“I came to realize that I traveled best when I traveled with my partner.”
We got up nice and early. We ordered a Taxi called Grab and traveled to the ticketing office. There are two company’s that you can use. We used the Ocean Jet to travel over first. Then Super Cat for our return ticket. It cost 460 PHP for the Super Cat and a bit more for Ocean jet. In total it was about 1000 PHP for both of us one way. I do remember that the staff is very helpful and obliging and helpful for a person such as myself. I must compliment them for their due diligence on assisting myself. I only have 10% site. It was a nice trip and I think it took about 3 hours and only two coming home with Super Cat. The cost of flying is about 3000 PHP each.
I would highly encourage that you would visit a ticketing office available in some shopping malls in the city to book your tickets ahead of time. Please see the links attached to check the schedule availability of both vessels. OceanJet and SuperCat.
Sample Itineraries for a day trip in Bohol for 7:30 AM arrival via private rental car with driver:
- Arrival Tagbilaran Wharf
- Butterfly Farm ( optional / depend on time availability )
- Blood Compact Monument
- Baclayon Church & Museum
Loboc River Cruise w/ lunch on board (optional / depend on time / budget availability)
- Tarsier Sanctuary
Passing Bilar Mahogany Man Made Forest
- Bohol Adventure Park locations at (Danao, Chocolate Hills, Loboc Ecotourism / optional) Please check on this link for a sample adrenaline activity in Bohol.
- Rates and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
- Applicable Entrance Fees ( Own expense)
- Terminal fees ( Own expense)
Bohol Python and Wildlife Park
Then we reached one of the unique spots that you should not miss in Bohol. The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is a very peculiar small animal. In fact, it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than an adult men’s hand. It can be found in islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.
And we finally reach our final destination. Chocolate hills, the most popular tourist spot in Bohol as well as in the whole country.
I can say when we landed in Bohol we took a tour with a guide and eat breakfast at McDonalds. We had two drivers that afternoon. Both of them took us to see lots of different sites. I really think this is the best way to see Bohol. Local knowledge and driving in an air-con car are great. We saw some wonderful majestic forest. The Chocolate Mountains was another place where your camera will get used a lot. I recall we went into a butterfly sanctuary and that was so very nice too. Later on, we went and looked at some very large snakes and reptiles. If you like monkeys go check out the little tarsier.
Our lovely arrival in The Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Bohol.
Down below is the advert for where we stayed.
My wife picked this place and got it for half price with a coupon code. So, the value for us both was outstanding. They upgraded us and we had a nice balcony which we spent a lot of time resting and looking out over the Xmas lights and ocean. Playing some tunes on the blue tooth speaker. That’s when we discovered that the Wi-fi was amazing, 40mb down and 21mb Up. So, it’s very easy to back up all your photos at the end of the day. I can say the bed was super nice to sleep in and the bathroom had a nice deep bath and a very nice shower to wash any sand grains off of your body if you went out swimming or used the beach lounges like I did.
The breakfast buffet is quite expensive. It is all you can eat and yes it has a tone of different food to try. I wanted my wife to explore different food and take a crap load of photos of it. To remember our honeymoon meals together. There is unlimited juice and coffee and tea. Hot chocolate you have to buy. I did not like it that much so I stayed with just drinking juice.
I really enjoyed our evenings together eating in alfresco dining. The hotel does make a very nice meal. I did not like garlic bread in the Philippines. It’s so very sweet. I had fettuccine both nights with different sauces. I think my wife had fish and calamari. We listened to the live band and the personal service was outstanding. We even tipped the singers and I asked for a specific song for my darling wife. My wife’s best friend works in tourism and she is able to all so give you great feedback on places to stay. Ask Luche and she will inquire on your behalf. Mostly I think Luche will just put links into her blog if she deems them worthy.
This is an ADD describing where we stayed.
“On Dolijo Beach overlooking the Cebu Strait, this upmarket hotel surrounded by tropical forest is 21 km from Tagbilaran Airport.
Understated rooms provide free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus iPod docks and minibar. Upgraded rooms add furnished balconies and/or beach views. Suites come with living areas; upgraded suites offer outdoor whirlpool tubs.”
Day 2 – An Exciting Island Hopping To Balicasag and Virgin island.
If we’re lucky enough to wake up early we would’ve gone to visit Pamilacan island first. To experience, dolphins, manta rays and whale shark watching. However; were pretty exhausted from our day one trip so we just chose to go to Balicasag island.
Location: The southwest wall of Balicasag island, 6km southwest of Panglao island.
Fresh from the success of the Philippines, Balicasag in the 2006 Marine Diving
Fair in Tokyo, where Balicasag was voted as the Reader’s Choice ‘ 3rd world’s best
dive site through a diving magazine survey, the Department of Tourism further ensure
its presence in the biggest Asia Dive Expo in 2006. (www.infobohol.com)
I like Bohol because there is a very nice sea breeze that takes off the zapping power of the humidity. So, if you go riding on a trike it’s so very pleasant. The wind in your hair and seeing the sites is fun. Just like the boat trip we took. My wife got so fascinated with the turtles the owners of the craft we took out called her back so she did not get into any trouble. She was fixated on taking her videos and was not aware of what she or where she was swimming. Any way our hostess told us about a rain squall that was coming. They got us home and as we walked into the resort it rained cats and dogs.
The Virgin Island
Virgin Island (also known as Pungtud or Pontod Island) is probably the most iconic island destinations in Bohol. We had our final stop here to relax after the rain shower. Upon our arrival, you can vendors as if they haven’t welcomed you to the island upon docking yet. Fried banana or also know as ( banana cue) is around the corner as well as fresh coconut juice.
How to get there: Our island hopping tour was arranged by Mr. Arvin our contact driver during our day 1 trip. He can provide a suggested arrangement for your itineraries and accommodation depends on your budget and days to stay on the island.
What a trip!
This was a perfect time to relax and look at our photos and back them up. As well as clean up and get ready to go out to dine later on that night. I am sure that there are parts I mist of our adventures. However, my thought is two thumbs up. Will I ever go back? Hell yes. I enjoyed that place. It was hard to leave it really. I hope you enjoy it too. Just remember to take water bug spray and a portable battery charger too. Advice buy some dried mango, it made by the gods lol, it’s awesome. Take care and happy travels.