An unusual yet highly recommended tour spot in Bohol is to visit its local blacksmiths in Villa Limpa, Loay. The number of blacksmiths in the town grew over the years as it the local government promoted the craft as an alternative livelihood to whale hunting. The experts in the town are well-known for creating high-quality tools such as bolos, which are Filipino knives similar to a machete.
Today, residential blacksmiths of Loay pride themselves in their practice of metalwork that has been the same until now, despite the rise of new technology. They are also open to accepting requests from tourists for a bolo or a tool of their choice or even try their own hand at metalwork.
The municipality of Loay is situated around 22 KM from Tagbilaran City. Travelers can get to the famous blacksmith area by taking a car from the city directly to the village. For public transport, tourists can ride buses and jeeps to get there as well. Otherwise, you can also book tour packages that include the blacksmith village in their itineraries for a hassle-free trip.
Travelers can visit the Loay Blacksmiths all year round. They are open from 6 AM to 5 PM on Mondays to Saturdays and operate from 8 AM to 1 PM on Sundays.