CHOCOLATE HILLS BOHOL – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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The Chocolate Hills is a must-see destination if you plan to visit Bohol island in the Philippines. In saying that, the majority of travellers who visit Bohol just come to see the famous Chocolate Hills, so I am sure it’s already on your itinerary!

There are good reviews and bad reviews of Chocolate Hills Bohol, though don’t let anything you read on the internet deter you from experiencing this other-worldly location. It is even better than expected through your own eyes!

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WHERE IS CHOCOLATE HILLS BOHOL

Chocolate Hills is located in the Carmen region on Bohol island, Philippines.

From the main tourist area of Panglao, it is a 70km drive that takes around 1.5 hours to reach Chocolate Hills Philippines.

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HOW TO GET TO CHOCOLATE HILLS

There are a couple of options to reach the Chocolate Hills in Bohol and that is either DIY or with a tour.

DIY:

If you prefer to visit Chocolate Hills DIY it is best to rent a scooter in the main tourist area of Panglao and make the 1.5 hour drive to Carmen. Scooter rentals in Panglao are around 300 – 350 pesos per day.

WITH A TOUR:

Alternatively, you can book a Bohol Chocolate Hills Tour which is a full-day tour from Panglao for less than $30.

This tour includes Chocolate Hills, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Loboc River Cruise, Tarsier Sanctuary & Baclayon Church.

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CHOCOLATE HILLS ENTRANCE FEE

The entrance fee at Chocolate Hills Bohol is 50 pesos.

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MY EXPERIENCE AT CHOCOLATE HILLS BOHOL

We left our accommodation in Panglao at 4 am to make the drive out to Philippines Chocolate Hills in time for sunrise. It was a long and chilly motorbike ride to reach the Chocolate Hills viewpoint in Carmen town but we were the first tourists to arrive which made the early journey worth it.

I parked the scooter right at the top of the hill and then climbed the steep set of stairs to reach the Chocolate Hills viewpoint.

At the top of the stairs is a panoramic observation deck boasting extensive views of the 1,268 cone-shaped Chocolate Hills and the surrounding Carmen region.

I spent a good hour taking photos of the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines and was not once interrupted by large groups of tourists which is quite common at this Bohol tourist spot.

I would definitely recommend you to visit Chocolate Hills at sunrise and by arriving early in the morning as we did, you’ll most likely have the whole viewing deck to yourself.

The mysterious landscape is very impressive, to say the least, and definitely worth the long ride.

Chocolate Hills also offers facilities such as restrooms, a restaurant and a souvenir shop.

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BOHOL CHOCOLATE HILLS – INTERESTING FACTS

These limestone Chocolate Hills are covered with grass and appear to be bright green during the rainy season. However, they turn brown by the end of the dry season, hence their name. The hills are surrounded by green trees but funnily enough, no trees grow on the hills.

The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometres and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height!

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The Chocolate Hills are all spread over the towns of Valencia, Batuan, Carmen, Bilar, Sierra Bullones and Sagbayan.

We later found out that you can view the Chocolate Hills of the Philippines from two lookouts – one in Carmen which is the one that appears in Google Maps and one in Sagbayan called the Sagbayan Peak.

The formation theory of the Chocolate Hills Bohol assumes that they are grass-covered limestones that were once part of the marine floor.

However, the massive uplift of coral deposits and the effects of rain, water and erosion have created the amazing formation of the Chocolate Hills today.

The Chocolate Hills are considered to be a national patrimony in the Philippines and this popular Bohol tourist spot is now even featured in the provincial flag and seal of Bohol.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR CHOCOLATE HILLS

After our visit to the Chocolate Hills, we visited the Bilar Man-Made Forest and the Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary which are both quite close to each other in the same region.

You can visit all three of these Bohol tourist spots on a single day trip from Panglao.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO

Luxury: Donatela Hotel

  • Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation in Panglao. Centrally located and close to beaches and other attractions on Panglao island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub and plunge pool. They can also help you to organise scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities in Bohol. Great for families, friends and couples.

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Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort

  • Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach and close to shops, restaurants and other nearby attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast is included for all guests. Great place to stay for families, friends and couples.

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Budget: Bohol Coco Farm

  • Bohol Coco Farm is rated the best accommodation for a solo traveller in Bohol. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other attractions. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.

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AIRBNB BOHOL

Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Bohol.

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MORE BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDES

There are so many things to do in Bohol that I recommend spending at least one week on the island to make the most out of your visit!

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HOW TO GET TO BOHOL

There are two ways of getting to Bohol, one is by plane and the other by ferry.

BY PLANE: 

There are daily flights to Bohol welcoming both domestic and international travellers. The main airport in Bohol is Panglao International Aiport located on Panglao Island.

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BY FERRY: 

Cebu to Bohol ferry

The most common route is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol which takes approximately 2.5 hours and the cost is around 600 pesos.

There are daily ferry departures from the Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal and it arrives at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.

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Once you have booked your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, on the day of travel you can head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure and present the online booking number to the staff at the check-in counter so they can issue you a seat number. There is also an additional 25 pesos terminal fee that must be paid in cash on the day.

Siquijor to Bohol ferry

If you happen to be on Siquijor island and heading over to Bohol from here, there are daily ferry departures from Larena Port in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol. The ferry from Siquijor to Bohol takes around 1.5 hours and the cost is around 800 pesos plus an additional 20 pesos terminal fee.

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BOOK A BOHOL TOUR

Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour. 

This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!

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The Bohol Tour includes the following:

  • Chocolate Hills
  • Bilar Manmade Forest
  • Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
  • Loboc River Cruise with lunch
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Panglao Watchtower
  • & much more

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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Bohol Philippines Chocolate Hills, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Adventuring! 😃

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