Welcome to the Island Paradise of Bohol, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines and the tenth largest island in the country. With its beaches and resorts that will surely amaze you and a must-see dominant limestones formation of Chocolate Hills, the famous tarsier in their sanctuary, river cruises, and hospitable and smiles from the Boholano’s warm welcome to let you see the Pride of Bohol Republic.
History: The people of Bohol are said to be the descendants of the last group of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines called pintados or “tattooed ones.” Bohol is derived from the word Barrio Bo-ol & Bo-ho which literally means Holes from the fact that there are lots of caves to be found in the island. On May 16, 1565, occurs the first international treaty of peace and unity between the native king Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, through a blood compact alliance known today by many Filipinos as the Sandugo.
Also, Bohol is a special home province of our late 4th President of the Philippines, a Boholano himself, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, who was born in Talibon, Bohol.
Description: An Island province of the Philippines is located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is Tagbilaran City and known as the tenth largest island in the country. Bohol refers their Island as the “Republic of Bohol” with its pride and conviction.
With its numerous tourists, Bohol widen out their capacity to accommodate visitors by being accessible by land, sea or air transport. A trip to Bohol will be incomplete if you won’t at least catch a glimpse of Bohol’s Wonders.
The most notable among the tourist attractions in Bohol is the Chocolate Hills, that are considered one of Philippine’s natural wonders and Bohol is often referred to as the Jewel of the Philippines. They are hills made of limestone left over from coral reefs during the ice age when the island was submerged. They turn brown during the summer, hence their name.
White sandy beaches dot the coast of the island. The sand is often of such high quality that it is exported to other beaches in the world. Water fun in Bohol is not only restricted to the wonderful beaches but you got to experience underwater with its many diving sites to choose from other inland attractions in Bohol also include a large host of caves, among the popular caves is the Dagohoy Cave, named after Filipino revolutionary patriot Francisco Dagohoy. Other than the caves, Bohol is also beautifully laced by Waterfalls, and be rewarded when you encountered the Bohol Wildlife, were it’s also a home of the smallest primate in the world, the Tarsier.
A part of Boholanos passion for being accommodating and unbridled enthusiasm, Bohol celebrates various festivals all over the Island and one of the most visited celebration, is the Sandugo Festival that commemorates the Blood Compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, that is held every month of July. The Sandugo street dancing and mardi gras highlights the Sandugo Festivities with its dances depict the theme of “friendship among equals and international diplomacy” expressed in the participating group’s traditional culture. Other than a month-long festivity of Sandugo, there are more festivals to celebrate a whole year round, from ube festival, bolibongkingking festival, pahinungod festival, sinugboan festival, sinu-og estokada festival and more.
There are lots to be explore and to experience that surely captivates you and they are indeed a natural wonder no one should miss seeing, in the Island of Bohol.
Points of Interest:
- Loboc River – the pride of Bohol, cruising along the town’s floating restaurant or riding on a small banca and which includes the Loboc Chidren’s Choir. Cruising along Loboc River starts from Loay Bridge passing by nipa trees, coconuts and other tropical flora & ends up at the Busay Falls.
- Philippines Tarsier Sanctuary – Tarsier, considered the second-smallest primate in the world, is indigenous to the island. A sanctuary was made to save & protect the tarsiers, located in the land between Corella & Sikatuna.
- Chocolate Hills– the most famous tourist destination in Bohol, considered unusual geographical limestones formation consist of at least 1,268 individual mounds scattered through the city of Carmen, Batuan & Sagbayan.
- Casa Rocha–Suarez Heritage Center– opened as a life style museum and heritage center located of one of the few remaining Spanish-period trading villas in Bohol & poignantly dedicated by the Rocha- Suarez heirs to the people of Bohol.
- Blood Compact Commemorative Shrine– represents one of the most important events in the Philippines History-the famous Blood Compact or sandugo by a native chieftain, Datu Skatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, a Spanish explorer, that can be found in Bool, Tagbilaran City.
- Panglao Island – a 20-kilometer long, narrow & low limestone island southwest of Bohol, which has been declared as scuba diving area frequented by tourists and also popular for its beautiful white sand beaches.
- Immaculate Conception Church (Baclayon Church)– it’s also known as the Baclayon Church which was best preserved Jesuit-built churches in the region. We also could find here the Oldest Pipe Organ that was installed in 1800s.
- Billar- Man Made Forest – passing by a 2-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees, different species of trees & giant ferns also lining the road creating a refreshing kaleidoscope of green foliage.
- Pamilacan Dolphin & Whale Watching – Island of Pamilacan with white sand beaches and abundant marine life lies at the heart of the Bohol Sea. Frequented by whales & dolphins, the island is said to be a jump-off of diff. species of marine mammals sighted on the area and started the Dolphin & Whale watching in the Island.
For bookings and more info, please contact:
2nd level, The Persimmon Plus, MJ Cuenco Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City
Tel Nos.: +6332-2685470 ; +639176278855