Chocolate Hills, Bohol

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    Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines
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    Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines
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    Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines
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    Play with ati-atihan

    by heydelin Written Dec 23, 2013

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    There is one stop over during the Loboc cruise - a place full of kids in ati-atihan costumes! Make sure you bring some cash as you have to give some donations if you want to take picture with the kids :) Here are photos of me!

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    Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 5, 2013

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    It was such a terrible rainy day as I've visited "Chocolate Hills", yes, even though I've succeeded in all the way up to the top of the hill even against the heavy wind, but was a nightmare to try to take pictures ... :) Anyway, it was a long and harsh journey up to the hills, strongly advised ...

    "The Chocolate Hills" are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing.

    Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number).

    They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

    Plenty of tourist guides and tour operators will be happy to bring you to the chocolate hills, either as a separate trip or as part of a day tour. However, if you want to go here on your own, from Tagbilaran, you will have to go the integrated bus terminal in Dao and catch a bus going to Carmen. At the entrance of the bus terminal people will point you to the right bus. Make sure it is the first one to leave, and ask the driver to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills complex, about 4 kilometers before the town of Carmen. From there it is a 10 minute walk along a road winding up to the complex.

    To get back to Tagbilaran, you will have to walk back to the main road, and wait for a bus to pass by. The last bus from Carmen to Tagbilaran leaves at four P.M. Alternatively, you can use the services of the motorcyclists who often wait here for tourist, and ride 'habal-habal,' or motorbike taxi.

    If you're coming from Tubigon (arriving from Cebu by boat), a few buses go to Carmen daily, but sometimes you'll have to wait for some time for the bus to fill up. When you arrive in Carmen, you can catch the next bus or jeepney in the direction of Bilar, Loay or Tagbilaran, or ask a 'habal-habal' driver to bring you to the Chocolate Hills Complex ... :)

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    Sweet Chocolate Hills

    by IamPam Written Mar 4, 2013
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    Ahhhh...Chocolate hills, the most famous and most iconic landmark in Bohol. Back in my elementary days, our teacher said that during rainy days, the hills will be green and during summer it'll be brown thus creating the chocolate effect.

    Be ready to hike a long and steep set of stairs on top of the highest hill in the lot to fully see all the little hills around the area. Also be ready for a flock of tourist around taking pictures of the hills

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    Chocolate Hills

    by kemisteryoso Updated Aug 25, 2010

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    Comprise of around 1200 hills that spread over 6 towns of Bohol but most are found in Sagbayan, Batuan and Carmen. These hills are declared as National Monument in 1997.

    These very strange geological formations look brown coned chocolate during summer and green on rainy days. It is more beautiful when viewed from a deck like what they have at Carmen where also you can find the most uniform shape of hills. There are no trees growing on these limestone hills but trees are abundant in between them.

    The hills were the result of thousands of years of weathering of marine limestone but other say that the hills were formed by the uplift of coral deposits million of years ago.

    I advise to visit the hills on a fine weather so that you can see the beauty of the clustered hills or else fog will obscure the scene.

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    chocolate hills-world famous hills of bohol

    by hanspeter_W. Written Sep 5, 2009

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    The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.



    Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

    However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque

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  • Chocolate hills...they are hills not snacks

    by the1andtheonly1 Written Aug 9, 2008
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    1.These hills are not man made, they are natural wonders.
    2.They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high.
    3.Estimated to be at least 1,268 individual mounds to about 1,776, these cone-shaped or dome-shaped hills are actually grass-covered limestone hills.So there are lots of these hills.

    Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each
    other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

    Just look at the picture taken

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    Chocolate Hills

    by barbskie Written Apr 30, 2008

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    These hills are most well known attraction of Bohol which are scattered over the towns of Batuan, Carmen and Sagbayan. Chocolate Hills are gentle mounds of limestone left over from when Bohol was an undersea coral reef. Each hill was the junction of different branches of coral. Over time the branches eroded as the reef emerged from the water. But the junctions, structurally stronger, survived. They get their name because certain times of the year the grass on them dies and they turn into brown.

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    Chocolate Hills

    by josephva Written Apr 9, 2008

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    It is an unusual geological formation in Bohol composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres, which covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season.

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    Chocolate Hills

    by limledi Updated Nov 17, 2006

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    Exactly 1268 in number, the Chocolate Hills are on average between 30 and 50m high and covered in grass. At the end of the dry season the grass is quite dry and chocolate coloured, hence the name. If you are not in a hurry, you should spend the night in the Chocolate Hills Complex and experience the bizzarre effect of the sunrise in this mysterious landscape the following morning from the observation hill (213 steps). Admission to the complex is P10 for non-residents.
    Even though the geological origin of the hills has not yet been explained beyond doubt, the consensus is that they are weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone lying on top of impermeable clay soils. On the top of the observation hill there are plaques containing what is probably the correct explanation of the hills' origin in relief lettering on them.

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    Chocolate Hills

    by tidzy Written Sep 23, 2006

    The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist spot and is known all over the world. Its best to visit during the summer because because the hills are a chocolatey-brown. When we went to bohol it was early in November and so the hills were a lush green.

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    Chocolate Hills

    by rochellevm Written Apr 9, 2006

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    A must see when you are in Bohol, Philippines. The hills are quite spectacular since there are quite a lot (1000+ hills), and are close to each other. Get a tour guide or drive a moto to go to the chocolate hills.

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    Visit Chocolate Hills

    by xamayla Written Nov 18, 2008

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    Get a view of the chocolate Hills.I'm not sure if there is an entrance fee...we never paid for one.!!! You can also eat at one of the restaurants, buffet meal available every Saturday for 250 pesos.

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    Picture Taking at the Chocolate Hills

    by pres_16 Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    We went up the observation deck for that panoramic view of the endless hills as far as the eyes can see.

    Visit some souvenir shops located at the parking area.

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    Chocolate Hills

    by thermopilas Written May 15, 2006
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    There's a good vantage point to see the Chocolate Hills, but the one that we went to, we have to go up these steps. It would be okay, but with the sun and the humidity, it can be quite a workout.

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