Summer Chronicles 2011: Bohol

18 Aug

March 25-27, 2011.

This is the third installment to my series of Bohol blogs. There might be places I’ve already featured in my previous blogs but there will be several new places as well.

First Day:

March 25, 2011

Since there were only three of us left in Cebu, on the morning of March 25, we rode the Oceanjet boat to Tagbilaran city. The four-hour boat ride was not really that comfortable and the trip wasn’t smooth as well. We heard that there was a storm brewing up in the Visayas area, but that didn’t stop us from our mini vacation. As soon as we got to Tagbilaran city, we rode a tricycle going to the pension house where our other friends were waiting for us.

We stayed at Via Bohol Tourist Inn. I’ll be posting a picture of the room later in the blog. For the mean time,

After doing some last minute office stuff, we headed toย the Island City Mallย (ICM) to refill our pockets for the weekend activities.

We rented a van for the whole duration of our trip in Bohol. We paid a fair amount for our daily activities. The driver was very accommodating and trustworthy. And the van we used comfortably fit the 7 of us. If you wish to contact the same person that we hired for our tour, please see the information below:

Kuya Ramil – 09182940171

Our only tourist spot for that day was the Night Cruise in the Loboc River. I know i’ve already featured this place in my last blog, but it’s a whole new experience because this time, i’m with friends. The only problem we had that night was that we didn’t have ample time to eat in their buffet. We had to transfer to a different boat for the cruise. We didn’t enjoy the food that much because of this.

The lights were still as exceptional as ever. We felt like we were transported to a different world as soon as we started the cruise.

There was still the Youth Concert and this time, we got to try out the Tinikling dance. ๐Ÿ™‚

After our Loboc River night cruise, we went back to the hotel and had a short nightlife. ๐Ÿ™‚

There were 7 of us and we fit into just one family room in the Via Bohol Tourist Inn.

There was a local beerhouse near the hotel, so we decided to get a few drinks and chill. Unfortunately, the beerhouse had to close before 12 midnight. So we left the bar and had called it a night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of us had alcohol, others just drank softdrinks. Nonetheless, we were all smiles for the camera. :)

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Second Day:

March 26, 2011

Early the next day, we packed up our stuff and hopped on our van for our full day ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a pretty long ride from Tagbilaran City to Danao. Unlike the last time I visited the place wherein I only traveled from Tubigon to Danao, this route is longer and more expensive. So if you had the option to come from Tubigon to visit Danao, I suggest you go for that since it’s faster and nearer. ๐Ÿ™‚

1st Stop: E.A.T Danao

Danao, Bohol

Personally, I think this is one of the places in Bohol that you should never miss out. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or an adventure-seeker, this place would be perfect for you. They have numerous outdoor activities that you can choose from at very affordable prices. Click here for more info on the place.

+ The Plunge +

Or they also call this the Canyon Swing. This is the park’s most thrilling activity. At a rate of PHP 700, you will literally fall off a cliff for a few minutes. The first two seconds of the actual experience, you’ll panic and feel like you’re really at the brink of death. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll feel free and one with nature. =) It really is a one-of-a-kind experience that I think everyone should try. ๐Ÿ™‚

This wasn’t my first time to try this but my video got corrupted the last time so I didn’t mind doing it all over again. And even if it was my 2nd time already, I still felt scared especially when it was my turn to stand on the plank. For a huge adrenaline rush, try it head-first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out my video:

++ River Tubing ++

We were supposed to try Caving – Advanced Level. And we were really geared up for this but unfortunately, we had no idea that we had to call-in reservations for this activity. And by the time we informed the attendants, they were already fully-booked. So we ended up trying the River Tubing activity instead.

The weather wasn’t very good that time. So the water was really brown when we did our River Tubing. The fun and scary part of the entire activity was that there wasn’t really any proper trail going to the start-off point of the river tubing. We had to walk barefoot in mud and struggled not to slide down the hill. In the end, we were able to experience both River Trekking and River Tubing.

The experience was boring compared to the Water Tubing experience I had in Saranggani. But the guides were very accommodating and helpful in telling us a lot of facts about the river. We paid PHP 200.00 each person for this activity.

Please check out the videos below:

After the entire activity, we had to look for comfort rooms in the park because we had to wash ourselves since we were filled with mud from the river.

We had a quick lunch after everyone got cleaned up. The park also served buffet since there weren’t any establishments that you can eat in nearby.

