Where is Bohol located
9 must-see sights in Bohol
In addition to the unique Chocolate Hills, there are many other interesting sights on the Philippine island of Bohol. Here are the highlights at a glance.
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Bohol: the best places to visit
At the center of the Visayas lies Bohol. Around 1.3 million people live on the tenth largest island in the Philippines. In addition to the beach and the sea, Bohol also has a lot to offer culturally and scenically. Tagbilaran, the capital of the island, is the perfect starting point to explore the surrounding area.
Bohol is part of almost all Visayas tours. You can also find an interesting group tour in the region here.
A unique landscape awaits you inland. There, 1,268 hemispherical hills form an impressive formation. Since these turn brown in the dry season, they were given the name Chocolate Hills.
The Chocolate Hills are the symbol of Bohol Island and one of the most popular attractions in the Philippines. It is because of you that most of the visitors come to the island.
A tour there is usually combined with a visit to a facility on which Kobaldmakis can be seen. The small animals are also a symbol of the island.
Address: Chocolate Hills, Bohol
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Santa Monica Church (Alburquerque Church)
Santa Monica Catholic Church is located in the Albuquerque Parish. The history of the building goes back to 1842. Over the years the church has been renovated and expanded. In 2013 it was only minimally damaged by the earthquake and is therefore still in good condition.
Address: Tagbilaran East Road, Alburquerque
Bamboo Bridge (Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge)
Crossing the Sipatan River over the bamboo bridge is a little adventure. As a visitor to Bohol, a walk over the rustic and wobbly bamboo bridge is almost a must.
A small entry fee is due for the bridge crossing. Tour operators often combine a trip to the Chocolate Hills with a stop at the bridge.
Address: Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge, Bohol
Blood Compact Monument
The name of the Blood Compact Monument can be taken literally. In 1565 the chief Rajah Sikatuna concluded a peace treaty with the Spanish conqueror Miguel López, sealed by a blood pact.
The monument commemorates the important event that went down in history as the first treaty of friendship between Spaniards and Filipinos. It is located one kilometer east of Tagbilaran.
Address: J.P Inting Street, Tagbilaran City
White beach, palm trees, turquoise water: Alona Beach is the most popular beach in the area. It is located on the island of Panglao, which is connected to Bohol by a bridge.
Be prepared for the fact that the beach is sometimes crowded during the high season. Nevertheless, you shouldn't miss the 1.5 kilometer long sandy beach.
Address: Alona Beach
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The building, erected in 1596, is one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. In 2013 the structure was badly damaged by an earthquake and then rebuilt. A small museum with church treasures belongs to the church.
Address: Baclayon Church, Bohol
Steep stairs lead you into the Hinagdanan Cave. Inside you can see stalactites that are reflected in the water of the small underground lake. If you like, you can swim in the lake.
Hinagdanan is located on the island of Panglao and is 2.5 kilometers from the nearest town Dauis. As part of a tour, the cave is a great item on the program. If you are coming to see it, you shouldn't expect too much. The walk through the cave is over very quickly.
Note: Not suitable for people with reduced mobility. The entrance is very steep. Danger of falling!
Address: Bingag, Dauis, Bohol
There are also a few lush green rice terraces on Bohol. If you've never been to a rice field before, a visit here is definitely an interesting change of pace.
Address: Pilar, Bohol
Dumaluan Beach is a relatively quiet and clean sandy beach that is ideal for relaxing and sunbathing. In places the water is quite shallow, which is why it is only conditionally suitable for long swimming strokes.
Address: Dumaluan Beach
What are your recommendations for Bohol?
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Photos: Hinagdanan Cave, Rice Terraces, and Dumaluan Beach from Shutterstock.com
Santa Monica Church by Lano Lan / Shutterstock.com
Alona Beach from r.nagy / Shutterstock.com
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About the author
Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and since then has also written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.
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