Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills, by Foot and by an ATV

If ever there will be  a law that mandates every province to have its own flag, Bohol will probably have Chocolate Hills on it.  Chocolate Hills is group of grass-covered hills that changes its color to chocolate brown by the end of summer, thus its name.  There are 1776  hills in Bohol bearing the same shape and formation.  It is a geological wonder that we can only find in Carmen, Bohol.

Chocolate Hills, finallly!
Chocolate Hills, finallly!

From Dumaluan Beach Resort, we reached chocolate hills after about a couple of hours ride.  Upon arriving at the Chocolate Hills Complex, we paid the entrance fee and went on to climb the 214 steps to reach the observation deck.

The 214 steps to Chocolate Hills Observation Deck
The 214 steps to Chocolate Hills Observation Deck
Stumbled upon a praying mantis on our way up the Observation deck.
Stumbled upon a praying mantis on our way up the Observation deck.

The viewing deck is nestled on top of one of the hills and gives you a 360-degree view of the world-renowned chocolate hills.

Chocolate Hills

After savouring the beauty of Chocolate hills in the viewing deck, we proceeded to G1 ATV Motors.  We hired ATVs and a buggy to experience the Chocolate hills by traversing around the scattered giant Hershey kisses with an all terrain vehicle.

G1 ATV Motors provides a guided tour around the vicinity of the Chocolate hills.  They conducted a test run in their backyard for the first timers and non-drivers like me to familiarize with the ATVs before we headed to our ride around the hills.

Three Sister's Hill
Three Sister’s Hill

We availed the 30-minute ATV ride that passed through Brgy. Buenos Aires, Carmen and took us to the Three Sister’s Hill.  It was an exhilarating experience to be as close to the chocolate hills as possible.  Roughing it out in the dirt road in between the hills isn’t exactly an idea of relaxation but adding it in the itinerary is a surefire way to bring  your Bohol experience to a higher level.

Me sans the shoes
Me sans the shoes

Carmen Viewing Deck Charges

  • Entrance Fee (Adult) –  50.00 Php
  • Entrance Fee (Kids) – free

G1 ATV Motors Charges

  • ATV – 400.00 Php
  • Buggy (good for 2 pax) ­– 750.00 Php
  • Brgy. Fee – 50.00 Php / vehicle

For more information about G1 ATV Motors, you may contact them thru:

G1 ATV Motors has eight ATV units and one buggy
G1 ATV Motors has eight ATV units and one buggy

This article is one of my 13-part Bohol travel series.  For more Bohol reads, check-out these links:

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