The entire experience was one of our highlights in our trip. We could’ve stayed longer if it weren’t because we also wanted to tour around the other tourist destinations in Bohol before it got dark. ๐Ÿ™‚

2nd Stop: Chocolate Hills

Definitely the symbol of Bohol. If you haven’t seen the Chocolate HIlls, then you haven’t really been to Bohol. This is the viewing area in the town of Carmen. I still think that they have the best view of the hills. ๐Ÿ™‚

3rd Stop: Tarsier Sanctuary

The sanctuary was already closed when we got there. Good thing kuya Ramil did his best in talking to the owners so that we would still be able to see the cute little creatures. The tarsier will always be one of the cutest and most gentle animal for me.

4th Stop: Hanging Bridge

We weren’t able to get a lot of good pictures because it was really dark and our cameras’ night settings weren’t very effective. It was basically two long, long hanging bridges. We went through one and came back from the other. At the first end of the bridge, there was a souvenir shop wherein you could get tarsier stuff toys and chocolate hillsย memorabilia.

5th Stop: Prony the Snake

If you can recall from my previous blog, I’ve been here before. But at that time, the snake was calm and full. In this visit, Prony was very restless. He was scheduled to eat two days after; that meant that when we were there, he was ready to eat. The caretaker kept on encouraging us to go inside the cage, but all of us were really nervous, though we still went inside and had our quick photos taken.

6th Stop: Panglao Tropical Villa

I really loved the resort we were staying in. It wasn’t in the Alona beach area though, but it was really private and grand. We were upgraded to the grand villa that was situated right in front of the huge swimming pool. When we got there, we immediately jumped into the very inviting waters of their pool.

After a few beers and a satisfying swim, we called it a night and rested for another long day tomorrow.

Third Day:

March 27, 2011

We were supposed to go Dolphin Watching this day, but unfortunately, we weren’t able to wake up early for it. So instead, we went for the Island hopping. After eating the free breakfast at the resort, we headed out to the beach for some fun time under the sun and in the sand. ๐Ÿ™‚

While we waited for the boat, we took pictures of the resort and our villa during the daylight. I fell in love with the resort. If you want to escape from the noise and bustle of the Alona Beach strip, I suggest you try the Panglao Tropical Villa. It’s perfect for the barkada, family, or company outings. But there are also smaller rooms that can be occupied by two to three people only.

++ Island Hopping ++

The first stop was Balicasag Island. The island is best known for being one of the best snorkeling sites in Panglao.

Personally, the island is one of my most favorite snorkeling sites in terms of the fishes and the corals. But everytime I visit this island, I always end up with blotches and killer itches on my skin. Last time I was here, I ended up with huge but really short-term blotches. This time, the itchy blotches lasted for almost a month! I had to consult a doctor and take antibiotics to make it disappear. All my friends had the same blotches as well. I think when there are so many people in the water or if you get too close to the corals, they emit a defensive mechanism that makes the human skin itchy as a result. So be very careful when you decide to snorkel in Balicasag Island. Just a friendly reminder. =) However, the itches are definitely worth it since the underwater paradise is a must-see in Panglao.

Next stop: Virgin Island. A huge strip of white sand that becomes an small island when its low tide and becomes just a strip when its high tide.

We had fun frolicking in the sand and playing in the water. There was a number of people visiting the island as well, but that didn’t stop us from posing our wackiest faces in the camera.

And after enjoying the sun and sand, we grabbed some buko juice and some softdrinks. I, on the other hand, felt the need to try something new. So when I saw vendors selling raw sea urchins, I decided to give it a try. After all, I am a huge fan of Japanese food, Uni Sashimi (whcih is a sea urchin, by the way) to be exact. And as I was expecting, I found the raw and wild sea urchin — delish. =)

As soon as we got back to the resort, we had to hurry and prepare since our trip back home was at 4pm. We haven’t had any lunch yet so we still needed to grab some before we headed to the pier. Meanwhile, since there was only 3 comfort rooms in the villa and there were 7 of us, we decided to enjoy the pool while waiting for the others to finish prepping up in the comfort rooms.

We jumped and swam and enjoyed till our muscles were sore. And after each one of us finished using the loos, all of us were ready to hit the road once again and head to the city for a quick lunch before we brave the 4-hour boat ride once again.

We had a surprisingly sumptuous lunch at Mang Inasal and then we headed for the pier to settle in the boat early.

We were aboard for over 4 hours. And during the trip, everyone was dead tired. Most of us were sleeping through the entire boat ride. The sea was calmer than before, which is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The trip was short but really memorable. I think that the most important thing about vacations is that you spend it with people who you can enjoy with. After all, it’s not the place — it’s how you make the place.

Till then, toodles.ย โ™ฅ

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