Guide to Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. Unfortunately the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines are not made of candy. These hills are more a feast for the eyes than the tastebuds. These uniform lumps of earth are an eye candy, but the fact that no one knows how they formed is, perhaps, even cooler.

HOW TO GET THERE

Entry point- Cebu

There are two ways on how to go to Man-Made Forest in Bilar.

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By Boat (Fast Craft).  Go to Pier 1. Ride Oceanjet. This fast craft will dock in Tagbilaran City,Bohol. Travel time will be 2 hour max.
By Motorcycle. Ride a motor to the Man-Made Forest.
or

By Private Car. Rent a car in your convenience.

For easy access, Below is the Map from Cebu Pier 3 to Tubigon,Bohol.

For easy access, Below is the Map from Tubigon to Bohol Chocolate Hills

[icon name=”arrow-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]Second:

By Boat (Fast Craft).  Go to Pier 3 and ride MV Starcraft. This fast craft will dock in Tubigon,Bohol.  Travel time will be 1 hour max.

After riding the boat.
By Motorcycle.Ride a motor to the Man-Made Forest.
or

By Private Car. Rent a car in your convenience.

For easy access, Below is the Map from Cebu Pier 1 to Tagbilaran City,Bohol.

For easy access, Below is the Map from Tagbilaran to Bohol Chocolate Hills

CHOCOLATE HILLS IN BOHOL,PHILIPPINES

ENTRANCE FEE:  P50.00 per person. Parking space is in another area.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

You can find the Chocolate Hills in the town of Carmen on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. One of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, these hills are scattered over a 50 square kilometer area. And they sure aren’t ant hills—each of the 1,200 or more mounds stands 30–50 meters tall (that’s 100–165 feet). Though this hilly patch of earth sounds like the perfect setting for Willy Wonka’s summer home, the hills are made of regular ol’ dirt and grass. In the dry season, the hills uniformly take on the chocolate-brown color that earned them their name. The wet season brings out the green grass.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

I have visited Chocolate Hills 3 times already in different years and in different climate. The First was on year 2006. I was with my parents. We went to different places but this place was the main highlight of all. I was stun and greatly amazed by the formation of the hill. I cannot believe that out of 7107 islands in the Philippines, lumps of earth can be seen in this spot only. The magnificent color of the hills are like chocolate, maybe the name was derived from the food, coated with greenish like nature color. In order to see the hills properly, a viewing deck is available for the tourist and locals. My family and I climbed a total of 220 steps to the viewing deck. There was a bell present in the viewing deck.

The second one was on May 2016. I was with my c0-workers and the first thing I recognized was the displacement of the hills. Some hills lost their chocolate color maybe this is due to the recent Earthquake. Still, it leaves me breathless seeing the hills.

The recent one was this May 2018. I was with my c0-workers. We still passed by the winding roads. The bell was present in the area. There are still 220 steps to climb. The viewing deck was renovated and it was expanded.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

Three legends explain the formation of the Chocolate Hills. The first tells a romantic legend  of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya’s death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.

The second tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.

The third legend tells of a town being plagued by a giant carabao, who ate all of their crops. Finally having had enough, the townsfolk took all of their spoiled food and placed it in such a way that the carabao would not miss it. Sure enough, the carabao ate it, but his stomach couldn’t handle the spoiled food, so he defecated, leaving behind him a mound of feces, until he had emptied his stomach of the food. The feces then dried, forming the Chocolate Hills.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
EXPENSES
  •  CEBU TO TUBIGON BOHOL STARCRAFT 

MV Starcraft Fastcraft operates on the route from Tubigon to Cebu. The fare from Tubigon to Cebu and vice versa can be found below.

Economy: Peso 200.00
Tourist class: Peso 220.00
Business class: Peso 280.00
Terminal fee Tubigon: PhP 20.00
Terminal fee Cebu: PhP 25.00
Travel time: Approximately 1 hour.
Cebu Port: Pier 2

  •  CEBU TO TAGBILARAN BOHOL OCEANJET

The fare from Cebu to Tagbilaran and vice versa can be found below.

Tourist class : Peso 800.00
Business class: Peso 1000.00
Terminal fee Cebu: PhP 25.00
Terminal fee Tagbilaran: PhP 20.00
Travel time: Approximately 2 hours.
Cebu Port: Pier 1

  • ENTRANCE FEE TO CHOCOLATE HILLS

 P50.00 per person. Parking space is in another area.