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Relax and surrender in Bohol

I’ve been to Bohol three years ago and now, I’ve decided to revisit this wonderful island. Bohol is located in Visayas and is known for Chocolate Hills. It is also home to tarsiers, the smallest primate in the world. It is also known for amazing coral reefs and pristine beaches.

How to go:

Airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Philippine Airlines have direct flights from Manila to Tagbilaran (which is the capital of Bohol).

Ferries such as 2GO, Fast Ferries such as Super Cat and Ocean Jet also offer passenger service from provinces nearby to Tagbilaran port.

When to go:

April-June are the best months to go. These are summer months so the sun is scorching hot- perfect to get a tan. You can opt to go to Bohol in other months just make sure to check the weather forecast for rain showers.

Where to stay:

The most popular areas to stay in are Alona Beach, Dauis Beach and Panglao Beach. My first choice was Hennann Beach Resort but it was located along Alona Beach which was a bit crowded so I chose Bellueve Bohol instead because it’s on the quieter beach side of Bohol.

Bellevue Bohol sits on the less crowded side of Panglao Island. The hotel is relatively new – it just opened three years ago. If you book through their website, you’ll get free transfers to and from Tagbilaran Airport to the resort. The resort offers a big swimming pool which is suitable for both kids and adults. It is surrounded by greens and a big koi pond near their in-house restaurant.

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We got the the deluxe twin for our first night and upgraded it to a deluxe room with ocean view for our second night. All rooms come with a free breakfast buffet and are equipped with private toilet and bath, airconditioning, cable TV and comfortable beds.

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The breakfast buffet at Bellevue was wonderful. They offer a wide array of food. They serve Filipino breakfast like longganisa, egg, dried fish, fried rice but they also offer American, Chinese and Korean cuisines. I love that they have different kinds of breads, native Filipino desserts and fresh fruits. The servers also do rounds offering guests fresh juice and hash browns.

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This resort is definitely worth it. They have an extremely satisfying customer service, very good breakfast buffet (the food  from their in-house restaurant is really delicious), and quality yet reasonably priced rooms and the ambiance of the hotel will definitely make you feel at home.

What to see:

There are several tours offered by Wow Bohol Tours. We decided to get the Countryside Tour which includes the main tourist attractions of Bohol – Tarsier, Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, and buffet at Loboc River. We opted for the cheapest country tour which was P1720/pax. Pick-up and drop-off from the hotel, all entrance fees, car and driver were all included in this package.

I really recommend this travel agency because they replied promptly to all my queries. I asked if we can skip several tourist attractions and change it to two other destinations, they happily allowed my request. Our driver, Kuya Melchur, also acted as our tour guide. He was accommodating, polite and punctual.

Our itinerary for the day was Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis Church, Blood Compact Shrine, Baclayon Church, Tarsier Conservatory, Buffet at Loboc River and Chocolate Hills. Our driver picked us up at 830AM in our resort and our adventure began.

Hinagdanan Cave has both salty and fresh water. It is surrounded by beautiful limestones and rock formations. The name was derived from hagdan (stairs). Before they discovered an easier way to enter the cave, they use rope stairs to climb down the cave through a tiny hole. You can swim for an additional fee of P75.

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Baclayon Church was built during the Spanish Era. It was a beautiful church until a strong earthquake destroyed it. We weren’t able to enter the church because construction is still ongoing. Kuya Melchur said that the workers are trying to rebuild and reopen it by the end of 2017.

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Blood Compact Shrine is said to be the First Treaty of Friendship between Raja Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez dela Legaspi.  It is said to be the bond of friendship between the two tribes.

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Tarsier Conservatory  is the home to these smallest primates. Fact: Tarsiers are loners and territorials. They to live alone and are introverts. If they get stressed out, they tend to commit suicide by banging their heads on the trees or worst, they hang themselves using their tails.

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Buffet and Cruise at Loboc River is a tour loved by both foreigners and locals.  It goes down the peaceful river of Loboc until the Busay Falls. The tranquility given by the trees surrounding the river makes it a pretty view to see.  You can feast on local food while cruising the river. Most tours include the entrance and the buffet fee.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also try paddle boarding.

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Chocolate Hills is the main attraction of Bohol. These are dome-shaped hills which IMHO looks like boobies in different cup sizes. LOL. During wet season the hills look green because of the grass then turn dry up and turn brown.

It’ll be an instant cardio day when you visit this attraction because you have to climb 220+ steps to view the pretty Chocolate Hills. Fact: Chocolate hills got its name from the brand, Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss because they look like chocolate kisses.fullsizerender-203 fullsizerender-176

Man-Made Forest is a two kilometer forest filled with mahogany trees.It is called man-made forest because government employees revived the almost dead forest by planting mahogany trees. These are not artificial – they’re real plants and trees.

The attraction is perfect for photoshoots. Beware of the coming cars, though.

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Have you been to Bohol? What’s your favorite tourist attraction? Share your thoughts and comment below! 🙂

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