From Cebu, we now head on to Bohol, home to the smallest primate in the world, Tarsier. It’s about one and a half hour ferry ride from Cebu to Bohol and return tickets can cost as low as Php 500 but only if you buy early. There are several ferries plying the route between Cebu and Bohol at different timings, just be sure to choose the right one.
Once you got your ticket, be sure to be early on your date of departure just to ensure that the ferry is still working cause I was lucky to find out that my 9am ferry got cancelled cause the ferry had engine problems. Luckily, another ferry was leaving in 15 minutes and I managed to get the ticket for that just in time and arrived at my destination about 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
But here’s a word of caution though, they got sniffer dogs to check on your belongings before you board the ferry but once you’re in the ferry (at least the one I took), it was comfort at its’ best as I slept for quite a good hour on the very calm and smooth ride. So, don’t bring narcotics across if you got some on you! (Why do you even have them on you in the first place?)
Once in Bohol, I headed straight for lunch once I had my bags in my accommodation which was at Rio Andre, Bed and Bath, situated at the city centre. Pink walls and flowery bedsheets, I felt ‘pampered’. Lunch was on a riverside cruise floating restaurant which totally blew me away.
Your floating restaurant won’t just take you down the river for your meal, you also have an entertainer onboard who’ll play some songs on his guitar whilst you tuck into your lunch and enjoy the scenic greenery around you. I was expecting some crocodile along the river but guess this was a safe river – at least from how I saw it.
As part of the company’s eco-conservation efforts, they make a pit stop at a tribesmen village where you’d be commercially entertained by the villagers. You aren’t obliged to donate but your donations will go towards ensuring they’ll have money for medication and ensures that food supplies are stocked up. It’s a short 10 minute stop for photos and thereafter, you’re back on the floating restaurant headed back to your starting point.
From there, I headed up Chocolate Hills next, roughly about 60km away from the city. I always thought that Chocolate Hills was actually hills that produced much cocoa so much so that its’ been named as such but I was so wrong! In the hot summer, the greenery dries up turning it to chocolatey colour and hence, CHOCOLATE HILLS. Up till this point, I honestly felt so stupefied but the views’ great up there! You’ll see lots of ‘chocolates’, perhaps minty at this point!
Driving down back towards the city, we headed next to Butterfly Garden. It is an observatory built to conserve butterflies, on arrival, a guide will bring you around the garden and explain to you in English, if you don’t understand the local language. Truly educational so here’s a quick fact, butterflies mate for between 6 to 24 hours when they do get the groove on!! And the males will court the female!! I guess the ratio between males still outnumber the females for butterfly species cause it sure is the other way around for the human species and here’s the downside on them getting their groove on, butterflies only mate ONCE in their lifetime!!
Next destination was ‘The Hanging Bridge’. Sounds rather daunting but it looks rather safe on arrival until you actually walk on it. It’s made of bamboos intertwined and supported by cables. I was told that in the past, there was only ONE bridge but there’s now two of such; one to cross to the other side and the other to return. If you’re thinking of buying souvenir items, this is also the place to buy cause it’s so much cheaper than the price anywhere else in Cebu and Bohol.
From there, it’s a slight drive further to a place where Tarsiers are kept. I can’t recall the name of the place though but there, you see Tarsiers and a few other animals in captivity. You can even take a photo with the animals at a small price of Php 20. Cheap but it goes towards helping these animals. If you’re lucky, maybe you can get the Civet Cat to poop for you so you’ll save lots of money on the expensive Kopi Luwak!
Thereafter, I was taken to the original site of the Blood Compact recently discovered by my friend’s father who’s a local historian. (Don’t mess with them okay, like seriously!) Apparently there was some contest as to the original site as the site previously said to be the real one wasn’t, but nonetheless, both sites are kept after much contention done in Manila.
From there, I was brought to Baclaycon Church, the oldest in Bohol. It’s got a certain rustic charm about it when you enter the church and you know it’s really old when you see the architecture and the smell of it. It’s just historic just to be there. And while you’re there, don’t be shy to snap photos of yourself!
Seems like it’s quite a journey and that wraps up my first day of sightseeing in Bohol! Roughly about 6 hours worth of travelling and taking photos.
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