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The Delectable-Looking Hills of Bohol

Updated on March 6, 2012

Chocolate Hills, Bohol Philippines - Travel Guide

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Spectacular! Amazing! Great engineering feat! These were the words that crossed my mind when I had my first view of the chocolate hills. They were perfect cones surrounded by trees and covered with green grass. The grass would later turn brown during the summer season, hence the name chocolate hill. And there were a thousand of these perfect cones! The sizes of the domes ranged from 30 to 50 meters, the largest of which was 120 meters high. According to the local folks they looked like big 'chocolate kisses' during summer.


Could this be the former playground of some giants who made perfect mounds of sand and over time grass grew over it? or Were these mounds the result of wind and water sculpting under the direction of an artistic playful spirit? According to one of the legends, these were the droppings of a giant carabao who ate all the crops of the townfolks. Whoever or whatever did these perfect conical mounds, they surely made the scenery mysteriously beautiful.

This was taken last February 26, 2012. The rain was not supposed to come until June. Normally, this time of the year the hills are covered with dried grass and are colored chocolaty brown.
This was taken last February 26, 2012. The rain was not supposed to come until June. Normally, this time of the year the hills are covered with dried grass and are colored chocolaty brown.

Origin of Chocolate Hills

The common accepted theory about the origin of the hills is that they are the weathered formations of a marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay. Others say that the hills were formed ages ago when a massive geological shift uplifted the coral deposits, and the action of rain water, wind, and erosion for the past thousand years did the rest. However, up to this day, the geologists haven't reached consensus on how these delectable-looking hills were formed.

A closer view of one of the 'choco hill'. The height of the dome is approximately 55 meters. The grass is still green because of the weather phenomenon, El Nina. Rain still comes intermittently even though it is now considered summer.
A closer view of one of the 'choco hill'. The height of the dome is approximately 55 meters. The grass is still green because of the weather phenomenon, El Nina. Rain still comes intermittently even though it is now considered summer.
The conical hills are green during the rainy season and are surrounded by verdant trees mostly mahogany, acacia, coconut, and bamboo.
The conical hills are green during the rainy season and are surrounded by verdant trees mostly mahogany, acacia, coconut, and bamboo.
This view is taken from the Chocolate Hills Complex about 4 kilometers before the town of Carmen, Island of Bohol.
This view is taken from the Chocolate Hills Complex about 4 kilometers before the town of Carmen, Island of Bohol.
The local farmers plant coconut trees around the hills, the produce of which is the raw material for virgin coconut oil.
The local farmers plant coconut trees around the hills, the produce of which is the raw material for virgin coconut oil.
View of the winding road going up to the Chocolate Hills Complex, built in one of the biggest conical hill.
View of the winding road going up to the Chocolate Hills Complex, built in one of the biggest conical hill.
The observation post at the top of the Chocolate Hills Complex, is a 214-step climb.  For the weak-kneed, circular resting stations are placed along the climb.
The observation post at the top of the Chocolate Hills Complex, is a 214-step climb. For the weak-kneed, circular resting stations are placed along the climb.
Chocolate Hills of Bohol became a member of World Famous Mountains in October 14, 2009.
Chocolate Hills of Bohol became a member of World Famous Mountains in October 14, 2009.
Panorama from the view deck of a restaurant on Chocolate Hills Complex
Panorama from the view deck of a restaurant on Chocolate Hills Complex
All pictures above were taken last February 26, 2012.
All pictures above were taken last February 26, 2012.

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      Jenny Pugh 5 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      Such beautiful hub...napakareal. Ang ganda ng mga hubs mo; your style is something that could earn money in the internet, they are factual, whereas yung sa akin, dreamy...because I love pics to emphasize my point in my poems...nangangahoy sa internet na pics ginagawa ko.

      Congrats, really beautiful!

      Voted up, beautiful, awesome. Ang bilis tumaas ng scores mo...galing!

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      E Jay 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Good...you have your own pics.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you my friend Jynzly. I want the readers to get as excited as I am when I saw the hills.

      This is also a work in progress, I will ask Irene if they got more beautiful views because their camera has more powerful lens.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks E Jay for visiting the hub, will add more pictures later.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      tenkay, i never seen this close the choco hills before. thanks for the tour :)

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      TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

      Amazing aren't they... thanks for dropping by.

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