Post last changed – June 20, 2020
The Bohol landscape tour with Valeroso Ralle on tour
During our last vacation in the Philippines, we spent a few nights on the island of Bohol, which is just a short ferry ride from Cebu. One of the main highlights of this island are the beautiful Chocolate Hills Tour and the Loboc River Cruise. A full-day Bohol countryside tour is also a must!
We had a wonderful full day Bohol countryside tour with Valeroso Ralle On Tour.
Valeroso Ralle On Tour is an established travel and travel business on the island, which is operated and operated in German and local hands. In long-term business, they have established themselves as the leading tour and travel business on the island.
Bohol Island Philippines
On their premises you will also find the local tourist information center, where the staff will be happy to help you.
Bohol is a province of the Philippines in the Central Visayas region. It includes Bohol Island and numerous smaller surrounding islands.
Bohol is known for coral reefs and unusual geological formations, especially the Chocolate Hills. On the main island near the city of Carmen, these approximately 1,200 symmetrical hills turn cocoa brown in the dry season.
A look at our Bohol Countryside Tour
This is a full-day tour that you simply shouldn't miss when visiting Bohol. With Valeroso Ralle On Tour you have the choice, depending on the group size, to create your own private tour in a car or a minivan. They also run a daily public group tour in their minivans.
Without a doubt, this is the most popular tour on the island, followed by the water tours on the outer island. This was definitely the highlight of our short stay on the island.
➡ Visit the Tarsier sanctuary.
B Experience Bohol's beautiful landscape.
➡ Check out the magnificent chocolate mounds.
➡ Enjoy the popular Loboc River Cruise for lunch.
➡ Walk along the Sevilla Bamboo Twin Hanging Bridge.
➡ Visit a butterfly garden and snake center.
➡ Take a walk through a local public market;
➡ Drive through the mahogany forest and stop there.
➡ Visit the Baclayon Historic Church from 1727;
➡ Check out the Blood Compact Shrine.
➡ option to zipline and / or drive an ATV;
➡ End the day with a cold drink with a wonderful view of the city of Tagbilaran.
As you can see, this is a complete tour with the opportunity to see and enjoy many of Bohol's main attractions.
Below you will find a small insight into our fantastic day with our guide and driver.
The Tarsier sanctuary
Our driver Ricky arrived at our hotel to pick us up punctually in the morning after breakfast at our scheduled time. Then we went into the countryside of Bohol, where our first stop was the incredible Tarsier Sanctuary.
Tarsiers are a kind of small jumping primates that can only be found on the Southeast Asian islands including the Philippines. They are incredibly small and yet have the largest eyes in relation to the size of all mammals.
More great images and facts about these extraordinary creatures can be found on the website below.
➡ Encyclopedia Britannica
A unique looking primate and was neat to see them up close. Nothing you could experience anywhere else in the world.
Without a doubt, the Chocolate Hills are the biggest attraction on this island. These very unique landforms were formed a long time ago by the so-called "raising of the coral deposits".
Combined with the continual exposure to rainwater and natural erosion, they finally formed these amazing round hills that were dotted all over the valley.
It is known that there are over 1200 of these hills and most are between 30 and 50 meters high.
These hills are covered with grass and turn chocolate brown at the end of the dry season. Therefore the name "Chocolate Hills" was given many years ago. During the rainy season, the hills are lush and green, but still a beautiful place to see.
These amazing hills were declared a National Geological Monument in 1988 by the National Committee of Geological Sciences.
An absolutely beautiful place to see and where you can also experience the natural beauty of the island.
Bilar public market
It was back in the car and finally made our way to the Loboc River for our cruise and lunch. On the way we were able to make a short stop in the city of Bilar and stretch our legs to take a walk through the public market.
This gives you the opportunity to watch the locals doing their business and daily life on Bohol Island. It's always great to see and interact with the locals outside of the tourist areas no matter where you travel in the world.
We then made our way to the mahogany forest with a short break to stretch and take a few photos. This is a 2 km long artificial mahogany forest planted within the borders of the cities of Loboc and Bilar
This is an incredibly beautiful dense forest that lines both sides of the highway. This cool, thick mahogany forest was planted by locals many years ago and is an inviting retreat for locals and visitors alike to watch and escape the heat of the day.
