Bohol, Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers, and A Whole Lot of Islands

Chocolate Hills by Jondave Libiran

Bohol is an island province, surrounded by the deep blue waters of Cebu Strait to the north and the Bohol Sea to the south, its provincial capital is Tagbilaran City

Bohol is located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, and it also has an astounding 85 outlying islands that surround its mainland, and it is renowned for its natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture.

One of the most iconic landmarks of Bohol is the Chocolate Hills, a geological formation of more than 1,200 symmetrical mounds spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers. These hills are covered in green grass, which turns brown during the dry season, giving them a chocolate-like appearance, hence their name.

by National Geographic

The province is also home to the tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world. The Philippine tarsier has become a symbol of Bohol and can be seen in sanctuaries dedicated to the conservation of these unique creatures.

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Bohol’s diverse landscape also includes pristine white-sand beaches, such as those found on Panglao Island, which is a popular destination for tourists seeking relaxation and excellent diving spots. The island boasts a rich marine biodiversity, making it a paradise for snorkelers and divers.

The people of Bohol, called Bol-anons, are known for their hospitality and traditional cultural heritage. They celebrate numerous festivals, such as the Sandugo Festival, which commemorates the blood compact between Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain.

Historically, the province played a significant role during the Spanish colonial era, evident in the Spanish architecture and century-old churches dotting the landscape. The Baclayon Church is one of the oldest stone churches in the country, with religious artifacts dating back to the early 16th century.

Two Tarsiers by Mervin Concepcion Vergara

Bohol’s economy is primarily agricultural with rice, coconut, and corn as the main crops, but tourism is rapidly growing and contributing to the socio-economic development of the province.

Visiting Bohol is more than just an experience of its landscape and wildlife; it’s an encounter with history, a brush with a resilient and warm-hearted culture, and an opportunity to see some of the most unique natural wonders of the world.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (


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