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The Chocolate Hills on Bohol

The Chocolate Hills are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province of Bohol, Philippines. These are a geological formation consisting of more than 1,000 cone-shaped hills that are spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers.

The hills are made of limestone and were formed millions of years ago through the process of erosion. The name "Chocolate Hills" comes from the fact that during the dry season, the grass on the hills turns brown, giving them a chocolate-like appearance. The hills are covered in green grass during the wet season.

The Chocolate Hills near Carmen on Bohol Island

The Chocolate Hills are located in the town of Carmen, which is about 55 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, the provincial capital. The hills can be viewed from several vantage points, including the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen, where visitors can climb a viewing deck to get a panoramic view of the hills.

There is also a Chocolate Hills Adventure Park nearby, where visitors can do activities such as ziplining and ATV riding. The Chocolate Hills are considered one of the natural wonders of the Philippines and are a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Bohol.

There are two places you can visit to get a good view of the hills. These are among the "Chocolate Hills Complex" in Carmen town and at the Sagbayan Peak which is more "on the other side of the island" and closer to other destinations on Bohol like Cabilao Island, Calape or Tubigon.

One of the biggest of these Chocolate Hills near Carmen has been turned into a tourist spot, including a viewing platform, a restaurant, a small hotel and a souvenir shop. The viewing platform allows a fantastic view over the other Chocolate Hills and the valleys of Bohol. Entrance Fee here is 50,- Peso.

The other viewing point at the Sagbayan Peek also provides a small kind of "Disney Land" for the Kids and a Water Park with some slides and pools. Entrance Fee here is only 20,- Peso and 50,- Peso for the Water Park.