Packed with fascinating history and natural beauty rolled into one- Bohol. It is the 1oth largest island in the Philippines. This is where mountain and beach lovers go on their holidays. I went there in 2009 and had proved why my Kababayans call this place ” a paradise”.

Below are the TOP 7 features of the island:

1. The Chocolate Hills- The world -renowned Bohol’s major tourist attraction. The 1,776 cone-shaped hills are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. Thus, the name Chocolate Hills.

During my visit, it was semi-brown and oh boy! you know me… everytime I see such a wonder, it always leaves me in awe.

There are other hills in Bohol like the Banat-i, Elly, Himontago and Sampoangon Hills.

2. Doljo Beach- The Boholanos enjoy its clean and clear water. A good place to enjoy with family and friends on a weekend. It is also known as a diving site because of its beautiful shells and coral reefs- home of small and big colored fishes.

There are a lot of beaches in Bohol which have a long stretch of white sands to do water sport activities. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the famous white sharks too. (I wish I don’t get too lucky! Seeing them would terrify me)

3. Bohol’s Tarsiers -(Tarsius syrichta or Carlito syrichta) The smallest primates are in the Philippines. I had a chance to see them up close. They were hanging on the small trees. They looked peaceful and harmless. Some have the same size with my thumb and they all have huge eyes-bigger than mine I suppose.  I took loads of photos of these famous creatures.

Special not: They’re an endangered specie; you can’t buy them. :p

4. Hinagdanan Cave – I haven’t been to this place and will definitely go there on my next visit but I have heard of so many good stories and seen lovely photos. It has fresh water gushing from rocky sides and a pool underneath. How cool is that?

If you love caving adventures, you might also be interested with Batungay, Kokok, and Eva. Yes, all of them in Bohol.

5. Mag-Aso Falls- Just 20 kilometers from Tagbilaran City you will reach the scenic Mag-Aso waterfalls. There are other neighboring waterfalls such as the Kawasan and Inambacan falls. Indeed, Bohol is beautifully laced with a lot of natural wonders such as the waterfalls and most of them unspoiled.

6. Baclayon Church- This is an ancient structure. I like taking pictures and I like anything old. So yes, I visit churches everywhere I go. As you may already know, the Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia and a church is always a famous site.

7. Calamay-This is truly heavenly especially when you spread this on a bread.It is made of brown sugar, coconut milk and ground glutinous rice.

Peanut Kisses is also a popular delicacy of the island.

Well, those are the things that stand out to me although Loboc River is also lovely and there are 75 minor surrounding islands which are rich in marine life and world-class beauty.

Now, it’s your turn. Have you been to Bohol? Tell me at least 3 outstanding features of the island which you think I should check out soon. (“,) Bohol is worth going a second time!