Bohol

In the heart of central Visayas located southeast of Cebu and southwest of Leyte is the charming island province of Bohol. It is made up of 47 towns, its capital being Tagbilaran City — the total land area reaches up to 411,700 hectares which includes connecting islets making it the 10th largest island in the country. The province is distinctly oval in its shape, and can easily be detected in the Philippine map, is shaped like a purple yam (camote or ube in the local dialect), a traditional Filipino root crop which also happens to be part of the agricultural industry of Bohol.

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For the history buffs, Bohol was a venue for an international peace treaty known as the Blood Compact between the island’s chieftain Datu Sikatuna and the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. They each slit their forearms and collected the blood in one cup before mixing it and sipping from the said cup. It was here that the ties of friendship were sealed in a pledge of peace and cooperation. Bohol is also the home of the country’s fourth president of the republic, Carlos P. Garcia.

Many people love to refer to Bohol as “God’s little paradise” because of its alluring simple and unspoilt tropical island ambience. Bohol TropicsThe world famous Chocolate Hills and the equally famous Tarsier monkeys are perhaps what will immediately come to mind when speaking of Bohol. The Chocolate Hills are an amazing 1001 naturally perfected cones, garnering the title as one of the country’s natural wonders. On the other hand, the Tarsier Monkey – a tiny (size smaller than a regular fist) primate with huge round eyes who primarily feeds on insects is also one of the many tourist attractions. Experts have named the Tarsier the oldest and smallest living mammal today.

For the beach lovers, the sandy white beaches and clean ocean waters are in itself a lure to divers, tourists and vacationists. For the divers, Balicasag Marine Reserve, home to the world’s rarest Gloria Maris and Golden Cowry shells, is also a must see. Bohol also has an abundance of waterfalls and tropical rainforests, stalactite and stalagmite caves, old buildings and churches, and natural parks. Delicacies only known to Bohol are the favorite Calamayhati which is a gluey coconut candy mixture sealed in a hard coconut shell.

Panglao Island has recently been declared as the first tourism estate in the country, responsible for raking in many investors and giving Bohol province an economic boost. Panglao is fast gaining recognition as the second Boracay, with a number of beach resorts, restaurants and bars lined up along its coastline.

 

Balicasag: Diving

Balicasag is an island located off the south of Panglao Island in Bohol Province. With a total land area of 25 hectares, 1.5 hectares has been transformed into a beach dive resort. Balicasag Island is all you would imagine a tropical island to be: vast deserted white sand beaches, stately palm trees scattered all around, […]
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Beaches

A summer vacation would not be complete without spending some time in the sun and sand at the beach. It is more fun also if the beach has white sand and clear, calm water. The Philippines is a tropical country that is blessed with extraordinarily beautiful white sand beaches. One of the top destinations for […]
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Cabilao: Diving – A Small Island’s Pride

Cabilao is a small island in Loon, Bohol, that has a number of dive sites to offer various dive enthusiasts. There are dive sites that's great for muck diving, shark diving, and spotting pygmy horses. Cabilao is one place where you can find all these and more.
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History of Bohol

The name Bohol originated from Bo-ho or Bo-ol. Its people are documented to be descendants of the pintados which were the final troupe of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines. Pintados, which means the tattooed ones, were living examples of their folk art and culture. They painted their bodies with indigenous paint made from plant […]
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Panglao: Alona Kew Beach Resort

Alona Kew is a beach resort located in Panglao Island in Bohol, Philipines. Go to Alona Kew and we guarantee you that you will see a total paradise. Just imagine the white powdery sand, sparkling and glittering clear, blue waters, coconut trees, beautiful sunny skies waiting for you. You will definitely experience paradise at Alona […]
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Resorts and Hotels

The Philippines offers several exciting tourist destinations and one of the best is Bohol. Bohol is an island province that lies at the heart of the Visayas region. Its main attractions include crystal springs, beaches, and the famous Chocolate Hills. If you are interested in aquatic sports, such as swimming, kayaking and scuba diving, Bohol […]
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Tagbilaran City: Bohol Tropics Resort

Can’t wait to go to Bohol and see the breathtaking view of the world famous Chocolate Hills? Are you looking forward to being mesmerized by the Tarsier, the world’s smallest monkey found only in Bohol? Then, packing your bags right away and reserving a plane ticket should just be done in a blink of an […]
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Tourist Destinations

In terms of tourist attractions, the province of Bohol has indeed many to offer. Some call it the number one tourist destination in the Philippines because of its many natural resources – from the chocolate hills to the exotic wildlife, great diving and down to the refreshing calm beaches of Panglao Island. Bohol has sufficient […]
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