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Discovering the Majestic Chocolate Hills of Bohol

by Rhyan Elaine Located in the heart of the Philippines archipelago is a geological wonder that looks like it’s straight out of a storybook: The Chocolate Hills of Bohol. A mesmerizing array of symmetrical mounds stretches as far as the eye can see, offering a view that is both otherworldly and deeply rooted in the natural beauty and myths of the Philippines.

The Legend of the Chocolate Hills

Local legend has it that the hills were formed by the tears of a heartbroken giant who wept over the loss of his mortal love. Others say they are the dried-up tears or the aftermath of a battle between two feuding giants who hurled rocks and boulders at each other in a fit of rage. These stories add a layer of mystique to the hills, inviting visitors to walk the line between myth and geology.

What Are the Chocolate Hills?

The Chocolate Hills are an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines.

There are at least 1,260 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers (20 square miles), although there are possibly as many as 1,776 hills in total. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, giving them the appearance of endless rows of chocolate kisses and thus their name. How to Experience the Chocolate Hills

By ATV or Bike, for the adventurous, exploring the Chocolate Hills on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or bike allows for a thrilling and immersive experience. There are several rental services available that provide guided tours, ensuring you see the best spots without harming the environment.

From the Viewpoints

The main viewing deck at Carmen is where most visitors get their panoramic pictures.

It offers a stunning vista of the hills, which are most impressive during sunrise or sunset when the light plays upon the hills in a dazzling display of shadows and highlights.

Hiking and Exploring

For those looking to stretch their legs, there are hiking opportunities.

While there’s no designated trail that allows you to walk from hill to hill, you can trek up to some of the individual mounds for a closer look at the limestone and the grasses that cover them.

The Science Behind the Scenery

Geologists explain that the Chocolate Hills are the result of thousands of years of weathering of marine limestone. The hills were not shaped by any kind of erosion but rather by a combination of dissolution and uplift of the seafloor, followed by a process called subaerial erosion.

The Best Time to Visit

The dry season from November to May is often considered the best time to visit the Chocolate Hills, as the iconic chocolate brown color is most pronounced. However, visiting during the wet season presents the hills in a lush, vibrant green, offering a completely different but equally beautiful view.

Preserving the Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are not just a tourist destination but also a protected area.

It’s a top priority to maintain the integrity of the hills and their surrounding habitat. Efforts by conservation groups and the government ensure the sustainability of this natural wonder for future generations.

A visit to the Chocolate Hills is more than just a feast for the eyes; it's a journey into the heart of Filipino natural heritage and an adventure that feeds the soul. Whether you’re there for the hiking, the photography, or the chance to bask in the legends of the land, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol are a testament to the unique splendor of the Philippines.


Make sure to pack your camera, good walking shoes, and a sense of wonder as you set out to explore this remarkable destination. As you stand atop the highest point, with a panoramic view of what seems like an endless spread of conical hills, you'll find it's a place where nature, legend, and beauty converge to create something truly unforgettable.





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