Heyhey! Here’s my photo heavy post on lovely, lovely Bohol. My friends and I made sure to squeeze in a day trip to the place not only so we can maximize our stay in the Visayas area but also so Nina could meet up with her relatives.
It was my second time to visit Bohol, my third in Cebu, but I find that there is always, always something new and interesting to learn about each place. Bohol, in particular, has progressed so much since my last visit (which was way back in high school, I think), but is still able to keep to its traditions and conservative ways (e.g. their tricycles and jeepneys are required to have religious or inspirational quotes inscribed on them).
And blame it on maturity (HAHA), but this time around I learned to appreciate (and I mean, really, really appreciate) Bohol’s scenery and animal life so much more. I could only hope that in place of Boracay (which is a bit overrated, don’t you think?), tourists troop to Bohol instead. It’s a great place to wind down and witness both God-given and man-made beauties. (The Bilar Mangrove Forest was my favorite–it was breathtaking—but I’ve no photos of the place because it’s known to be populated by supernatural characters.)
Anyway, we were up and about at 6am. We thought we would make it in time for the 7am departure, but we underestimated the trillion steps we needed to take in order to actually get to Bohol–leave the hotel, buy tickets, look for the correct terminal, undergo baggage checks, etc etc. But thank God for 2GO Travel’s accommodating staff who made sure we got on the vessel in time for departure (even if we were all Amazing Race-y in the terminal). Hooray!
We finally made it to the Port of Tagbilaran! Travel time from Cebu to Bohol was approximately two and a half hours by supercat.
The Crew in Bohol! The weather was terrible pre-Cebu/Bohol trip so we were very lucky to catch the sun in Bohol.
Kids by the port.
We were given these necklaces upon arrival. Bohol is home to tarsiers, as seen in this necklace’s pendant.
Our first stop was the Baclayon Church and Museum. I loved the primitive and rustic feel of the church, which had been around since the time of the Spaniards’ occupation of The Philippines. The bell tower especially showcases this. No photos from the museum because cameras weren’t allowed inside.
Padre Pio on one of the church’s walls. It was a foreigner who first noticed this!
The Ten Commandments in bisaya.
The foyer leading to the church’s entrance was filled with tons and tons of saint’s figurines like this one.
Just a word of caution: the church follows a very strict dress code so short shorts and sleeveless tops are prohibited inside. Sarongs are handed out to visitors who violate this rule (i.e. us).
The church’s beautiful interior. I especially liked the altar, how it’s so extravagant and old school.
Nina engaged in prayer.
You can buy these San Roque candles for PhP20 outside the church. Each color stands for something to pray for: purity, holiness, and virtue (white); life, passion, and courage (red); peace, inspiration, and devotion (blue); good spirit, studying, and concentration (yellow); material wealth (violet); money, marriage, and employment (green); romance, love, affection, and health (pink); and brightness and business deals (orange).
Phoebe and Nina got yellow and green candles, respectively. Could you guess which one I got?
My red candle. :)
Lunch was spent on a Loboc River Cruise. We got on one of many floating restaurants — inclusive of plated/ buffet-style meals, coconut juice, and live on-board entertainment. Check out the next series of photos.
After lunch, we had some delicious The Buzzz homemade ice cream, which is apparently very well-known in Bohol. Two scoops is priced at PhP80. These are the flavors: ube, mango, choco, malunggay, avocado, pandan, and buko. They also have special ice cream at PhP140: honeyed and halo-halo.
My ube and choco ice cream — subtle flavor, but extremely creamy. I really, really loved it!
We headed to the Tarsier Sanctuary after lunch. There were so many more tarsiers this time around; bummer though that we weren’t really able to come near them.
Fun fact: these creatures are very sensitive and emotional. They do not like noise; they bang their heads on branches if the environment gets too loud and stressful. They are also suicidal when they get too depressed.
Our next stop: The Chocolate Hills. You have to climb 214 steps to get to the viewing deck. There, you will see this very beautiful, postcard-worthy scene. The hills aren’t exactly chocolatey this time of year since it’s been raining and the climate is cool.
In the middle of the viewing deck is this wishing well. Make a wish, throw a coin, and ring the bell.
Afterwards, we made our way to the Butterfly Farm. Interestingly enough, I was more fascinated with the beautiful flowers than the butterflies themselves (maybe ’cause there weren’t many live ones for us to see and marvel at).
We ended our Bohol trip with stops at souvenir shops and the Blood Compact Monument (no photos there because I refuse to post awkward, touristy shots haha). If you are interested in this tour, click on this link to view the itinerary and corresponding rate. It’s most recommended! :)
‘Til next time, Bohol!
This entry marks the debut of one of three watermarks designed for me by Clarfield. She was also the brains behind my pretty header. I couldn’t be happier with them! :)