About Bohol – the 10th Largest Island

As of 2015 census, the population has grown into more than 1,300,000 in numbers. Bohol is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the central portion of the Visayas region lying between Cebu to the northwest and Leyte to the northeast. The province is about 700 kilometers south of Manila and 70 kilometers southeast of Mactan Island. The terrain of the island is basically rolling and hilly. Half of the island is covered with limestone, including the gorgeous Chocolate Hills.

Jewel of the Philippines

The Island Province of Bohol is one of the loveliest islands in the Visayas region. The provincial island has much to offer in terms of history and natural attractions. Bohol is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Philippines’. It is a popular tourist destination in the country.

Bohol is a haven for tourists and scuba divers for the island does not only compel them with the white sand beaches, coral reefs and marine life, but also of the island’s natural geographical formations that are pleasing to ones eyes. Some of these attractive natural formations are the prominent Chocolate Hills, some of the falls such as Mag-aso Falls, Busay Falls, and some of the caves such as Hinagdanan Cave, Lamanok Caves, Kaligoon Cave Pool, and many more attractions. Among others are a number of marine life sanctuaries, butterfly sanctuary, and the tarsier sanctuaries, in particular.

The island is filled with historical scenes across the island. Most of these scenes are the old Spanish churches that were built across the island way back in the 17th and 18th century. One of these churches is Baclayon church which is the second oldest church in the entire Philippines. You can find a solid Spanish church in mostly every municipality of the island of Bohol. Another major historical spot in the island is the Blood Compact made between the Spaniards and Boholanos in 1886.