Bohol Island is located in the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines and is the 10th largest island in the nation. It lies west of Cebu Island and is separated from it by the Bohol Strait. Bohol is typically an agricultural region which is made up of capricious hills and lush jungle.
There are approximately 75 small pristine islands that surround Bohol, which makes it a fascinating destination to explore or relax in. Bohol Island is ideal for outdoor adventures and luxurious lounging.
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The commercial center of the island is Tagbilaran City and it’s here in Alona Beach where you’ll find most of the resorts. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see including manmade and natural wonders. These include beautiful beaches, fabulous marine life, charming restaurants, and historic and religious buildings.
Since dining and food is regarded as an integral part of the Filipino culture, you’ll find a wide variety of memorable restaurants in all price ranges. The nightlife isn’t as vibrant as it is on Cebu, but you’ll still find numerous appealing spots to visit after sunset, especially at Alona Beach. The local shopping will enable you to check out some wonderful handicrafts and you’ll also find some contemporary shopping outlets mixed in with local market stalls.
The island is steeped in history, tradition, and culture with many popular attractions such as the Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island, the Tarsier Foundation, Camogao Falls, Mag-aso Falls, the local churches, and hundreds of caves
The Chocolate Hills is basically a geographical formation which is made up of close to 1,800 hills which are spread out over a 30 square-mile area. The hills get their name due to the color of the grass during the island’s dry season. Two of the hills feature a resort complex. These are the Chocolate Hills Complex and Sagbayan Peak.
Panglao Island is a World Heritage Site which is separated into two regions. It’s very rich in marine biodiversity with a diverse landscape of plains and hills. The island lies southwest of Bohol and can be reached by a short boat ride or by crossing a bridge from Tagbilaran. The majority of visitors come to explore the beautiful colored coral reefs and the amazing marine life.
The Tarsier Foundation features the world’s smallest primates, which are about the size of an adult’s hand. The animals are in danger due to the area’s deforestation. The foundation offers visitors the chance to see how these creatures live in their natural habitat.
There are more than 30 churches on Bohol Island and the Philippines is the only Catholic nation in Southeast Asia. Some of the churches date back to the 1500s. Some of the most popular churches on Bohol include Baclayon, Davis Church, Loon Church, and Santo Nino Church.
The island is home to more than 1400 caves and it’s believed that Bohol Island is actually named after them since the word buho means hole. These limestone formations are quite mysterious and hundreds of them are unexplored. If you’d like to explore some of these intriguing caves, you may come across several types of unique invertebrates and albino crabs.
One of the most famous of these is the Bingag Cave. Years ago, legend had it that anybody entering the cave wouldn’t be able to get out. The Buhong Tiawan is a popular cave entrance that was utilized as a refuge in the Second World War. The cave is about 330 feet long and is now home to several species of bats and birds.