Travelling to Cebu’s next door neighbor has always been a plan but I never had the chance to explore the beautiful places of Bohol. So when I heard that my former classmate, Mich, along with her friends and cousins will be exploring the island, I got myself on board.
We were able to book a van for our Bohol Day Tour for P1,050 each for 12 pax inclusive of entrance fees and buffet lunch during the Loboc River Cruise. The itinerary included 10 tourist spots of Bohol: Hinagdanan Cave, Blood Compact Shrine, Dauis Church, Loboc Church, Loboc Floating Restaurant, Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, Tarsier Conservation Center, Hanging Bridge, and Prony.
(Recommended – Visit Cebu’s beautiful places when you go southbound: http://bisdak.org/2016/places/south-cebu-drive-by-osmena-peak-tumalog-falls-cangcua-ay-beach-and-aguinid-waterfalls/)
To make this Bohol day trip possible, we had to leave early from Cebu at 6AM and then make the return trip at 6PM via OceanJet at Pier 1 / Pier Uno.
1. Hinagdanan Cave
Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao Island, Bohol is a popular spot for its underground lake and its array of stalactites and stalagmites. Its natural pool can easily entice tourists because of its crystal clear and cold waters.
2. Blood Compact Shrine
The blood compact between Datu Sikatuna of Bohol and Spanish Captain-General Miguel Lopez de Legaspi is coined by some historians as the first treaty of friendship and alliance between the Spanish and Filipinos. The blood compact of March, 1565 allowed Legaspi easy access to Bohol on his way to colonize the other islands in the Visayas and then, later, Manila.
3. Dauis Church
Dauis Church is one of the old churches in Bohol which was destroyed by the October, 2013 earthquake. Currently, undergoing restoration, the frescoes which were said to be painted by Ray Francia in 1916 continue to adorn the interiors of Dauis Church.
You may want to get a bottle of healing water outside of the church for a certain donation.
4. Loboc River Cruise
Happily surprised that we get to eat while enjoying the Loboc river cruise. Didn’t know that a lunch buffet in one of the Loboc Floating Restaurants is part of the day tour package. Loboc River Cruise is a beautiful idea to allow travelers to enjoy their lunch while taking in the natural allure of the stretch of Loboc river.
There are also stations along the river where you get to see cultural performances by the Loboc locals. The cultural group impressed with a bevy of local dances especially the tinikling.
Children jumping of tree branches and foreigners kayaking or paddling along Loboc river add to the vibe.
Loboc is still on its way to recovery but there is hope that the painful memories will be gone soon.
5. Chocolate Hills
Nothing beats seeing the Chocolate Hills in person. Truly the wonder evoked by the beautiful postcards of the Chocolate Hills are as real as the actual sight.
You will have to walk a good flight of stairs though to reach the viewing deck. So better have a good inhale and exhale.
6. Man-made Forest
The Bilar Man-Made Forest is a long stretch of reforested area with the objective of mitigating the frequent landslides in this hilly zone. The man-made forest has since transformed into a picturesque stretch acting as backdrop of the highway leading to the Chocolate Hills. Tourists wanting to have a good photo will have to contend with speeding vehicles going to/from Chocolate Hills.
7. Tarsier Conservation Center
The tarsier has been a symbol of Bohol’s vibrant tourism industry. However, the dwindling population of tarsiers has prompted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to declare the animal an endangered species. The Tarsier Conservation Center now prohibits physical contact with the tarsiers since the small animal is found to be easily stressed –among the reasons cited as cause of their decline.
8. Hanging Bridge
Made mainly of bamboo slits attached to steel cables, the Bohol Hanging Bridges located in Sevilla give a dose of fright for those who are afraid of heights –any abrupt movement would surely sway the seemingly rickety contraption.
9. Salibay Mini-Zoo (Prony)
The Salibay mini-zoo which was once home to one of the largest python, named Prony, is a treat for those who love petting reptiles. You get the chance to have a photo opportunity with any of the snakes of the Salibay family.by