The Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills © edward musiak
The Chocolate Hills are Bohol Province's most famous tourist attraction, and are widely regarded as one of the top 10 things to see in the country. Nature lovers will enjoy the area's conical hills, which number somewhere between 1200 and 1800. The geological marvels were formed from grass-covered limestone and turn chocolate-brown near the end of the dry season (April or May). At this time, they start to resemble enormous molehills. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is among the most alien landscapes travellers will encounter on earth. An excursion to the Chocolate Hills is a must for anyone on holiday in the Philippines. Travellers should note that climbing up to the viewing platform means scaling a steep stairway, which may be tiring for the unfit or the elderly. It's well worth the effort, though. The hills are particularly lovely in the early morning hours or at sunset.