Bohol Guide: discovering the island of chocolate hills

The guide of Bohol: discovering the island of chocolate hills. All the useful information.


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In the boundless archipelago of the Philippines there is an island that resembles a fantastic place, that seems to come out from a fairy tale. We are talking about Bohol, located in the Central Visayas region, north of the larger island of Mindanao.

The vast archipelago of the Philippines is full of amazing surprises, with many places to discover. For some years tourism has grown, as well as opportunities to visit places hitherto little known.

Among the places to visit in the Philippines there is the island of Bohol, located in the province of the same name, whose capital is the city of Tagbilaran. On the island, visitors are greeted by a charming and lush landscape, typical of a tropical environment. The uncontaminated nature and the friendliness of its residents, make Bohol an unmissable place for all those who want to visit Southeast Asia, leaving the best known routes.

Colonized by Spain at the end of the 16th century, the island retains many Spanish influences in its local traditions, from music and folk dances to cuisine. At the time of the Spanish-American War in 1898 Bohol was occupied by the United States, which established it as a separate province in 1917. During World War II, it was occupied by the Japanese and then liberated towards the end of the conflict. When the American occupation ceased, Bohol became a full-fledged part of the Republic of the Philippines.

The beauty of the island is due to a very special landscape, which already in the names of places intrigues and awakens in adults memories of dreams and fantasies of children. We are talking about the famous Chocolate Hills, a wide geological formation which extends for about 50 square kilometers and includes at least 1,260 roundish hills covered by grass, which during the dry season becomes brown in color, hence the name Chocolate Hills.

When they don’t take on the typical chocolate coloring, the hills can resemble many marzipan cakes that stand out against a landscape as far as the eye can see. A very curious scenario and at the same time evocative. The Chocolate Hills are included in the territory of the cities of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan.

Another feature of Bohol is also represented by the fauna present on the island. Among all the animals to admire one deserves special mention, it is the Tarsier, the Fillippine Tarsier. It is a curious nocturnal animal with a long tail and large eyes that can be observed in the nature reserves of Loboc Tarsier Sanctuary and Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, in the village of Corella, with guided tours.

The island of Bohol, finally, is not only hills, tropical forests and lush vegetation, on the coast there are beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, where you can lie in the sun and dive in the sea. In short, it is a fairytale place in every sense, where you absolutely must go on vacation.

For all the tourist information about the island of Bohol we refer to this page: www.bohol.ph

 

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