Bohol - Nuts Huts

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
Trip End Mar 26, 2009

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Friday, May 8, 2009

Bohol probably the most famous island in the Philipinnes, the image of the chocolate hills and tarsiers is on all guide books and we were really excited about this stage.  Bohol itself is very small in size, and we managed to base ourselves in one place to see the main attractions.  We had read about a hostel based by the river in the middle of nowhere surrounded by jungle.  This eco friendly place was called 'Nuts Huts'.

After getting off the jeepney by the side of the road it was a 10 minute gruelling walk with our heavey bags to nuts huts.  When we arrived we found a final walk down what seemed like hundreds of steps to get to reception.  Sweaty and tired we met one of the owners a dutch crazy lady who said we like the sort of people that make the walk thats why we dont make it easier to get here !.  but the place was great, hammoks,, good food, and a brilliant view into the tree tops.  Our hut on stilts was great at the bottom beside the river which i jumped straight into after the sweaty was amazing.

The place felt great, so relaxing, the sound of insects, fireflies at night. The next day we head out for the famous chocolate hills, but on the way we stop at the butterfly sanctury.  I wasnt expecting much but it was great.  The guide took us all the way around explaining about the different species and Fran got to hold some massive catipillars which were stunning and weird!  We saw so many different butterflys, they were beautiful and at the end they put one in Frans hair ! lol

Then it was onto the iconic cholocalte hills. As we walked up the hill we could start to see the strange smooth green domes.  We got to the entrance climed to few hundreds steps to the lookout and stepped to the edge.... wow, you have to see this for real.  For a full 360 degrees and as far as the eye can see we gazed in amazement at the view.  The hills are said to be formed from the tears of gods, they look so strange, smooth and hypnotic.

Our last day came and we signed up for a hike up the hill to a massive bat cave.  The crazy owner told us it was easy and wouldnt be slippery.. she was a bit wrong.  It was quite steep and as it rained slightly in the night was slippy!  anyway we climbed up over a few hours and took in some amazing views.  When we arrived we went into the mouth of the cave and immedietally saw hundreds of bats hanging from the roof of the huge cave.  The guide made a sound and loads dropped and flew in our direction, it was amazing.  As we tried to avoid the bat poo we climed through a long dark cave always covered by bats and two torches between 6 of us haha.

On our 3rd day we avoided teh walk back by taking a small boat to Loboc. Our stay at Nuts Huts was fantastic, 3 great days, and we did so much. Bohol was definitally one of our favourite islands of the Philippines. we went to Pangloa before leaving for Bohol but we only stayed 2 nights as it rained a lot and onto the next island Negros !
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