Philippines : Bohol, l'île aux collines de chocolat
Bohol Philippines Tourist Spots: The Best of Bohol (Philippines)
Join us as we rediscover Bohol through Stand Up Paddling (SUP) across the Loboc River, fearlessly Bike Zipping across a picturesque view of the Chocolate Hills, Dolphin watching in Pamilacan, Snorkeling in Balicasag Reef Sanctuary, and enjoying the beautiful beaches of Anda.
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The 2013 earthquake may have caused serious damage to Bohol’s popular churches and structures, but that doesn’t stop tourists from coming as there is more to Bohol than its Chocolate Hills, cute tarsiers, and old churches.
1. SUP TOURS PHILIPPINES
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the latest eco-adventure in the Philippines. And if you ever find yourself down south in Bohol, don’t miss the chance to paddle for 8kms across the Loboc River, one of the biggest rivers in the island.
Here, you’ll get to experience local Boholano culture and natural sceneries from a unique vantage point–by gliding on water! You can even watch magical fireflies at night on a SUP board.
Touring Bohol by SUP is a different experience. We glided through the waters and enjoyed nature where no cars or motorbikes could take us.
2. UNDISCOVERED ANDA
Anda is known for the best white beaches in Bohol. The public beach area in Anda is still not developed but there are exclusive cliff resorts with beautiful secluded coves.
We just visited on a day trip and got a preview of the beach, the resort, and the food and were impressed by what we saw.
We’ll definitely be back to do a full feature on Anda, Bohol.
3. DOLPHIN WATCHING, BALICASAG, AND ISOLA DI FRANCESCO TOUR
One of the must-do activities in Bohol is watching the dolphins swim in their natural habitat near Pamilacan Island.
It’s recommended to get the Bohol Island hopping tour from the resort you’re staying at, but you can also book a boat elsewhere depending on how big your group is. We prefer the island hopping speed boats used by Bellevue Resort, which are ideal for getting close to the dolphin action and are much faster than the bangkas.
Snorkeling in the small Balicasag Island Sanctuary off the coast of Panglao, Bohol with a healthy and preserved coral reef full of fishes and even sea turtles!
5. UNIQUELY BOHOL FOOD EXPERIENCES
The Buzzz Cafe is the retail store and cafe of Vicky Wallace’s Bohol Bee Farm, with 3 branches in Bohol and one in Cebu.
The Alona Beach branch is popular for its healthy breakfast, a great view of Alona Beach, and its uniquely-flavored homemade ice creams. We love their healthy breakfast choices, the use of honey in their butter and sauces, and their unique ice cream flavors. Their meats are a bit tough.
I love the prices of the dishes (just around P200-300/dish). Budget about P600/head when dining here.
Osang’s Homemade Broas
Henann Resort Bohol
Broas or ladyfingers are simply made of egg, sugar, and flour.
Osang’s Broas are traditionally baked in a pugon (charcoal) oven and still use the original recipe. Make sure to order in advance as they only make enough batches per day as to not waste ingredients.
The broas (P100 per bag) are a perfect pasalubong alternative to the usual peanut kisses.
6. CHOCOLATE HILLS & TARSIERS (A NEW PERSPECTIVE)
A trip to Bohol isn’t complete without having to see the iconic Chocolate Hills, one of the natural wonders of the world.
Chocolate Hills has over 1,247 hills spread out in Carmen Valley and neighboring towns.
Tip: The Chocolate Hills are brown during summer time, which make them look like Chocolate Kisses.
The best place to see the Chocolate Hills is at Carmen view point where we had to walk 214 steps to reach the topmost deck.
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP) is an adventure park with ziplines, tree-top rope courses, and eco-trails.
Conquer your fear with the 550-meter long Bike Zip featuring the picturesque Chocolate Hills as your backdrop.
Take a closer look at the Chocolate Hills and the towns with an ATV ride. The unpaved road and rough terrain make the ride more exciting.
We took the 1-hour tour that includes a guide. Our First stop was the three sisters, where you’ll get the best close up shot of the hill.
Tarsier came from the word Tarsidaee meaning long legs. It is the oldest primate on earth, believed to have existed 45 million years ago before the dinosaurs became extinct.
It has five characteristics :
– Owl-like eyes and nocturnal nature
– Ears as sharp as a bat’s
– A body like a monkey’s
– Tail like a mouse’s
– Legs like a frog’s that enable it to jump 3 meters from one branch to another.
They are considered endangered species because they are only able to produce one baby a year. They are very sensitive and have suicidal tendencies when caged by humans or brought to other places where they are not used to the weather.
The tarsiers we saw were kept in a mini-forest where they are able to stay in their natural habitat. "Source photo d'illustration : Opodo