According to legend, the Chocolate Hills arose from the fallen tears of a heart-broken giant.
Where his tears fell the hills grew and blanketed the landscape of Bohol.
According to geologists, these hills formed when coral limestone lifted up from the sea and were slowly eroded down over a long period of time.
The Chocolate Hills Complex was approximately 1.5 hours drive from our hotel in Panglao and with the sunrise being at 5:30am we needed to leave by 3:00am to get there in time.
Normally this would take some effort but thanks to still being on Pacific Standard Time, getting up to leave was a piece of cake.
We hired a private driver that we pre-booked through the hotel to get us up to the hills.
Although I knew we could hire a scooter and take ourselves there we were leaving quite early and driving around the Philippines can be very dangerous.
Unbeknownst to myself at the time, the flight of drones is restricted to before 8am at the Chocolate Hills Complex. I had been toying with the idea of shooting sunset with the drone, so I was relieved to find we had made the right choice in arriving well before the restricted time.
According to our driver there are up to 1776 hills in the area - a staggering amount.
The only other similar geological formation in the world lies in Java, Indonesia but that particular formation isn't as vast as the one in Bohol.
The Chocolate Hills were shot using the Fujifilm X-T20 with the XF35mm and the XF55-200mm lenses,
and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.