There are a lot of island provinces here in the Philippines and I have yet to see all of them but so far none as made an impression on me as much as Bohol. Bohol province is not only famous for its Chocolate Hills but also for having the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier.
I like this province because there are a lot of things to see and do. If you’re into relics and old buildings, there are a lot of centuries old houses and churches that you could visit. If you like beaches, then Bohol has Panglao, one of the most prime beaches and diving spot in our country. If you want to experience dining while enjoying a beautiful river scenery, then just go to Loboc River. There a riverboat where you can dine awaits anyone who wants to experience the beauty of the river. These are just a few of the places that you can go when you are in Bohol.
But of course, the trip to Bohol will not be complete if you will not visit Chocolate Hills. Chocolate Hills as the name implies is a series of hills that looks like giant Hershey’s Kisses. When I went there, I was in awe by what I saw. It makes you think how such wonderful things can only be possible with the existence of a higher being. The trip going to the viewing deck to see the hills from a great vantage point is an adventure in itself. You have to pass several winding roads that the locals compared the road to a small intestine to reach the foot of the viewing deck. It was an exhilarating experience to pass those roads and enjoy the man-made forest that you will pass by along the way especially if you’re only hitching a ride in a motorcycle like me. Once you reach the foot of the viewing deck, you have to hike all the way up. But all this effort was worth it if only to experience the spectacular view of the hills.
So if you ever plan on visiting the Philippines, Bohol should be part of your tourist destination. Not only because of the places to see but also the sumptuous food that the locals have. The locals are friendly and hospitable and they speak and understand English but just the same I suggest you bring someone who could speak and understand the local dialect if you ever plan on visiting the place.
Update On May 22, 2008: Finally got a copy of the photos that I took. I didn't have camera back then so I borrowed the company's camera. My friends went there just early this year and said it is still very beautiful and pristine. The beaches are superb too.