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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Philippine Island of Bohol

Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the central Visayas. Bohol Island consisting of 75 smaller surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. With an area of 4,117.26 square kilometers (1,589.68 sq mi) and a coastline 261 km (162 miles) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. West of Bohol is Cebu, to the northeast is the island of Leyte and south through the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.


The province is a popular tourist destination for its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is the most popular attraction. Panglao Island, located southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater for divers from around the world. The Philippine tarsier, considered the second smallest primate in the world, is native to the island.

Boholanos refer to their island as the "Republic of Bohol" with conviction and pride. A narrow strait separates the island of Cebu and Bohol, and both share the same language, but the Boholanos maintain a conscious distinction from the Cebuanos. Bohol climate is generally dry, with maximum rainfall between June and October. The interior is cooler than the coast.

It is the home province of Carlos P. Garcia, the eighth president of the Republic of the Philippines (1957-1961) was born in Talibon, Bohol.

Enjoyable Beaches

balicasag island

Bohol Tropics at Night

Bohol White Sandy Beach

Panglao Island Nature Resort

Tagbilaran City

Tarsiers & Chocolate hills in background

Today, Bohol is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. There are many beautiful places in Bohol, which attract tourists, such as the white sandy beaches, caves, chocolate hills, a floating restaurant in Loboc, historical milestone such as "Blood Compact" site in the city of Tagbilaran, ancient churches in many towns of Bohol as the Baclayon, Loboc, etc.

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