One Day in Bohol – From Suspension Bridges to Chocolate Hills to Incredible Rice Terraces
June 08, 2019
There are so many islands and places worth visiting in the Philippines, and Bohol Island is just one of them. Bohol is known for amazing marine life and colourful coral reefs and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills. The Philippines trip that I took with Cebu Pacific Air in May was too short, so I only had a day to explore Bohol. The following are 5 places you can visit within one day in Bohol.
#1 – Sevilla Twin Hanging Bridge
There are many suspension bridges in Bohol, but if you’re heading to the Chocolate Hills, it’s more convenient to stop by the Sevilla Twin Hanging Bridge. This 40 metres long bridge was traditionally constructed using just bamboo and rope. Today, the rope has made way for steel cables to ensure safety and stability. The deck of the bridge is formed out of woven bamboo slats. Please be careful and watch where you walk because some of these bamboo slats are broken and you could injure your feet. It was frightening when I first stepped onto the bridge as it swayed side to side and sometimes, bounced up and down. It’s better to cross the bridge when it’s empty. From the middle of the bridge, you’ll get a stunning view of the Sipatan River below. On the far side of the bridge, there are small shops selling souvenirs, cold drinks and snacks.
Sevilla Twin Hanging Bridge
Address: Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
Entrance Fee: P35 per person. Children 9 years old and below enter for free.
#2 – Bilar Man-Made Forest
Located along the border of Loboc and Bilar towns, the Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest. The driver stopped along the roadside for me to take pictures while we were on the way from Sevilla Twin Hanging Bridge to the Chocolate Hills. It felt cooling when I was inside the man-made forest. Before entering the man-made forest and after exiting, you’ll notice naturally grown forests featuring different trees and giant ferns. These made the neatly planted mahogany trees stand out. The stretch of mahogany trees is only approximately 2 kilometres.
Bilar Man-Made Forest
Address: Loay Interior Road, Bilar, Bohol, Philippines
Entrance Fee: NIL
#3 – Chocolate Hills
Boasting more than a thousand cone-shaped hills, this fascinating geological formation is the most famous attraction in Bohol. Many geologists were baffled by the strange formation that spread over more than 50 square kilometres. The hills vary in height from 30 metres to 120 metres. I went up to the viewing deck atop the hill in Carmen town for a panoramic view of the Chocolate Hills. The hills are only covered in grass and they look ‘chocolatey’ only during dry season when the grass withers and turns brown, somewhat similar to giant chocolate kisses, hence the name, “Chocolate Hills”.
#4 – Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
After visiting the rice terraces in Bali, it’s hard to be impressed by other rice terraces I see around the world. Although the view of the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces can never beat the ones in Bali, I have to commend the villagers for fighting for their survival. They turned the barren land into rice terraces and today, agriculture is thriving in their village. There is a public and a private rice terrace you can visit in Cadapdapan. I went to the public one, and trekked up a small hill for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside. The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces is a long drive from the rest of the attractions, so you should combine it with a nearby waterfall hike to make your trip worthwhile.
#5 – Hinagdanan Cave
You have to ascend a flight of stairs to enter the Hinagdanan Cave. This cave features a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites. It can get quite dark at times because the cave is only lit by sunlight which filters through the holes in the ceiling. I could imagine how mystical and wonderful it must feel in the early mornings when there isn’t any one inside. Such a pity that I went in the afternoon when the lagoon was packed with visitors.
Address: Bingag, Dauis, Bohol, Philippines
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am to 5pm
After a full day of activities, I had dinner near Alona Beach and caught the beautiful sunset. There are many food options along the beach, and some restaurants serve barbecued seafood. Bohol is a fun island for adventures even though I only had one day to explore.
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