History of Bohol
History and beauty come together on Bohol, one of the loveliest islands in The Philippines. Bohol’s historical significance extends way back to the blood compact between Boholano Chieftain Sikatuna and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, in 1565. A tropical haven of natural beauty, the coastline of the province is skimmed by gentle coves and white sand beaches. You can find some of the country’s great dive sights here. Balicasag in Bohol is one of the very best and most popular dives in the Visayas. A black coral forest is among its main attractions but virtually anywhere you drop in is sure to be rewarding. Another major attraction, Cabilao is renowned for the hammerhead sharks that shoal around the clear waters. Large pelagics are very common here, and if you are really lucky, you can find yourself swimming with a passing school of dolphins.
Attractions of Bohol
There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Bohol. Here are the lists.
1. BACLAYON CHURCH
It’s one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is also one of the most well preserved Jesus-built churces in the region.
2. LOBOC CHURCH
The second oldest church in Bohol, this is located near Loboc River. Inside the church a collection of remarkable native paintings can be seen throughout its ceiling.
3. BLOOD COMPACT COMMEMORATIVE SHRINE
This marks the historical event when Datu Sikaturna, a native chieftain, forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, representing the King of Spain. This was considered as the first “Treaty of Friendship” between Europe and Asia.
4. CHOCOLATE HILLS
The most famous tourist attraction of Bohol boasts 1,268 cone-shaped hills. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height. These are two areas to visit to get a good look at the hills. These are at the Chicolate Hills Complex in Carmen town, and at the Sagbayan Peak.
5. BOHOL TARSIER
The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius Syrichta) is one of the smallest primates in the world. Most active at night, their diet consist of insects. The animal is no longer than a grown man’s hand.
6. ABATAN RIVER
This river flows through a dense nipa forest before amptying into Maribojoc taking you around the river.
7. PANGLAO ISLAND
One of the famous tourist spots of Bohol which boasts od pristine beaches and white powdery sand. Many full-service beach and dive resorts are located there.
8. BOHOL BEE FARM (PANGLAO)
The farm is more than just a resort with local food and beverages. It is an organic farm that serves as a center for livelihood and sustainable development.
9. DANAO ADVENTURE PARK (DANAO)
Offers the adventurous traveler eco-thrills such as: zip-lining, canyon swings and cable car rides. The park features scenic views of the Wahig River, lush greenery and mountains.
10. BILAR MAN-MADE FOREST
Bilar Man-made forest is a favourite stop for tourists going to and/or from the Chocolate Hills in Carmen town. Stretching up to two kilometers, the dense forest made up of red and white mahogany trees is located along the border of Loboc and Bilar towns.
By Air: The fastest and easiest way to go to Bohol is by plane. Several airlines such Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines (PAL), and AirAsia Zest operate multiple flights from Manila to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
By Sea: The other way to go to Bohol is by boat. From Manila, the shipping line 2Go arranges once-a-week voyages to Bohol’s Tagbilaran City. Scheduled voyages depart from the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal at Pier 15, Manila South Harbor. The voyage takes about 28 hours to complete. Passengers disembark from Tagbilaran City Wharf, within Bohol’s capital city.
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