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Jun 23

8 Reasons To Include Bohol on Your Bucket List

Growing up in a serene town of Bohol, Philippines, I cared less about the aromatic morning  smell of grasses blended with the scent of burned dried leaves. I didn’t pay much attention to the sight of mangroves crawling to the edge of the road. I didn’t give the famous Chocolate Hills a damn, either. Sometimes, I even wondered why travelers from all over the world are fascinated with this tranquil land. Come on, there are no giant golden bridges, no skyscrapers, no tulip gardens, no towers. Duh, this place is no extraordinary!

It was only when I set foot on the country’s big cities that I learned to appreciate this island’s bounties and each time I would pass by a terrain of trees, a nostalgic feeling would make me want to go back home in no time. It was only then that I came to see Bohol in a different light – through traveler’s eyes. And it was only then that I have a handful of reasons to take pride of being called a Boholana. Here are eight of them.

Flying Foxes

Want to get wet and wild? Then Cabgan Island would be the best destination for you. Known for its 24 kinds of mangroves, this 80-hectare island is the home of adorable bats called Flying Foxes. Be mesmerized with these nocturnes and other marine animals like the Rufous Night Heron. Or if you these creatures aren’t really your thing, you can just sit back as your boat takes you to relaxing scenery.

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Yummy Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers in bouquets can be so common but if they’re arranged on your plate, it’s extraordinary. The Buzzz Café will let you know that flowers are not just gorgeous. They are delicious, too! You will surely be hitting two birds with one stone – fresh flowers and a healthy dinner in one.

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World-Class Music

Be serenaded by the Loboc  Children’s Choir while you are cruising along Loboc River, savoring an all-you-can-eat lunch aboard a boat.

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Lovely Doves

Ever thought of Milan? Feel the love as you feed the hungry doves at Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran City. Just get some food somewhere and head straight to this place. Then, share your bread and nuts to the hundreds of doves all over the place. A romantic getaway (and generous), indeed.

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Sands and Sunsets

Okay, you can see the sun everywhere as it says ‘see you tomorrow’ but Napo, Loon is one of the best places where you can get a dumb-founding sight of it. Take your shoes off and take a walk on this shoreline with fine sands. Be captivated with this scenic public beach without spending much on entrance fees and cottages. While this spot is perfect for a date, you can also get a great deal of freshly caught fish for your dinner.

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Alluring Islands

Let the longest causeway in the Philippines take you to the island of your dreams. And once you are in Pangangan Island, give yourself a break at Isla Hayahay, an exemplary escape for lovers (and loners) who just need a picturesque hideout.

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Unlimited Seafood

Unfasten your belt (and prepare your anti-histamine /anti-hypertension medications, if needed) before you ravish the fruits of the sea. Once they touch your taste buds, that aggressive self, hiding within you will be unleashed with a strong desire to ingest everything on the table.

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Cycling in the Air

No, you don’t need to be a part of the Cirque du Soleil acrobats. You just need to have a healthy heart full of guts. Conquer your fear and push the pedal through this 500-meter monorail over plains and hills.

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From its uphills down to its shores, to its crayfish and tarsiers, I love Bohol to bits.

 

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  1. SheryL♥

    Bohol has a special place in my heart. 🙂

    1. all about eve

      I’m so glad to hear that from you, Sheryl.

      1. Enid V

        I have never been to Bohol! I hope someday I’d be able to see this lovwly place

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          eve winters

          I’m sure you will love this place, too, Enid.

  2. Nova

    wow!!! you have quite a collection of things to do in Bohol, I’ve never been in that place but will definitely included it in my bucket list.

  3. Lainy

    Bohol is one of the most beautiful places I have been to in the country! It made me feel proud to be a Filipino! Although it was eons ago since I first set foot in Bohol, the experience was worth my while! I’d love to go back and would highly recommend Bohol to my friends.

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      eve winters

      You will never regret that, Nova.

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        eve winters

        Thanks, Lainy. You should come back here as Bohol has changed.

  4. ozjacaranda

    Wowowoweeeee!!! I have never been to Bohol. Looking at these photos makes me want to visit one day but I won’t be trying the flying fox and cycling in the air. I am just a “tiny”bit scared of height. Lol!

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      eve winters

      Lol. Cycling in the air was a bit heart-thumping at first.

  5. Chubskulit Rose

    I have never had any edible flowers in my plate but that would be awesome. It would give you so much appetite .

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      eve winters

      They taste like lettuce. And yes, they give you appetite. 🙂

  6. FX777 Classified Articles

    I can relate to this post because me too, couldn’t appreciate things when I lived for a long time. Dreaming for the tall buildings cannot give much value when it comes to humble beginnings. I never been to Bohol but i heard it’s beautiful.

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      eve winters

      That’s right, Fx777. We always long for the things we don’t have that we forget to thank for what we have.

  7. Zwitsy

    I was able to go to Bohol once and I am certain of the unlimited seafood! I am not particular with the rest but that left me in awe! I surely need to come back and be able to try and see them all too!

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      eve winters

      There are so much to discover in Bohol, Zwitsy. Hope to see you here real soon. 🙂

  8. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)

    My high school Bff lives in Bohol. I’ve only been to one of the beach when we go hop island in my eldest sister boat. I hope to explore more about Bohol once I know if the hubby will settle for good in the Philippines.

  9. msculit

    I seriously need to start traveling in my own country. 🙂 Thanks for posting those enticing photos.

  10. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I’ve been to Bohol with my family 4 years ago but I missed going to Bohol Bee farm. That would be our first destination when we go back.

  11. Laura

    I definitely want to go here!! Thank you so much for sharing as it’s inspired me to head there even more!!

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