We can all agree that it is a tough and uncertain time right now.  You may have noticed that I have been posting more frequently than normal and this is simply because I have the luxury of time that I don’t usually have day-to-day.  Blogging is helping me to stay sane and productive during the lockdown.  The pandemic situation is out of our hands right now, all we can do is help where we can, abide by the social distancing rules and look to the future when this has all blown over (whenever that may be).

Many of us have had holidays cancelled and are considering where we want to travel to once restrictions are lifted (myself included).  The destinations that I have written about as part of this series rely heavily on tourism which is why I want to highlight them as future travel ideas.  That’s not to mention the fact that the Philippines is somewhere that will always be close to my heart as I’m half Filipino.  

So for the second instalment of my mini-series of ‘off the beaten track’ destinations in the Philippines, I’m going to be focusing on Bohol Island.  

Bohol is famed for powdery white-sanded beaches that would rival the Maldives, the Chocolate Hills and tarsiers (I’ll get onto these later).  It’s slightly more accessible than the Camotes Islands (which I wrote about previously) as it has its own airport.  The island is a fantastic destination with plenty to offer, yet it receives only a fraction of the footfall of many more popular locations across Asia.      

First off, let’s talk about the beaches – they have to be some of the best that I have experienced.  Many of the beach resorts are located around Panglao Island, a mini-island just off the main island of Bohol.  Panglao Island is located within close proximity to the airport, making it conveniently accessible.

Panglao’s palm tree-fringed beaches with their fine white sand and shallow crystal water make for the perfect place to unwind and de-stress.  

As you can see by the fact that I have dark hair, it has been a good few years since I have visited Bohol but it is definitely somewhere that I would like to go back to soon.

Known as the eighth wonder of the world, the Chocolate Hills are another of Bohol’s main attractions.  The unique landform comprises over 1,000 perfect looking dome-shaped mountains.  During the dry season, they turn a rich chocolate brown colour, hence the name.  From the viewing deck there are 360-degree views of the majestic landscape.  This was one of the most impressive things that I have seen on my travels – the Chocolate Hills are definitely something you should consider putting on your bucket list. 

The final thing that warrants a mention is Bohol’s tarsiers.  The rare and endangered species are teddy bear-like in appearance and draw people in from far and wide to get a glimpse of them.   Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to see them for myself during my time in Bohol but I have inserted a video below so you can see what I am talking about.  

That concludes my virtual tour of Bohol Island.  Stay tuned for my next instalment of ‘off the beaten track’ destinations in the Philippines and have a read of my previous post about the Camotes Islands here.  

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