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TravelPosted by Jean Dar Thu, September 29, 2016 21:03:12

Tarsiers and adventure sports in Bohol

Having completed my stay in Cebu and Malapascua, Bohol will be next stop during my Philippines leg of this project. Just a quick ferry journey from Cebu, Bohol offers independent travellers a wealth of options both on and off the beaten track in the heart of the Visayas, and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines.

The island province is promoted almost exclusively through images of cute bug-eyed tarsiers and the majestic Chocolate Hills, and while both are fantastic highlights, in reality it's the diving on Panglao Island that brings in the crowds. Add a jungle interior, an adventure sport paradise, rice terraces and pristine white beaches, and you get a more rounded picture of what Bohol really is about.

Boholanos still affectionately call their province the "Republic of Bohol", in reference to the island's short-lived independence at the turn of the 19th century. It's an appropriate appellation, and today's successors of the republic are fierce protectors of Bohol's distinctive cultural heritage.

The 7.2 magnitude 2013 earthquake killed more than 200 people and destroyed several of the island's majestic Spanish-era churches. Still many of the churches are not rebuilt, but few additional outward effects of the catastrophe are visible.

Maybe I should also mention that my new freediving fins and mask did arrive some two weeks ago from Spain. The mask is an Aqualung Micromask and the fins are Beuchat Mundial Competition and will be put to the test first in the Philippines and later in Micronesia.

- This six week project will then continue in Micronesia and end in Manila and Batangas.

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