As an island surrounded by water and smaller islands while also within proximity of neighboring provinces like Cebu, Bohol is blessed with beauty throughout – underwater, over the hills, and in its inner landscapes, rivers, and forests. A large portion of the island is composed of interesting limestone mounds that appear brown during summer, and a velvety green during the wetter months – most notably like the famous Chocolate Hills.

ATV around the Chocolate Hills. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Ride an ATV around the Chocolate Hills. The famous hills are most often viewed from atop the view deck, as it appears numerous times in different postcards and photos of Bohol. But have you ever seen the hills from an ATV? ATV tour operators like Sotera’s in Carmen have exciting trails that snake around the base of the hills. The trails are easy enough even for beginners to conquer, while also containing a rugged element of surprise through gentle slopes, sharp turns, and wide open spaces that let you see the hills from the ground.

Loboc River Cruise. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Cruise along Loboc River. The turquoise to emerald waters of Loboc River alone are mesmerizing enough, but try seeing the river while on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) tour or a lunch buffet cruise.  The Loboc River Resort offers guided SUP tours along the river’s generally calm waters, which also make a dreamy backdrop for a Loboc River Cruise – which comes with a hearty, festive buffet of local dishes that can be enjoyed right on the boat. The complete river cruise experience includes local performers on board, who serenade guests as they feast on a colorful mix of seafood, salads, and unique ube-infused dishes – as Bohol has an abundance of the bright purple root crop.

Philippine tarsier. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

See the Philippine tarsier in their sanctuary. The Philippine tarsiers remains to be one of the most sought-after natural attractions in Bohol. The Tarsier Conservation Area in Bilar, Loboc, and the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella provide sanctuaries that help keep the adorable nocturnal creatures safe while educating the public on how to best appreciate them while respecting their natural habitats. The tarsiers, which are one of the smallest primates in the world, are very fragile and sensitive to stimuli, so make sure to stay quiet and not use flash photography when documenting these creatures.

Bilar Man-made Forest. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Drive through the Bilar Man-made Forest. This man-made forest is located right along the roads of Bilar, making it one of the most accessible natural attractions of the province.

Reminiscent of Japan’s Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the forest consists of rows of red and white mahogany trees that were planted over a span of 50 years as part of a reforestation effort.

Balicasag Island. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Go snorkeling and diving in Balicasag Island. The island itself features a nearly perfect round shape surrounded by white sand, corals, and a vertical coral wall dropping into a clear ocean of blue. Balicasag Island is teeming with so much marine life, that even sea turtles are a regular sighting even on shallow parts of the water. It is also a haven for scuba divers and freedivers because of its variety of reef formations and deep waters just a few meters off the coast.

Lamanok Island. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

See the mystical remains of Lamanok Island. Technically part of a peninsula (as Anda is) but known more commonly as an island, Lamanok Island is one of the province’s most mysterious and historically significant attractions. It is dubbed as Bohol’s “cradle of civilization” due to the remains of early inhabitants found on the island, such as burial sites and cave paintings that are believed to date back to thousands of years ago. Most of the relics have been gathered by the National Museum for safekeeping, but the island still contains much of its mystique and allure which visitors can learn about through guided tours.

Alicia Panoramic Park. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Hike the ridges and peaks of Alicia Panoramic Park. The municipality of Alicia hides a sprawling panoramic park where hikers can enjoy a relatively easy hike to reach the top and be rewarded by a sweeping view of low-lying mountains, hills, and ridges. Guests can also opt to go glamping and ATV riding at The Farm at Alicia, which is a jump-off point for hikes to the park’s peak.

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