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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Chocolate Hills and Butterfly Sanctuary - Tagbilaran Bohol Day Tour Part 1

Chocolate Hills

Tagbilaran tour was our next target after a breathtaking experience in Danao Adventure Park. We do also want to have Panglao tour however we can't make it as we only have a limited time there. So our first destination in Tagbilaran was The Chocolate Hills. The Chocolate Hills are one of Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. Everyday, new tourists are visiting Bohol to see Chocolate Hills. Peak season falls to summer and Christmas season.

Most people who first saw The Chocolate Hills photo can't hardly believe that these hills are naturally made. See how amazing and wonderful nature is? So me and my travel buddies went up to see The Chocolate Hills. It was a long stairs to take before we could reach the top. Tiring really but it's very worth it when you reach the peak as you can see the whole portion where Chocolate Hills scattered. Breathtaking indeed! The time we went there wasn't a sunny day although it was March. Still the view was nice but it would be much nicer if you will visit The Chocolate Hills at a sunny morning. With that, you can see far hills and with a perfect combination of shadows and sunlight.

How To Get There

Plenty of happy tourist guides will offer to bring you there. Mostly, they offer a package car rate to tour you over all spots in Tagbilaran City but if you want to go there on your own, here's a guide for you.

From Tagbilaran, go to a bus terminal in Dao and catch a bus going to Carmen. Don't be afraid to ask someone if you are unsure of what kind of bus you'll need to catch up. Asking someone is a backpacker's tactic and a part of your journey. At the entrance of the bus terminal, ask some people that will point you to the right bus. Go and sit behind the driver and ask to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills complex. You can also ask the person sitting beside you, they surely know as most tourists will hire a car and won't ride in a bus. It's about 4 kilometers before you can reach the town of Carmen. From there , you need to walk 10 minutes along the road winding up to the complex.

And to get back to Tagbilaran, walk back again to the main road, and wait for a bus to pass by. The last bus from Carmen to Tagbilaran leaves at 4PM. There are also motorcycles who often wait there for passenger, you can ask them to take you back to Tagbilaran. Other means of vehicle from Carmen are 'habal-habal' and taxi.

Butterfly Santuary in Bilar

Second stop is ATV, but I made a separate post about that. You can read it soon here. So to skip, another spot we visited was the Butterflies Conservation Center which is located in Bilar, a town in the interior part of Bohol. It is the first butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol. The Entrance fee is Php20.00 with a tour guide that explains deeply about butterflies.

It was observed to host 200 species of butterflies and the Center seeks ways and means to conserve and breed them. An enclosure has been built to protect the butterflies from predators which can give them 70% survival rate. Outside, survival rate is only 2%.

There, I learned how to determine a female and a male butterflies. Male butterflies are more colorful and has a large wings while female butterflies have smaller wings. Male butterflies are made that way so that they can easily attract female butterflies. And I discovered that there's also a gay butterfly, funny it is but it's true. It was called that way because half part of their body has a small wing and the other half has a large and colorful wing. Combination of male and female butterfly characteristics.

I was also amazed with their cocoons. I thought they were fake because of the color. But the guide said they were all real and I touch one gold cocoon and something's moving inside. It's real. I had also in my hand a caterpillar but it's not itchy like 'higad'. It was a rubber like when I touched it.

How to Get There

There are two butterfly sanctuaries in Bohol. One is located at Bilar town and a smaller enclosure is in Sagbayan. The one we visited was in Bilar. To get there, you can hire a car like mostly tourist do or ride a taxi or motorcycle. Bilar is located 41 kilometers from Tagbilaran City and 1 kilometer from the Bilar market and 5 minutes away from the Mahogany Man-Made Forest.

Tourist Guides and Car/Van Rental

Bohol Car Tour Services

Bohol Day Tour (Tagbilaran and Panglao Island)
Kuya Hansel

+639194137623 (Smart)
+639274358392 (Globe)

Original Post can be found @ The Mark of an Explorer


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