Before going to the Philippines I did a lot of research, trying to decide which of the 7000 islands I should visit. I don’t think I could have made the wrong choice because all the islands look pretty amazing. Nevertheless, I was very pleased with my decision to go to Bohol!
We stayed at some very nice accommodations, transport was effortless (thanks to very friendly locals and a great amount of luck) and we ate great food at Alona Beach. And off course it was gorgeous everywhere we went.
One of the highlights was a sightseeing trip with a scooter around the inlands of Bohol!
Things to do on Bohol: 1 day itinerary
The Tarsier Sanctuary & Conservation Area
These weird monkeys are one of the smallest of their kind and look like they came straight out of a comic book, with their too big for their skull eyes (did you know that their eyes are larger than their brain!) and tiny claw like hands.
What I liked about the sanctuary is that there are one or more caretakers for each Tarsier, urging every approaching visitor to be very silent and not to take photos with a flash because, when stressed out, Tarsiers have a tendency to commit suicide… It’s true, read it on Wiki. Again, weird little creatures!
The Manmade Forest
I have to admit I did not find the forest that impressive. Maybe because I found the trees too similar to the ones at home. But we passed through it on our way from the Tarsier Sanctuary to the Chocolate Hills so I took a picture anyway;)
Butterfly Conservation Center
Before reaching the Chocolate Hills we passed the Butterflies Conservation Center. For both the Tarsier Sanctuary as well as the Butterfly Sanctuary I’m not sure how I feel about visiting them.
I mean, if I were a butterfly I probably wouldn’t enjoy being put on someone’s nose 100 times a day. And with the Tarsiers so sensitive to stress, being constant gawked at by tourists (including myself) cannot be good for them.
But… these sanctuaries do provide local people with jobs and an income. And allows for a Tarsier Sanctuary to exist at all, not unnecessary since they are an endangered species. So I am a bit torn about these attractions. Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think!
The Chocolate Hills
These crazy hills are a real mystery, read some of the best legends about them.
It was so much fun driving around on a scooter and while all the stops were interesting, what I loved most was seeing how people lived in the little villages we passed. And driving through the changing landscapes, which ranged from flat agriculture fields to narrow and steep mountain roads.
How to prepare for a day of sightseeing on Bohol
We drove from our cute bungalow in Loboc (Fox & Firefly Cottages) to Carmen, where the Chocolate Hills are, and back the same way. All the sites mentioned above are on this road, you can’t miss them! Check the map below for more information.
I had a great time on Bohol and will definitely go back to do more exploring if I get the chance!
PS. I am sure I’ll remember this day forever because it left me with a permanent reminder:-) Every time I look at the scar left by burning my leg on the scooter exhaust it reminds me of our 5-month trip, this great day on Bohol in particular.