Countryside to Chocolate Hills
Bohol is a complete destination for backpackers on a budget or a luxurious travel getaway. The province has white-powdery beach shorelines called the famous Panglao Island where you can enjoy the sun and the sea.It has also an island named Balicasag where you can do snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also inhabited by dolphins which you can actually watch every morning doing their routinary swimming at the famous Pamilacan Island. In this...
We’re going to experience the Countryside Tour, a peek of what it’s like rustic-living in an agricultural, ecological, cultural and historical melting pot that is Bohol, a Banner Ecotourism site in the Philippines. We begin from this city, going coastal, watching the seascape, with several stops at the Commemorative Shrine of the BLOOD COMPACT, then next is BACLAYON CHURCH. Then we move interior to some rice granaries, to Loboc, where we will have our buffet lunch bywhile cruising along the LOBOC RIVER, and on top of this all is the highlight of our tour, the CHOCOLATE HILLS. Finally, our tour would not be complete without a visit to the most charming little creature, the tarsier, in its habitat at the CORELLA TARSIER SANCTUARY.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF BOHOL
Bohol is the 10th largest island out of the 7 thousand plus islands and islets in the Philippines.
It has a land area of 4,117 sq km, six times bigger than Singapore.
It has 47 towns, 31 of which are along the coasts, a stretch of 319 kms.
It is surrounded by 73 islets, most of which are white sandy strips, very tropical.
It has a population of approximately 1.2 Million as of 2007 census
The City of Tagbilaran, the only city in this province is the capital of Bohol. The major industry here is services as, admittedly unlike other cities, we do not have a strong distinct industry, roughly only 10% is agricultural.
Established in 1742 as an independent town from the oldest town Baclayon, it became a chartered city on July 1, 1966.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TAGBILARAN CITY
Tagbilaran City has a land area of 32.70 square kilometers.
Tagbilaran derived its name from a contraction of 2 dialect terms, Tago Bilaan, meaning “hide from the marauders”. The island of Bohol was frequented by pirates especially during habagat or northeast monsoon.
The city is geographically hidden by Panglao Island and Maribojoc mountain range. Thus the port is a perfect marina enclosed by the neighboring islands of Negros and Cebu.
We are now moving towards the city proper.
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