Photoblog: Green Fields and Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines

Posted on February 29, 2012 by

Out of the five islands we’ve visited in the Philippines so far, Bohol has got to be our favorite. While it’s one of the most visited islands in the archipelago, it’s hard to deny Bohol’s natural beauty. The isle’s coastline is lined with spearmint-colored beaches while its interior is dotted with rolling chocolate hills and emerald green rice paddies scattered through its floodplains. In our short stay there, we tracked down tarsiers (you know how much we love wildlife!), cruised through a river, visited hundred-year-old churches and explored caves studded with stalactites and stalagmites. Few islands are as diverse as Bohol and even fewer teeming with this much natural attractions. Here are some photos to show the varied sides of the island, enjoy!

The famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Emerald green rice paddies lined with coconut trees

Traditional fishermen boat by the shore of Tagbilaran, the island’s only city

Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao

Cruising along the Loboc River

Tracking down tarsiers at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary

Dauis Church in Panglao

Enormous acacia tree at Dauis Church
Colorful organic food at Bohol Bee Farm

This trip was made possible by Department of Tourism Philippines. Special thanks to good friend and local expert Ivan Henares for organizing this. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Read more about our trip through the Philippines here or follow our journey on Twitter using the #WJAsia hashtag.

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About Alberto Molero

Alberto Molero is the co-founder, photographer and designer of WildJunket. With an infectious sense of adventure, he’s fed his adrenaline cravings with scuba-diving trips in Borneo, wildlife jaunts on the Galapagos Islands and hiking expeditions to Iceland and Australia. He constantly dreams of living on the beach and going surfing all day.

37 Responses to “Photoblog: Green Fields and Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines”

  1. Lane March 1, 2012 12:11 am
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    Another lovely photo essay. Congrats.

  2. @1step2theleft February 29, 2012 12:18 pm
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    Gorgeous photos, Nellie. I didn't imagine that the Philippines are so beautiful! I was there only once, and that was for scuba diving, so I didn't see much more than the island where I was staying. You convinced me that it's a place to go back and explore.

    • @WildJunket January 17, 2013 9:50 am
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      Cheers Simon! The Philippines is definitely underlooked by visitors. It's got gorgeous beaches and forests, yet less than a quarter of the tourists that Thailand receives. I highly recommend scuba diving there!

  3. John February 29, 2012 10:34 pm
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    Love the tarsier shot! incredible angle…

    • @WildJunket January 17, 2013 9:49 am
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      The tarsier shot is my favorite too! We had such a good time trying to photograph them.

  4. Julia March 4, 2012 8:00 am
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    That food looks so tasty! What was it like?

    • @WildJunket January 17, 2013 9:51 am
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      Food in the Philippines is not as spicy and colorful as that in the other parts of Southeast Asia, but the Bohol Bee Farm definitely dished up quite a good variety of yummy and healthy local cuisine!

  5. Vicky May 21, 2012 1:29 pm
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    Looks gorgeous. I'm planning on spending around 3 weeks in the Philippines on my backpacking trip and am having a difficult time figuring out which islands to visit! There are so many to choose from!

    • @WildJunket January 17, 2013 9:52 am
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      We had a hard time trying to decide which islands to go too! We only visited five out of the 7,107 islands in the Philippines, can't wait to go back and explore more.

  6. Peter July 21, 2012 5:52 pm
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    These are actually very amazing pictures and you get them at all the perfect angles.

  7. Sandy Allain July 25, 2012 4:26 pm
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    Beautiful! We will be visiting Bohol on the 2nd week of December. I'm excited to touch the cute tarsier.

  8. Audrey July 29, 2012 1:51 pm
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    I love these photos! The scenery is so lush and varied. :D

  9. Rajasthan Tourism July 30, 2012 7:47 pm
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    Awesome…. spectacular view…

  10. techincal writer August 3, 2012 6:46 pm
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    You are quite a photographer you know that

  11. Lily August 10, 2012 10:05 pm
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    Yes it's true, you are good photographer !!! :)

    Great views !

  12. Alberto Molero August 11, 2012 12:20 am
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    Thank you all for the comments!

