Bohol a great place to vacation and metal detect
by David L.Hyde
(O'fallon ,missouri , USA)
My wife is from Bohol in the central Philippines, we have been married since 1989 got married over there, and i have been back several times. I love exploring the Philippines with over 7000 islands to explore and a rich and old history.
Lots of very old churches there though many were damaged or destroyed by earthquakes a while back. I enjoy reading the history and seeing where events actually happened.
The people are very out going and friendly and most people speak English. I enjoyed metal detecting over there on the beaches, the first time i detected was over there i shipped my detector a head in a box with other stuff we were sending. I set it up and started finding coins in the first 5 minutes.
The public beaches there tend to be very trashy, lots of bottle caps, beer and soda tabs, old screws, nails and other scrap. If you do bring a detector you might want to consider a small coil for the trashy areas.
There are a number of nice tourist beaches where many American and Europeans like to stay and loose valuables. There are very few detectors in the country so most of the beaches have never been detected.
You have to think with about 400 years of Spanish Rule, American rule, Japanese Rule, American rule again, then finally Philippines rule.
If you decide to hunt be prepared to do it early or late because the sun gets really hot. Bring bug spray and sun screen. Make sure you are on public beaches or if you are on private land that you have the owners permission. Beware of locals wanting to sell you maps of Japanese hidden treasure lots of scams out there. Your money goes pretty far there right now about 44 pesos - $1.00, but local good and foods are cheep, American brands and products are closer to American prices.
It is a good idea to find a local to act as your guide and keep a eye out for you. I look forward to going back, next time i will have a better detector and a lot more experience on it.
I consider my wife's family over there my family and like them better then my own. Hope you can visit Bohol some day.