By GABRIELA ISOBELLE NIÑA N. VAÑO
Student-Writer, UP-Cebu Masscom 2
SUMMER is one of the best times to take a break and one of the best places to be, by then, is Bohol. Bohol is perhaps one of the country’s most popular tourist spots because of the world famous Chocolate Hills and the world’s smallest primate, the Tarsier. But other than these two, you will be surprised to find that Bohol caters to a lot of different people with different interests too.
It is undeniably an island rich in natural beauty both on land and under the sea. It’s one of the places here in the Philippines that take pride with their beaches. Panglao Island, which is just a few minutes away from its capital, Tagbilaran city, is where some of the best beaches are located.
The place is literally lined with resorts to cater to the tourists who come year after year to enjoy the place.
Another one of the popular attractions in Bohol aside from its beaches is the dolphin and whale watching at Pamilacan Island. And for those who wish to explore the world down below, colorful coral reefs and rich marine life will definitely please all types of explorers from snorkelers to expert divers.
But Bohol ’s wonders are not just limited underwater. To the more adventurous, you can try spelunking, or trekking through the island’s remaining forest to see an interesting set of fauna in their natural habitat.
And if that’s not enough, you can immerse yourself in Bohol ’s culture and history. You can go look at century-old churches in Baclayon, Loboc, Loay, Maribojoc, Loon and Dauis to marvel at these standing monuments. If you have a flare for road trips, you’ll be pleased to find that you can tour Bohol in a day or two.
And you must not miss out on trying its famous delicacies: the Peanut Kisses and Kalamay. Most tourists though, come to Bohol ’s for its beaches.
But if a few dips in the water and the scenery alone don’t satisfy you, don’t worry because Bohol has more in store for you. Scuba divers alone have more than enough choices of world class diving spots surrounding the island.
But to really experience Bohol is to experience the people’s hospitality. Try visiting the island in May when town fiestas are celebrated almost everyday. You can hop from town to town without having to bring money other than for transportation. You’d surely be invited to residents’ homes and enjoy feasts of lechon baboy (roasted pig) and kinilaw (raw fish).
All in all Bohol is an island blessed with so much bounty that words alone won’t be able to give enough justice to the whole experience.
You have to go to the place and really experience its beauty yourself. And the best part is it’s not too far from Cebu! So what are you waiting for? Start packing for a little trip to Bohol!