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    Bohol: Chocolate Hills How to Get There

    Claimed to number about 1268, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol is its main tourist attraction. Made of limestone and covered with grass, the hills turn brown in summer giving them a chocolatey color, thus the name Chocolate Hills.

    chocolate hills boholThe Chocolate Hills of Bohol, 1268 limestone hills turn brown during summer, thus the name

    picture at Chocolate Hills observation hill

    Origin of Chocolate Hills:

    Geologists up to this day have not reached consensus on how the Chocolate Hills were formed. The accepted theory is that the hills are weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay (this is stated on the bronze plaque on top of the observation hill near the Chocolate Hills Complex)

    Chocolate Hills Trivia:

    Number of hills: 1,268
    Location: towns of Carmen, Butuan, Sagbayan, Bilar, Sierra Bollones and Valencia
    Height of Tallest hill: 120 meters in Carmen town where the Chocolate Hills Complex is located
    Chocolate Hills are made of limestone therefore contradicts the legend of the two giants who quareled and threw mud that formed into the present hills.
    Number of steps to reach the top of the observation hill: 214

    How to get to Chocolate Hills:

    Commute from Tagbilaran: Go to the integrated bus terminal in Dao and catch a Carmen-bound bus. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills complex, roughly 4 kilometers from the town of Carmen. From the complex gate, it's a 10 minute walk along a winding road.

    To return to Tagbilaran, walk back to the main road, and ride a bus to Tagbilaran (last trip at 4pm).

    From Cebu, board a fast craft to Tubigon then board a bus going to Carmen. In Carmen, ride a bus or jeepney going to Bilar, Loay or Tagbilaran. Alternatively, ride a 'habal-habal' (motorcycle taxi) driver to the Chocolate Hills.

    Where to stay in Chocolate Hills:

    There's only one: Chocolate Hills Resort poorly run by the government. better stay somewhere else.

    UPDATED: April 16, 2008

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    posted by GingGoy @ 10:30 AM,


    At Feb 15, 2010, 12:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi I'm the OIC here in National Museum, Bohol branch, I will invite you to visit our museum located beside the provincial Capitol building, near the Saint Joseph Cathedral, near yhe plaza Rizal. Here you can see our presentation of the evolution of the island of Bohol and the Geological Theory of the formation of the Chocolate Hills, is made by the researchers of the National Museum, geological Division.

    At Feb 15, 2010, 2:55:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymous, will consider visitint next time i'm there. do you now allow taaking pictures inside the museum? it sould be the norm and not the exception

    At Jun 27, 2011, 3:47:00 AM, Anonymous ToddCo said...

    I found the Chocolate Hills to be interesting but I was surprised to learn that they only look “chocolate” in the dry season. I went this past February (2011) and they were rolling green hills. Photos from the experience vising the Chocolate Hills are at

    At Oct 28, 2012, 8:47:00 PM, Blogger Sasora said...


    can you tell me how many hours the whole trip (from tagbilaran to chocolate hills) will take?

    At Oct 29, 2012, 12:46:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    sasora, around 2 hours

    At Jun 5, 2013, 1:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    im having a hard time going to chocolate hills... cant c vehicles going there...i jst visited a hospital nearby...where would find a habal habal???its a good thing to try this...

    At Jun 10, 2013, 10:21:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymous, how to get to chocolate hills by bus? go to the transport terminal in Dao, Tagbilaran. Look for bus or vans going to Carmen town. bus fare to chocolate hills is around PhP70.00. travel time is around 2 hours. note that you need to drop off near chocolate hills complex then walk about 10 minutes


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