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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bohol

“Here are our top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bohol, Philippines”

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Bohol is one of the many Islands that make up the Philippines. The Island of Bohol has a picturesque landscape and rich culture which leaves visitors wishing they had more time on the island. Bohol is among the world’s most popular tourist destination because of the diversity in its main attractions. The landscape, the culture, the people, the buildings and the activities are just tip of the iceberg.

1) The Chocolate Hills
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Chocolate Hills are perhaps the most fascinating detail about touring Bohol Island. These over 1000 hills stretch over a 50 square kilometer area with the individual hills ranging between 30 and 120 meters in height. The thing about Chocolate Hills is that they almost look like something someone placed on land. It still remains a puzzle that even geologists are still trying to comprehend. Despite being covered by green grass, the name ‘Chocolate Hills’ comes from the fact that the hills turn brown during the dry season.

2) The Tarsiers
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It’s one of the country’s oldest and smallest primate creatures. These furry and big eyed animals are almost the size of a grown up man’s hand. The Philippine tarsier sleeps for the better part of the day; they are active at night looking of food, which are mostly insects. Two interesting facts about the animal are one, that it can rotate its head almost 180 degrees and that when stressed from all the fuss by tourists, it commits suicide by hitting its head hard on extremely hard surfaces.

3) The Landscape
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Being an island, Bohol’s landscape provides an amazing use of time, some of these include Coron Rock Formation, Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao, Malaroyroy Island, Villa Palawan among others. Boat rides provide an efficient means of transportation to most of these sites although tourists can get a licence if they decide to stay over a 90 day stay to drive the locally available rental cars in Panglao.

4) The Food
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Even in the not so pricey restaurants, the food in Bohol still remains finger licking. Mostly seafood and pastry, Boholano cuisine is at its best during the food festival in July. This time of the year, tourists are treated to local dishes for free in at least ten houses. Alona beach in Panglao Island, Bohol also has a great verity of Filipino style food from fresh seafood to beef, pork and chicken BBQ that will surely satisfy any stingy pallet.

5) The Bamboo Hanging Bridge
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Found in Sevilla, the Tension Bridge provides a link across the banks of the Sipatan River. Originally built using bamboo and rope only, the modern version of the bridge is now strengthened with steel cables and more durable material for the comfort and safety of its users. There is another bamboo hanging bridge located in Loboc, Bohol that streaches accross the Loboc river, its truly a wonderful place to visit when coming to Bohol.

6) The Arts
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To get a glimpse of Boholan art, there’s a branch of the national museum in Tagbilaran City which showcases the Bohol of then and the Bohol of today. Artefacts and archaeological preserves extracted from the island are mostly of a Spanish theme. The Baclayon church also has a miniature museum which has displays mainly of the church’s vestiges.

7) The Upbeat Feel of the Island
It’s not only in the culture and landscape, there more to Bohol than what meets the eye. Mysterious caves such as the ones in Anda, the Danao Adventure Park, kayaking, root and wall climbing are the many hidden treasures of Bohol which tae tourists by surprise on a visit to Bohol.

8) The Beaches
The Best of Alona - A White Beach Experience
Of the countless beaches in Bohol, Panglao stands out as a breathtaking site with white sands and numerous world class beach resorts. Located on the south of Bohol, on this stretch of beaches there’s a lot of activity that one can engage themselves in; dolphin watching, island hopping as well as diving make up the wide choice a tourist is exposed to

9) The Churches

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Our Lady of Assumption Church Dauis Bohol

Among them are the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Baclayon Church and the Dauis Church; edifices which exhibit the intense spirituality contained in the island.

10) Fit for all Tastes
Remember, when driving in Bohol your foreign drivers licence is legal to drive here for 90 days of stay.
So have a great time in the Philippines, whatever your taste is.

Visit Bohol and find your own reasons to visit it again and again.

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Frequently Asked Questions About after the Earthquake and Typhoon in Bohol

Frequently Asked Questions About after the Earthquake and Typhoon in Bohol. Get the latest information about updates on the Bohol Earthquake and typhoon Yolanda.

