Bohol is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. It is one of the bigger islands in ‘the Visayas’, the group of islands in the center of the Philippines. Bohol is, together with 72 small islands around the main island, an island province of 4117 square kilometre. Agriculture, together with the tourism, are the two dominating economic sectors of the main island Bohol.
Main attractions of Bohol
For tourists who make a tour through the country, Bohol has three main attractions. These are the tropical forest, the smallest monkey in the world and the ‘Chocolate Hills’. For ‘sun, sea and beach lovers’, there are a lot of possibilities for snorkelling, diving in the unpolluted waters and relaxing on the splendid beaches on some of the surrounding small islands. The Bohol province forms absolutely one of the places to stay for a longer period.
Sun, sea, beaches and diving!
Two of the smaller islands are Panglao, Balicasag and Pamilacan, southwest of the main island Bohol. They are the superb diving spots of the province of Bohol. The diving places are rated among the best of the world.
The Chocolate Hills
One of the most spectacular landscapes in the Philippines is formed by the Chocolate Hills on the island Bohol. The Chocolate Hills have all the same shape, but differ in the altitude. The most of the 1268 hills reach 40 meters high.
Origin of the Chocolate Hills
Geologists think that the specific shape of the hills is caused by the influences of the weather during millions of years. The breaking down of the upper layers of the limestone formations, followed by the erosion processes, resulted in these remnants in the shape of cones. In the rainy season the Chocolate Hills are green. In the dry season of each year, the vegetation on the hills gives the landscape a brown coloured view, a reason to call them “Chocolate Hills”.