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On a full-day guided tour of the Bohol countryside in the Philippines, you can look forward to visiting a myriad of fascinating destinations. Here are 9 that we recommend checking out while you’re there.
1. BLOOD COMPACT SHRINE
Dive into the history of Bohol by visiting the Blood Compact Shrine, also known as Sandugo Shrine. It represents a commemoration of the kinship between the Spaniards and Filipinos.
2. BACLAYON CHURCH
Completed in 1737, this church is considered one of the oldest in the Philippines. Check out its stunning gold-plated altar and mutitude of interesting religious artefacts.
3. BUTTERFLY GARDEN
As the name suggests, the Butterfly Garden is a sanctuary for a multitude of butterfly breeds that makes for a fascinating visit. Pick up a refreshment at the café while you’re here!
4. LOBOC RIVER FLOATING RESTAURANT
Loboc’s specialities are its floating restaurants, which cruise down the Loboc River. Enjoy good, local Filipino food while being entertained by dances and songs.
5. BAMBOO HANGING BRIDGE
Don’t worry, it’s extremely safe! Standing on this bamboo woven hanging bridge, you’ll be able to see the Loboc River from a whole different perspective.
6. BILAR MAN-MADE FOREST
A must-visit tourist destination whilst in Bohol, this unique forest of mahogany trees is entirely man-made. Be prepared to be entranced by the ambience of this place!
7. TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA
The smallest monkeys in the world can fit into the palm of your hand, and are capable of jumping distances of over five metres! If you want to learn more about the tarsier nursery, the staff at this conservation park will be happy to help.
8. ATV RIDES
Bohol’s topography is uniquely suited to all manner of exciting routes for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Adrenaline junkies, get ready to be be thrilled with the various tours that take you to scenic terrains like the beautiful Chocolate Hills.
9. CHOCOLATE HILLS
According to legend, the Chocolate Hills are the result of a fight between two giants who threw balls of mud at each other during the wet season, resulting in this extraordinary landscape. Be prepared to admire the magnificent view from atop one of these hills!
To find out more about what Bohol has to offer, get your copy of Asian Geographic Issue 2/2021 here.