You could be forgiven for thinking a “Butterfly Centre” is a boring way to spend an hour of your travel time. But then we ended up in this quality Butterfly Centre called “Flying Colours” as part of our tour round Bohol island in The Philippines. We were quite surprised by it!
It was my first time to visit a butterfly centre. So what actually happens here? First up the entry cost is 35 Philippine Pesos. Works out less than $1 US Dollar so paying it is not an issue. The price includes a guided tour – a lady basically tells you about butterflies, takes you round the sanctuary and helps you take photos.
Once you enter you first see the caterpillars – they are living in glass boxes eating away until they turn into cocoons. Some of the green caterpillars are quite big and you can hold them. Then there is a box with those in cocoons and finally they become butterflies and you can see the process happening live – after a couple of weeks suddenly that caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Quite amazing really. Photos are completely allowed and you can get snap happy!
You get to see the world’s largest moth as well and the biggest butterfly native to the Philippines. These are dead however and you will see them in a box, preserved. You can pose for fun photos with them and also with pretend butterfly wings.
The last section of your tour at the centre will be outside where you can see and hold lots of butterflies. Different colours are here too. This is a place worth seeing and the travelling lifestyle will make you enjoy it more.
So what is it? A butterfly farm!
Where? The island of Bohol in the Philippines
How to get there? Hire a car or bike might work out the best, but we got this visit included as part of a day long tour of Bohol.
Admission price – 35 Philippine Pesos
The people that work there are all local