Chocolate Hills

Loay Interior Rd., Carmen, Bohol

Chocolate Hills
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Diane C.
5.0 Stars

Chocolate Hills, Bohol #TravelPH

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars

Found myself overlooking some matcha colored hills - party because we came at a hot yet rainy season. There's around 240 steps going up the viewing deck and I'm so glad that I've been stairclimbing in the office which greatly improved my endurance.

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Avarlyn Dantes A.
5.0 Stars

I miss this placeeee. Everything is peaceful and fresh here, this is good day and night. Bonding with someone or with friends.

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Kiko G.
5.0 Stars

Based on folklore, there were two contesting giants and they met up at the place where the chocolate hills are located now. It was raining during that time and so they created mudballs and threw them at each other. Tantananan... The chocolate hills were formed. It's a great telltale and I am still amazed how these were formed. Some of the hills got damaged during the earthquake but even with such an untiward circumstance, the hills remained beautiful and worth a visit.

The number of tourists doubled conpared to my visit with my family 13 years ago.. That's the only thing I don't like. It was hard to go up with crowds stopping at every step taking photos. Haha not really, pero parang ganun. As I reached the top and got an awesome view of the hills, napawi naman pagod. 128512

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Marc G.
5.0 Stars
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My Bohol visit will never be complete without checking out these fascinating and lovely Chocolate Hills! I only see them in postcards, now they are in my reach.

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Pat D.
4.0 Stars

Despite the earthquake that hit Bohol, it never lost its charm :)

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Yina M.
5.0 Stars

214 is the number of steps you need to climb to get a more panoramic view of these hills.
1,776 hills originally counted before the earthquake last year.
11 of them have crumbled.
1 of them I want to adopt and call mine. Hmm, I think that's illegal.
P50 entrance for an adult, children ages 7 and below are free.

Wow! I remembered numbers from our Tour guide. The stairs are easy to climb and every 40-50 steps, there's a small view deck you can stop to take photos. One of them has a small grotto. It gives you an excuse to catch your breath but you really won't need to (nuks! but i needed to). When you get to the top, though, I'm not sure if they are restoring the view deck from the quake or if they're just improving this observation deck - there is a portion being constructed. Also if you notice, there are tiny people at the bottom of the photo in that part of the view deck. You can choose to go down but it's not cemented and a little bit rocky. #NotForTheLampaAndMahiluhin

There are a few who have attempted to climb the hills and succeeded. Due to its sloping shape, it's challenging to climb given that it's coral and limestone you are dealing with. I was enlightened when the guide said that this used to be all below water level, makes more sense now that I know it's coral. I'm not a mountaineer that's for sure, but without the gear, I can image people try breaking into a run, climb, fall down, break their crown, and then go tumbling after.

It's so sunny that if you go, make sure that you bring a cap if you are sensitive and wear sunblock. There's enough wind also so it can be hard to take that selfie. Plus, if you don't want your noo highlighted in photos, it's best you are armed with a cover-up for your head. My favorite part in drinking in the scene is I how the clouds cast shadows over the hills! It changes the effect given the "lighting".

The place is so scenic and nice that if there were better viewing decks, you could camp out and write a story. That's a nice idea for a Tourism contest!! :)

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Driane B.
5.0 Stars

This place never fails to amaze me. You'll simply appreciate how amazing and beautiful God's creation is. A must place to visit when in Bohol. If possible, visit here during weekdays or during lean season so you can see and feel how wonderful it is.

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Mitch N.
4.0 Stars

One of the most famous attraction in Bohol is Chocolate Hills. We went up 271 steps to see the stunning view of God's creation. The place was still not fixed. Our tour guide said that it used to have a shed because up there was really hot! But it was fine it's still worth the breath catching going up here to see these beautiful Hills.

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Raquel d.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Shiela P.
4.0 Stars

Nice place. Windy and so green and brown! 10084️⛰

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Angela Marie C.
5.0 Stars

I only know of Chocolate Hills from school textbooks and postcards, and now I got to see it for myself, and with the glimpse of the sunset! It was so beautiful! 10084

Our tour guide kept on insisting to do the ATV ride but I was too exhausted to do anything already. To see the place even from a viewing deck is enough to make one fall in love. It was just magical how the colors of the sky were changing because of the sunset, with the sun just peeking out from the clouds and nestled on the mini mountaintops! It could make a grown man cry! 128514

To see this wonderful place in person is one thing, but to share it with the person you love is just amazing too. I have dreamt of adventures like these, and now being able to do it and share it with someone is just awesome! 128525

The perfectly shaped hills were just breathtaking! Upon entering the vicinity, you are already welcomed by a hill very close to the road! It was amazing that more than 1000 of those were all there! God surely is an amazing God! 128525

Cheers to more adventures, to life and to love! Thank you, Bohol for such a lovely experience! 128536

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Rachel T.
4.0 Stars

Before climbing to the viewing deck, Teemee T and i went for a 30 mins atv ride to see the 3 sisters hill and the pregnant hill. It was my 1st time to ride an atv here at bohol. The atv was easy to drive since u just have to press the gas to speed up and press the break to stop. They will also lend you a helmet. The 30 mins atv ride is 450 php but you still need to pay 50 php as entrance fee/environmental fee for the government. There is a longer ride for 1 hr but costs more and you will also get to see more hills up close.

A guide will be joining you for the ride. The guide are well trained on how to assist you on your atv ride. But besides being a guide they are also good photographers (they know which spots are great for pictures and how to take pictures) and videographers. Just lend them your camera/vidcams and they know what to do with it. Making that 500 pesos atv experience worth it.