Sevilla Bamboo Twin suspension bridge
We had a little fun at the Sevilla Bamboo Twin Hanging Bridge. This is an unstable bamboo pedestrian bridge that crosses the Sipatan River. It's fun to go over and take some photos too. It has become a tourist attraction over the years and brings additional income to the local community. 🙂
The bridge was built years ago so that the locals can cross the Sipatan.
There are now two bridges that tourists can cross in any direction as many tourists come to view and stroll across the bridges.
Loboc river cruise with lunch
This was definitely another highlight of the day and very popular again. When we happened to be out and about during Chinese New Year, the crowds were outrageous!
Although it was very busy during our visit, they are very well organized and loaded us onto a boat in no time. The cruise was very relaxing, the lunch buffet was excellent and the scenery was beautiful.
Your floating restaurant ship takes you down the river through lush tropical vegetation, including: Nipa palms, coconut palms, banana groves and dense bush.
The source of the Loboc River is in the city of Carmen, almost in the center of Bohol. From Carmen the river takes about 1.5 kilometers to the west and then flows exactly south into the Mindanao or Bohol Sea.
This river in Bohol is known as one of the cleanest rivers in the country.
The short journey slowly leads up the river and turns back to Busay Falls. A very small waterfall that flows into the river. A short stop is made next to a floating cottage where a local group will entertain you with Rondalla music and dance.
This was a very relaxing and enjoyable lunch break and river cruise that is definitely worth experiencing when visiting Bohol.
Butterfly garden and snake center
The tour continued after lunch and made its way through the countryside to watch farms and rice fields.
Our next stop was the small butterfly garden and the snake center.
Here, your guide in the center will tell you about the beautiful butterflies that they have in their sanctuary and you will have the opportunity to see some very large snakes up close!
They also have a Palm Civet Cat or Milo, Musang in the middle. For those of you who are not familiar with this type of cat, they are best known for their love for coffee cherries.
Coffee seeds in the droppings of civet cats remain undigested and produce a special taste of civet coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak coffee.
Today this is the most expensive coffee in the world!
For movie fans, you can remember the Hollywood movie "The Bucket List". Here actor Jack Nicholson, who plays a very wealthy person, drinks this coffee while lying in hospital with actor Morgan Freeman.
They joke about the fact that the coffee beans come from the excrement of Palm Civet Cats and that it is the most expensive coffee in the world! 🙂
Baclayon Historical Church
The Roman Catholic Church of Baclayon near the town of Tagbilaran is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It was founded by the Jesuits in 1596 and converted into a parish church in the early 18th century.
The church, originally built from coral stones, has a cross-shaped construction plan that is connected by a pyramid-shaped wall. The church and watchtower were of strategic importance at the time and were built with a view of the sea.
The defensive stone walls that surrounded the original church complex were removed in the 1870s.
The interior of this beautiful church is absolutely breathtaking. Even for non-religious people, it is definitely worth visiting this historic landmark.
Blood compact shrine
The Sandugo or Blood Compact Shrine Monument is a landmark on the site of the first international friendship agreement between Spaniards and Filipinos. This famous monument in picturesque surroundings is a statue that represents a famous blood pact from 1565.
This is now a historic landmark and the location of the first international friendship contract. In the background is a view of the beautiful Bohol Sea.
The monument with the bronze statues of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Rajah Sikatuna and several other witnesses was a masterpiece by the Boholano sculptor and national sculpture artist Napoleon Abueva.
Valeroso Ralle On Tour has lived up to its reputation as the leading tour and travel agency in Bohol. The service was excellent, our guide excellent and the tour itself was excellent.
In fact, we used the travel agency to book our fast ferry tickets and arranged transportation from our hotel to the Tagbilaran City ferry terminal to board the ferry back to Cebu.
For more detailed information on this Bohol landscape tour with Valeroso Ralle On Tour, I have added a link to their official Facebook page below. You can also take a look at the other island tours offered.
➡ Valeroso Ralle On Tour Facebook page
I have also listed the official Filipino Tourism Board link below on their website page. It contains excellent information about everything this beautiful country has to offer.
✈ Tourism in the Philippines
Safe and healthy travel! 🙂
Although our Bohol Countryside Tour was carried out in collaboration with Valeroso Ralle On Tour, you can be sure that all content and opinions are those of the author and only reflect my personal experiences.
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