In our 4-day trip to the Visayas, we planned to have a day spent in Bohol since it’s just a ferry ride away from Cebu. We took the 8:30 AM trip to Tagbilaran via Super Cat Ferry (545 PhP Cebu to Tagbilaran).
After two hours, we finally reached Tagbilaran Port and upon checking out, we approached one of the guys offering full day tours. We managed to hire a van (good for 6 persons) and a driver for 3500 PhP. A car would cost 2500 PhP.
First stop: Blood Compact Shrine. This is where Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna sealed their friendship by putting drops of their blood to each other’s cup of wine and drunk it. Pretty gross, huh?
Then we drove to Baclayon Church, one of the oldest churches in the country. The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was built by the Jesuits in the late 1500s. Interestingly, the church was built out of corals.
Can you spot the image of Padre Pio on one of the buttresses? We didn’t notice it until our driver pointed it out.
Just in time for lunch, we headed to one of the floating restaurants cruising along the Loboc River. We rode one of these huge turtles. Buffet plus an acoustic singer on board!
We had a short stop in this small village of a tribe called Ali. Breaks my heart to see people encroaching their space, having their photo taken with them for a small amount.
After an hour or so, the tour continued to the House of Tarsier and Rare Animals where we had a glimpse of the famed big-eyed tarsiers, the smallest primate in the Philippines, if not in the world. Of course, flash photography is not allowed because it might disturb them. I wouldn’t dare try; if looking at it on its normal state scares the hell out of me, what more on its angry form.
En route to our last three stops, we drove to this beautiful manmade forest lined with mahoganies. People often take a stop on the side of the road in admiration of its beauty.
Our next stop was the Butterfly Farm.
And then, to the most awaited part of the trip, the Chocolate Hills! We were stunned to see it on the flesh, that particular place we often see on textbooks since Grade 1!
We climbed this hill that they turned into a view deck.
Before heading to the port, we stopped by Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park. Papa and sisters were bought by the ziplining billboards scattered along the road. It costs 350 PhP per person.
Another stop by a compound selling all sorts of souvenirs–shirts, food, keyrings, name it. Before sunset, we were back to Tagbilaran Port for a ferry ride back to Cebu.
Our day trip to Bohol lasted for less than 10 hours but I’d say that crossing the sea for 2 hours was well worth it. It’s the highlight of our short escape to Visayas!