Do you want to see the world in a panoramic view? Do you want to feel like you are on top of the world, feeling the wind freshly blowing on your face? Do you want to see the breath-taking view of the sunset or sunrise? You can have all of these in one visit – Himontagon Hills is for you!
When we said Bohol is rich in culture, history, and tourist destinations, we didn’t mean it as a ridicule – it is true and Himontagon Hills is the testament. Himontagon Hills, also known as Morning Hills, is another stop you should add on your itinerary. It is located at Loay, Bohol which is roughly 40 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City, Bohol. At Himontagon Hills, you could really see all of the Earth’s features- land, air, and water- in an interminable picture. It gives you the Sound of Music premise- you’d want to lie or roll on the grass and the good news is, YOU CAN!
HOW TO GET THERE
Starting Point: Tagbilaran City
If you want to go to Himontagon Hills, your convenient starting point would be at Tagbilaran City. You can go to Loay via a jeepney or a bus.
Jeepneys going to Loay are available in front of Dao Integrated Bus Terminal, located near Island City Mall. Just make sure to tell and remind the driver that your stop will be at Himontagon Hills then you are off to go. On the other hand, if you want to ride on a bus, just go directly to Dao Integrated Bus Terminal. Inquire about what bus will take you to Loay. Likewise, tell the ticketing officer that you are off, specifically, to Himontagon Hills. Though, it is okay to ride the bus, we recommend the jeepney as it is cheaper- the pay ranges from 15 pesos to 25 pesos for the jeep.
To the Hill
From your stop in the national highways, there are two ways getting there, by walking or by riding a “habal-habal”. If you want to go there by walking, you can ask people for directions- don’t worry Himontagon Hills is a very popular destination, almost everyone knows it. The way to Himontagon Hills has designated Stations of the Cross, so you will know if you are going there the right way. Walking there is free, just make sure to bring water and extra clothes- it is going to be a long hike.
Meanwhile, if you want to go there through habal-habal. Just prepare a money ranging from 50 pesos to 150 pesos and ready yourself for a rocky ride. The habal-habal driver will also ask your number, in case you want to also ride habal-habal going back. You could just ask people where the habal-habals are located.
The Hills Are Alive
Are you ready? Prepare your jaw for Himontagon Hills will give you the most jaw-dropping view there is. Once you get to the top, you can do anything you want. You can take pictures. You can roll on the grass if you want. You can camp. You can picnic there. You can climb the trees. You can shout to the world all your grievances. And take note: it is all free!!! There is no entrance fee in order to witness the surrealistic view of Himontagon Hills! On the other hand, just make sure to leave nothing but footprints.
So come now, experience something different. Maybe, you have been to a lot of hills or mountains before but nothing is on par with Himontagon Hills. The air, the land, the water- savor it at Himontagon Hills!