For my birthday last year, we visited Bohol, a province in the Central Visayas region, as a sidetrip to our Cebu getaway. Bohol is best known for its tarsiers and Chocolate Hills. Luckily, the weather was good and we were able to visit both sites. Aside from those attractions, Bohol has so much more to offer — Loboc River Cruise, Panglao Beach, Danao Adventure Park, and more. I still have a long list of things to do in Bohol and Cebu, but this will do for now. Going to Bohol from Cebu and vice-versa is easy enough since the two are near each other. You can view our complete Cebu-Bohol 4D4N itinerary here.
Where: Bohol, PHL
When: November 13, 2015
Through SuperCat 2GO, we booked a guided countryside tour in Bohol hosted by Island Skip Trips. We arrived in Tagbilaran City, Bohol via the SuperCat 2GO ferry from Cebu. Our tour guide Sarah from the Department of Tourism (DOT) was very approachable and I really appreciated how articulate she was. Our itinerary and expenses are as follows:
Baclayon Church and Museum
The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is more commonly known as the Baclayon Church. This structure is the second oldest stone church in the Philippines. The Baclayon Church was under renovation when we visited due to the damage from the August 2013 earthquake, but what remained is still impressive. The Baclayon Museum, on the other hand, is still fully functional and holds some interesting artifacts.
The Tarsier Sanctuary was not what I was expecting, but it was a nice experience nonetheless. Seeing the Philippine tarsiers is something because this particular breed (Carlito syrichta) is endemic to the Philippines.
The viewdeck for the popular Chocolate Hills was not untouched by the earthquake. The steps leading up to the site are uneven, the railings askew, and parts of the roofing were missing. The wooden railings of the viewdeck were also unstable, but the view was pretty awesome.
If you’re doing a DIY tour, you can skip this. We only saw three butterflies at this farm, but since we were in a good mood and our tour guide was funny, we let it go. To compensate for the lack of butterflies, they have a few gimmicks set up. And the tour guide was apologetic as he explained that there used to be a lot of butterflies there.
Blood Compact Monument
The Blood Compact Monument was erected to commemorate the Sandugo — roughly translated as one blood — between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Bohol chieftain Datu Sikatuna. Historically, this event is considered to be the first friendship pact between the Spaniards and Filipinos.
Important: You might want to read the Leave No Trace Principles to familiarize yourself with the best practices of a responsible tourist.