Picture yourself walking into the Garden of Eden – the colossal Mahogany trees that rise up exquisitely from both sides welcome you with a chilly breeze of tranquility.
When you’re on your way to see the Chocolate Hills in Carmen, you should be utterly thankful then because you get an added bonus another grand spectacle of Mother Nature and at the same time, also a product of human ingenuity. Welcome to the Man-Made Mahogany Forest in Bilar, Bohol.
The 2-kilometer expanse of verdant vegetation mostly of Mahogany trees, added with ferns, some wild bushes and flowers, attracts by-passers who are on their way to see the Chocolate Hills.
The moment you step into this mind-blowing territory, you’d instantly feel the abrupt change in temperature, even on the hottest day of the dry season because of the towering Mahogany trees that make up a green canopy overhead. The rays of sunlight barely reach the ground because of the thick foliage everywhere around you.
Wholly protected under the government law, the Mahogany Forest was part of the nationwide reforestation program that was launched in the 1960s during the reign of Diosdado Macapagal. The 857.4 hectares of bare land was gradually planted with young Mahogany trees by volunteers, and after a few decades, the growth of these trees turned out to be wondrous and remarkable, making it a definite pit stop for tourists who pass by here.
Getting to Bohol’s Manmade Mahogany Forest:
When you’re on tour to see the Chocolate Hills, you’d definitely pass by this forest because this is located along the highway in Bilar, Bohol which is about 40 km from Tagbilaran City.