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The Chocolate Hills

The Filipino province of Bohol's most famous tourist attraction, and a regular feature on lists of the top 10 things to see in the Philippines, the area known as the Chocolate Hills is a geological marvel: a vast plain consisting of 1,776 conical hills formed from grass-covered limestone. Near the end of the dry season (April or May), the hills turn a chocolate-brown colour, and start to resemble enormous molehills. On seeing the Chocolate Hills, visitors will at first be incredulous that the preposterously symmetrical hills were not man-made; however, as you climb the observation deck and get a sense of the scale of the area, you will realise that such a feat could not have been achieved by human beings. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most alien landscapes you will encounter anywhere on earth, an excursion to the Chocolate Hills is a must for anyone on holiday in the Philippines.

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Bohol Province


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.


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.


Local time is GMT +8.

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