Bohol more than a major dive destination

A little island in the central Philippines Bohol is known for its world renowned Chocolate Hills and it is probably the county’s most visited tourist attraction. If people know of or heard of Bohol about the only thing that comes to mind when the name is mentioned are the Chocolate Hills. There is much more to see and do on the island than just the famous limestone formations.

There are pristine beaches and Panglao Island is a short jaunt from its capital of Tagbilaran and is day by day increasing in popularity not only with locals both with foreign visitors as a nice peaceful safe beach destination.

If beaches are not for you Bohol has much more to offer. Scuba diving is abundant with sites that are world class surrounding the island including rich marine life and a beautiful coral reef and in some spots snorkeling is offered so from the novice to the professional, there is something available to all under the waters of Bohol.

Dolphin and the popular whale watching have become very popular attractions with Pamilacan Island being the headquarters for the best spotters and for those arranging tours. Most of those that are offering the tours were once whale hunters who have since joined the watching program since the Philippine government stopped the hunting of these marine animals.

Underwater is not the only place to find the exotic wildlife in Bohol. Fauna is protected in the last remaining forests that are on the island and is home to the tarsier, one of the world’s smallest of primates. In Corella you can visit the Philippine Tarsier Foundation and see the peculiar and timid animal in its habitat.

A rather big forest reserve close to Bilar, the Rajah Sikatuna National Park, is a paradise for bird watchers. There are trails where you can walk and you can get up close views of the rare birds that make the park home.

Bohol is full of history and culture. Baclayon has centuries-old churches as well as towns like Loboc, Maribojoc and Loon and there are watchtowers made by the Spanish in Punta Cruz, Panglao, Pamilacan and other places as well.