Underrated Yet Breathtaking Attractions In Bohol
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Bohol, Philippines — Yearning for an extraordinary adventure in Bohol? Want to see the wonders of the province through the eyes of a local adventurist? Guess what? There’s more to Bohol than its irresistible timeless favorites and classics like the iconic Chocolate Hills and man-made forest. Although I’m born and raised in Cebu, I keep coming back to Bohol, thanks to its underrated and hidden gems. Here’s a short list of some of the underrated yet breathtaking attractions in Bohol.
Alicia Panoramic Park
The Alicia Panoramic Park, or also referred to as Binabaje Hills, is truly a destination that should be on your Bohol travel bucket list. Praised for its surreal natural beauty, the park will wow you with its picture-perfect hills and mesmerizing shades of green. Furthermore, it has lovely sunset and sunrise views, making it a great spot to camp in Bohol. So, for a truly memorable nature escapade, pitch a tent and camp at the Alicia Panoramic Park. As far as I’m concerned, it’, hands down, the finest and most visually appealing attraction in Bohol.
After camping and hiking Binabaje Hills, head to Candijay and indulge on a refreshing experience at Can-Umantad Falls. In addition to its cool and rejuvenating water, the cascade is quite a sight to behold. As the tallest waterfall in Bohol, Can-Umantad dazzles and lures photography junkies with its towering height and rugged charm.
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
From Can-Umantad falls, climb your way up to the wondrous and Instagram-worthy Cadapdapan Rice Terraces. Honestly, it’s not as vast and intricate as the beloved Banaue Rice Terraces. Even so, it’s fairly appealing, charming and will give you the urge to snap dozens of photographs. And, with its unique formation and style, it somehow reminds me of the fabulous and eye-catching rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam.
Danao Sea of Clouds
Want to see something spectacular in Bohol? You don’t have to be a battle-scarred hiker or pro mountaineer to see the majestic sea of clouds in Bohol. In fact, I once saw this stunning natural phenomenon in Bohol with just a pair of slippers. To experience this awe-inspiring spectacle, you’ll just have to take a short hike to Danao’s lovely rolling hills and peaks. Just be sure, though, to be there before the sun rises, to witness this ethereal, jaw-dropping sight. Alternatively, you may pitch a tent there, and stay overnight.
Bohol has no shortage of scenic hilltops. And, one of my favorite hilly spot in Bohol is Himontagon. Nicknamed as “Morning Hills”, this campsite is beloved for its lush landscapes and dramatic sunrise views. If you’re looking for a place to camp and chill in Bohol, Himontagon is the place to go. And, did I mention that it’s free to visit for everyone?
Need a heavy dose of Vitamin Sea or a little salt water therapy? Why not include a stop to Anda to your list of things to do in Bohol? Pristine and laid-back, Anda is a serene haven when you can unwind and have a good frolic on its remarkable turquoise sea and white sandy beaches. What’s more, Anda is a paradise for aquatic explorers, home to a flourishing coral reef with sea turtles, barracuda, and sharks. To top it all off, the town flaunts a fantastic array of cave pools, including Combento Cave Pool and Cabongnaw Cave pool.
Jardin Necitas – Pilar Glowing Garden
With over 18,000 glowing floral lights, Jardin Necitas is a special nighttime attraction in Bohol. While it is best visited at night, the garden looks rather appealing in the morning. After all, the garden is surrounded wondrously with Bohol’s green and booming countryside charms. To me, you should visit the garden when the sun sets.
There’s so many more to see and experience in Bohol. With its wealth of natural wonders, a wide-eyed adventure really won’t run out of things to do in Bohol.