This was the first vacation that my Ate and I planned. We both felt that we didn’t do summer any justice so we planned for an “Extended Summer Getaway” and Bohol it is! 🙂 Jade tagged along (yipee!).
June 10, 2009 (Travel Time – Cebu)
Since my Ate is based in Cebu and I am based in Manila, I first took a 10pm flight going to Cebu. Thanks to Cebu Pacific’s Peso Fare I was able to book a roundtrip ticket for only P500! 🙂
June 11, 2009 (Travel Time – Tagbilaran, Bohol – Day 1)
I spent the night in Cebu and we headed out early morning to take the FastCraft going to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Even at the pier, you can see that the seawater is really clear. Gets me wanting to jump off (hehehe).
First stop was the Blood Compact Site at Brgy. Bool, Tagbilaran City. The said site was created by the “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” Napoleon Abueva who is a Boholano. This portrays the Sandugo done between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain and Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol which considered as the “First Treaty of Friendship” between two civilizations.
After saying “Hi!” to Lopez and Sikatuna, we visited the Church of Immaculada Concepcion or most popularly known as the Baclayon Church. Make sure you’re not wearing something revealing or else you won’t be able to go inside the church. They have shawls that you can borrow though. 🙂 This is also the same church where the image of St. Pio can be seen purportedly.
A visit to the wildlife was also on the list. So here’s Birdie and Snaky (ahem!).
By this time we were already starving, so the perfect stop was the Floating Restaurant at Loboc River. Food was just OK (nothing special) but the experience was great. The boat cruised along the Loboc River while everyone was having lunch (with matching “serenade”).
Let’s not all forget the Tarsiers! 😀 They look kinda stress. I just hate people who do not know how to follow instructions. No FLASH means NO FLASH! C’mon people!
We also dropped by the Hanging Bridge site, the Man-Made Forest and the Butterfly Sanctuary!
Tadaaaa – The Chocolate Hills! The Hills ain’t Chocolatey this time of the year though.
Another spot where one can view the chocolate hills is the Sagabayan Peak. It also has a theme park – Kidstown – that the Kids and Kids-at-Heart will enjoy. 😀
The Sagbayan Peak was our lat stop for the day. We headed to Panglao where we booked our accommodation. Day 2 will be Beach! Beach! Beach! 🙂
June 12, 2009 (Beach Time – Panglao, Bohol – Day 2)
We woke up early so we can be on time for the Dolphin Watching which should be done before the sun rises. We did catch a glimpse at the very playful and makulit dolphins but I wasn’t able to catch them on Cam (Low Tech kasi!)
After we got tired chasing the Dolphins, we decided that it’s time for snorkeling! The snorkeling site is at Balicasag Island. Since the site is highly protected, the pump boat docked at Balicasag and a smaller boat was used in going to the exact site so as to avoid damaging the corals.
I swear (cross my heart, hope to die) the snorkeling experience was so surreal! It will be a crime having been to Panglao and not being able to snorkel. It’s just breath-taking! It’s as if you are suspended above the grand canyon with schools of fish swirling around. This is a must-try! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the right gadget to capture the moment. 😦
After our bonding with the fishes, we went back to Balicasag to have lunch. You can actually have your favorite seafood cooked just the way you want it. And we were lucky enough to meet the big catch of the day! 🙂
After pigging out at Balicasag, we moved on to our next destination – the Virgin Island. It’s a small island that you can circle around in less than an hour. Also a must go-to place!:)
June 13, 2009 (Panglao, Bohol – Day 3 + Travel Time)
The morning of Day 3 was spent mostly idling on the beach and pigging out!
A little past 10am we headed to Tagbilaran for our 4pm FastCraft ride going back to Cebu. Along the way, we visited the Bee Farm and the Hinagdanan Cave.
And of course, we grabbed a bite first. 😀
I so love Bohol! 😀