2019 Guide on Getting to Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Chocolate hills is the most visited place in Bohol and that isn’t up for debate. A lot of tourists visit Bohol for the sake of viewing the world class Chocolate Hills. The Chocolate Hills is the Philippines’ third National Geological Monument and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During dry season, the 1,776 symmetrically shaped conical mounds covering 20 square miles turns brown, and look like endless rows of chocolate kisses—which is how they got their name.

Here’s a guide on how to get to Chocolate hills if you are planning on visiting it during your stay in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines.

Getting to Bohol from Cebu

  • Bohol is just a short ferry ride from Cebu City and you could book a ticket online or right in the Pier. Several fast crafts travel daily between Cebu City and Tagbilaran and Cebu City and Tubigon. A one-way trip aboard an Ocean Jet ferry costs around 500 PHP while a round trip ticket goes for 800 PHP.
  • Other reliable companies you can choose from your island to island trip are FastCat and Weesam Express. The trip takes approximately 2 hours but fast ferries are very comfortable and sometimes have a deck to walk around and enjoy the scenery on.
  • Once you arrived in Tubigon, get a cab or taxi and tell the driver to take you to Carmen.
  • There’s two viewing decks or lookouts for Chocolate Hills, the first and the official lookout which is run by the government is the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen. You will be asked for an entrance fee of 50 PHP per person and there will be a short set of stairs up to the deck.
  • The other viewing point, the Sagbayan Peak, is more like an amusement park. It’s located about 18 km from Carmen and also has an entrance fee of 50 PHP per person.
  • You can only look or view these hills from these two lookouts and you are not allowed to climbed the hills.
  • Alternatively, you can rent a plane that would take you to the air and have a much wider and much interesting view of the Chocolate hills from the sky. There’s a lot of agencies that offers an aerial tour for Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

The best time to visit

The perfect time or season to visit Chocolate hills will definitely up to you since Chocolate hills has a different look and vibe during different seasons and you could probably like it during dry season while others would prefer it during rainy seasons. In the end, it's up to you on what kind of look you want to see during these seasons. You could visit any time of the year since the landscape will always be as impressive as it is, dry or rainy season.

During dry season, the hills will look brown and it would almost look like an endless rows of chocolate kisses. Dry season or summer would be perfect if you want to see the Chocolate hills looking more like chocolate kisses.

And if you want to see it looking green, you could visit Chocolate hills during rainy season or anytime of the year aside from summer or dry season since the hills would turn brown during dry season while for the rest of the year it is green due to its grass.

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