Bohol Countryside Tour: Everything in One Day
Bohol is considered as one of the largest island of the Philippines and is located in the Central Visayas region. It is a no brainer that Bohol holds some of the scenic spots of the country. Bohol for me is such a sleepy place. Bohol is still under developed when compared to other neighbouring cities. We wanted to have a quick getaway to Bohol. This blog will be featuring a Bohol country-side tour that can be done in a day.
After an adventurous interaction with the whale sharks in Oslob we were off again to another city. Since we were in Southern Cebu, and getting back to main city of Cebu would take a lot of time. The staffs of Tum’s Resort tipped us oh how to get to Bohol that same day. We were instructed that there is a small port near Tan-awan where pump boats are going back and forth to Bohol. We then packed our bags and off we go! We flagged down a tricycle to get us to where the pump boats bound to Bohol are. The port is near the Cuartel of Oslob.
The pump boats are relatively smaller than we thought it would be. The fare for each passenger is PHP1000. I know, it seem a bit pricey but for the convenience and the time-constraint we were having we then decided to go for it. We were 9 passengers in a boat, 4 of them were foreign travelers. The boat comes with a life vests for safety. The boatman told us that the ride would take about 2 hours and can be really sickening.
The voyage was uneasy and made us all uncomfortable. The irritation sound coming from the machine of the pump boat was deafening. After 2 hour rough ride, we finally made it to Panglao Island. I thought we were alighting at Tagbilaran port, I was wrong. It was an experience for us to see Panglao Island. The beauty of its waters really captured our hearts. We then flagged down a van for PHP600 that would take us all to Tagbilaran City.
We were lucky to have an accommodating and humorous driver named Loloy. He dropped as at Constrell Pension House at Tagbilaran, Bohol. This is where we rested for the night. We badly needed energy for the next day’s countryside tour. Since we were rushing we just opted to visit some of the places in Bohol. We hired Loloy for the next day’s activity for PHP2500.
We were picked up around 6:30 am the next day. We requested Loloy to start the tour as early as possible since we were running out of time. The usual time for a Bohol country-side starts around 8:00 in the morning. Our first stop was the Chocolate Hills since it was the farthest as per Loloy. We passed by a lot of remote area engulfed in green lushes. The place reminded me of how life should be simple.
After some downhill and uphill roads, we were greeted by the majestic view of Chocolate Hills. The entrance fee for each person is PHP50. We immediately endured a steep hike to the viewing deck. Moments after that we were stunned by the picturesque view of the Bohol’s number one tourist spot. It left me speechless. The hills were created perfectly; it stretches to kilometers around the view point. There were rice fields and wooden houses around the area, still it so wonderful to see. Chocolate hills of Bohol were pure eye candy.
The second stop was the Snake House. This was not the original snake that became popular because of its size. Prony, the biggest snake captivated died last 2013. The place also houses an exotic type of birds, and 3 snakes. The entrance fee for it is PHP30. It was a spine-chilling moment for me to touch or even get close to a snake. But I’m happy to be able to brave the snake.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Buy a pack of peanut kisses at the snake house for cheaper deal. Got mine for PHP150/16 packs. Also, try their exotic snacks made out of superworm!
Next was the Habitat Bohol, a Butterflies Conservation Center that houses various kinds of butterflies and insects. This one was my favourite place because I have special liking to butterflies. The entrance fee is PHP40 each person. The tour guide that was assigned to us was lively and was loaded with humour. Our tour guide was good in photography too! Check these photos!
After that, we went to Man-Made forest in Bilar, Bohol. It is also known as Mahogany forest and you’ll be left speechless and amazed with the view. Thousands of trees were planted 50 years ago. I felt I was walking in to a fairytale woodland. There is no entrance fee for this one. This place is such a Instagram-worthy.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Be mindful when taking a selfie or photo at the highway.
Moment after we decide to go to Tarsier conservation area. The entrance fee for this one is PHP50.00 each person. Upon paying the fee, you’ll be given a postcard-like ticket. Tarsier Conservation Area implements rules to protect the tarsiers. Probably the most important rule is NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY and NO TOUCHING of the tarsiers. Also, visitors must observe silence since tarsiers are nocturnal creatures. Tarsiers or mamag for locals is a suicidal creature when deeply stressed.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Bring a student ID or a senior citizen card because they offer discounts.
Believe me when I tell you that it’s difficult to spot them. Some of the tarsiers are in the breeding area which is not viewable to visitors. If I would say one negative thing about the conservation area, it is the stairs. It needs a lot of improvement for the safety of the visitors.
The last stop we had was the Baclayon church; we weren’t able to visit Loboc River since it would take a lot of time for us to explore it. Baclayon Church is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. I find Bohol’s Baclayon church very charming. The church is still beautiful although under-renovation. My favourite was the altar, the intricate design of it was majestic enough. Upstairs of the Baclayon church is a museum, it houses old statues, figurines and documents. There is an entrance fee for the museum but I forgot the exact price of it. We then offered prayer at the altar and eventually left.
It was about time to go back to Cebu. Au revoir, Bohol. Loloy, our driver, brought us to Tagbilaran port where an Ocean Jet ferry would take us to Cebu. We had to shed PHP500 plus a PHP20 terminal fee each person. It took us roughly couple of hours to go back to Cebu (Pier 1).
Overall, we did all enjoy our short getaway to Bohol. Each destination we visited was one of a kind experience. I hope that the people of Bohol would remain on their grounds about the development of the city. I prefer seeing more trees than buildings and commercial establishments. Thank you, Bohol! You’re truly amazing! (Watch our Cebu-Bohol tour video)
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