BOHOL TRAVEL GUIDE 2016
One of the main tourist destinations in the Philippines is Bohol. If you're from Cebu, it's so easy to go there. You just need to ride a fast craft boat from Cebu (Pier Uno) to Tagbilaran via Oceanjet. You can buy a ticket at the same Pier. Their earliest trip is at 6AM and the last trip is at 6:30PM. You may check the schedule on this page --> http://www.oceanjet.net/fare-and-schedule. Supercat and Weesam has the same route as well. (http://www.supercat.com.ph/Destinations/sched.asp?route=68#dtn and https://www.weesam.ph/schedules/). If you're from Manila, there are direct flights to Tagbilaran via Cebu Pacific, Airasia and Philippine Airlines.
From Cebu pier, we arrived in Bohol after 2 hours and immediately started our Tagbilaran City tour. There's bunch of locals waiting at the port offering city tour and hotel accommodations so it's still okay to go there unprepared. Just make sure you have enough money on hand.
We booked a big room (good for 5 pax) at Beach Rock Resort, located near Alona Beach. It's just an ordinary non-posh accommodation but pretty decent for only 2,500 pesos. A little walk of less than 2 minutes and you'll be enjoying the fine white sand and enticing waters of Alona beach. If you want to book a room at Beach Rock Resort, you can contact Judith via mobile +639089760079. Alona beach is perfect for the extroverts and party-lovers. Similar to boracay, they have few drinking bars, restaurants and heaps of foreigners. It was mostly Asians and Caucasians. We felt like a group of Filipinos vacationing in another country. Anyway, if you're an introvert, try the less crowded Dumaluan beach.
As for the Tagbilaran City tour, I really enjoyed the Loboc river cruise. The river was certainly placid and relaxing! 450 pesos for the cruise with lunch buffet. Their Filipino inspired food was just basic and kinda tasteless. It would be perfect if they will add more flavors to it. Of course for a first timer, you can't miss their Chocolate hills. It was not yet summer when we went there so it was looking more of Macha-flavored hills than chocolate. The other stop-overs were just so-so.
Here's a summary of my expenses:
|Fast craft boat Cebu to Tagbilaran||PHP 800.00||Roundtrip|
|Room Accommodation (Beach Rock Resort)||PHP 500.00||Total 2500/5pax|
|Tagbilaran City Tour||PHP 500.00||Total 3000/6pax|
|Loboc River Cruise||PHP 450.00||With lunch|
|Entrance fees/misc||PHP 300.00||chocolate hills, butterfly farm, loboc river, Tarsier trail, etc|
Budget-friendly isn't it? Anyway, here are the pictures of us cool kids!
|Inhaling fresh air at the man-made forest|
|Say hello to the chocolate hills!|
|Beautiful sunrise in Bohol|
|The sunrise girl|
|Loboc River girl|
|The butterflies were sleeping so this . .|
|All sweaty after that 200-something steps|
|And the sky was saying something.|
|Flirting with the palahubog boys lol|