Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is situated in Bilar, Bohol, Philippines. Bilar is an interior town located 41 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, the lone city of Bohol. The Center is 1 kilometer from the Bilar market and 5 minutes away from the Mahogany Man-Made Forest. The best information on butterflies can be obtained here through a very lively and well spoken guide. The centre has a great collection of butterflies of various species as well as various stages of butterfly development being exhibited and taught to the visitors.
It is a must visit attraction as the area is in a great location where the beauty and diversity of butterflies can be enjoyed in a tranquil setting. Its main goal is to protect and strengthen the natural environment of the butterflies through plant research, breeding and releasing according to our able guide Michael.
Do visit the place, it has a tourist and souvenir shop with well priced products from less than a dollar for fridge magnets and other popular items. There is also a well stocked food shop where you can buy bottled water, cold drinks and other food products.
The butterfly sanctuary is a small enclosure but you will find many colourful and even strange species of various sizes. They even show how they feed these lovely creatures!Do pay them a visit and be mesmerized!
The Chocolate Hills are the most popular tourist attraction in Bohol. They look like green and brown kisses as they form a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of a generally conical and almost symmetrical shape.
Seeing them with my very eyes was a culmination of longtime dream and I found myself almost teary eyed when I first caught A glimpse of a few of them from a distance as we reached the summit of the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen. They are a sight to behold! it was lucky the weather was really bright and sunny but then it turned really really scorching hot while we were there but the beauty of the Hills, limestone formation that turn brown like chocolate kisses when the weather gets really hot and the grasses and trees dry and so the colour brown represented chocolate kisses.The biggest hill has been developed into a resort with accommodations, restaurant and gift shop. There are 214 steps to the top of the observation deck and the viewer will be rewarded with the most awesome 360 degree views of little green and brown mounds of various sizes.
According to Wikipedia," they are estimated to be from 1,268 to about 1,776 individual mounds anbd these cone-shaped or dome-shaped hills are actually made of grass-covered limestone. The domes vary in sizes from 30 to 50 metres (98 to 160 ft) high with the largest being 120 metres (390 ft) in height. Bohol's "main attraction", these unique mound-shaped hills are scattered by the hundreds throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan in Bohol."
One of the must-do when you go to Bohol is to cruise the Loboc River. An improvised banka (motorized boat) with table and seats makes you feel like you are in an open room while enjoying the scenery and the tranquility of the river.
The cruise takes approximately 30-45 minutes to and fro and it's such an experience to ponder on the beauty of nature and life in general.
On the way to the Chocolate Hills, the Man-made Forest is located on both roadsides. It is fascinating to know that natives of the place decades ago planted those mahogany trees on the side of the road, a few kilometers stretch, with the thought of preserving the environment.
The place makes us realize of how important trees are. The location makes me feel Im in the scene of a Twilight movie. ;)
The pride of Bohol.
The chocolate hills are unusual geological formation composed of 1248 mounds believed to be made from limestones. The hills turn brown during the dry season which is why they are called Chocolate Hills. They are the major tourist attraction in Bohol and one of the most fascinating wonders of nature to see.
It is the monument that commemorates the pact of friendship between the Philippines and Spain. It has more significance with history and a good place to reflect that what was written on textbooks did actually occur. ;)
Plenty of tourists visit the site since it is the first stop of the Countryside Tour arranged by the locals. If u plan to drop by and have photos taken, be alert to go straight to the monument or wait in front of it so ul have a big chance to pose first before anyone else does.
It is a place where tourists can see different species of the butterfly. They breed the butterflies here and a tour guide explains very well about their cycle and everything about them.
