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Chocolate Hills Tour (with Panglao extras)

Looking for a unique way to spend the Good friday, I decided to join my friend Lee, his special friend Monica, Monica’s mother and sister in an amazing adventure in the world famous Chocolate Hills and other places along Bohol’s Tourism highway.

Our destinations (in Bohol, Philippines):

  • Chocolate Hills in Carmen
  • Butterfly Garden in Bilar
  • Loboc River and Tarsier in Loboc
  • Prony, the Python in Alburquerque
  • Blood Compact Site in Bool, Tagbilaran City

Other Destinations

  • Dauis Church
  • Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao
  • Dumaluan Beach Resort in Panglao

We rented a van operated by George Noroño for a discounted price (since George is our friend…LOL), and left Tagbilaran at around 8:00 am in the morning. Our first destination is nothing but the Chocolate  Hills. After more than an hour of travel, we arrived in Carmen. We payed an entrance fee of Php 50.00 each at the Chocolate Hills (a little contribution to the community). The pics below will tell how much fun we had.

After an hour at the Chocolate Hills, we headed for  the Butterfly Garden (Simply Butterflies) in Bilar. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills consist of 1268 cone-shaped hills that extend over the towns of Carmen, Sagbayan and Sierra Bullones. This remarkable tourist spot’s origin were unknown yet scientific investigations claim that it sprouted from the ocean bed through evidences of decayed coral reefs, shells and marine life. Local legend claims that two giants who were lovers lived in the place and when they the male was killed, it brought utmost grief to the giant woman. Her tears became the Chocolate Hills now. Another story tells about two giants quarrelling, they then throw mud at each other which later form the Chocolate Hills.

chocolate hills

It is one of a kind and nothing the same can be found anywhere else in the globe, thus, gaining popularity among tourists and distinct recognition from both local and foreign award-giving bodies.  The Philippine Tourism Authority declared it as the country’s 3rd National Geological Monument. The latest nomination of Chocolate Hills as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature proves that the hills’ fame has gone far beyond its local boundaries out into the vast global attention.

An Attraction within an Attraction (from a signboard in the Chocolate Hills Complex)

An Attraction within an Attraction is the Chocolate Hills Complex. Nested in between a twin Chocolate Hill, the complex offers the most beautiful view of the other hills. Its double tiered view deck is perched at the apex of a 214-step hill that gives the viewer a panoramic vista of the exquisite beauty strewn like chocolate drops in an intricate manner by the magic hands of nature.

Climb the 214 (not February 14) steps towards the apex of the Hill

Climb the 214 (not February 14) steps towards the apex of the Hill

Chocolate Hills of Bohol: a National Geological Monument

The unique landform known as the Chocolate Hills of Bohol was formed ages ago by the uplift of Coral Deposits and the action of rainwater and erosion.

These hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen,Batuan and Sagbayan and consist of 1,268 mounds of the same general shape.

In Recognition of its special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness and high scenic value, the National Committee on Geological Sciences declares the Chocolate Hills of Bohol a National Geological Monument.

18 June 1988