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The Chocolate Hills from Bohol Province, Philippines are a range of hills covered in grass that turns into a chocolate-like shade during the dry season. With an area of more than 50 square kilometres, all 1,260 to 1,776 hills have nearly the same symmetrical size. This makes The Chocolate Hills one of the most famous tourism destination in Bohol.
Be Fascinated by The Chocolate Hills
The first thing to do at Chocolate Hills is to adore it. There will be a platform high enough in the location for you to see all of the hills clearly. This platform takes 220 steps of stairs. In the platform, they will also sell food and souvenirs so you can enjoy your food accompanied by the beautiful landscape. There might also be legends about the hills written in the viewing point that visitors can read about. Do watch out in the platform because it is very tall. Aside from it, always read the signs and obey the staff.
Some people might find sight seeing boring. But that is not all the things to do at Chocolate Hills. There is also the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park or CHAP for short. There, visitors can ride horses around Chocolate Hills or do wilder and more thrilling adventures. Visitors can enter the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park for about 50 pesos but they will have to pay for each ride again inside. For example, The Rush Bike Zip. In this ride, visitors will ride a bike on a tight rope, floating in the air. No worries, the bike is actually attached to another rope above it so visitors won't be able to fall. Prices to go on rides in The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park ranges from about 340 to 380 pesos.
If visitors are looking for things to do at Chocolate Hills, there is a Rice Museum there that will tell visitors about rice cultivation in Bohol. They have jars full of all sorts of Myriad rice varieties and visitors can ask staff anything rice related. There are also some traditional garb like dusty hats that visitors can try on. To find The Rice Museum, visitors will only have to go 4 kilometres from the Chocolate Hills viewing point.
How to Get Tickets?
There will be a ticket office near the Chocolate Hills. To experience The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park and enter the Rice Museum, you will have to pay as well. To get tickets and passes for the attractions inside Chocolate Hills, there will be a ticket booth in The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park and in the Rice Museum. But, if you are afraid of having a hard time ordering tickets or you are not able to speak their language, you can order tickets online and get good deals. If you join a Chocolate Hills tour group, you might already get it in the package deal.
How To Get Around?
You are not allowed to walk around the Chocolate Hills. But there is something you can do about it; there will be an ATV rental that costs less than a thousand pesos. If you are planning to go to The Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, you will also be able to explore the hills by horse riding.
What Should I Wear?
The Chocolate Hills is an open space and people usually go there during the dry season when the sun is hot. It is recommended to wear outfits with thin fabric yet still wear a hat and sun protection. Wearing long pants is also good so you don't burn your skin and get mosquito bites. Make sure your outfit is comfortable because with all the things to do at Chocolate Hills, you will want to be sure you are ready for adventure.
Best Time to Visit
It is best to visit The Chocolate Hills from December to March when the weather is cool and breezy. March to July might be too hot but it's still good. They say that visiting during dry season is best but visiting during rainy season isn't bad either since the grass will look greener and lush. If you have things to do at Chocolate Hills, going at any time of the day is just as good although it is better to come in the morning so you will have more time to explore the hills. If you want to go to sight-see, going during the sunrise or sunset will make The Chocolate Hills look especially beautiful. It's also better to go without any tour group because they will usually limit your time.
Will I Need a Guide?
The things to do at Chocolate Hills will be more limited if you are with a tour group. Even though it is a big land, it is doubted for visitors to get lost in it. As long as visitors follow guidelines around the place, they will be able to find their way around. You also won't have to pay anyone if you're travelling alone. But if you are scared and it is your first time, it might be good to have a guide with you to get the full experience and find out information about The Chocolate Hills.
How To Get There?
If you are from Tagbilaran, there are 2 choices to choose from. First, you can ride a bus to Camren City from a bus station near island City Mall. Tell the driver you want to go to Chocolate Hills. The trip will take about 2 hours for 30 to 80 pesos. Then, the ticket office will be 10 minutes away from where the driver drops you off. Another option is that you can rent a car or a motorbike from the city. If you are from Tubigon, take a bus from the Tubigon Terminal to Carmen City. The trip will take the same time and price as the trip you take from Tagbilaran except, once you reach Carmen City, you'll have to take another bus to finally get to Chocolate Hills. A faster way is to take a motorbike or tricycle that will take 15 to 20 minutes for about 100 pesos. If you are from Alona Beach, you can take a Chocolate Hills tour for 400 pesos and get the whole trip deal. They will probably also explain the things to do at Chocolate Hills.
You are not allowed to walk around the hills. If you want to look around, there is a view point that has 220 steps of stairs.