I Got a chance to visit Bohol for the first time, it was a weekend of fun and relaxing experience. Bohol Province is the 10th largest island of the Philippines. It is an oval-shaped island province located in Central Visayas. Tourism on this attractive, idyllic and scenic island has begun to develop. The world-renowned Chocolate Hills can be found in the province.
How to get to Bohol! the best way is by air, AirAsia flies Manila to Tagbilaran and vice-versa. For more information please check out their website: http://www.airasia.com/.
Most of time I choose AirAsia because they have the lowest rate, and their airbus looks really nice and the cabin looks really clean and their staff are really accommodating and they really attend to passengers needs.
My Travel buddies
Our flight from Manila to Tagbilaran airport took only 70mins. and the landing was really smooth even though that the landing strip from the Tagbilaran Airport is a bit short.
The best way to spend your weekend in Bohol is to visit it’s popular tourist spots and I tell you there are a lot of them. But what I love about Bohol is their beaches they have such a lovely beach and you just want to stay there and relax, but that’s another story.
First Stop is Tarsier Tour.
Want to meet the Tarsier man, the place to visit is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Incorporated located at Km. 14, Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol.
Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Tarsiers are arboreal. They live in and around the base of tree trunks and the roots of plants such as bamboo. They can occasionally be found in holes are at the top of trees.
Carlito Pizarras (Tarsier Man) informed us that Tarsier can get easily distracted and stressed and they have a high tendency to commit suicide, so he told us to be extra quiet and not to use flash on our cameras.
Next Stop is Chocolate Hills.
It is probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction, The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres. They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high.
There are about 4 lengends on how the Chocolate Hille came to be. One of them is, two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.
Stairs to viewing deck at Sagbayan Peak!
The Cholocate Hills are declared a National Geologic Monument, to experience the geological wonder visit Sagbayan Peak!
Me and John Enjoying the View of the Chocolate Hills
Lobok Man-Made Forest
On Route to the Chocolate Hills id this passage through a forest of tall Mahogany. This man-made mahogany forest is a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns
The reforestation plan started during the administration of Governor Conrado Marapao in 1947, which was continued by the next administrations. The plan became the Loboc Watershed Reforestation Project (LWRP), which was launched in December 1953 consisting 19,410 hectares of land.
The Bilar Man-Made Forest areas are managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Next on the list is Sta Monica Church.
It was already past 5pm and still there places to visit, soout next stop was to visit one of the oldest church in Bohol the Santa Monica Parish Church of Alburquerque its one of the Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines.
The church was partially damaged when a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol last October 15, 2013.
It’s Currently undergoing repair, with the help form the local municipality and donations coming from its communities and families.
Awesome Comfort Room of Shell Gas Station in Bohol
Going around Bohol the whole day is really tiring but a great experience, so its take some time-off and find a clean rest room, and guess what Bohol have to offer, it’s a gas station that provide first class rest room.
Owned by Rex Carampatana, the Shell Gas Station at JA Clarin, Tagbilaran, Bohol is now now popular due to it’s first class Comfort Room, not only that customers can do his/her personal thing, the interior of the restroom is really a class of its own.
Not only that, they also have a function room with karaoke, customers who purchase 500 worth of fuels get a free 1 hour use of the facilities.
In one day we we’re able to see what Bohol have to offer to its visitors, but this is just some of the places that you can visit there are a lot more. Next on my list is to enjoy the sand, beaches and the food of Bohol. Watch out for it..