A popular destination and activity in Bohol province is the Loboc River Cruise. More than the river’s floating restaurants, visitors are treated with the magnificent and breathtaking view of the Loboc River and its surroundings. The clean river is complemented with green landscapes and tall coconut trees with a thick rain forest as backdrop.
Loboc is around 24 kms away from provincial capital Tagbilaran City and is included in many Bohol tour packages. There are two choices for the river cruise. One is via a banca or dug-out canoe where the boatmen take visitors to the cascading mini waterfall of Busay. Another is by boarding the floating restaurants stationed at the new the Loay Bridge. The food in the floating restaurants feature local delicacies, and the dining and buffet experience are accompanied with entertainment.
The river cruise ends at the Busay Falls and it marks the end point for the floating restaurants. Some boat tours stop at a tribal community along the banks of the river where members of the ethnic Ati tribe welcome visitors with music. Visitors mingle with the tribe members who show their skills in archery and hunting. The visit is free although a small donation is always appreciated which helps the tribe in various social projects (From the Visit Bohol Association).
Mabuhay ang Bohol!
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Province in the Visayas region, Central Philippines, is a breathtaking landscape, a nearly unearthly geographical formation of small rounded limestone hills. A Wikipedia entry says that based on the latest survey, there are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi), located in the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan.
The best panoramic views are from Carmen where a view deck was built by the local tourism office. A small, modest guesthouse is also located near the view deck, but local tourism officials really need to work on better accommodations if they intend to attract more visitors.
The hills, so-called conical karst hills in geologic terms, have a thin soil layer with green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name Chocolate Hills. The limestone hills are formed or created by a combination of the dissolution of limestones by rainfall, surface water and groundwater.
Best viewed at sunrise when the dawn mist lingers and slowly lifts off, the sight of these uniformly odd-shaped hills stretching to the distance in the early morning light can be an ‘out-of-this-world’ experience, a natural wonder that is not only unique but also visually unforgettable. The area is listed in the Philippines National Geological Monuments and local authorities have proposed the inclusion of the park into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Mabuhay ang Chocolate Hills!
The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), known in the Visayas region as the maumag is an endangered tarsier species native to the Philippines. The tarsier is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly in the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.
According to Wikipedia, the tarsier family is about 45 million years old and was only introduced to western biologists in the 18th century. Since the tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its sockets, its neck can rotate 180 degrees (think of Linda Blair in The Exorcist) allowing this smallest primate to look out for danger.
In terms of appearance, perhaps this is the closest E.T we can have. But don’t get your hopes high to see or spot the tarsier if you happen to be in Bohol or in the Visayas Region. Like other endangered animals, this shy animal is difficult to find or see by coincidence unless they are in captivity.
Mabuhay ang Philippine Tarsier!