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The earthquake that hit Bohol in 2013 has devastated most of its tourism infrastructures like the Chocolate Hills viewing deck, the churches in Dauis, Loboc and Baclayon, the river cruise terminal, and a few landmark bridges. When the local tourism industry lost some of its iconic spots, new destinations cropped up giving Bohol new reasons to be visited again.

1) Geo-Science Tours. Who wouldn’t want to see sinking holes and new land masses appear? The Geo-Science Tours offers tours of these and explanations as to how these new natural wonders came to be.

Sinkhole in Laya, Baclayon. Photo courtesy of youtube.com
Sinkhole in Laya, Baclayon. Photo courtesy of youtube.com

2) Night Cruise. Sail through this 13.5-km river tour along the Abatan tributary in Cortes town in the dark of night. Moonless evenings showcase fireflies gathering from tree to tree. Truly a sight to behold!

Night cruise along the Abatan Riven. Photo courtesy of Julia Wimmerlin.
Night cruise along the Abatan Riven. Photo courtesy of Julia Wimmerlin.

3) CHAP (Chocolate Hills Adventure Park). This facility, complete with adventure activities, is the new Chocolate Hills viewing deck. It also has a refectory and a spacious area for functions like weddings, debuts and other gatherings.

One of the very few hills that cracked during the Bohol quale of 2013. Photo by Ed Ciby.
One of the very few hills that cracked during the Bohol quake of 2013. Photo by Ed Ciby.

4) Dolphin watching. This tour used to be confined in the Tanon Strait facing Pamilacan Island. Lately, these fun-loving, intelligent creatures have made appearances all over Bohol’s seawaters. All Panglao resorts now offer early morning trips to meet and greet these dolphins.

Early morning dolphin watching around Panglao Island. Photo by Ed Ciby.
Early morning dolphin watching around Panglao Island. Photo by Ed Ciby.

5) Rustic Charm. The town of Anda is a beautiful showcase of beaches, mountains and islets. However, this charming destination was seldom a part of the day tours as it was located on a different route. When rerouting was made due to the collapse of roads and conduits, Anda was re-discovered.

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White sand beaches in Anda. Photo courtesy of bohol.ph
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