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1. Are there still aftershocks? NO
2. Are the chocolate hills destroyed? NO, only a few have cracks;
3. Are the roads of Bohol passable? YES, and most all damaged roads have been repaired;
4. Are the roads in Tagbilaran passable? YES, and the minor damages are repaired;
5. Are the roads from the airport or pier going to Alona Beach and Panglao passable? YES, there was never a problem;
6. Was the airport damaged? NO, runway had no cracks and terminal building had minor damages which are repaired;
7. Was the port damaged? YES, but only minor damages and cracks in the concrete have been repaired. The terminal building is functioning now;
8. Was Bohol hit by the typhoon? NO, only strong winds and this especially in the north of Bohol, and only minor damages were reported;
9. Was the reef (wall) of Cabilao and Balicasag damaged by the earthquake? NO, not a scratch;
10. Were All churches in Bohol badly damaged? NO, a few collapsed, a few had major damages, some had minor damages. Restoration is in progress;
11. Are all bridges passable on Bohol and the two bridges to Panglao? YES, the bridges to Panglao had only minor damages and are repaired, and all other bridges in Bohol are rebuilt or repaired;

12. Is it safe in Bohol? YES, very safe, actually one of the safest islands in the entire Philippines.

So, what are you waiting for (smile)? Don’t let yourself be discouraged by exaggerated media bullcrab. We live here and we know first hand of what’s going on and we want you to enjoy and to feel safe when thinking about us. It was already safe one day after the earthquake. Even during Yolanda (Typhoon) which hit the Visayas after the earthquake, there was only one day of ferry cancellation. Scuba Diving is great as usual. Water is a bit cooler, which is normal and the visibility is super. Lots of stuff to see and do.
Welcome to paradise.
Please comment below if you have any additional questions!

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Earthquake Relief Efforts Bohol Philippines

Bohol, Philippines – IDEA Joins in the Earthquake Relief Efforts

Bohol Island Devastated by Killer Quake

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We recommend clicking here to get the latest earthquake information (Updated Hourly)

In less than one minutes on October 15th, the quaint tropical island of Bohol was set back 20 years in development by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent 1000 plus aftershocks. The toppling of homes, stores, schools, hospitals, and 500 year old churches were only a foreshadowing of the realities of the long term effects of loss of communications, water, power, and passable roads. Even knowing the death toll is impossible because many communities are totally cut off. Thousands of people have lost their homes, schools have been rendered unusable, as well as many hospitals and government buildings.

IDEA has been serving on Bohol for over 30 years and immediately began assisting those in need after the quake from food to temporary shelters.


IDEA has deaf schools in the two worst hit towns on the island. Both Sagbayan and Loon towns have been terribly impacted. Our first priority is to care for the kids, teachers, and dorm parents. As our dormitories have been badly damaged, we need to repair or reconstructed them. This is also true with classrooms. Extra measures are needed to get food and water to these schools as supply routes are almost totally destroyed in some areas. Funds are greatly needed to accomplish these tasks.

We are so fortunate to be able to initially field 35 well-trained deaf men who are experts in construction. Our goal is to: make building materials available to those who have lost everything. Within four weeks we will add to our core group of deaf men and have three construction teams permanently set up in the worst hit areas producing hollow block for rebuilding. We will also be cutting dimensional coconut lumber to be used to put up light material structures. With the use of generators, compressors, and nail guns, we will be able to quickly assist many families in achieving basic shelter. We need funds to support our deaf construction crews and the required equipment as well as pay for the basic construction materials.

ANY DONATIONS WILL BE HELPFUL.


Earth Quake Donations

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Volunteers Needed For Bohol Earthquake

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  • Hotel accommodations for Bohol Earthquake Relief Volunteers
  • Dao Diamond Hotel in Tagbilaran offers very comfortable dormitory style rooms at a special discounted rate to all volunteer Bohol Earthquake Relief Volunteers.