What makes it interesting is that you'll get to see butterflies you haven't seen before and appreciate how beautiful butterflies are. ;)
Also known as Virgin Island. One of the islands that may be visited from Panglao Island. Travel time by pumpboat is about 1 hour. This island is crescent-shaped sandbar, no facilities here. But when the tide is low, it's nice to just walk on the sandbar, enjoy the view. Shore is generally mossy and maybe the area is not good for snorkeling. But just looking at the sorroundings, emerald green and blue waters, fine sand, black birds resting on the island's shrubs every now and then... so blissful. And sometimes you just happen to hop by this island when there are no other visitors, you feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you feel like you're really away from it all. I just hope some visitors be considerate enough not to leave their empty snack packs or water bottle on the island or your remote island pipe dream will leave you.
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there are many old but beautiful churches in bohol dating back to 16th- 17th century... im a traveler who loves nostalgia.. if you like antiques and arts well i think you should visit bohol churches... i personally recommend the beautiful church of loboc...its definitely one of my favorite... lovely- that's how i describe it- maybe because of its architectural design, its setting and history... i visited it twice- in 1999 and 2010 and i think i will visit it again
* Hinagdanan cave – with entrance fee of php15, no guides needed but locals will assist you there for some pictorials. Also, souvenir shirts are sold here at a very cheaper price.
* Bee-farm – free entrance, try to taste their breads made of organic substance
* Blood-compact shrine – free entrance, near tagbilaran shore, just as a historical site
* Baclayon church and museum – one of the most oldest catholic church in the Philippines, museum has an entrance fee of php25.
* Biggest python – with entrance fee of php10, you can have your pictorial with the largest python in the Philippines that looks like an anaconda. there are also birds and monkeys.
* Tarsier – world’s smallest primate, no entrance fee.
* Loboc river – there are 2 floating resto’s offered buffet style. One is on the frontside of the river that costs php350 and leaves every hour while having a lunch with reggae band. At the end of the river, you will reach the ATI TRIBE (free entrance). This is park specially for the indigenous people of bohol. You will see attractions like big crab, performances from the tribe and a lot more. The other floating resto is located beside the river and near in loboc municipal hall that costs php400. This will not bring you to Ati Tribe, just cruising the river.
* Chocolate hills – the viewing deck is located in municipality of Carmen with entrance fee of php50. Over a thousand hills that has a chocolate color in summer time. The park also offers ATV as a side trip, worth php400.
* Man-made forest – the 2 kilometer stretched of man-made forest of mahogany trees. Just like an ordinary provincial road in japan.
* Butterfly sanctuary – with entrance fee of php30, a guide will tour you to small area yet very informative tales between the butterflies and the moths.
* Hanging bridge – made-up of bamboo woods that used to be a short cut way whenever the river reaches a high tide. Entrance fee of php10 is needed.
It is hard to believe that these magnificent and uniform looking hills are made of marine limestones. And even harder to believe that they are not man-made considering the uniformity in shape.
They turn brown during summer and green during the rainy months. It is best to photograph early in the day or late in the afternoon when the sun is about to set.
Whatever you do in Bohol, do not miss to see this natural wonder.
We requested that dinner be served on the beach ledge and presto! Wish granted.
We took pictures of the setting sun then dinner was served. Can never have enough of these romantic dinners. :)
Cost: less than PHP1000 (U$1=PHP46).
Ask your resort to set up your dinner table on the beach and am pretty sure they will comply.
After hours of walking during our tours, it was a welcome relief to lie on the "hilot" beds and surrender to the kneadings of your masseuse.
Bohol Bee Farm offers PHP500 (U$1=PHP46) for an hour of bliss.
Couple this with a cup of warm tea after the massage done in the cliff side hut....simply relaxing.
I learned from our Boracay trip and thats why this time I bought loads of day old bread from the local bakery. Tucked them inside ZIPLOC bags and off we go to Pamilican island. They sold it for PHP1 each. :)
I figured that PHP40 should give the kids tons of fish feeding time.
Sampled this and I find myself ordering it 2x in 3 days. The grilled squid was so fresh and soft. paired with organic rice and their fabulous salad that included fresh flowers with honey mustard dressing. Yum!
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Bolod, Panglao Island, , Bohol, Philippines
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