A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills

Bohol, Philippines

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Tropical beaches, lush jungles, and with the odd landscape like chocolate hills, is a unique combination that can't be found anywhere else.  Bohol is the paradise for adventurers.  Let's make a short weekend trip to Bohol.

The plan is to spend half a day in Chocolate Hills Adventure Park when we arrive, follow by the Bohol countryside to see the chocolate hills, then exlplore the Panglao Island, and finally hop the islands nearby Bohol and see dolphins.

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesChocolate hills, photo by mendhak licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

These mounds turn brown during the summer, resembling Hershey Kisses, hence the name.  The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills. They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high.

Up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay.

A more romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya's death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesWe will be cruising along Loboc river,photo by michael reyes licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

If timing is right we can have lunch on the cruise.  I think it will be a good experience as we cruise down the Loboc River flanked by nipa palms, coconut trees, and banana groves on both sides of the river and also one of the cleanest river in Philippines.

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesAlona beach nearby Panglao beach.

Alona beach is very popular among tourist and can get overcrowded, I will attempt to get to another quieter and yet beautiful beach.

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesBeach in Bohol, photo by by Jeff licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesDolphin seen when island hopping in Bohol Island.

I read that someone has possibly seen 500 dolphins in one trip.  I hope we can get as lucky as them.

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesSwimming in Virgin Island,photo by Allan Ascaño licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Aside from the mainland, Bohol has 61 smaller offshore islands and islets.  We will be hopping to a few of its nearby islands like the Virgin Island, Balicasag island and a few other islands.

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesSea Turtle seen swimming in Balicasag island, photo by Jeff licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesBeach at night in Bohol, photo by Niklas Flindt licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

A short getaway to Bohol - to uncover its beaches, islands, and chocolate hills starting at Bohol, PhilippinesOne of the activities for us to try in Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, the Rush bike zipline.

In Chocolate Hills Adventure Park we can try The Rush Bike Zipline, The Wave Runner Surf Zipline, The Spiderman Wall climbing and many other exciting and relaxing activities.  I think this park has enough diversified activities for everyone.

Additional Info

Note:
- Will update price in 2021 when the new price is available
- Dates are tentative depending on the travel restrictions nearer to date

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly Singapore to Bohol, visit Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
Day 2 Explore Bohol Countryside
Day 3 Explore Panglao Island
Day 4 Bohol Island Hopping and Dolphin Watching
Day 5 Fly Bohol to Singapore

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!