    It's easy to take good pictures in such an amazing place :)

  13. Migration Expert August 13, 2012 2:08 pm
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    Those photos of Chocolate Hills and that cute tarsier! are so incredible! I do hope sometime this year, I'd be able to visit Bohol. My friends have been teasing me about visiting place and I really love to, I just can't find time. Like you, I also love taking pictures of lovely places and wildlife, and people too. Hey kudos to you! :)

  14. waegooktom August 31, 2012 12:38 am
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    Tarsiers! Now, I've read they're nature's losers – they can't move if they fall out of a tree as they can't actually walk, but only jump! I found it interesting, at least….anyway great pics here. Bohol looks gorgeous, and I've heard nothing but wonderful things about it. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. CheapCarHireThailand September 6, 2012 1:07 pm
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    Wow, What a beauty ! Visiting Island is always fun. Above picture is the proof that how beautiful Bohol is! It tends to provide heavenly experience. Thanks for the share.

  16. Amelia October 11, 2012 12:11 am
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    The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high.

  17. Laurie October 13, 2012 11:15 pm
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    Amazing These are actually quality pictures and you get them at all the right angles. Ive actually been to most of these place. AMAZING

  18. Augstin Prince October 16, 2012 1:33 am
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    Hey Great pictures to Especially Emerald green rice paddies lined with coconut trees is the best which i never seen any ware. Thanks for giving great pictures to us.

  19. Diana Ashlay October 17, 2012 12:31 am
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    This is one of the most visited islands in the archipelago,Really it is very beautiful and picks in the Island also more gorgeous.Thank you for posting this Blog.

  20. dchideaway October 27, 2012 12:52 am
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    Wow! These natural wonders are amazing. I have heard so many great things about Bohol including how beautiful the island is and how hospitable people are there.

  21. Golfzoo October 28, 2012 9:30 pm
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    Bohol is not only the best places in Philippines. There are more, like El Nido in Palawan.. Been to Philippines and it is an amazing country.

    • @WildJunket January 17, 2013 9:53 am
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      We gotta agree. We really wanted to go to Palawan as well, but didn't have the time. Next time!

  22. saritha October 30, 2012 11:35 pm
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    the Chocolate Hills are best viewed when they're dried and brown. This is when the hills, located in Bohol Province, Philippines, start to earn their name. During the dry season, the normally green grass covering the cone-shaped mounds turns brown, creating fields of chocolate-colored hills.The hills are formed from coral deposit uplifts sculpted by erosion over time. They are one of Bohol's most popular tourists attractions and a National Geological Monument of the Philippines.

  23. Jim Bizily November 16, 2012 2:52 am
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    Aside from the mysterious and magical perfect cone of the Mayon Volcano (in the Bicol Region), these midget chocolate-looking mounds located in Bohol are some of the best reasons why you should travel and consider Philippines to be your next destination. These unbelievable hills of Bohol are really perfect during summer season as @saritha asserted in order for tourist to appreciate their real sense as being the "Chocolate Hills" of the world.

  24. Traveling November 22, 2012 2:31 am
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    Awesome pics of philippines. Bohol is really a good vacation spot. I like the view of "Dauis Church in Panglao". Its really amazing.

  25. Richard Crest November 28, 2012 3:25 am
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    I definitely agree with you, Bohol is such an amazing Island in the Philippines. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

  26. jay January 15, 2013 10:16 am
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    there's missing in this post, the beaches of Panglao island, coral reefs of Balicasag island, sandbars of Virgin island, dolphins of Pamilacan island, stunning waterfall of Candijay…Bohol is beautiful diversity.

  27. bohol tour package June 10, 2013 7:00 am
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    have you also been to loboc river and tarsier sanctuary?

  28. Adam Burton October 30, 2013 12:49 am
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    Bohol is a beautiful paradise in the Philippines but it was recently hit by 7.2 magnitude quake which destroyed some of the wonderful places. I just hope that this region will recover soon and I really would love to travel here.

    • Nellie October 30, 2013 1:24 pm
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      Yes really sad to hear it was affected by the earthquake! Hope it recovers soon.

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