 40 meters and offers a great view of the emerald Sipatan River below. The place is a go-to shooting spot for TV shows and movies as well as prenup photoshoots.
The Churches and historical spots
Maybe this is a bit biased since I love old and historical places but this should be checked out. Eventhough some of the churches in Bohol were ruined by the 2013 earthquake (my personal favorite, Loon church included), several churches still stand. It’s worthy to note that these churches were made in the Spanish era so you’re in a place where our ancestors built by hand, sweat and blood. Can you feel that connection?
The Adventure Parks
Bohol is not just about natural wonders. We also have places for thrill-seeking people. We have adventure parks that have ziplines, bungee jump, zorbs and even clear glass walkway and because I am not a one of these aforementioned adrenaline junkies, I only tried ATV in the foot of Chocolate hills. It was a fun experience and I will definitely recommend it.
Annnnddd that’s it! Well, there’s more like falls, rivers, gardens and other attractions but I’ve never been there and I don’t want to lie and recommend something you’ll regret. There’s also a floating restaurant in Loboc and Loay that you must try too though!
I am not saying this because I am from Bohol but this place is certainly a paradise for me and I would like to show the world how beautiful my province is.
So if you would like to visit the places I have mentioned and explore new places in my province with me, you can send me a message on this page or you can contact 0977 255 9330. Always remember that it’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.