Tiny in terms of population, but vast in terms of attractions. This town of no more than 15,000 inhabitants is home to dozens of places for you to visit. The home province of the Tarsier has another haven with several hidden gems for you to enjoy.
You didn’t think that all there is to see in Bohol were the Chocolate Hills and the cute Tarsiers, right? Home to historical and natural attractions, Dimiao is an ideal place to visit by anyone from all walks of life.
The Dimiao Church, built in the 19th century, is one of the most frequently visited sites in the entire town. It’s easily identifiable because of the twin bell towers that stand in opposite sides of the Church’s facade. Dedicated to the town’s patron saint, St. Nicolas Tolentino, this church is the one locals frequent the most.
Ermita Ruins is also a historical site, built in the 1800’s during the Spanish Colonial Era. The walls of the place are lined with the honeycombed sepulcher that is unique to that period. Once a grand chapel, the Ermita Ruins is now abandoned.
Of course, Dimiao has its fair share of natural destinations! From beaches, to waterfalls, to peaks, and to beautiful rock formations. Balbalan Beach, once known as Imelda Beach, is the most popular beach in Dimiao. It’s dotted with tall shady palm trees, graced with long stretches of white sand, and embraced by crystal clear waters. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and just bumming.
Other places you can visit are Dimiao’s waterfalls. There’s the cold and exhilarating cascades of the Dimiao Twin Falls, the mysterious Pahangog Twin Falls and Caverns, and the Dam-agan Falls, with its water falling in a zigzag pattern. All of these natural bodies of water have several things in common — their waters are cold and clear, covered in lush greenery and bursting with biodiversity, and they’re all open to the public.
The town is also home to the popular MacArthur’s Cap, a small rock formation in the middle of the sea. The rock formation was named such because of its uncanny resemblance to an officer’s cap. And it also commemorates the battles won by General Douglas MacArthur against the Japanese Imperial Army in the Second World War.
Although not as grand as the Banaue Rice Terraces, Dimiao’s very own terraces are still a sight to behold. It is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the people in the municipality and it is truly worth seeing.
Lastly, Dimiao has its own set of peaks, as well. The Badiang and Catugasan Peak are both ideal treks for mountaineers. These peaks offer marvelous views and the hike up will be all worth it once you’ve reached the summit.
Dimiao may be your typical provincial town, but it has its own share of treasures they’re willing to share with the rest of the world.