Top 10 things to do in Bohol
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The Philippines is truly blessed with many amazing islands that you could ever set your eyes on. The best part is that a good number are still left untouched, retaining its natural beauty and glam. Bohol is one of the unspoiled places in the country, with a handful of islets that comprises the province, and the good number of breathtaking spots. Having mentioned that, there are also tons of things that you can do in this merry little place. So, here are the top ten things you can do in the alluring island of Bohol.
1. Wide Eye Groufie with Tarsiers
Tarsier in Bohol
Who wouldn’t love to take pictures with these adorable wide-eyed creatures? Dubbed to be among the smallest primates on Earth, these tree hugging mammals are such a sight. They’re featured in lots of blogs, they seem to be the trademark of Bohol, so would it not be worth it to have some shots with them?
Local NGOs in charge of the welfare of these creatures are quite strict when it comes to human contact. Tarsiers are among the endangered species in the country, so there’s no doubt that there are a number of rules to follow.
Also Read: Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
2. Fall in Love with Chocolate Hills
Bohol Chocolate Hills
Apart from the fluffy creatures hanging by the trees, Bohol is also quite famous for the Chocolate Hills. With over a thousand mounds of Earth filling the vast expanse of an area in Laoay, Bohol, the Chocolate Hills attracts people from every corners of the world every single year to revel at its unique appearance.
It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the majestic beauty of these verdant hills. They turn green as the rainy season come in, and then brown during summer. So what are you waiting for?
3. Spread the love, bring home Pasalubong from Bohol
Picture small versions of the chocolate hills made into a peanut buttery snack and you get Peanut Kisses, an ingenious snack made from peanuts and eggs. You can also try Osang’s Broas, this crunchy ladyfingers is best paired with hot chocolate.
Broas from Bohol
A lot of tourists love to bring them home as pasalubongs for their loved ones. So why not bring a pack home yourself? They are available in several department stores in Bohol.
4. River cruising
Loboc River Cruise
Don’t you love it when you’re cruising with the ones you love? Rivers can really be quite relaxing to marvel at, and at Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park, you don’t just get to cruise the Loboc River but you also get to be serenaded and served with a filling meal at the same time. Wouldn’t that be such a romantic thing to do?
5. Plunge into the deep
Philippines is blessed with a dozen of diving and snorkeling sites. The rich marine fauna and flora are all worth diving for! The best part is that you get to choose from a wide array of diving sites all around the island.
Dive Sites in Bohol
There’s Balicasag Island, where you get to meet and greet large sea turtles, then there’s Cabilao Island with its underwater caves, Pamilacan Island for the soft corals, and Panglao Island for the frogfish and piperfish. Take your pick!
6. Find a Hidden Gem
Finding a hidden gem is quite an adventure. It’s never easy an easy deal. Now picture it hidden in a lush forest, with some enormous boulders, and rough terrain. This is probably one of the biggest reasons why getting to the Can-umantad Falls is such a challenge. Can-umantad is Bohol’s gem.
Can-umantad Falls photo by Candijay-Bohol.gov.ph
This falls offers beautiful scenery with the thick vegetation surrounding the area. The view along the trail going to it alone is quite mesmerizing already. It offers cool and clean water where you can take a dip after the long walk going here. There are several spots that would offer you a good angle for taking photograph as your souvenir.
7. Walk while you’re swinging
Yes walk while you’re swinging, you’ve read it right. How is this possible you ask, well, that’s through treading the hanging bridge in Loboc. The short bridge is made of light materials, particularly that of bamboo. The bridge hangs above the river, which adds even more thrill to the challenge.
Hanging Bridge in Loboc Bohol by Gabriel via Flickr
It’ll be a short walk, and it’s a nice spot for some photo-ops. The bridge alone is a marvel in itself, as it’s brilliant engineering makes it passable. Just a word of advice though, it starts swinging when you start walking, so hang on tight, and feel the excitement rush into your veins.
8. Be mystified
Bohol is quite also known for the Mystifying Lamanoc Island which is located in Anda, Bohol. Tourists don’t much about this place before, but as the years go by, more and more people are coming here to experience the island.
Visiting the Mystical Caves of Lamanoc Island
The island is dotted with Balete tree, which we has quite a reputation with horror stories in the Philippines. Further than that, the island was used in the olden days as a place of ritual, now wouldn’t that be something cool to check out?
9. Feel the adrenaline rush!
Ah, nothing beats a good old adrenaline rush especially when visiting a new place. Bohol, with the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park has some crazy and wild adventures waiting for you. It’s a nature park that offers accommodations and tons of rides that would stick with you forever.
Bike Zipline at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
As how they say it in Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, “You don’t pay for the ride, you pay for the experience!”
*Danao Adventure Park is undergoing rehabilitation as of this writing
10. Pray for thanks
church in dauis bohol
As we may all recall, most of the churches here in Bohol have been damaged by the earthquake that struck the visayan island last October 2013. Some of the iconic structures that withstood time were turned into rubble. But this doesn’t mean that faith should falter, Boholanos did not falter, and so should we, so even with the absence of some churches, we can visit other remaining churches that are still open for everyone. While we are waiting for the restoration of some historic churches, we should at least say thanks for our safe and happy trip in this quaint little province.
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