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Rediscovering Bohol after the Big Quake - Bohol Countryside Tour

4/10/2014
Five months after the 7-magnitude earthquake in Visayas, Bohol tourism is finally on its way to recovery.

We recently visited Bohol and I am happy to see that most of the tourism spots of the province are still up and beautiful. Though some of the century-old churches were ruined, they are now being rehabilitated and I'm hoping that in a few months or years time they will be fully restored.

Here's a photo diary of our recent trip to one of my best vacation destination on Earth, Bohol.

The Tarsier Conservation Area

Our first stop for the countryside tour was the Tarsier Conservation Area. Tarsiers in the conservation area were, fortunately, unharmed. They say that the tarsiers sensed the quake coming so they already know what to do and where to hide.

Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Bilar Man-made Forest

On our way to Bilar, we dropped by the famous man-made forest, the 2 km stretch of Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns. The 2 km stretch is nothing but dense forest with lush green trees. What a beautiful sight it was.

Bilar man made forest Bohol

Bilar man made forest Bohol

Butterfly Garden

Our third stop was the butterfly garden in Bilar. My grade schooler niece really enjoyed this spot, she had fun seeing live butterflies and learning trivia about them and some other insects.

Butterfly Garden Bohol

Butterfly Garden Bohol

Butterfly Garden Bohol


Bohol Chocolate Hills

One of most affected Bohol tourist attraction was the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. The earthquake split some of the hills and the viewing platform was damaged. Today, the viewing deck has been repaired and flattened so people can safely enjoy the view of the Chocolate Hills.

Chocolate Hills Bohol

Chocolate Hills Bohol

Bamboo Hanging Bridge 

After that, we went to Sevilla for a nerve-racking experience of crossing the wobbly hanging bridge. The bamboo hanging bridge was a little shaky but safe. We also bought some souvenirs there. It's a short but definitely one cool stop.

Bamboo Hanging Bridge Bohol


Rio Verde Floating Resto

After the non-stop visit to some of the famous spots in Bohol, our guide (Ryan) brought us to Rio Verde Floating Resto for lunch and a river cruise. The food was good, nothing fancy, but the cruise down the pristine, jade green river was so relaxing that you might even fall asleep.

Rio Verde Floating Resto Loboc Bohol

Rio Verde Floating Resto Loboc Bohol

Blood Compact Shrine

The Blood Compact Shrine shows the replica of the Sandugo moment between Legazpi and Sikatuna. Behind the monument is a magnificent view of Bohol Sea.

Blood Compact Shrine Bohol


Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park

This isn't part of the usual countryside tour but I requested our guide to bring us here because it's definitely my favorite adventure park in Bohol. It's my third time to ride the cable car and (whoah) the experience is still as great same as the first time. Here's my first Loboc cable car & zipline experience.

Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park Bohol

Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park Bohol

Dumaluan Beach, Panglao

After the tiring but fun countryside tour, we were brought back to Dumaluan Beach Resort 2, our temporary abode in Panglao, Bohol. It is located in the quiet side of Panglao Island. Dumaluan Beach in Panglao has a peaceful setting and holiday mood perfect for retreat and relaxation.

Dumaluan Beach Panglao Bohol

Dumaluan Beach Panglao Bohol

Dumaluan Beach Panglao Bohol

Although Bohol was portrayed by the media as a disaster zone, a few months ago, there are still many beautiful spots that could keep Bohol as one of the best in the world. I encourage everyone to visit or re-visit Bohol (if you've been there before) and help the resilient locals by keeping Bohol tourism alive. Enjoy the province's natural wonders, beautiful beaches and meet its friendly and beautiful-souled people.

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