BOHOL LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS
BOHOL is now one of the most visited provinces in the Philippines. It is getting to be popular not only among foreign tourists but local visitors as well. The Department of Tourism and the government of Bohol are promoting the province as "a land of history and natural beauty." Even Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol Province, is being advertised as "The City of Friendship." This oval-shaped province is located in the central part of the Visayas lying between Cebu in the northwest and Leyte in the northeast. To the south is Mindanao which is separated from Bohol by the wide Mindanao Sea. Bohol is about 700 kilometers directly south of Manila and about an hour by commercial jet. .
Aside from the mainland, Bohol has 61 smaller offshore islands and islets. The island of Panglao is the most visited being known for its unpolluted waters which are rated among the best diving sites in the world. Here you will find long stretches of fine white sand set against an idyllic backdrop of coconut trees.
Bohol's land area is 4,117.26 square kilometers and is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. As of the year 2000, Bohol had a population of about 1,139,130 and is growing at an average rate of 2.78 percent. It is essentially an agricultural province and rice, coconut, and corn are its main products. Most fishing towns are found in the northern part of the island, particularly those facing the Camotes Sea. Among the minerals the province produces are manganese, iron and tin.
The island province has an incomparable world of wonders to offer its visitors. Many tourists seeking the simple charm of a rustic retreat have found this in Bohol. The province is a tropical haven of natural beauty and its coastline is skimmed by gentle coves and white sand beaches. It is becoming a popular tourist destination since it is endowed with natural and historical attractions. With its rolling hills and plateaus, crystal springs and beaches, Bohol is a picturesque island replete with ancestral homes and centuries-old churches. The devotion of the people to religion gave rise to numerous old stone churches which are the most antiquated in the country. And most of these churches have their adjacent museums containing various interesting relics, religious art and artifacts.
For many years Bohol, despite its potential for social and economic growth, has occupied a slot among the 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines. Due to the strong determination and clarity of purpose of the provincial government, Bohol made a big leap from being in No. 7 to No. 16 in a span of just a few years. The present provincial administration is striving to get Bohol out of the poverty pit. Since tourism and agriculture are Bohol's two economic drivers, the province is expected to anchor their poverty towards a better quality of life for its residents. Exploring and discovering Bohol’s many beautiful and interesting landmarks and attractions which included the following: