The main attraction of Bohol Island are the Chocolate Hills.  These mounds turn brown during the summer, resembling Hershey Kisses, hence the name.

The actual mounds are quite weird; if you go down to the base and have a look, these things simply rise from nowhere.  Most normal hills usually have a gentle slope that starts them off, but these hills sit there on grounds which are completely flat, and they suddenly 'exist'.  I found that very interesting and forgot to take pictures.  

It isn't know how they're formed, but they're thought to be made of uplifted limestone containing lots of fossils, the surrounding area being flatter due to erosion over time.

I also hear it rains here...

Local legends
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Four legends explain the formation of the Chocolate Hills. The first tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.[13][17]

A more romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya's death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.[18]

The third legend tells of a town being plagued by a giant carabao, who ate all of their crops. Finally having had enough, the townsfolk took all of their spoiled food and placed it in such a way that the carabao would not miss it. Sure enough, the carabao ate it, but his stomach couldn't handle the spoiled food, so he defecated, leaving behind him a mound of feces, until he had emptied his stomach of the food. The feces then dried, forming the Chocolate Hills.

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Top 5 Budget Destinations for 2016

January 8, 2016 , In: Budget Destinations , With: No Comments

While a lot of people are tempted to believe that budgeting and traveling are in no way compatible, the absolute truth is that they are. As long as you keep yourself on the financially-savvy and frugal side and as long as you pick the right destination, you stand a very good chance to experience amazing places, meet extraordinary people and make for unforgettable memories – and all on a tight budget too.

What are some of the top budget destinations to consider in 2016? We have gathered 5 of them right below – so read on and find out more.



European, but still different from the largest touristic attractions on the Old Continent, Hungary is a unique experience you are going to love. Because the country was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, you will see plenty of landmarks to remind you of elegant Austria. What’s more, you will also have the chance to taste some pretty amazing dishes as well – so it’s more than worth giving it a try. Best part of it all? Hungary is totally affordable and budget-friendly!


Also located on the Old Continent, Croatia has a distinct flavor you will absolutely love. Eastern European, but influenced by the West as well, Croatia is full of stunning places and memorable experiences. Plus, it’s quite cheap and you can enjoy quite an adventure for much less than you would in many other parts of the world.



Searching for a magnificent destination right at the heart of the Middle East? Morocco it is, then! Very friendly with tight budgets and with a myriad of wonders to explore, Morocco is unique and savory. Everything from its streets to its traditions and cuisine will be a completely unique experience and it will stick to your memory like few other places can.

Puerto Rico

If you find yourself on the North American Continent and if you are searching for a splendid location near you, go for Puerto Rico. Lush, exotic and unforgettable from oh-so-many points of view, Puerto Rico is the place to be at. Allow yourself to bathe in the beautiful sun, to inhale the beauty of this place and to create amazing memories you will never forget! AirBNB is the best way to go with your accommodation here, as it will be the most comfortable (and least expensive option).


The Philippines

Although The Philippines isn’t the usual “suspect” when it comes to South Asian tourist destination, the truth is that it should be. Charming in its own way and with a huge variety of things to offer, Metro Manila and the other locations in Philippines are absolutely amazing from many points of view. The Philippines can be found at the crossroads between multiple South Asian (and not only) cultures, which means that it can provide you with an interesting mix and a completely unique experience.

Of course, these are just some of the best budget destinations to “attack” this year – but rest assured that there are many others out there too! Allow yourself to discover them!

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