Thursday, January 9, 2014

Travel: Bohol

Bohol is a first income class island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. With a land area of 4,117.26 square kilometres (1,589.68 sq mi) and a coastline 261 kilometres (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. To the west of Bohol is Cebu, to the northeast is the island of Leyte and to the south, across the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.

 The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formations, is the most popular attraction. The formations can be seen by land (climbing the highest point) or by air with ultralight airplane tours. Panglao Island, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world. The Philippine Tarsier, considered the second-smallest primate in the world, is indigenous to the island. (info from Wikipedia)

It was February of 2012 when we visited the Cultural Island of Bohol.  A friend of mine and I were selected as the delegation head of our chapter for SFC International Conference that time. One of our responsibilities (other than making sure all the delegates are registered, have their conference kits with them, have their own hotel room to stay in, and transportation to the conference location and back to hotel), is to arrange a post-conference side trip to tourist spots.

This blog entry is almost 2 years late. Around this time in 2012, we were calling a lot of people to fix everything before our group flies to Bohol. I hope I remember everything that happened those days.

Our Bohol side trip started right after the conclusion of SFC International Conference. We went straight ahead to Loboc for lunch in one of the River Cruise boats.

Loboc Church. One of the many century old churches in Bohol that was destroyed last October 2013

We had a quick stop in Bohol’s Man Made Mahogany Forest

The main attraction in Bohol, the countries third National Geological Monument, the Chocolate hills. There are at least 1,260 hills scattered in more than 50 square kilometers of land. This is one of the breath taking views I’ve ever seen.

After tiring our eyes on counting the chocolate hills, we went to the Tarsier sanctuary.

Our last stop on our half day tour was in Baclayon Church.

Some of our delegations were scheduled to fly back to Manila the next day while some of us transferred to a resort in Panglao beach to continue our 2 more days of stay in the Island.

We woke up early the next day for our first activity.

We had lunch in Bohol Town proper then we went back to Baclayon Church.

We went back to Baclayon Church to see what it looks from the inside. We were not able to enter the church the day before.

Bohol Bee Farm is a nature-inspired resort on top of a cliff in Panglao island. This is a place where you can relax and enjoy the view and the organic food. I highly recommend their Malunggay Ice cream. Visit their website for accommodation, products and tour packages at

What I love about Bohol is the hospitality of the locals. Not like in some tourist spots in the country, the locals here in Bohol are very hospitable and friendly not only to foreigners but to local tourists as well. If you are planning a vacation this year, I highly recommend that you go to Bohol. Other than experiencing the best of Bohol, you can help them rebuild what was taken away from them by the 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake last year.

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