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“nice view from the top”
Review of Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The weather was good on that day. took a little while to climb up the stairs.. the view was great! Even my philippines friends are excited that they are able to visit this place cuz they only read about it in their textbooks. Perhap this place deserve a more appropriate name than "Chocolate hill"

Thank Amanda K
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

I had a fun time checking out this geographic site. It was a little bit crowded, but I still found place to park my rented scooter. There was a building there, but it wasn't open. (no cafe, no shop etc).
There were some shops down in the town selling relevant tshirts etc.

Thank LeticiaMay
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Philippines has been endowed with natural wonders. It may not have the pre-historical archaeological sites and ancient structures that other countries have to offer, but the land is certainly rich in amazing islands, beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and other natural tourist destinations, some of which are located on the island of Bohol in central Philippines.

Every time people ask me for recommendation as to what place to visit in our country (especially when they have a limited time to travel), I always send them off to Bohol. The island has such a high concentration of beautiful places to visit even within just a day. Think of the paradise-like Panglao Beach and other islands in the area, the relaxing floating restaurant along Loboc River and a thrilling zipline crossing it from above, the impressive man-made forest of Bilar, the quaint tarsier conservation center, some old churches and other historical sites, and, of course, the world-famous Chocolate Hills in Carmen!

Honestly, I was quite surprised that the site did not make it among the New Seven Wonders of the World (like the Underground River of Puerto Princesa in Palawan). It would have very well deserved that ranking. At any rate, we are talking about more than a thousand cone-shaped hills, 30-50 meter high each, spread over a land area of approximately 50 sq. kms. They are covered with grass during the rainy season, but assume a brownish color during the dry season, making them look like giant chocolate kisses (hence the name "Chocolate Hills")! They are the result of million of years of geological formation and are said to be once under the level of the sea.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Bohol in 2013, leading to the collapse of many old churches on the island and damaging some of the hills. The viewing deck (with 228 steps) on top of one of the hills was also damaged, but the last time I visited the place, repair and restoration of the place was already on-going. The view from the top is simply amazing! You can see hills kilometers and kilometers away at 360 degrees!

A fee of 50 pesos per head is collected at the entrance to the welcome center of the Chocolate Hills, where you'll find a spacious parking lot, a souvenir shop, a restaurant and some rest rooms. This is also where you take the 228-step stairs up to the viewing deck. A day tour around the island, which you can arrange at the port of Tagbilaran (the island's capital) for 2500 pesos per van (good for 7-10 persons), includes a visit to the Chocolate Hills, plus other tourist destinations on the island. Enjoy your visit!

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Wonderful landscape, amazing hills. But they not looked like chokolat. They say, at a different time of the year, when they are brown colored, they do look like chokolate.

Thank Susanna H
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

From the long trip to the hundred steps, the view was all worth it. This is the first thing you should try in Bohol.

Thank Kaye F
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