Mr. Selfish and I took an epic countryside tour of Bohol with our friends. It was an all day affair, and I dare say that we hit up every major attraction in the area. First, we went to a tarsier sanctuary. Tarsiers are the smallest primate in the world. They have large eyes and are mostly nocturnal. They were quite cute and tiny.
Next, we went to the Chocolate Hills, which are a geological formation consisting of at least 1,260 hills spread over 20 square miles. During the dry season, the hills are brown and look like chocolate Kisses. One of the legends concerning the formation of the Chocolate Hills is that they are the tears of a heartbroken giant who fell in love with a mortal who died.
Third, we visited a butterfly conservation center. Usually, I’m not too impressed by butterfly conservation centers but our guide was a bit cheesy (and funny) and we got to touch lots of butterflies. There were also plenty of photo ops.
For lunch, we took a river cruise along the Loboc River. It was quite scenic, and we all enjoyed the views and the breeze.
The boat also stopped for a performance of traditional Filipino music and dance. I couldn’t resist the ukulele photo op.
Finally, we made quick stops at Baclayon church, which is a Catholic church with roots from 1595, and the Blood Compact Monument, which commemorates a friendship treaty between a Spanish explorer and the chieftain of Bohol in 1565.
It was a wonderful all-encompassing tour of Bohol. Whew! Afterward, Mr. Selfish and I had massages in our room at the Amarela Resort.