Portions of the Island of Bohol have been devastated and needs all the help it can get.
Teams of volunteers are needed to:

  • Help to demolish damaged homes so that the rebuilding process can begin.
  • Set up and erect prefabricated Emergency Hut Houses for people now living in tents.
  • Clear way rubble from fallen homes.
  • Re-establish water sources for people without clean water

Dao Diamond Hotel offer volunteer groups:

  • Reasonable and Comfortable Accommodations
  • Special Discounts to Volunteer Groups
  • Discounted 25 passenger bus rental for volunteer groups.
  • Direct link for volunteers to work with International Aid Organizations
  • Direct link to join Emergency Hut House setup teams
  • Direct link to join rubble and demolition efforts

Contact Dao Diamond Hotel Directly for the special discount and do not pass through any on-line booking agencies/companies. Contact Dao Diamond Hotel directly at email: daodiamond@hotmail.com or going to www.daodiamond.com

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Bohol in the News

Get the latest on whats happening in Bohol, Philippines

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  • Palace elated over survey ranking the Philippines as 8th friendliest country
    Malacanang expressed elation over the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey result, which ranked the Philippines as the eighth friendliest country in the world. Earlier, the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation gave the Philippines a 57.1 score for economic freedom, making its economy the 107th freest in the 2012 Index. […]
  • Alert level sa South Sudan, gi-isa sa Level 3 sa DFA
    TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 11 (PIA)–Giisa na sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sa crisis alert level 3 ang sitwasyon sa South Sudan human sa nagka-grabeng kagubot didto. Matud pa ni Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, ubos sa crisis alert level 3, ipatuman ang voluntary repatriation diin abagahon sa gobyerno ang galastohon sa mga Pilipinong modesisyon nga […]
  • DepEd sets early registration on January 28
    The Department of Education (DepEd) sets January 28, 2012 as the early registration day for School Year (S.Y.) 2012-2013 in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide. “We have set aside this day for the early registration of out-of-school children, out-of-school –youth, children and youth with learning difficulties along with kinder, Grade 1 and incoming first year high […]
  • Bag-ong hepe sa PAF, gihinganlan na
    TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 10 (PIA)–Gitudlo karon ni Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III si M/Gen. Lauro Catalino dela Cruz isip bag-ong commanding general sa Philippine Air Force (PAF). Kini human sa pagretiro ni Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena, gihinganlan nga commander-in-chief si Dela Cruz isip mosunod nga hepe sa PAF. Si Dela Cruz usa ka miyembro sa Philippine Military […]
  • Mga LGU’s nga apil sa DENR geohazard map, pulongon sa DILG
    TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 09 (PIA)–Planong pulongon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa katapusang semana sa Enero o unang semana sa Pebrero ang mga opisyal sa lugar nga kuyaw sa landslide ug flashflood nga gitumbok sa Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Sa usa ka […]
  • Oil distributors sa Bohol, mi-kompirmar sa laing pagsaka na usab sa presyo sa lana
    TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 09 (PIA)–Gipaabot na usab ang laing pagsaka sa presyo sa lana dinhi sa lalawigan sa Bohol. Ang oil distributors dinhi sa Bohol mi-kompirmar nga nadawat na nila ang pahimangno gikan sa kaulohan ug nagpaabot na lamang sa tukmang petsa sa pagpatuman niini bisan unsang orasa sulod ning semanaha. Usa sa gikatahong hinungdan mao ang […]
  • Growing reactions to new tourism slogan proves DOT campaign works – Palace
    THE growing number of reactions to the new slogan of the Department of Tourism, whether online or in print media, is proof that the campaign to attract more visitors to the Philippines is working, a Palace official said on Sunday. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said more and more Filipinos are getting “on board” and joining the government’s […]
  • Adunay manubag sa ComVal landslide – Palasyo
    TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 05 (PIA)–Giseguro karon sa Malacañang nga adunay manubag sa nahitabong trahedya sa Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley diin 25 na katawo ang kumpirmadong namatay ug daghan pa ang nangawala. Matud pa ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, imbestigahan ang landslide ug nganong daghan ang casualties. Sigun pa kang Lacierda, dugay nang gimandu ang forced evacuation apan […]
  • FOI Bill, gi-endorso na ni PNoy
    TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 05 (PIA)–Human sa serye sa konsultasyon, pormal nang gi- endorso gahapon ni Presidente Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III ang kontrobersyal nga Freedom of Information Act (FOI). Ang “go signal” ni Aquino nga iduso sa Malacañang ang suporta sa FOI bunga sa duha ka oras nga pakigpulong niini sa mga cabinet members gahapon nga maoy gitahasan […]

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