There are many places I’d like to go in the Philippines that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to see but I can tell you about them. If you are not here, you may not know about these places at all and you can add them to your list and perhaps to tell me what you saw. I’ll start with places to see in Bohol.
In Bohol, you will find caves, diving, floating restaurants, waterfalls, bicycle riding in the sky, bee farms, old churches, and Spanish built structures from the occupation.
Bohol is an island near Cebu. It is close enough that when it had a major earthquake a couple of years ago, even a few people in Cebu City lost their lives. At the time, I lived in Bogo City and it brought down a large tree in the town square, even there. Bogo is about 100 kilometers (80 miles) north east of Cebu City. A screen shot taken via Google Maps is shown below to help you locate the island.
Bohol is south of Cebu. There has been talk of building a bridge to Bohol which would be nice. I wish I knew how many ferries went to Bohol. I tried to find the number. I’m curious because there have been quite a few ferry accidents between here and Bohol. They often happen near Talisay, another city that I once lived in. Though there are too many of these accidents, one would need to know how many trips there are to draw any real conclusions. There are one or two ferry accidents a year I would guess and there are probably 10 to 20 making the trip each day. I would not be surprised if the number of daily trips is larger than that. It is a bit unnerving though.
Bohol is Mostly Rural Adventure Travel
Bohol is a place to go especially if you like the outdoors. It does have some higher end resorts especially near Tagbilaran City. There are also highly desirable dive locations there. It is often listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Wildlife is also abundant in Bohol. That’s one of my main reason for which I could go.
This is an adorable little gremlin like creature with big eyes that loves to eat grasshoppers. They move slowly until they are ready to seize one and then they move with lighting fast speed.
Two places to see these creatures in the wild are near Corella and Tarsier Conservation Area near Loboc. I would verify they are still in operation as their website was in a bit of disrepair.
Chocolate Hills of Bohol
They are “chocolate” because they are nearly dead. They are brown for only part of the year and the vegetation on them dries out to the point they wilt and turn brown. The time to see the hills in their “chocolate” state is usually from March to May but Bohol does not have a well-defined dry season and it can rain at any time of the year.
Picture credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_Hills
Most people view the Chocolate Hills from an observation post. I’ve never seen anyone actually on these hills.
Floating Restaurants of Bohol
These can be found mostly on the Loboc River and are about an hour jeepney ride from Tagbilaran City. The cost is around P500 or about $10 USD.
The Bee Farm
There is a “Bee Farm” that appears to be interesting to me. I saw a YouTube video several years ago and I’ve wanted to visit there ever since. There is also a “Butterfly Farm” in Bohol.
Other Points of Interest in Bohol
Caves of Bohol
One such cave is the Ka Mira Cave that is said to have abundant stalactites and stalagmites. There are other caves, this one just caught my attention.
There are also various zip lines in Bohol to give you a thrill above the tree tops. I’ve seen a photograph of one that includes a bicycle but I’ve not been able to find out more about it.
Near the town of Bilar there is a dark man made mahogany forest that I would love to see.
At 8:12 a.m. (PST) on October 15, 2013 Bohol was hit by a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake. I felt the quake and remember telling Jessie that was big. It turned out to be worse than I feared. I didn’t realize it was so far away.
Many people died and many structures were destroyed. Some that I wish I could have seen. So, it is a good idea to confirm that the attraction you wish to see is actually still there before you go to that specific location.
Picture Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panglao,_Bohol
I know many people that have been to Bohol, I wish I could go. I would love to take pictures and video but I am at the point now that I don’t think I can go. Have you been to Bohol? What did you think? I remember seeing people write about what was on their roof! They didn’t know and it scared them. It only increased my desire to go. Are there other places in the Philippines that you’d like for me to write about? I have several in mind but am open to your idea. If so, please let me know in the comments below and please share this article on social networks.
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