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In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017

In Search of the Next Destination

Location Google Map: Bohol (province), Philippines

(province), Philippines

After my 30 days in Loboc, I scouted several places to spend my next 30 days - Baclayon, Dauis, Maribojoc, Carmen and Talibon. It took 6 days of constantly traveling. There were a few half-decent rooms I could get for my meager P2,500 monthly budget, but nothing really called out. While in Talibon, I decided to stop by Ubay for a sikwate treat. It was here I saw a decent room that called out - and fit my budget. Ubay it is - surprising that Ubay wasn't even in the list.

My first choice was Carmen. Carmen was at the center of Bohol. It also seemed to be rich in tourism offerings in addition to the Chocolate Hills. It offers good sikwate/puto maya at the market. But I couldn't work-out a hotel deal (Banlasan Lodge, La Ne Resort, Villa Luisa) or find a decent P2500 room. I found cheaper rooms but they looked more like a dog cage. I even went there a few times but it was a stonewall.

In Search of the Next Destination
pounding the streets of Carmen

Baclayon was also appealing. It was only a few minutes away from Tagbilaran. I could have the best of both worlds - (city) life in Tagbilaran and provincial life in Baclayon. I made good friends with Ms. Beth of Astoria Bohol who liked my proposal but couldn't spare any of the 8 units they have. She referred me to Ms. Telly of Blue Apartelle but it was the same situation. I even attended a heritage house launching and hung a few times at Crescencia Cafe. At the end of it all, there was nothing for me.

Dauis wasn't really calling out, but I thought I'd give it a shot with Mithi Resort - it stood out during my visit to Hinagdanan Cave. I met with one of the owners, Gretel Ong, who explained that they were almost always fully booked. I was curious how they could do it. Most resorts in Panglao are hurting and had to cut down on staff or even close shop. Obviously, they didn't need my service.

I didn't know there is a place called Maribojoc, but the name was bounced around a few times because of the Abatan River, so I decided to make the trip and check it out. It's a very small town. It's so small there is no lodging. A newly opened building offers room rental but the rooms weren't ready yet. Additionally, the attractions in Abatan River are closer to the town of Cortez.

I didn't know anything about Talibon, but because it's a port town, there must be something interesting there. Because it's 3 hours away from Loboc, I decided to spend a night at Way Side Inn. It's a busy port town with 2 Alturas Malls side by side but finding a place was difficult. I met Ms. Rachel, the tourism head who saw merit in what I could write about its tourism. She tried to help, sending her people to scout Talibon for a place for me. There was something affordable but too far off the main drag. I would have stayed in Talibon given the good vibe I had with Ms. Rachel.

Ubay wasn't in the plan since I've already spent 2 days here in July of this year. Except for a busy port town, there isn't much of any tourist attraction here. But I can't say I really tried to explore. I wanted to just visit and have a sikwate treat. Lo and behold, I found a room for P2000 at Goddy Goddy Lodging. It's clean, within town, includes water, electricity, bed and mattress. There is a common tv area. For wifi, I can go to their other location where I can do my online thing. It was effortless! No struggle! It's also my universe's way of telling me to stay.

Ending Thoughts
Right now, I have no clue what I'll be doing here or what is in store for me. But like my experience in Loboc, I am confident that the town will unravel with the coming days.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Bohol Google Map

Google Map Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Fox & The Firefly Cottages Fox & The Firefly Cottages - SUP paddle boarding, luxury riverside native cottages, mountain bike tours, SUP yoga
    Baranggay Valladolid, Loboc, Bohol
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue
Bohol Travel Info/Tips

Bohol FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Alona Beach area
  • the tourist attractions in Bohol are far apart and spread-out. It would be difficult to visit them all using public mass transit. Better hire a van (P3500/day) if in a big group, or rent a motorcycle (P400/day + gas)
  • Bohol relies on its tourism for revenue. As expected, everything they can capitalize on from tourism is extensively used and developed

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.
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