They say the best adventures are those unplanned. So, I decided and booked a flight to Tagbilaran 12 hrs before my departure.
Bohol was simply beautiful. It reminded me of my hometown, Iligan City, where the locals clearly embrace the provincial life. Every Boholano I got to meet was kind. Mountains, rice fields, and tricycles, yet there’s so much to see in Bohol.
1. Tarsier Sanctuary, Corella
Our driver mentioned two famous sanctuaries, first one was the most accessible while the other was less than an hour away from the city proper. He recommended the latter.
The good thing about the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella is that fences are not installed to keep visitors away from a distance, they get to see them up close. Visitors are discouraged to touch the tarsiers and encouraged to keep quiet while around the sanctuary.
What to know about Tarsiers? I learned a thing or two back at the sanctuary. They had informative visuals to keep visitors knowledgeable about Tarsiers.
-They are prosimians not monkeys.
-They can jump up to 5 feet with their tails to help them balance.
-They are known for being nocturnal.
Entrance Fee: P45/person
2. Loboc Floating Restaurant, Loboc
Guests are serenaded with a couple of classic songs by the cruise staff. There’s mostly seafood on the menu. If you’re traveling alone, chances are you will get to sit beside other tourists too.
Meeting the ATI TRIBE was the cruise’s last stop. For every photo/prop station were tip boxes. Unfortunately, I felt that for every photo I was obliged to give them a tip. Nothing bad since I knew it would be of help to them. Just a heads up.
Entrance: P392/person (Regular Package) with eat all you can buffet, the other rate costs a bit higher since it had beef on the menu.
3. Xzootic Zoo, Loboc
Its main attractions are the giant python and the butterfly sanctuary. Tour guides are assigned per visitor/group to usher you throughout the tour. You will learn a lot here for sure.
Entrance: P45/person each, P90 for both the python and butterfly sanctuary
4. Man Made Forest, Loboc
A 2 kilometer stretch of Bohol’s man-made mahogany forest. Head here if you’re longing for a cool, fresh breeze.
5. Chocolate Hills
200 something steps to get you up top. Sorry, I lost count while my phobia for heights got me. Our driver told us that the reason why it’s called Chocolate Hills was that because the hills resembled Hershey’s kisses.
6. South Palms Resort Panglao, Bohol
South Palms is now probably my favorite resort, yet. The sand was crystal white and the water was clear blue. The kind of beach you’d want to bathe in everyday. The view was gorgeous and so was the place.
The resort is a 9.3 hectare tropical enclave with a beachfront property and it’s known for having the longest beach in Panglao, Bohol. You can enjoy the beach view while having good food at the resort’s Coast Pool Bar. The menu rate is affordable.
Room Rates: P12,000–P41,000 nett | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where To Stay:
Room rates would be around P400 and above (via Traveloka). Better to ask the hotel if they do airport transfers or tour packages to save you from the hassle.
How To Get Around:
The tourist spots in Bohol are at most less than an hour in driving distance — the reason why one-day tours are made available. You can explore the island’s main tourist spots in one day. A lot of agencies offer vehicle rentals like motorbikes, vans, or SUV’s. You can either hire a driver (rate: P1,500-up) or ride the vehicle yourself.
Where to Eat:
You may reconsider dining at your hotel if you’re on a tight budget. We tried DBR Grill near Dumaluan Beach. Our dinner costed P400 for 4 persons. You can ask the locals for the nearest carenderia, there’s a lot to choose from.
Sir Arnel, our driver, told us that pasalubongs are cheapest outside the city pier. In case you guys are planning to buy kalamays and souvenirs. The kalamay tubs cost at least 3 for 100.
I was not able to visit every tourist spot in Bohol but I’m saving it for another trip soon! Got questions to ask or recommendations to give? Comment away. 🙂