The route of the atv before entering the hills area is via a short highway drive. The atv rental is just before you enter the viewing deck. For the 30 mins ride, just be sure to wear sunglasses, sunblock, longsleeves and drink plenty of water because its a bit hot. Sometimes its also muddy because some parts of the road have puddles of water. Also it can also get a bit dusty when there are cars passing by. Since i am also not used to biking, my thumb got numb pressing the gas button haha

After our atv ride we went up to the viewing deck. Before going up the viewing deck, there is an airconditioned restroom. The stairs to the top of the viewing deck have 214 steps accodring to our van driver. Due to the recent earthquake last oct 15, 2013, some parts of the viewing deck is still under renovations. You will still be able to go up but some parts will not be accessible and it's a bit difficult to get a good shot because of the construction but the hills are still there looking perfectly good as before. #12Days

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Flong 전.
5.0 Stars

I was so upset when my Grade School Teacher had told me when I was a kid that Chocolate Hills are not made of Chocolates nor Kalamay. I always remember telling myself each time I saw that Chocolate Hills poster inside our classroom that someday, I'd be able to step on those hills.

To go to Bohol to see the Chocolate hills, meet the Tarsiers, eat lots of Kalamay (my favorite) and visit the old Churches is one of my wildest dreams. And that dream came true last March when I finally stepped on this lovely island. Though I can see the scars that they've suffered from the Magnitude 7.2 that struck the island two years ago, but still, this island is simply stunning.

When I arrived at the Tubigon Port, I hailed a motorcycle going to Sagbayan Peak. After a 20 minute ride, I was captivated when I saw those famous hills. Then the motorcycle Driver, Mang Doming, told me that there are more hills to see if Carmen is part of my itinerary. Of course! Just got even more excited.

On our way to Carmen, I was pleased because the Motorcycle Driver, Mang Domeng, is so cool. This is what I like if my Tour Guide is a local and elderly because they got a wealth of knowledge on all things around the place. He gave an interesting and pure overview of the island. He even showed to me some of the hills which was destroyed due to quarry, but gladly, the local government was able to stop them.

Though Chocolate Hills Complex is too far from the Sagbayan Peak, I didn't mind it because I was enjoying the picturesque rice fields, historic towns, coconut and banana groves.

When we reached the complex, oh my, tourists/guests were all over the place, I could say that Carmen Complex is very well-known than the Sagbayan Peak for the following reasons: Because it is government-owned; Because it is closer to Tagbilaran City; and above all, Because it is the original and the best overall view of the Chocolate Hills. And I was so lucky because the entrance fee was still 50 pesos, but by April 1, 2015, entrance fee will become double.

But you know what, climbing up a flight of stairs to get a picturesque view was very challenging. While I was catching my breath, I could hear some of the guests who were counting the set of steps and I tried too but Manong Domeng was a great spoiler because he told me right away that there are 412 steps in total. My problem when we were at the peak was tourists were crowding the small area on top, how can I get a perfect shot of myself? Hahaha. But again, how lucky I was because Manong Domeng is not just a cool Guide but a great Photographer too.

After my Odyssey to the Chocolate Hills, I realized that Bohol Island is not covered with Chocolate Hills like what I was imagining when I was a kid. But after all, truly, the spot is one of the beautiful wonders of the world.

#loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Gino J.
4.0 Stars

The famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol is an astounding landscape that will surely leave you breathless. The best time to visit the place is during Summer months as the hills will turn to brown thats why its called Chocolate Hills. Accessible by most tourist as Bohol has got a lot of travel tours to rely and choose from. You can hire a van, a car or even a motorbike when you arrive at the port area. This is also a haven for backpackers and riders who may want to travel a scenic road across Bohol. #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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King Francis O.
5.0 Stars

You gotta love the not-so-chocolate hills but more of a matcha-green-tea hills in Bohol!

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Tin O.
5.0 Stars

The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact.

Your Bohol trip will not be complete without going to the province prize tourist spot. From Dau Tagbilaran (city terminal), you can ride a bus, jeepney, UV express or rent a private car/van going to Carmen (less than an hour travel for more or less than Php 100). Upon arriving, you'll have to ride the "habal-habal" that cost Php 20/person, pay the environmental fee for Php 20/person also. Then, tadaaahh!!! you are now in paradise, the view of the majestic hills, fresh air, just wow! To have the perfect view, you'll have to climb up on the view deck (I can't remember the number of steps tough), from the top, hundreds of chocolate like hills will capture your attention. Ready your phones and camera for unlimited picture taking, just be creative!

Bohol will always be a perfect place for adventure seeker like me.

Tips: always wear your cap, sunglasses, sunblock, and don't forget to bring water with you

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Cai D.
5.0 Stars

I’m not a fan of chocolates but these hills are so enticing. As far as I know, you can’t find this extraordinary landscape anywhere else in the Philippines. It’s estimated that there are at least 1,268 to about 1,776 of these individual mounds, which would you believe, are made of limestone. These grassy hills were once coral reefs that erupted from the sea. Your visit to Bohol will never be complete without seeing this remarkable view.

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars

Did you ever believe when you were a kid that Chocolate Hills are made of real chocolates? If you answer no then good for you but if you answer yes, well then welcome to the club! Even when I now know that these big brown-colored mounds are not what I thought they were, I’m happy to say that the experience of seeing them up close wasn’t any less exciting. In fact, it is one of the most breathtaking sceneries I’ve ever seen in my life.

In the town of Carmen, we climbed over 200 steps to appreciate the grandiosity of the dome/cone-shaped limestone formations of the famed Chocolate Hills. The mounds that look like chocolate kisses stretch as far as the eyes can see, boy it was a sight to behold. I took the time to appreciate the view that used to be just a picture on textbooks or postcards.

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Flo A.
4.0 Stars

Fun for pictures. Bohol is a beautiful Island with lots to see and do, and it's worth stopping here for an great view.

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