Bohol is one of the Philippines' most popular and tourist-friendly places. Because of its spectacular and unique features, including the Chocolate Hills, this island province in the Central Visayas region attracts people from all over the world.
The Chocolate Hills, located in Bohol, is a unique geological structure of grass-covered hills that turn brown during the dry season. The tarsiers, one of the world's tiniest primates, live on the island of Bohol.
The province has a long and illustrious history, with churches going back to the time of Spanish colonialism. It has a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities for adventurers. But it is Panglao Island's white-sand beaches, world-class dive locations, and generally laid-back provincial attitude that give Bohol its distinct charm.
Panglao Island and Hinagdanan Cave
Panglao Island, located southwest of Bohol's main island, is home to most of the island's high-end resorts and restaurants. Alona Beach is the most well-known attraction here, with its white sand and crystal-clear sea.
This island is connected to the rest of Bohol by bridges and comprises several smaller islands such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag, all of which are popular destinations for island hopping trips.
Hinagdanan Cave, a naturally lit cavern with a deep lagoon and an underground water source, is another intriguing geological feature on Panglao Island.
Another popular tourist destination in Bohol is the Loboc River. The river flows directly south into the Mindanao or Bohol Sea after taking a westerly path for about 1.5 kilometers (1 mi) in the town of Carmen.
When visiting Bohol, the Loboc River Cruise is a must-do. It includes an hour-long ride aboard floating huts with buffet meals and local folk singers serenading you. River cruises are set against a gorgeous and calm backdrop of a clean and green river lined by coconut trees.
Baclayon Church Ruins
The exquisite heritage churches of Bohol are also well-known. The St. Joseph Cathedral in Tagbilaran City, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, the Santa Monica Church in Albuquerque, the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in Dimiao, the Holy Trinity Church in Loay, and the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Dauis are among the notable churches.
Unfortunately, several structures were damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the island province in 2013, and they are still being rebuilt.