Message of the Mayor
Carmen is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the province of Bohol, owing to one of the country’s most unique natural feature-the chocolate hills. However, aside from the chocolate hills there are a number of scenic features having potential for tourism development.
We have always been at the forefront of tourism in bohol. At the start of the province's tourism boom, it has always been Carmen that is the primary destination in the island. It is in Carmen also that the multitudes of tourists are amazed and awed at the grandness of nature when they see the Chocolate Hills in person
The Municipality of Carmen is located in the central part of the island province of Bohol. It shares political boundaries with the following municipalities: Sierra Bullones on it’s eastern side, Sagbayan on it’s northern side, Valencia on its, southern side and Batuan on it’s western side.
The town proper composed of Barangays Poblacion Sur and Poblacion Norte is approximately 59 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City; reckoned from the Provincial Capitol. Travel time by Public Utility Transport (Buses) would normally take two (2) to three (3) hours, which is expected to be shortened once upgrading of the highway will be completed
The most famous tourist spot of Bohol which marked the symbol of this Province is in the Municipality of Carmen. These unique landform known as “Chocolate Hills” was formed ages by the uplift of coral deposits and the action of rainwater erosion. The hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan, and consist of 1,268 of the same general shape. During summer, visitors admire the scenery of the spot where rice paddies between hills are like golden waves of grains when it feels the winds’ breath. Mounds would gracefully transforms into brown like chocolate cones during summer season and it looks like verdant haycock during rainy days.
Last June 18, 1988, Fulgencio S. Factoran Jr. Former Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources declared these world famous hills as the National Geological Monument in recognition of its special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness and scenic value.