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Loboc Eco Adventure Park

Loboc is also home to an eco-adventure facility that includes zip lines and cable cars, an overhead rides overlooking the magnificent Loboc River below. The lush vegetation above the Busay Falls is also another attraction that titillates the adventures of zip line and cable car riders.

Hinagdanan Dave - Dauis

The entrance of the cave is still narrow and steep and only one person at a time can enter. Yet the stairs have improved. The once wooden rickety handle of the stairs have been replaced with rounded steel bars and the stairs are wider. It is easier to go down them but one have to be careful for the steps are slippery due to the humidity of the cave and the wet kids running up and down the stairs in a swimming spree.

Entering the cave, one has to wink twice in order to accustom your eyes to the dark. It is not that dark inside anymore for a light has been added near the stairs and two holes aboveground gives a streak of light towards the upper left side of the cave. Initially though, one feels blinded by the dark when coming directly from outside.

The large underground cavern has a pond, looking dark yet alluring. As far as I remember, the pond is deep and the water icy cool and fresh.

But the water near its outlet is a bit salty especially during high tide when sea water enters. As a kid I was not fearful of its depth for I know how to swim. Later, I learned that the deepest portion is 10 feet deep.

E.A.T. - Danao Adventure

E.A.T. Danao is the town’s newest brainchild. “E.A.T.” does not only pertain to the partaking of the town’s organically grown and fresh food which is in abundance but also a whole new experience far superior to the common offer of Chocolate Hills’ tour, tarsier and dolphin/whale watching.

E.A.T. Danao is a tourism concept set up to benefit the municipality of Danao and its people. The tour involves responsible tour of Danao’s God-given gifts. It is the town’s major task to conserve these gifts and enhance them to sustain the well-being of all its constituents.

Danao offers unique and exhilarating activities in different categories set amidst verdant valleys framed by the majestic expanse of mountain ranges. To trim down the choices for the individual tourist, specific activities were grouped into three: Extreme, Economic, and Educational. So “E” stands for any of the three; “A” for Adventure; then “T” for Tour.

All these activities converged in one place which the town calls the Danao Adventure Park. The Park is located at barangay Magtangtang, 72 kilometers from the City of Tagbilaran and only about two (2) hours ride away.

Bohol Chocolate Hills

The famed Chocolate Hills of Bohol are not only two but more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills – a very strange geological formation that has baffled a lot of geologists. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers or more and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height.

The Chocolate Hills appear to be seemingly endless when viewed atop the hill in Carmen town. The viewing deck there gives you a 360° view of the hills “as far as the eyes can see”. It is more majestic when viewed from a plane – them appearing to be thousands of mole hills dotting out from verdant surroundings.

 What’s unique with these limestone chocolate hills is that they are only covered in grass and the cone shape is more or less common to all although differing in size. The hills look chocolaty only during dry season when the grass withers and turns into brown and looks like giant chocolate kisses.

 

Grass species found to thrive on the hills are Imperata cylindrical and Saccharum spontaneum and several Compositae and ferns. Trees grow on the base of the hills and are lush and verdant rings around the almost bare cone-shaped hills resulting in its awesome natural beauty.

 

Likewise, the flatlands surrounding the hills are given to rice and corn farming and results in a beautiful

green backdrop for the Chocolate Hills. Elevation ranges from 100 meters to 500 meters above sea level. Higher hills can be found but almost uniform cone-shaped hills are found in Carmen town.

The most acceptable geological theory of the Chocolate Hills of Bohol is that the hills were the result of thousands of years of weathering of marine limestone. Others say that the hills were formed ages ago by the uplift of coral deposits or that they erupted from the sea in a massive geologic shift, and the action of rain water and erosion for the past thousand years put in the finishing touches.

Loboc Night River Cruise

Loboc night river cruise is a novelty; the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a welcome diversion to daytime cruising which has caught the fancy of local and foreign tourists for quite a time now.

In fact, an average of 800 guests daily for upstream daytime cruising is being serviced by the floating restaurant operators and this volume has posed a problem with regards to traffic and congestion at the river.

To help ease congestion, a floating restaurant operator introduced a downstream cruise last year; but still the problem of congestion exists during peak hours. As an option, the Provincial Tourism Council thought of introducing a night cruise which gained immediate support from tourism stakeholders in the province.

Gov. Erico Aumentado presented the proposal to Jiangxi Province Governor Huang Zhiquan at Nanchang, China on May 8, 2006 when he and his party attended the signing of a sisterhood agreement between the two provinces.

During the visit, the Bohol delegation were brought to the Quishui Square in Nanchang to view the night scene with myriads of shimmering lights reflected on the waters . The trip heightened the desire of Governor Aumentado and his party to embark on the lighting of the Loboc River which they envisioned would surely boost up the tourism industry of the province of Bohol.

Chinese businessman and Philippine Special Ambassador to China Carlos Chan, who was with Gov. Aumentado, there and then committed to fund the riverbank lighting project and commissioned lighting experts from China to determine the requirements of Loboc River. Thus the project of lighting the whole 2.85 kilometer stretch of the Loboc River was born!