VIRGIN ISLAND: Bohol Philippines Hidden Gem

VIRGIN ISLAND: Bohol Philippines Hidden Gem
VIRGIN ISLAND BOHOL PHILIPPINES
Yehey! It’s my second time around at the Virgin Island in Bohol and it never failed to give me a feeling of happiness, a sense of freedom and tranquility that my soul seeks.
Virgin Island in Bohol, Philippines is an island with lots of sea urchins and trees.  It is known to locals as “hidden oasis.” There is no shade, electricity nor inhabitants there. All you could see are pristine waters and that long curving stretch of powder-like white sand and those coconut trees.

After the other guests left, I had the island all to myself and I love that!
 Commune with God and nature in Virgin Island. God is good all the time. I love being there!
We are on the lone tourist boat there.
Our Boatman and his side kick jumping away their stress! They were so happy!
Tranquil Virgin Island is like no other- That yellow boat that I captured in the picture offered sea urchins, also known as “swaki,” which you could dip in vinegar or “suka”. Those on the yellow boat also sell sea shells, pearl accessories, shell meat, starfish and buko juice.

I will never get tired of visiting Bohol’s Virgin Island again and again.

BOHOL HOTELS, RESORT, INNS, PENSION HOUSES, LODGES, DORMITORIES

BOHOL HOTELS, RESORT, INNS, PENSION HOUSES,  LODGES, DORMITORIES

Here is the list of resorts, hotels, lodges, inns and pension houses in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
Hotels/Lodges Contacts
Bohol Tropics Resort *
(038)411-3510 to 14/(038)411-2529
The Metro Centre Hotel *
(038)411-2599
Hotel La Roca * (038)411-3796 to 98/(038)411-3179
Wregent Plaza Hotel * (038)411-3144/(038)411-3951/(038)411-3971
The Meridian Hotel * (038)411-3060/(038)411-3123
Gie Gardens Hotel * (038)411-3182/(038)411-2031
Buen Bella Pension House + (038)235-6466/+63920-2956251
Chriscent Ville Pension House + (038)411-4029/(038)235-4365
Coralandia Resort and Restaurant + (038)411-3445
East Coast Tourist Inn + (038)501-7210
El Portal Inn + (038)411-2124/(038)411-3579
Slim Pension House + (038)411-4858/(038)411-5907
Taver’s Pension House + (038)411-4896/(038)411-3983/(038)411-4797
Villa Alzhun Tourist Inn & Restaurant + (038)411-3893
Villa Camilla Pension Haus + (038)411-4966
Winward Pension House + (038)411-3599
Agricultural Promotions Center x (038)411-2436
Casa Juana x (038)411-3306/(038)411-3331/(038)411-2683
Charisma Lodge x (038)411-3094
City Lodge 2 x (038)411-2190
City Lodge 3 (038)411-3251
CVSCAFT Hometel x (038)235-3173
Everglory Lodge & Restaurant x (038)411-3200
Executive Inn x (038)411-3254
Hats Inn x (038)411-2427
LTS Lodge x (038)411-3310/(038)411-3082
Matig-a Lodge x (038)411-2068
Nisa Traveller’s Inn x (038)411-3731
Shores Apartelle x (038)411-4734
Sky High Lodge x (038)501-7955
Soledad Suite x (038)411-2117
Tamblot Pension House x (038)411-2254
Uptown Lodge x (038)235-3166
Vista Lodge x (038)411-3072
* – Hotels/Resorts
+ – Inns/Pension Houses
x – Lodges/Dormitory

Tarsier Behaviour

Tarsier Behaviour

Habitat. Tarsiers are arboreal. They live in and around the base of tree trunks and the roots of plants such as bamboo. They can occasionally be found in holes are at the top of trees. In Mindanao, tarsiers appear to thrive best in second or third growth thickets along the coast and in the valleys.

Behavior. The Philippine tarsier is nocturnal. They hunt at night, exclusively for animal prey. At day time, they hide in hollows close to the ground. When kept in captivity, individuals may huddle together or intertwine their tails. They are believed to live in groups, larger than just one male and one female. The female appears to take care for the young exclusively: no male parental care has been observed.

Diet. Tarsiers live exclusively on animal prey. Their diet includes primarily insects such as cockroaches and crickets, but may occasionally be extended with reptiles, birds, and bats. A Philippine tarsier in captivity will eat live shrimp and fish in a bowl of water.

Sounds. The tarsier produces a a number of different calls. The loud call is a loud piercing single note. When opponents meet, they produce a soft sweet bird-like trill. When several individuals communicate, they can produce a locust-like chirping. Females have a specials sound to indicate that they are fertile.

Scent Marks. Male tarsiers have epigastric glands, which they use for scent marking.

Reproduction. Females tarsiers have a prosimian-type uterus but a higher primate type placenta. One unusual feature is that they have multiple breast pairs, yet generally only the pectoral pair is functional. The other ones serve as anchoring points for newborn. The gestation period of a tarsier is about 180 days (6 months), and only one young is born at a time. When a tarsier is born, it is already in a well-advanced state of development. It is born well furred and with its eyes open. The head and body length at birth is 66-72 mm, the tail is 114-117 mm long, and its weight is 25-27 grams. They are able to move about after only two days. The mother carries infants with her mouth or on her belly. No nest is built. The female parks her infant while foraging. A young tarsier can climb after two days and jump after four. After about 19 days, young tarsiers already move around much like adults. It is breast-fed upto about 60 days. Juveniles tend to be more uniformly colored than adults. After two years, young tarsiers become sexually mature. The female has an estrus cycle, or recurring period of heat, of 23.5 days. Mating can take place any time of the year. Tarsiers can become 12 to 20 years old.

