How did we get there?
Due to some circumstances, we barely have no plans for our day 1 in Bohol. What we only know that day is we have to visit the famous tourist spots of the province. That's why we were so lucky when we met Kuya Bernie. We met Kuya Bernie outside Tagbilaran Airport. He offers different tours in Bohol and one of the tour he has is the Tagbilaran tour. He has a van for hire which can accommodate 5-7 persons. He also told us that he has another service which can hold up to 12 persons. What's nice about his tour is you can collaborate with him in terms of the places you want to visit. You can eliminate sites which you want to skip and replace it with another. As for our Tagbilaran City Tour, he only asks for 2,500 Pesos which includes a trip to our hotel in Panglao at the end of our tour. Note: entrance fees of each places are not included. Having said that, it is still pretty convenient and cheap than the other tours I saw oevr the internet. You may contact Kuya Bernie at 0999-929-8445.
Now, let the Bohol Country Side Tour begin!
The Chocolate Hills ComplexOur tour started at around 11:30am and the first spot in our list to visit is non other than the iconic Chocolate Hills. We decided to visit first the furthest spot which is the Chocolate Hills located in Carmen then revisit everything else once we get back and straight to our hotel in Panglao. As for the full details of our visit to Chocolate Hills Complex, kindly refer to this link: [click here]
Entrace fee is P50 per head.
|The view deck of Chocolate Hills Complex|
|Time for some groupfie!|
Simply Butterflies Conservation CenterButterflies conservation center might sounds like a spot for children but believe me, you have to see it yourself as you'll surely enjoy it and at the same time learn a lot of things. At first, I was also hesitant to go here coz it screams children's field trip to me but I was wrong. Simply because I enjoyed the conservation center and learned a lot from a span of not more than 30 minutes of my visitation. Some of the things I've learned about butterflies/moths are:
- Female species are larger than their male counterparts
- The bigger the species the shorter their life span compared to the little one. It is because they exert more effort flapping their wings
- In love making, males are in the bottom and they do it whole day... hmmm. Haha
- The less appealing the pupa is, the more chance that the butterfly inside it is beautiful (in terms of look)
- Butterflies can also do the "play dead" trick. This is their defense mechanism for prey.
|Entrance of the conservation center|
|Butterflies here are free to fly everywhere they want|
|We found this one just resting on the stem|
|And you can actually interact with them!|
|Kuya Tikboy, our guide at the center|
|Group photo with Kuya Tikboy|
Bilar Man Made Forest
Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
|Please observe silence once you're in|
|The Philippine Tarsier, sleeping...|
Sipatan Twin Hanging BridgeThe hanging bridge was built sometime after WWII. It's main purpose is to link Sitio Sipatan and Sitio Ilawad to transport goods across the Sevilla River. The bridge is 40 meters long and made of indigenous bamboo slats. The bridge has faced so many calamities and been destroyed too many times yet the local government here keeps on rebuilding the same bridge to preserve what's been there after so many years. As per the locals who maintains the bridge, this bamboo hanging bridge is stable and safe. The original rope suspension has been replaced with steel cables.
Aside from the bridge, there are also stalls at the end of the bridge which sells handicraft merchandise, refreshments booths and other souvenir items. There is also an entrance fee for those who wants to cross the bridge which costs P20 per head.
|The twin bamboo hanging bridge|
|Thinking where should I go next?|
Loboc Church (Saint Peter the Apostle Parish Church)It was getting late when we finished our tour at Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge, so instead of going to other spots in our list, we decided to head on Panglao where we arranged our accommodation (will have a separate blog for it). Along the way we passed along Loboc Church so I scream my heart out (yes this is just an exaggeration) and had a stop over.
Loboc Church was built centuries ago and was heavily devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013. Today, the church is being reconstructed and for the meantime, the locals built an alternative church right behind the original Loboc church.
|The on-going reconstruction of Loboc Church|
|Side portion of the church|
|The alternative church built behind Loboc Church|
After that, we then proceed to Panglao. Yet, before we proceed to our hotel, Kuya Bernie (our service driver that day) let us grab our dinner at Bohol Bee Farm (again, another blog post will be provided for this). Overall, we had a hassle free tour for Day 1. The weather was fair. All the people we met were nice and accommodating at the same time. It was indeed a perfect day! Come and visit bohol.
Breakdown of Expenses:
Van for Hire - 2,500 Pesos / 5 persons = 500 PhP per pax
Entrance fee at Chocolate Hills Complex - 50 PhP per pax
ATV at Chocolate Hills (for 30 mins) - 450 PhP per pax
Entrance fee at Butterfly Conservation Center - 40 PhP per pax
Entrance fee at Tarsier Sanctuary - 60 PhP per pax
Entrance fee at Twin Hanging Bridge - 20 PhP per pax
Food - **.**
Next posts will be about our tour in Panglao :)