CHOCOLATE HILLS – WAS THE JOURNEY WORTH IT?
Chocolate Hills is a 1-2 hour drive from Alona Beach, the popular tourist region of Bohol, Philippines. Hundreds of brown hills create an interesting landscape from atop the Chocolate Hills lookout.
From Alona Beach we hired a moped for 250 pesos per day or $5 USD (A good deal we were promised). The drive is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced as the traffic can get a little crazy sometimes. However compared to Kuta in Bali or Hanoi in Vietnam it is a cruise sunday drive. Taking a moped gives you ability to stop along the way and check out rice fields, local villages, markets and the countryside.
Along the way we found a rope swing in the river, the best fried banana for 20 pesos or 30 cents USD and some amazing rice fields. We also stopped at the man made forest and tried to find Busay Waterfall unsuccessfully. Aside from standout attractions like these, being able to cruise through and take in the sights, smells and sounds give you a better understanding of the island.
Chocolate hills is easy to find, is well-signed and and available for search on Google maps. The Chocolate Hills entrance fee was $50 pesos or $1 USD. It wasn’t quite as impressive as I had imagined and we were a little underwhelmed after such a long day of driving but it was still an interesting landscape. I am not sure what I was expecting and it was a nice view but it was a little bit of an anti-climax to our long day of driving. The sunset wasn’t prolific, but that’s the luck of the draw. The drive home in the dark was a crazy experience, which I also don’t suggest if you aren’t up for a challenge.
If you are in the area I suggest checking out Chocolate Hills but if you are looking for something amazing this isn’t in my top things to do on Bohol.