Where to Meet the Tarsier

You can visit the tarsier at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, and see it in its natural habitat.

The Philippine Tarsier Foundation,
Km. 14 Canapnapan Corella, Bohol 6300 Philippines
Tel: (0912) 5163375
Mobile: (0918) 6021326
Email: tarsier@mozcom.com
Website: http://www.philippinetarsier.org/.

Please avoid visiting the tarsiers kept in cages along Loboc river. Here, these shy animals have a miserable life, and normally don’t survive for long.

Further Reading

Some notes on primates and the place of the Tarsier within the hierarchy of primates can be found on The Primates by Dennis O’Neil of Palomar College.

Another website featuring pictures of a tarsier is http://www.tarsieruk.homestead.com/Home.html.

Condensed from material by The Philippine Tarsier Foundation

PHILIPPINE TARSIER UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.

If no action is taken, the tarsier might not survive. Although it is a protected species, and the practice of catching them and then selling them as stuffed tarsiers to tourists has stopped, the species is still threatened by the destruction of his natural forest habitat. Many years of both legal and illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have greatly reduced these forests, and reduced the tarsier population to a dangerously small size. If no action is taken now, the Philippine tarsier can soon be added to the list of extinct species.

Physical Description

General. The Philippine tarsier has a gray fur and a nearly naked tail. The middle finger is elongated. Head and body length are around 118-149 mm; It weighs 113-142 grams. Males are larger than females.

Eyes. In comparison with his body size, the eyes of the tarsier are enormous. In volume, the capacity of the bony eye orbits, or eye sockets, is larger than that of the brain case, and also larger than its stomach. Their eye sockets have post-orbital closure rather than the postorbital bar of the prosimians. This feature keeps the eyeballs from being pressed against by the powerful temporal muscles to their sides.

Tail. The tarsier has a relatively very long tail (232 mm), generally naked except for a tuft of hair at its end. The underside has dermal ridges like those found on human hands and feet. Its tail is used for balancing like a tripod; they prefer an erect posture at all times.

Head. Like an owl, the tarsier has a joint between its skull base and spine to allow head movement of a 180-degree arc. Its upper lip lacks a cleft yet, but still has muscles, so that it can make facial expressions. The adult brain weighs about 4 grams.

Teeth. Tarsiers have sharp teeth, enabling them to catch their prey easier. Unique among primates, tarsiers have only two, rather than four, incisors in their lower jaw. Their dental formula is 2.1.3.3 1.1.3.3 x 2 = 34.

Ankle bones. The name “tarsier” or “tarsius” is derived from the animal’s very long ankle bones. The tibia and fibula of the tarsiers are fused in their lower portions, acting as a shock absorber. This is considered a primitive trait, which can normally be seen in quadrupeds. The lower limbs are twice the length of its trunk. These enable the tarsier to leap about three meters from tree to tree. Its movements are similar to that of a frog.

Comparison with other Primates. Tarsiers share some characteristics with both the prosimians and the anthropoids, while they also have some characteristics peculiar to themselves. Taxonomists have classified them as intermediate between both groups and have assigned them to their own infraorder, which contains just one living genus: Tarsius. Fossil records of this genus are found, dating back to the Eocene epoch, from 54 to 36 million years ago.

Like many prosimians, they are nocturnal and have grooming claws and bicornuate uterus.

Like anthropoids, they do not have a tapetum (a reflective layer in their eyes).

In tarsiers, the internal structures of the nose and ears and the blood supply to the brain and to a developing fetus are more like those of monkeys than of lorises. The monthly sexual swellings of female tarsiers are also similar to those in anthropoids.

BOHOL TARSIER- WORLD’S SMALLEST PRIMATE

BOHOL TARSIER- WORLD’S SMALLEST PRIMATE

Bohol is home to not just the world’s biggest snake in captivity but also the world’s smallest primate — the tarsier! Yes! The most adorable cute wide eye creature!

The province of Bohol is famous for the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier. Right after breakfast @ SUN Avenue Pension, we headed straight to this place where there were several trees surrounded by fences. It didn’t take long for us to see the numerous tarsiers clinging on the branches.

At the Gate they have this big signage -Remember, NO FLASH and NO TOUCH.  With their big round eyes, flash would definitely blind the tarsier! Please be considerate.They get stressed out when people touch them. Please take note that tarsiers commit suicide by smashing their heads against hard objects when they get stressed out. So please, NO FLASH and NO TOUCH, wag matigas ang ulo, live and let live!

I cried FOUL, when I learned that some tourist uses flash when they take photos. If you happened to visit the Tarsier be it in Bohol or elsewhere in the Philippines please remind your fellow tourist, not to use flash and not to touch the Tarsier. Let’s be vigilant in our own little way! Help preserve the TARSIER.

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Guides
Accommodation
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Suislide / Zipline
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E.A.T. DANAO ADVENTURE

My friend Daredevil *Dan

*Special Thanks to Danny For lending me his Photos

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