Chocolate Hills are a must-see destination if you plan to visit Bohol Island in the Philippines. In saying that, the majority of travelers who visit Bohol just come to see the famous Chocolate Hills, so I am sure it’s already on your itinerary!
There are good reviews and bad reviews of Chocolate Hills Bohol, though don’t let anything you read on the internet deter you from experiencing this other-worldly location. It’s even better than expected through your own eyes!
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WHERE IS CHOCOLATE HILLS BOHOL?
Chocolate Hills is located in the Carmen region on Bohol Island, Philippines.
From the main tourist area of Panglao, it’s a 70km drive that takes around 1.5 hours to reach Chocolate Hills.
HOW TO GET TO CHOCOLATE HILLS
There are a couple of options to reach the Chocolate Hills in Bohol and that is either DIY or with a tour.
If you prefer to visit Chocolate Hills DIY it’s best to rent a scooter in the main tourist area of Panglao and make the 1.5-hour drive to Carmen. Scooter rentals in Panglao are around 300 – 350 pesos per day.
WITH A TOUR:
Alternatively, you can book a Bohol Chocolate Hills Tour which is a full-day tour from Panglao for less than $30.
This tour includes Chocolate Hills, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Loboc River Cruise, Tarsier Sanctuary & Baclayon Church.
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CHOCOLATE HILLS ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee at Chocolate Hills Bohol is 50 pesos.
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The entrance to Chocolate Hills Viewpoint
Sunrise at Chocolate Hills Bohol
The amazing view
MY EXPERIENCE AT CHOCOLATE HILLS BOHOL
We left our accommodation in Panglao at 4 am to make the drive out to Philippines Chocolate Hills in time for sunrise. It was a long and chilly motorbike ride to reach the Chocolate Hills viewpoint in Carmen town but we were the first tourists to arrive which made the early journey worth it.
I parked the scooter right at the top of the hill and then climbed the steep set of stairs to reach the Chocolate Hills viewpoint.
At the top of the stairs is a panoramic observation deck boasting extensive views of the 1,268 cone-shaped Chocolate Hills and the surrounding Carmen region.
I spent a good hour taking photos of the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines and was not once interrupted by large groups of tourists which is quite common at this Bohol tourist spot.
I would definitely recommend you visit at sunrise and by arriving early in the morning as we did, you’ll most likely have the whole viewing deck to yourself.
The mysterious landscape is very impressive, to say the least, and definitely worth adding to your itinerary.
Chocolate Hills also offers facilities such as restrooms, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop.
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The main viewpoint
Aerial view of Chocolate Hills Bohol Philippines
BOHOL CHOCOLATE HILLS – INTERESTING FACTS
These limestone Chocolate Hills are covered with grass and appear to be bright green during the rainy season. However, they turn brown by the end of the dry season, hence their name. The hills are surrounded by green trees but funnily enough, no trees grow on the hills.
The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height!
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The Chocolate Hills are all spread over the towns of Valencia, Batuan, Carmen, Bilar, Sierra Bullones, and Sagbayan.
We later found out that you can view the Chocolate Hills of the Philippines from two lookouts – one in Carmen which is the one that appears in Google Maps and one in Sagbayan called the Sagbayan Peak.
The formation theory of the hills assumes that they are grass-covered limestones that were once part of the marine floor.
However, the massive uplift of coral deposits and the effects of rain, water, and erosion have created the amazing formation that you see today.
Chocolate Hills are considered to be a national patrimony in the Philippines and this popular Bohol tourist spot is now even featured in the provincial flag and seal of Bohol.
Enjoying the view
The Chocolate Hills sign
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
You can visit all three of these Bohol tourist spots on a single day trip from Panglao.
Bilar Man-made Forest
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Panglao Island in Bohol has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Panglao to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation on Panglao Island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant, and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa, and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub, and plunge pool. They can also help you to organize scuba diving, snorkeling, and other activities. Great for families, friends, and couples.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach on Panglao Island and it’s close to shops, restaurants, and other nearby tourist attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities, and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast are included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities. Great place to stay for families, friends, and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other tourist spots. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.
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BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
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The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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