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Bohol

The island province of Bohol is one of the loveliest in the Visayas group, and lies southeast of the city of Cebu. It has plenty to offer in the form of historical and natural attractions. The world's rarest seashells, like the Gloria Maris and the Golden Cowrie, can be found here; as well as the tarsier, the large-eyed insect-eating monkey which, when fully grown, is smaller than a child's fist. Here too are the world-famous Chocolate Hills, a surreal series of 1,768 hills that resemble scoops of chocolate ice cream. They were formed many millennia ago, from the weathering of coral deposits when the land was still beneath the sea, and can be viewed from an observation deck. Historically, Bohol laboured under 302 years of Spanish rule after the local chieftain signed a 'blood contract', and many buildings, particularly beautiful churches, remain as testimony to the period of colonial rule and the struggle to be free of domination.

Information & Facts

Language

The official language of the Philippines is Filipino, but English is widely spoken. Tagalog is the most predominant of the many dialects or local languages spoken throughout the islands.

Money

The currency of the Philippines is the Peso (PHP), which is divided into 100 centavos. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the cities and tourist destinations. Banks do not always accept travellers cheques, but a receipt of purchase is useful. ATMs are available in the major cities. US dollars are widely accepted in Manila and other tourist areas and are the easiest currency to exchange; otherwise Euros and Pounds Sterling can also be exchanged in banks and hotels. Banks open from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, but their ATMs are open 24 hours. It is best to carry pesos when travelling outside of major centres.

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

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