When I reflect on my experiences in Bohol, the first thing that comes to mind is the exotic wildlife I had the chance to come in contact with — quite literally.
Our first stop after disembarking our two-hour boat from Camiguin was to see the endangered Tarsier monkeys at a wildlife sanctuary. These monkeys are the smallest primates and are nocturnal. We were lucky to catch a few shots of one that was awake!
As we were leaving the Tarsier sanctuary, a man pulled us aside, showing us a lizard he had just caught. We got a chance to hold it ourselves, too.
Finally, we set off to our next destination — the world-famous chocolate hills. Right now they’re a little greenish-brown, but the views were amazing as we hiked up one of the many hills. Of course, we had to take some obligatory “flying” shots.
Afterward, we stopped by a small wildlife area which had pythons, ostriches, bear cats, and iguanas, among many other animals native to the area. I had some bonding time with a python as well as a lizard!
One of the most wonderful things about Bohol is that anyone can see the vibrancy of the land and environment before they even set foot in the island. After a day of animals, wildlife, scenic views, and photos, we headed to our hotel, Lost Horizon. But one last surprise awaited us on the way there…
The next day, we hopped on a river boat tour and were welcomed by music, good food, and surreal rainforest views.
Bohol is truly one of the most spectacular areas of the Philippines. Rarely ever can visitors come in close proximity of wildlife while still being able to enjoy vast scenery, trekking, and group activities. With so much beauty in one place, it’s no wonder that this is becoming a very popular vacation spot!