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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Butterfly Sanctuary in Bilar, Tagbilaran Bohol

Second stop is ATV, but I made a separate post about that. You can read it soon here. So to skip, another spot we visited was the Butterflies Conservation Center which is located in Bilar, a town in the interior part of Bohol. It is the first butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol. The Entrance fee is Php20.00 with a tour guide that explains deeply about butterflies.

butterfly sanctuary bohol

It was observed to host 200 species of butterflies and the Center seeks ways and means to conserve and breed them. An enclosure has been built to protect the butterflies from predators which can give them 70% survival rate. Outside, survival rate is only 2%.

butterfly sanctuary bohol

There, I learned how to determine a female and a male butterflies. Male butterflies are more colorful and has a large wings while female butterflies have smaller wings. Male butterflies are made that way so that they can easily attract female butterflies. And I discovered that there's also a gay butterfly, funny it is but it's true. It was called that way because half part of their body has a small wing and the other half has a large and colorful wing. Combination of male and female butterfly characteristics.

butterfly sanctuary bohol

I was also amazed with their cocoons. I thought they were fake because of the color. But the guide said they were all real and I touch one gold cocoon and something's moving inside. It's real. I had also in my hand a caterpillar but it's not itchy like 'higad'. It was a rubber like when I touched it.

butterfly sanctuary bohol

butterfly sanctuary bohol

butterfly sanctuary bohol

How to Get There

There are two butterfly sanctuaries in Bohol. One is located at Bilar town and a smaller enclosure is in Sagbayan. The one we visited was in Bilar. To get there, you can hire a car like mostly tourist do or ride a taxi or motorcycle. Bilar is located 41 kilometers from Tagbilaran City and 1 kilometer from the Bilar market and 5 minutes away from the Mahogany Man-Made Forest.

Tourist Guides and Car / Van Rental

Bohol Car Tour Services
+639081724401

Bohol Day Tour (Tagbilaran and Panglao Island)
Kuya Hansel
+639065077848

Lorjem
+639194137623 (Smart)
+639274358392 (Globe)

Getting There Via Cebu City

From Cebu City, there are boats or ocean jets that are headed to Bohol. You can get a boat ticket from the terminal in Cebu City or you can do a reservation through travel agencies you have on your current location. If you are from Davao City, you can avail a promo for Ocean Jet going to Bohol through The House of Travel. We only pay Php 400.00 for round trip boat fare. (Promo Rate)

Contact House of Travel, Inc for Ocean Jet Reservation (Davao Based Only)

House of Travel, Inc.
Damosa Complex, Lanang, Davao City
Telephone Numbers:
+63.82.235.2160
+63.82.234.0582
+63.82.305.7758
+63.82.305.7995
Fax : +63.82.234.0581
Email : htidvo@yahoo.com

The Chocolate Hills and Butterfly Sanctuary are also featured in Turista Magazine. It's a bi-monthly magazine open to Metro Manila Subscriber only. Their copies are available at select establishments in Metro Manila such as NAIA, Duty Free, and Balikbayan Handicrafts. Collecting travel magazine can also help you find nice places and get some tips and guides.

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