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The Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Picture: Nico van der Drift

 

Bohol is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. It is one of the bigger islands in 'the Visayas', the group of islands in the center of the Philippines.  Bohol is, together with 72 small islands around the main island, an island province of 4117 square kilometer. Agriculture, together with the tourism, are the two dominating economic sectors of the main island Bohol.

             

Main attractions of Bohol

For tourists who make a tour through the country, Bohol has three main attractions. These are the tropical forest, the smallest monkey in the world and the  'Chocolate Hills'. For 'sun, sea and beach lovers',  there are a lot of possibilities for snorkeling, diving in the unpolluted waters and relaxing on the splendid beaches on some of the surrounding small islands. The Bohol province forms absolutely one of the places to stay for  a longer period.

Sun, sea, beaches and diving! 3

Two of the smaller islands are Panglao, Balicasag and Pamilacan, southwest of the main island Bohol. They are the  superb diving spots of the province of Bohol. The diving places are rated among the best of the world.

The Chocolate Hills

One of the most spectacular landscapes in the Philippines is  formed by the Chocolate Hills on the island Bohol. The Chocolate Hills have all the  same shape,  but differ in the altitude. The most of the 1268 hills reach 40 meters high.

Origin of the Chocolate Hills

 

Geologists  think that the specific shape  of the hills is caused by  the influences of the weather during millions of years. The breaking down of the upper layers of the limestone formations, followed by the erosion processes, resulted in these remnants in the shape of cones. In the rainy season the Chocolate Hills are green.  In the dry season of each year, the vegetation on the hills gives the landscape a brown colored view, a reason to call them "Chocolate Hills".

Chocolate Hills

    

Picture: Harry Boer

The smallest monkey

A reason to visit the main island Bohol, is that Bohol still has tropical rainforests in the higher parts of the island.  Moreover, If you want to meet the smallest monkey on earth, the Tarsier, you'll have to visit Bohol! The average size of this little creature is between 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches).  The weight is between 70 to 165 grams.

 

                      

                
 

View on Bohol          

Pictures: N. van der Drift