11 Places to Become One With Nature When in Bohol
11 Gems In Bohol to Become One With Nature While on Vacation here in the Philippines 🙂
Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines and often overlooked because of the more mainstream tourist spots like Manilla. However, this island offers scenic views, wildlife, extreme thrills, and exploring like nowhere else. If you don’t look close enough, you might miss out on breathtaking hidden gems tucked away in this dainty island. We have compiled a list of places you should not skip while on your holiday to Bohol, Philippines. Plan your checklist now!
1. Explore the Chocolate Hills
Known as one of the most popular destinations in Bohol, Chocolate Hills offers stunning sceneries. Once you visit this place, it’s easy to understand what the buzz is all about. The Chocolate Hills consists of about 1260 green hills (That turn brown in the during the dry season hence the name Chocolate Hills) stretching over 50 square kilometers of land.You cannot climb the hills individually, but you can find a deck after climbing a lot of stairs.
2. Drive Through Mahogany Forest
Bohol is a great getaway for all nature lovers. The lush Mahogany forest is one of the most beautiful man-made forests in the Philippines. It stretches to a distance of two kilometers, and it is illegal to cut trees in this area. Rent a motorbike and enjoy an authentic experience of driving through this relaxing forest. If you’re planning to go on a car, then ensure to install a spacious roof rack to maximize storage.
3. Take a cruise down Loboc River
In the center of Bohol lies another popular tourist spot, the Loboc river. The reflection of the trees produces the greenish color of the river. You can even spot crocodiles and other larger snakes along this river. Wildlife is abundant in Bohol, and the Loboc river is just an example of it. To have the best experience, you can buy tickets for an official Loboc River lunch cruise which includes a buffet and a short cultural show by the locals.
4. Visit Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park
Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park combines adrenaline rush with the sheer happiness of being surrounded by Nature. This park offers a stunning top view of the Loboc River and the surrounding city. You can get to the top by ziplining or a comfortable cable car journey. If your partner loves thrill rides with a beautiful view to keep you company, this destination is the perfect pick.
5. Discover Dimiao Twin Waterfalls
Dimiao Falls, also known as Pahangog Falls, is a set of two magnificent waterfalls on Gatorade rock pools. Accompanied by a rich jungle, this destination is a must-see addition to your Bohol bucket list. You can visit Dimiao by renting a bike and the entrance fee is a minimal 20 pesos. The twin set of waterfalls stretch as long as 25 meters and form a turquoise poll in the basin below.
6. Venture into Hinagdanan Cave
Hinagdanan cave is a naturally lighted limestone cavern that is full of stalagmites, aging back to hundreds of years. The deep blue lagoon may contain high levels of karst pollutants and is not ideal for a swim. The formation of rocks stick out of the ceiling and form beautiful spiky patterns. Small cracks in the ceiling filters in light, and can be used as a great photo opportunity.
7. Relax on Panglao Island
Do you like beaches and scuba diving or snorkeling? Then don’t miss out on the amazing Panglao Island, which is dotted with numerous resorts. Have your own sweet time exploring this island because it’s far away from a touristic crowd. The clean blue waters and crystal sandy beaches are ideal for numerous water sports. A visit to Bohol is empty without stepping into this iconic island.
8. Learn About Bohol Habitat Conservation Conservatory
Bohol’s rich wildlife is widespread, yet this entry is another shortstop for wildlife fanatics. Bohol Habitat Conservation Conservatory is a cluster of dense flora and fauna. You can be accompanied by a guide who will point out the indigenous fauna of the island and help you make friends with bugs! This 30-minute long tour will give you a memorable close experience with local plants and animals.
9. Visit Bamboo Hanging Bridge
The Bamboo Hanging Bridge, also called the Tigbao hanging bridge, is a 40-meter long bamboo bridge used to cross the Sipatan River. It is one tourists’ favorite pick for a trip to Bohol. The bridge consists of a set of two bridges, one for entering and the other for exiting. It can carry weights of more than 40 to 50 people and even small motorcycles.
10. Admire the Cathedral of San Jose
The Cathedral of San Jose is one of the largest places of worship in Bohol. The walls are made of pre coral stone, and the building has been intact for centuries. Frequented by many locals, this church is open throughout the week. No matter what culture you spring from, it is always refreshing to witness the religion of the locals.
11. Support the Tarsier Conservatory
Tarsiers or ‘mamags’ were an endangered indigenous species that was saved by the efforts of the Tarsier Conservatory in Bohol. Termed as a dependent species, Tarsiers find it difficult to survive in the wild without outside help. If you visit this conservatory, the funds will be used to keep these creatures happy and alive.
Bohol is a destination full of hidden gems you might miss out on. This list is a perfect summary of destinations you should visit on a trip to this picturesque nature-rich location. Don’t forget to keep your sanitizer handy and have a fun holiday!