Bohol island tour, the amazing hills of Philippines

The Chocolate Hills is the famous tourist attraction of Philippines, located at Bohol, south of Manilla. Bohol Island is said to be the largest island in Philippines, its beauty of nature is vast. It has white sand beach and beautiful sky, and the popular spot of Bohol is the Chocolate Hills.

Chocolate hills are mounds of conical and almost symmetrical shapes that arranged in 50 square kilometers. It is estimated to be from 1,268 to about 1,776 individual mounds, and the average height of 30-50 meters. When you look from the high angle, you will see extensive area of Chocolate Hills that seemingly is endless, which is a phenomenal sight and hence, this place is one of the destinations of tourists from all over the world.

From the assumption of the geologists, these hills perhaps used to be the coral reefs under the sea in the past million years, formed by a long time of deposition which created a current shape. And when the sea water level decreased, it became the hills.

On the other hand, there are 3 local legends that explain the formation of Chocolate Hills. The first one tells the story of 2 giants who often had a fight, and when they fought, they threw boulders at each other. One day they became tired of fighting and finally became friends but the two giants did not clean the area, the boulders that were thrown formed Chocolate Hills. The second legend tells the story of a giant who fell in love with simple mortal, when the mortal died the giant could not stop crying and when his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed. The last legend tells a story of a town that was plagued by a giant carabao who ate all the crops, so the townfolk took all the spoiled foods and feed them to the carabao. After the carabao ate the spoiled foods, he became sick and defecated, leaving a mound of feces which formed the Chocolate Hills.

The beauty of Chocolate Hills differs from season to season. If the tourists pay a visit during rainy season (June-October) they will see thousands of greenish mounds. However, if they visit during summer (March-May), the hills will be brownish, and look like a chunk of chocolate just like its name.

Travelling to Chocolate Hills

Travel via flight from Thailand to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manilla, Philippines which takes about 4 hours (the local time of Philippines is 1 hour faster than Thailand). After that, continue with the domestic flight to Cebu which takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. Finally, take a 2-hours ferry ride to Bohol Island.