Boracay Pleasure Paradise

Bohol Island

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Bohol is just 79 kilometres southeast of Cebu, oval-shaped Bohol province, is a treasure trove of ecological and historical wonders including the popular Chocolate Hills. The capital, Tagbilaran remains a sleepy laid-back city with its share of ubiquitous malls and fastfood chains. Not much action to be found here but in the isles at the tip of Bohol, pristine beaches line Panglao Island while the best and most popular divesites in the country temptingly lie around Balicasag Island.

A few years ago, only divers and locals were privy to these white sand beaches and dive sites but soon word did spread thus Bohol is now largely popular as a world-class diving destination.Bohol has other sights to offer the traveller seeking to explore more of the island. Apart from being a cradle for caves, waterfalls and mangrove forests, it is also home to the bright-eyed tarsier, one of the world's smallest primates.

The province also served as the site of the Blood Compact, a historic treaty of friendship between a local chieftain and a Spaniard drawn in a contract signed with blood from their veins. The Spanish occupation thus left behind a number of centuries-old churches and watchtowers.

Visitors to the island have increased in recent years as Bohol continues to promote its own brand of eco-tourism, but this beautiful island remains largely quaint, unexplored, and unaffected by the modern trappings that it currently enjoys.

Climate

Unlike Luzon and the northern part of Visayas, Bohol is mostly unaffected by the numerous typhoons that hit the country. The weather is mostly mild all year round. When typhoons do hit the island, they usually cross quickly and are no longer powerful, their energy dissipated by the mountains in Leyte and Samar. From November to April, the northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails.

Except for a rare shower, this is the mildest time of the year. Daytime temperatures average 28°C, cooling down at night to around 25°C. The summer season from May to July brings higher temperatures and very humid days. From August to October is the southwest monsoon (habagat). The weather during this season is not very predictable, with weeks of calm weather alternating with rainy days. It can rain any day of the year, but you will have more chance for a heavy shower from November to January.

Location

Bohol is an island province in the Visayas. It lies southeast from Cebu across Bohol Strait and southwest from Leyte, separated by the Camotes Sea and Canigao Channel. Bohol is also located north of Mindanao with Bohol Sea between them. With a land area of 4117.3 km² and a coastline 261 km long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines.

The main island is surrounded by about 70 smaller islands, the largest of which are Panglao Island facing Tagbilaran City in the southwest and Lapinig Island in the northeast. The terrain of Bohol is basically rolling and hilly and about half the island is covered in limestone. Near the outer areas of the island are low mountain ranges. The interior is a large plateau with irregular landforms.

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