Bohol – The Most Unique Island in the Philippines
Bohol is a first income class island province of the Philippines. It is located in the Central Visayas region and is made up 75 minor surrounding islands. This includes the main island itself, which is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. The island has a very rich history, with the earliest significant contact with the Spanish taking place in 1565.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Bohol is best known for Chocolate Hills, in Carmen Province, which is a cluster of limestone mounds. These mounds number 1268 in total and vary in height from 30 to 50 metres. There is still a lot of scientific debate about how these fascinating mounds occurred, but like One Hundred Islands in Pangasinan were once corals submerged in the sea. Over time, the sea has disappeared, leaving these inland mounds.
Aside from Chocolate Hills, what I love about Bohol is that has so many tourist attractions all so close together. These include the indigenous Philippine tarsier, amongst the world’s smallest primates, the Loboc River boat cruise, the Blood Pact Monument, the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, one of the oldest in the Philippines, dolphin and whale watching, and of course, plenty of white sand beaches which includes Panglao Island and Virgin Island, famous for its diving locations and is routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world.
Sadly, on 15 October 2013, Bohol was devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake whose epicentre was 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Sagbayan town. The earthquake, which also devastated neighbouring Cebu City, claimed 156 lives altogether and injured 374 people. It also destroyed or damaged a number of Bohol’s heritage churches (source: Wikipedia).
For more info, check out my guide on the best 9 places to visit in Bohol.