Bohol Countryside Tour (Day 1)

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After our short but eventful Cebu Trip and after spending the night in the old city, we headed to Bohol the next morning.

From mainland Cebu, you can reach Bohol by ferry boats. There are several ferry companies that offer rides from Cebu to Bohol (2Go/SuperCat, Ocean Jet and Weesam)

We purchased a ferry ticket from 2GO Travel in Ayala Mall Cebu for 400 Pesos (one way).
From our hotel along Mango Road Cebu, we took a cab going to the port. Fare is around 150.

The port was abit run down but is surprisingly full that day.
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We ate breakfast from one of the kiosk and waited for the ferry to arrive. It arrived just in time for the 8:45AM trip. The trip lasted for more than 2 hours.

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We arrived around lunchtime in the lovely port of Tagbilaran.


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With not enough time to spare and no reservations – we knew we need to look for a good package for Bohol Countryside Trip. There are alot of tourist guides flocking around the port. In no time, we were approached by a friendly looking man who offered us the trip for a good price. For 2000, me and Kirby will have our own car service as we visit all the “touristy” part of Bohol and will drive us all the way to our reservation in Dumaluan Beach after. (Will provide contact details below.)

 

We didnt consider other offers and said Yes right away since we needed to catch the Loboc River Cruise that is supposed to end right after lunchtime. The Surprisingly, the vehicle is very comfortable and new and our driver is really nice.
1. LOBOC FLOATING RESTO (Food and trip is P450):
For the first part of our Bohol Countryside Tour, we headed to the floating restaurant along Loboc River. This is something that I am very excited about.

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It turns out that there are several floating restaurant along Loboc River that offers the buffet lunch. Apparently, our travel packages includes a buffet lunch at Loay Point (Rio Verde Floating Resto) which cost us P450/each. This area is the closest to the mainland. Far towards the heart of Loboc area is the more famous and talked about “Floating Resto”. We didnt push to go to the original Floating Resto as our guide says we wont make it on time. We settle for the Rio Verde. Anyways, it traverses the same river and the view is still as beautiful. The food though, didnt satisfy either of us. The whole ambience makes up for it.

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I am not satisfied with the food but I guess the experience makes up for it.

2. TARSIER CONSERVATION AREA (Entrance is P50) :
The place looks like a sanctuary for the tarsiers but I hate how absolutely irresponsible other tourists gets sometimes. It clearly states no flash and to keep quiet but there are some who are just too stupid to get it.

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3. BILAR MANMADE FOREST (No entrance required. Just ask your driver to drop by) :
Almost 2km stretch. I hope we have this in the city too. (It looks like your in a different country in here so its pretty cool.)

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4. HABITAT BUTTERFLY GARDEN (Entrance with guide : P100)
The coolest thing about this place are the very knowledgeable and funny guides.
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5. CHOCOLATE HILLS (Entrance to the viewing deck is P50) :
This is probably one of the most iconic site in Bohol. I used to only see it on textbooks but really seeing it will make you marvel on how grand nature’s design is. The viewing deck was destroyed by the recent earthquake but parts of it are still good for photo ops.

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6. TIGBAO HANGING BRIDGE: (If you wanna cross the bridge, fee is P30) :

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7. ALBUQUERQUE CHURCH: A church we passed by and is probably one of the most magnificient in its simplicity. We went there around 4PM when the sun rays are giving out this enchanting golden glow. The place is divine in so many ways.
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8. PRONY THE LARGEST PHYTON IN CAPTIVITY (Entrance is P50) : Apparently, Prony is dead and whats left is his bones and stuffed skin. I wanted to skip this part of the itinerary but Kirby likes exotic animals so we went anyway. The place has a mini zoo but the state of some animals in there are so depressing ( there was a Civet Cat with a large wound on its tail and an owl that looks really thin.) I wont recommend going in here.

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9. BACLAYON CHURCH (Entrance to the museum upstairs is P50):
Another heritage site that was brutally destroyed by the recent calamities in Bohol. This church is one of the oldest and one of the most authentic here in the Philippines and seeing its condition made me afraid of the fact that it might never be restored to its original state. But we should stay hopeful and help on getting Bohol back to its feet.
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We started the countryside tour around noon and ended at almost 7PM. We arrived at Dumaluan Beach Resort dead tired and sweaty but it was an awesome day!
I hope everyone gets to see Bohol’s famous wonders. And dont feel bad about paying those entrance fees (its alot, I tell you). But just keep in mind that in doing so, you are helping this little island to rise up again. There is no perfect time to visit Bohol than today.

Tour Contact Person:
Eduardo Gigaguit
0918 313 2980
0906 807 9095

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Jona Alday

A corporate slave who finds joy in motivating and leading people but ultimately yearns for weekends and plotted vacation leaves. An Engineering graduate who HATES Math. An acrophobic who conquers mountains. A lover of sleepy towns, dawn, poetry, pancit canton and cats.

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