The 1268 Chocolate Hills are a geological formation in Bohol Province, Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers.No one really knows how or when the between 1,268 and 1,776 Hershey’s Kisses shaped hills were either formed or constructed near Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines. The hills range in height between 150 to 450 feet high and are very regular in shape. The theories have hardened into fact; they were created through some geological process and are NOT man made.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Were you to fly over Bohol Island in the Chocolate Hills, Philippines during the dry season, you might notice what looks like thousands of chocolate kisses protruding from the terrain.
The Chocolate Hills are a group of unusually shaped hills located in the middle of the island of Bohol in Philippines. Chocolate Hills extraordinary landscape is unique to this small island.It is unknown how many chocolate hills there are. It is known that at the bare minimum there are 1268 hills but some estimates put this number as high as 1776.
The Chocolate Hills are not huge; the highest one barely reaches 120 meters in height. Even so, most hills are between 30 and 50 meters. The conical Chocolate hills are scattered within a fifty square kilometer area.For tourists who make a tour through the country, Bohol has three main attractions. These are the tropical forest, the smallest monkey in the world and the ‘Chocolate Hills’. For ‘sun, sea and beach lovers’, there are a lot of possibilities for snorkeling, diving in the unpolluted waters and relaxing on the splendid beaches on some of the surrounding small islands. The Bohol province forms absolutely one of the places to stay for a longer period.
Orgin, Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are conical karst hills similar to those seen in the limestone regions of Slovenia, Croatia, northern Puerto Rico, and Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba. These hills consist of Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene, thin to medium bedded, sandy to rubbly marine limestones. These limestones contain the aboundant fossils of shallow marine foraminifera, coral, mollusks, and algae.The Chocolate Hills consist of conical karst hills, called mogote, created by a combination of the dissolution of limestones by rainfall, surface water, and groundwater and their subaerial erosion by rivers and streams after they had been uplifted above sea level and fractured by tectonic processes.
Photo Source, Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills and the area around it have relatively flat to rolling topography with elevation ranges from 100 meters to 500 meters above sea level. Higher karstic hills dominate the landscape inland then turning almost uniformly and naturally molded in Carmen. The vegetation of the Chocolate Hills is dominated by hardy grass species such as Imperata cylindrica and Saccharum spontaneum. Several Compositae and ferns also grow on the hills. In between the Chocolate Hills, the flat lands are cultivated to rice and other cash crops. However, the natural vegetation on the Chocolate Hills is now highly threatened by quarrying activities.
Smallest Monkey, Chocolate Hills
A reason to visit the main island Bohol, is that Bohol still has tropical rainforests in the higher parts of the island. Moreover, If you want to meet the smallest monkey on earth, the Tarsier, you’ll have to visit Bohol! The average size of this little creature is between 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches). The weight is between 70 to 165 grams.The Philippine tarsier (Carlito syrichta), known locally as mawmag in Cebuano/Visayan and mamag in Luzon, is a species of tarsier endemic to the Philippines. Chocolate Hills is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. It is a member of the approximately 45-million-year-old family Tarsiidae,whose name is derived from its elongated “tarsus” or ankle bone.Formerly a member of the genus Tarsius, it is now listed as the only member of the genus Carlito, a new genus named after the conservationist Carlito Pizarras.
Activities near Chocolate Hills
1. Firefly Kayaking (Kayakasia Philippines), Abatan River, Maribojoc
Experience one of the best and eco-friendly tours currently in Bohol showcasing an amazing firefly experience. See the trees come alive at night in a dazzling light show from thousands of fireflies in a beautiful and quiet river. Your Bohol adventure will not be complete without experiencing this natural wonder. Kayaking is the best way to do the trip without disturbing the firefly habitat with minimal noise and no loud engine noises.
2. Danao Adventure Park Barangay Magtangtang, Danao, Bohol
Extreme/Eco/Educational Adventure Park that offers various activities for all ages. It boasts of a sky-ride, zip-line, river tubing, caving and trekking activities that will surely make a visit to Bohol memorable. It promises to be a whole new experience far superior to the common offer of Chocolate Hills’ tour, tarsier and dolphin/whale watching. Rates vary depending on choice of package or activity. Suitable time : 8:00am-4:00pm.
3. Panglao Island
Island Hopping. There are several uninhabited islands to explore just ten-minute boat ride from Panglao Island.
4. Bohol Virgin Island
One can escape from the resort crowd and head for quiet towards the clean white sands of Virgin Island. Technically speaking, Virgin Island is a only sandbar. Even during lowtide, the center part of this crescent moon shaped islet is submerged under 6 inches of water. This flooding divides the Virgin Island into two islets. The submerged part of the islet is a good spot to take photographs because it gives an illusion of walking over the water. There are no accommodations or infrastructures in this small unspoiled island but this only adds its peaceful charm.
Diving from Bohol is popular. There are many diving centers to provide training courses for OW,AOW and so on. Pamilacan Island, (45 minute boat ride from Baclayon). Marine sanctuary on an undeveloped island. The area is frequented by a diverse variety of marine mammals throughout the year, including up to 11 species of frolicking dolphins, as well as many other types of whales including sperm whales, Bryde’s whales and even blue whales have been reported to have been sighted! The marine sanctuary close to the island is teeming with vibrant, colourful marine life and is an excellent spot to go diving, although you will need to arrange to hire equipment on the main land if you don’t have your own.
Visiting Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are smack in the centre of the island of Bohol, in the Visayas island group in the southern Philippines.
Chocolate Hills – Opening Hour’s
- Monday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Tuesday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Wednesday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Thursday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Friday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
- Sunday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
Travel to Bohol, Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills, Bohol can easily be accessed by air via Manila. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Tagbilaran. There is another airport in Ubay, but it is not currently used by the local major airlines.
Access points are in Tagbilaran, Tubigon, Jagna, Ubay, Talibon, and Jetafe, connected to Cebu, Manila, Leyte, Mindanao, Siquijor, and Negros.The most popular option is to get to Cebu city via the airport and from there to take a 90 minute ferry to Tagbilaran. There are nine ships daily running between Cebu and Tagbilaran and a one-way ticket costs 500 pesos while a return ticket costs 800 pesos.
Getting around To Spend Chocolate Hills
Once you arrive in the main city, you will need another ride to the central part of the island, to the town of Carmen. You have plenty of options to get there. First, you can book one of the many tours available that will take you to other destinations as well. If you don’t want to book a tour, you can rent a car or a jeepney in Tagbilaran. If you want to ride a scooter or a small motorbike you will be able to rent one for a day for 400 pesos. Alternatively you can take taxis as well, but these are not the cheapest nor the most adventurous ways to get to the hills.
Thai Airways, Air Asia , Tiger air, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air and Jet Airways are has flights to Philippines from all metropolitan cities in India and other countries.
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