Bohol autCredit: WikiPediaomatically brings to mind the famous Chocolate Hills. But did you know that there is more to Bohol than being the third National Geological Monument in the Philippines and a candidate to be a UNESCO World Heritage list?
Tarsier and Butterfly
Bohol is also home to the Philippine tarsier which can be spotted in the Philippine Tarsier Foundation of Corella, Bohol. Aside from tarsiers, you’ll also love butterflies at the Butterfly Garden of Bilar.
Aside from these, you’ll also enjoy everything else which the province has to offer including beaches, dive sites, resorts, arts and culture, historical destinations, local industries, and modern day adventure options.
E.A.T. Danao or or Extreme, Eco, Educational Adventure Tour is your Bohol escapade tour opportunity. Danao Park, which was historically used by Francisco Dagohoy, the province’s local hero who led the longest revolt from 1744 to 1829 during the Spanish colonization, is now the venue for thrill seekers to enjoy sky rides, river related activities, climbing, rappelling, caving, camping, and tours to farm lands and villages.
Sky rides include the sky ride (cable), ziplet (zip line), plunge (free fall 45 meters below), and Suislide (a combination of a slide and zip line). River activities include trekking, kayaking, and tubbing through a river. Climbing and rappelling is made possible through artificial rock walls and mountain roots. Participants will also camp, visit caves, and drop by Aproniana Souvenir Shop, a popular souvenir store located in Baclayon, Bohol.
Local Industry and Manmade Products
Loay is also worth visiting. Here, you can watch natives make hatches and roof materials made of ‘nipa,’ a local palm tree. Loay is also the starting point for the now becoming popular Loboc River Cruise. Manmade structures that are also worth your visit include the mahogany forest of Bilar and the hanging bridge of Sevilla.
Dive sites of Balicasag and Cabilao are world known. The former is relatively close to the reefs of Panglao, an island which offers scuba diving, snorkeling, and other underwater diving locations. The same island is popular for its white sand beaches including Alona, Bagobo, Bolod, Danao, Doljo, and Momo. Dauis features another line of beaches which include Bingag, Bikini, and Dao. Bingag allows you water activities like sailing, rowing, skiing, and kayaking, among others. Dao on the other hand boasts of famous resorts.
Going back to Panglao, you’ll find the Hinagdanan Cave. The name is derived from the word ‘hagdan,’ which means ladder due to a ladderized human path built to lead tourist towards a pond in the middle of the cave. You’ll also love the breathtaking view of Mag-aso falls and its 25 feet free fall height.
Historically, Bohol records the longest Philippine revolt against the Spaniards as mentioned earlier. You will also find the Napoleon Abueva (a national artist in the Philippines) monument depicting the blood compact between Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Datu Sikatuna of Bohol during the pre-Spanish conquest era (March 16, 1565). The old Baclayon church is also a historical wonder as it is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The same applies to ancient homes such as the Clarin Ancestral house of Loay built in 1840 and yet still surviving today.
Another wonder is the Punta Cruz Watchtower of Maribojoc which was built in 1796. Its windows open doors to an incredible view of Cebu, Siquijor, and even Mindanao.
But if you’re really after the famed hills, try a view of it from a resort called Sagbayan Peak located from a town with the same name.