s and I booked a promo fare to Cebu but since I’ve already been to Cebu before I convinced them to make it a Cebu-Bohol one-two punch. Going to Bohol from Cebu is a very easy! We just purchased our tickets from Supercat (one of the ferry companies that has a Cebu-Bohol route). The travel time is around 1 hour.
We wanted a beach-front accommodation but also didn’t want to spend too much. We, at the very least, wanted to see the Chocolate Hills and see the dolphins. We got what we wanted by booking a tour with Tata Rabe (please see end of post for contact details). I’ve booked with her twice already and I would recommend her again because she’s very helpful and pleasant to deal with.
Since we arrived quite late in Tagbilaran sea port , plus budget constraints, we settled for a hotel in the city. The first day was uneventful, we used the hotel’s pool, filled our tummies with food, and pampered ourselves in the nearby Nuat Thai.
But the real deal happened the next day, it’s our Countryside Tour day! I was surprised we were assigned a van even if there were only two of us (a friend backed out of the whole trip at the last minute). The tour includes:
- Chocolate Hills
- Man-made forest
- Loboc River tour and lunch
- Tarsier sanctuary
- Baclayon church
- Blood-compact shrine
- The Chocolate Hills is located quite far from the capital so we decided it would be best to visit it first. You’ll have to climb a flliiiiigggghhht of stairs to reach the viewdeck. The view at the top is amazing!!
- The Loboc river cruise is very relaxing, the lunch is edible but forgettable.
- If you want to save time, you can skip the following if it’s included in your itinerary. Hanging bridge – just a bridge with quite “sketchy” surrounding area; Giant Python – just a big snake you can see in a zoo
- Boholanos are very hospitable!
After a day of touring, our guide/driver dropped us off in Bohol Divers Resort. Its a beach front location with 2 swimming pools. They also have a restaurant and a bar. We didn’t avail of the beach front room but ours is about 2 minutes from the beach. The room (Chateau B, I believe) is generally OK apart from the bed – it slides even on the slightest of movement.
Early next morning, we were picked up by our boatman. A few minutes passed and we were chasing dolphins. I sort of felt sorry for these creatures – do you want to be chased around when you are just minding your own business?
We were then taken to Balicasag Island to snorkel – this is the hidden gem in this tour. It’s not as advertised as Dolphin watching but I was literally in awe when I saw those corals and all sorts of species of fish. I have yet to find a dive site that can outmatch Balicasag (that includes Puerto Pricesa, Boracay, 100 Islands). I would have to suggest though that you rent a pair of booties to protect your feet from the corals while snorkeling. You can opt to have your lunch here, the locals will cook food for you for a fee.
Also included in the tour is a stop on what they call Virgin Island. The island is very serene. Blue Skies + Green Trees + White Sand = Nice picture!
After taking photos, we opted to return to Panglao. I can’t remember the exact details but I think we just strolled along the beach, swam in the pools, ate at the restaurant and called it a night.
The next day, we have to leave Bohol because our flight back to Manila is from Cebu. We managed to drop by the following in Cebu:
- Minor Basilica of Sto. Nino
- Magellan’s Cross
- Carbon Market
I bought a guitar thinking I can teach myself how to play. I ended up reselling it to a friend. If you’re going to buy one, be sure you have check-in baggage and have at least box the guitar’s body.
That’s all I can share from my wonderful Cebu-Bohol getaway.
For Bohol tour packages you may contact:
Tata Rabe E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: +63917-306-0608