How to have fun visiting the Philippines' 7,107 islands.
Bohol, the Philippines’ tenth largest island abounds with geological formations, historical monuments, beaches and dive sites.
It is famous for its Chocolate Hills composed of 1,268 limestone hills scattered in several areas around Carmen and declared
as a National Geological Monument. Across the capital of Tagbilaran are the white-sand beaches and other natural
wonders of Panglao Island. Alona Beach is the best in the island.
The seas around Balicasag and Pamilacan islands are some of the best diving sites in the world, and a whale and dolphin habitat as well. Panglao is home to Hinagdanan Cave, which has a natural pool, and the Dauis Church, a centuries-old structure with a freshwater well located in front of the altar.
Along the eastbound road is the Blood Compact Site in Bohol, recalling the first Filipino-Spanish treaty of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Rajah Sikatuna. There is also the Baclayon Church, founded in 1595, one of the oldest churches in the country and a repository of priceless religious art. Cruises are offered along the Loboc River and a road goes through the man-made forest of Bilar.
Other attractions include the Tarsier Visitors Center in Corella, home of the world’s smallest primate, a tiny, shy animal with oversized eyes. Antequera is famous for its basket market, while Maribojoc has the Spanish-era Punta Cruz watchtower.
The Spanish colonization of the Philippines began with a blood-sealed peace treaty on the shores of Bohol. This historic event is remembered today with an all-out fiesta at the island's capital city.