The Conical Chocolate Hills in Bohol

The Chocolate Hills is a geological formation forming a rolling terrain of at least 1,260 conical karst hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi) in the municipalities of Sagbayan, Batuan, and Carmen in the province of Bohol, the Philippines. The hills are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.

I went here at 3:30 p.m. on February 29, 2012. This was during my fist time in Bohol, the 18th province on my list.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

The hills are 30 to 50 metres (98 to 164 ft) high, consisting mainly of sandy to rubbly marine limestones, formed possibly millions of years.

Marvel at the magical vista that captures the hearts of thousands of visitors every year. There are two popular viewing areas, in Carmen and in Sagbayan. The more popular is the observation platform in Carmen called Chocolate Hills Complex, which allow visitors to experience to walk atop one of the hills and gives a good panoramic view of the surrounding hills.

When to go

Chocolate Hills is one of the busiest visitor attractions on the province of Bohol. The best months are March, April, and May. Weekend days are often busier than weekdays, especially in the summer months.


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