Thank goodness it’s Friday and moving towards the end of January! So what are you thinking as we head towards the weekend? Fancy a spot of diving? An unforgettable adventure? Fancy a few spicy cocktails and some fun in the sun?
Today, our #FridayFunday takes a look at the island of Bohol, particularly The Chocolate Hills in the Philippines.
This province is a very popular tourist destination. Bohol offers the liberated traveller a copious range of options both inland and off the beaten track. If you take a look at this island, the images are often promoted through cute pictures of wide-eyed monkey-type animals called tarsiers and the very impressive Chocolate Hills.
It is the water-sports and diving on Panglao Island that really attracts the crowds. To get a better perspective of what Bohol is about, imagine rows of gorgeous-green rice terraces and immaculate white beaches; a wonderland of sport, adventure and a jungle interior.
There are numerous tours and treks that we can plan for you whilst holidaying in the Philippines, but one of our favourites and indeed the most popular with visitors is the well travelled path to The Chocolate Hills. With minimal traffic and smooth roads this route can be done either by motorcycle or by car.
The Chocolate Hills are considered to be one of the Philippines’ natural wonders and Bohol is frequently referred to as the Jewel of the Philippines. They are supposedly hills made of limestone left over from coral reefs during the ice age when the island was submerged and formed over time by the uplift of coral deposits and the effects of rainwater and erosion. This explanation has never been confirmed although the locals believe that the hills were formed as a result of the tears of a heartbroken giant. These majestic hills span far into the horizon.They are named as such from the vegetation that roasts to chocolate brown in the driest months. (February-July)
Covering three metropolises, The Chocolate Hills main viewpoint, the largest and busiest, is located 4km south of Carmen. From the bottom, motorcycles will take you up the hill, but going up this way many views are compromised by kiosks selling novelty goods. A walk up the hill is much more scenic and takes about 20-30 minutes. However from the base-point there are many options as to how you can ascend.
There are endless historical sights and interesting things to see and do…call Just Love Travel and one of our specialist travel consultants will give you more detailed information and assist you in booking the ultimate holiday!0