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Tarsier in the Philippines
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is filled with hundreds of nocturnal tree hugging fur-balls with giant eyes.
Tarsier
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is filled with hundreds of nocturnal tree hugging fur-balls with giant eyes.
Tarsier
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is filled with hundreds of nocturnal tree hugging fur-balls with giant eyes.
Bohol Tarsiers
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is filled with hundreds of nocturnal tree hugging fur-balls with giant eyes.
Bohol Tarsiers
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is filled with hundreds of nocturnal tree hugging fur-balls with giant eyes.
Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is filled with hundreds of nocturnal tree hugging fur-balls with giant eyes.

Tarsier Sanctuary

The Tarsier is the unofficial mascot of Bohol and everywhere on the island is tarsier-themed.  These cute little tree huggers are a massive draw to Bohol, but very easy to miss.

Tarsiers are only 6-8 inches (15-20cm) from head to tail and have disproportionately large eyes.  These adorable nocturnal primates hunt insects at night and are mostly sleeping during the days.  There are a few hundred (estimated) Tarsiers at the sanctuary; however, you’ll (likely) see a handful just chilling on a tree branch, watching crazy tourists take pictures of them.

After you visit, you’ll probably want one. Sadly, Tarsiers commit suicide while in captivity (total buzz kill).

Photographing tarsiers requires some skill and more than a cell phone camera. The single most important thing you need to remember is NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! These little critters are nocturnal and love the night (hence the giant eyes) and are very sensitive to bright flashes of light.

Getting a decent shot of Tarsiers is a challenge; the sanctuary guides keep you back 3-4′ to protect the little furry fuckers in their natural habitat. You can use the digital zoom on your cell phone, but the autofocus will (likely) have problems due to the leaves/branches around.

Bring a good digital camera or DSLR (recommended) with a modest optical zoom lens, and you’ll snap some fantastic photos.

Getting here

Closest airport: TAG

Transportation options: Taxi, private car

Local currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)

Tips for visiting

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Getting here

Tarsiers are nocturnal and sleep during the day. The sanctuary opens are 9:00 am local time. Arrive at the sanctuary as earlier as possible; this will give you the best chance of seeing one awake.

What to wear

Climate appropriate clothing.

What you'll spend

PHP 50 for entry into the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary

Popularity

This place gets crazy busy around 11:00 am – try to get there as close to park opening as possible.

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