Bohol

Located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, Bohol is a wonderfully preserved island, replete with old churches, historical landmarks and unique natural features, including the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier, the second smallest primate in the world. The beaches of Panglao Island are just a short drive from Bohol's capital, Tagbilaran, where several Spanish colonial sites still stand. It is the site of the first international peace treaty, where native king Datu Sikatuna welcomed Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, officiated through a blood compact. This would be Spain's first contact with the native Philippines and what would become a seminal moment in Philippine-Spanish history.

Bohol is a popular eco-tourism destination, as much of its forests, rivers and iconic hills have been well preserved, much to the delight of nature lovers. The Tarsier Conservation Center is home to the miniature Tarsier, and where guests can trek through to spot these adorable, nocturnal creatures and take pictures. The Butterfly Conservation Center is also a delight for all, where your guide can tell you about the different species and more. The main attraction, however, are Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills, almost perfectly conical grass-covered karst hills that during the dry season turn brown, hence the name. The hills are a National Geographical Monument.

To get to Bohol, fly to into the major hub city of Cebu then take a private charter boat or helicopter to Bohol Island.

Located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, Bohol is a wonderfully preserved island, replete with old churches, historical landmarks and unique natural features, including the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier, the second smallest primate in the world. The beaches of Panglao Island are just a short drive from Bohol's capital, Tagbilaran, where several Spanish colonial sites still stand. It is the site of the first international peace treaty, where native king Datu Sikatuna welcomed Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, officiated through a blood compact. This would be Spain's first contact with the native Philippines and what would become a seminal moment in Philippine-Spanish history.

Bohol is a popular eco-tourism destination, as much of its forests, rivers and iconic hills have been well preserved, much to the delight of nature lovers. The Tarsier Conservation Center is home to the miniature Tarsier, and where guests can trek through to spot these adorable, nocturnal creatures and take pictures. The Butterfly Conservation Center is also a delight for all, where your guide can tell you about the different species and more. The main attraction, however, are Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills, almost perfectly conical grass-covered karst hills that during the dry season turn brown, hence the name. The hills are a National Geographical Monument.

To get to Bohol, fly to into the major hub city of Cebu then take a private charter boat or helicopter to Bohol Island.

Experiences

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Adventure Sports

Zipline over a gorge or do a reverse bungee jump, at your own risk. Danao's Nature Park offers these thrilling (and safe) activities, though not for the faint of heart.

Bee Farm

Have lunch at this charming bee farm and organic garden on a seaside hill overlooking the sea. Opened by a Filipino repatriate, this wonderful farm also produces a variety of treats and desserts from ingredients grown on its premises.

Blood Compact Site

Stop by the Blood Compact Site, where Spanish Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi entered into a blood compact with Rajah Sikatuna, a local chieftain, to ensure friendly relations between the Spaniards and the natives.

Chocolate Hills

See the Chocolate Hills, 1,776 conical mounds of grass-covered limestone that stand side-by-side in a seemingly endless horizon. It’s a sight to behold, especially in the summer when the intense heat turns the hills brown so that they resemble Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses.

Dinner Cruise on Loboc River

In the evening, board a floating bamboo raft for a dinner cruise on Loboc River. The trees along the river banks are lined with multi-hued LED lights, offering a spectacular light show while guests dine on Filipino food while being entertained by acoustic guitar music.

Historic Tour

Spend half a day on a historical tour of Bohol. Visit its old churches that date back to the early years of Spanish colonization in the late 16th century, and learn about the Muslim rajahs who first welcomed the Spanish visitors who introduced Christianity.

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center

Stop by the Simply Butterflies Conservation Center. The enthusiastic conservationists will teach you a thing or two about winged insects (not just butterflies!), and you’ll get to walk around the lovely garden that is home to over 60 species of butterflies.

Tarsier Conservation Center

Drive along Bohol’s coast and see its verdant forests and healthy rivers. Along the way, stop by a tarsier conservation center. The tarsier is the second smallest primate in the world (after the mouse lemur), and it’s adorable.

Watersports

Panglao Island has several stretches of white-sand beach with gentle waves, ideal for skimboarding, windsurfing and snorkeling. Some of the Philippines' best diving can be found off the coast of Bohol.

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