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Introducing Bohol

In most tourism brochures a bug-eyed tarsier clinging to a tree superimposed on a background of the Chocolate Hills is shorthand for the island of Bohol; it seems white sandy beaches are too common to warrant inclusion. While this distinctive pairing draws the domestic crowds, it's the lush jungle interior, rice terraces and offshore islands, most prominently Panglao Island and its great diving, which truly captures the imagination of travellers; a tour of the towns will reveal some of the country's best examples of colonial Spanish churches, many of which are made from coral stone. Bohol is also known for its ube or ubi (yams), the bright-purple sweet potatoes that give halu-halò (various fruit and vegetable preserves served in shaved ice and milk), the national dessert, its distinctive colour and flavour.