I am currently on a whole new adventure in the Philippines. Visiting my 24th country and half way around the world, I have been blown away by the landscapes and hospitality of the Filipino culture.
One of my first island stops was in Bohol. Known for the chocolate hills and Tarsiers, this island was incredible and should be on the top of everyone’s list looking to visit.
Here are my top experiences you should have when you visit Bohol:
- Visit the Chocolate Hills – while the hills are not chocolate colored right now, they do turn a chocolate color at a different time of the year – right now they are lush green. There are more than 1200+ hills and you can see as far as the eyes will allow. They look like small round shaped hills, or as my tour guide said “women’s breasts.” He was right and did not say it offensively – it was his best way of describing them and he did well.
- See the Tarsiers – these cute little animals are nocturnal and sleep during the day. If you happen to find one with their eyes open you can see just how cute they are!
- Take in a sunset – I mean, you are in a Paradise!
- Visit the oldest church – The Church of Baclayon – The church is being renovated as it sustained major damage during an earthquake in 2013. You can still go inside and see how magnificent the alter is, which didn’t suffer any damage at all. It’s quite spectacular really.
- Try UBE – jam, gelato, anything – UBE is where its at! Filipinos have taken this purple yam that is sweet and made it into all kinds of desserts. This is one thing you should not pass up.
- Take a lunch boat cruise on the Loboc River – Buffet style dining on this man made boat that takes you down the Loboc River while listening to live music and seeing gorgeous views of the lake. This was one of my favorite things to experience in Bohol. The river is this stunning color of green and the food was delicious.
- Visit Panglao Beach – with its white sand and glistening hues of blue and turquoise it will be easy to spend a day or two here
- Visit the Butterfly Garden
- Bohol can be reached by flight – I flew with Philippines Airline through Manila and it was about $75 each way
- Finding a tour guide for the day will not be hard – but book in advance to secure a spot with someone
- The day tours are ALL day – pack good walking shoes and be prepared for stairs