The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction and one of the most famous attraction in Philippines. They are cone-shaped hills, women’s breasts. People who first see the photos of this hills can hardly believe that these hills exists and are not man-made artifact. The chocolate hills consist of more or less than 1268 hills. They are very uniform in shape with the height of 30 to 50 meters high. These hills are covered with green grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. Thats why it is so called Chocolate Hills. At some other times, these hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.
Legend has it that the hills exists when two giants man threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they decided to become friends and left, but left behind the mess they made is the hills. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant man who fell in love with an ordinary girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.
However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached on how hills was formed. The most commonly accepted theory is that the hills are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. You can read this explanation on a bronze plaque if you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex.
How to get there
The hills encompass an area over 20 sq mi (50 sq km). The 1,776 hills are concentrated around the municipalities of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. They can also be found around Valencia, Sierra Bullones and Bilar.
From Bohols capital Tagbilaran, head to the bus terminal at Dao. Board a bus headed to Carmen. Kindly ask the driver to take you to the hills complex. This is four km before Carmen is reached. Now you just have to take a 10 minute walk leading to the site. There are also jeepneys and other motorized vehicles that can take you to the hills complex.