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Scenic Wonders of Bohol Island Paradise

Jan 30, 2008
A paradise in the heart of the archipelago, the island of Bohol is rich with history, hospitable people, and a culture worth knowing, beaches caves and scenic view for the nature lovers.

The island of Bohol lies in the middle of the Visayas region and is reachable by an hour's boat ride from Cebu or Mactan island.

Bohol is surrounded by islands shielding it from annual typhoon season. It is separated from the Mindanao region by Bohol Sea in the south and the Canigao channel in the east. The Camotes seas separate the island from the Camotes Island and the Bohol strait from the island of Cebu.

Bohol has a land area of 4117.3 square kilometers, making it as the tenth largest island of the Philippines.

On Bohol, most people speak Boholano which comprises one third of the population. You'll be mistaken if you think that language will be a problem since Tagalog and English is well understood by the people.

Aside from the famous chocolate hills of Bohol the island has a lot more to offer. Tourist destination includes not only the well known pristine white sand beaches that stretched the island, Bohol's tourist assets includes, caves, majestic falls, scuba diving sites whale and dolphin watching and historical landmarks.

The Chocolate hills of Bohol is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. These consist of approximately 1268 hills and is uniform in shape mostly 30 to 50 meters in height. The hills are covered in grass but during the dry season it turns into brown giving the chocolate like appearance.

Chocolate hills complex is accessible by bus going to Carmen and dropping off before the town of Carmen. From there it's a 10 minute walk going to the complex and enjoys the wonder of nature.

Panglao island's beaches and resorts are a site to visit for tourist. It is located southwest of Bohol and has two municipalities. Along with the famous beaches are Alona, Dumaluan, Bikini, Momo, and Doljo.

Panglao offers cave tours like the Hinagdanan cave, dolphin watching, scuba diving sites, visita eglesia- Dauis church, Bohol's tallest hanging bridge, and an encounter with the Tarsier monkey that are only endemic in the island.

The Island resort also offers numerous restaurants, recharging body massage and unforgettable nightlife for party goers.

Bohol is also dotted with numerous majestic and refreshing waterfalls around the island. It is hidden away from the urbanization and are waiting for tourist to be discovered. A few minutes of walk from the Antequera will be the Mag Aso falls that only fro a few pesos one can enjoy the scenic view.

Also located near the town is the Inambacan falls which is the source of irrigation and drinking supply for the people of Tagbilaran. In the municipality of Dimiao, the twin falls are located that offers a good place for picnic and trekking.

Bohol is also known as the cave country of the Philippines which offers 1400 known caves and some to be discovered. It can offer adventures a place for spelunking and trekking.

Indeed the island of Bohol is a paradise that awaits every visitor to be enchanted by the God given beauty of Mother Nature.

Bohol is located in the middle of the archipelago and can be reached conveniently by Boat of by air. For tourist coming from abroad there are two options first a flight to Cebu then another going to Tagbilaran or Manila connecting to Tagbilaran. Coming from manila, air travel can take an hour and a half to Tagbilaran.

And for those travelers with small budget to spend ferry can be an option from manila that can take 25 hours of travel. Come and visit Bohol and enjoy God's gift to man.
About the Author
Elmer Anthony is the webmaster of Bohol-Philippines the premier guide to Bohol Island; editor of A1 Philippine Travel Guide ; and OPM Filipino Music promoter.
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