“I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset…”, the Little Prince said in Antoine de Saint Exupery’s most famous novel.
Being an archipelagic country, one is never too far from a postcard-perfect coastal sunset view in the Philippines. The country has enough islands with gorgeous sunsets that would make The Little Prince envious.
During our last visit to Bohol, we visited both popular and lesser-known spots for watching sunsets.
Traveling on the main coastal highway from Tagbilaran past the town of Baclayon, the structures on the seawall abruptly ended to give way to a picturesque surprise: a rocky beachfront flanked by mangroves on each side, and crepuscular rays streaking beneath the clouds.
Our primary target for that day, however, lay beyond Baclayon. Lesser-known than their chocolatey relatives, Himontagon Hills (also known as “morning hills”), are a couple of low, grassy hills in the next town Loay. A few hundred meters from the main highway junction to Loboc and Carmen, a barangay road leads to a dirt road that winds around the hill and end up just behind the peak. A few steps leads directly to the top of the hill, and we were rewarded with a scenic view of the coastal road and Bohol Sea as the sun disappeared into the horizon.
Of course, what is a Bohol trip without a beach sunset? During our stay, we were based at Amorita Resort on Panglao. Amorita’s cliffside location on the eastern end of Alona Beach means that it has the best views on the beach. As the setting sun colored the sky in pink hues, coconut trees and marooned fishing boats filled the camera frame for a quintessential tropical beach photo.
Unlike the Little Prince who could watch forty-four sunsets in a day by simply taking a few steps forward on his tiny planet B-612, we were limited by the number of days we spent in Bohol. How about you, when was the last time you stopped and appreciated a sunset?