Bohol Landmark and Attractions
Bohol is now one of the most visited provinces in the Philippines. It is getting to be popular not only among foreign tourists but local visitors as well. The Department of Tourism and the government of Bohol are promoting the province as "a land of history and natural beauty." Even Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol Province, is being advertised as "The City of Friendship." This oval-shaped province is located in the central part of the Visayas lying between Cebu in the northwest and Leyte in the northeast. To the south is Mindanao which is separated from Bohol by the wide Mindanao Sea. Bohol is about 700 kilometers directly south of Manila and about an hour by commercial jet.
Aside from the mainland, Bohol has 61 smaller offshore islands and islets. The island of Panglao is the most visited being known for its unpolluted waters which are rated among the best diving sites in the world. Here you will find long stretches of fine white sand set against an idyllic backdrop of coconut trees.
Bohol's land area is 4,117.26 square kilometers and is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. As of the year 2000, Bohol had a population of about 1,139,130 and is growing at an average rate of 2.78 percent. It is essentially an agricultural province and rice, coconut, and corn are its main products. Most fishing towns are found in the northern part of the island, particularly those facing the Camotes Sea. Among the minerals the province produces are manganese, iron and tin.
One of the island provinces in the Philippines which has the Chocolate Hills as its signature attraction. The hills are spread over municipalities of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan and consists of approximately 1,268 hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. Formed centuries ago by tidal movements, the Chocolate Hills are considered as a Philippine National Geological Monument.
Loboc River Cruise
The cruise along the river starts from Loay Bridge which is 20 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. A motorized boat or a floating restaurant will take passengers upstream passing by nipa (palm tree) vegetations, coconuts and other tropical flora. There is a brief stop at Busai Falls before returning downstream to the Loboc bridge.
Blood Compact Sites
On March 16, 1565, Spanish Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi entered into a blood compact with Rajah Sikatuna, a local chieftain of Bool, Bohol for the purpose of insuring friendly relations between the Spaniards and the natives.
Also known as the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, it was built by the Jesuits in 1596 and is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. The massive edifice still retains its century-old architectural design. The external and internal portions of the church used to have various interesting relics and artifacts, but most of which have now been placed at the Baclayon Museum.
The tarsier is an unusual mammal that lives in southeast Asia, in rainforests and bamboo forests in the Philippines and Indonesia. Bohol is best known for its tarsiers and can also be found in Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. The tarsier is very small animal and is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than an adult man's hand.
Well known under Diver is the famous “Alona Beach” of Panglao Island with its famous diving spots and also regular Tourists visit Bohol and Panglao Island for relaxing and pleasure during holiday times more and more as well as here are already many permanent residents from foreign countries who enjoy living in Bohol and Panglao Island. So its easy, making friends here, because life goes easy and still is very affordable.
Bohol is an island located between latitude 9°30' and 10°15' North and Longitude 123°40' and 124°30' East.
With a land area of 4117.3 square kilometers, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines, and lies in the middle of the Visayas. Bohol is surrounded by other islands on all sides, and is thus shielded from the typhoons that often occur in the region, as well as from the heaviest rains.