One weekend last September, I have the chance to visit Bohol and I enjoyed every inch of our trip!
Took Philippine Airlines’ morning flight and before noontime we have landed at Tagbilaran Airport. I just wish they improve the airport as it was a little cramped for a plane full of passengers getting their luggages. Don’t expect an air conditioned airport.
We were picked up by the service bus of Henann Resort. It was about 30 minutes or so until we reached the beautiful Henann Resort at Alona Beach. While waiting to be checked in, decided to take some photos.
It’s a fine day and just seeing the beach from afar excites me.
Lunch was served at their restaurant and we waited so long before we were checked in. But I must say, it’s worth the wait. We got a villa but it doesn’t have the pool access.
Our colleagues got the villa with direct pool access, it’s basically the same room except the pool is just outside their balcony.
Supposedly, this is rest time. But instead of resting inside the room, I decided to explore the beach. I love how it’s not hot and humid anymore. It’s so breezy and lounging in front of the beach doing nothing is the best!
Nightime came, had dinner again and after resting, we managed to schedule a massage at Nuat Thai Panglao outside the resort. You could ask Nuat Thai to pick you up from your hotel. Then we walked back when we realized it’s just so near.
The combo massage was oh so good! I had a good sleep and ready for a whole day of tour and activities!
First on our list – The Bohol Bee Farm. We learned a lot here! The bees give you no harm because they are European bees and they are not aggressive. Got to hold the frame that contained hundreds of bees. According to our speaker, whatever happens, don’t panic. The bees will just be aggressive if they think they will be harmed. Even if it stays on your skin, just let it be. These bees give us the high quality honey we enjoy whether for beauty use or for consumption.
They also promote organic farming here. They promote the different uses of these plants as it could really be helpful to our everyday life.
They also provide livelihood activities in the farm, the women weave bags, display scrolls and even hammocks. They use only the best quality.
I tried their Ice Cream and it’s so sweet – the flavor I chose is Peanut Kisses, the famous cookie pastry shaped like the chocolate hills. What I like the most is its Cassava cone. Totally different from the usual sugar cone.
After shopping, we went ahead and drove to our next destination.
La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church
The church was founded in the year 1596 by Jesuit priests. Became a parish 1717 and the coral stone structure was completed 1727. It is the oldest coral stone church in the region. It was destroyed when an earthquake struck last 2013. It was fully restored just this 2017. Thankful that we were able to visit the place and say a prayer, it just reopened last February 2018.
Next stop – Tarsier Sanctuary
The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary aims to protect the natural habitat and the extinctions of tarsiers. They do so by promoting awareness and establishing protected areas in the whole province of Bohol. Little research has been conducted and this should not be the case. This gentle creature should be protected at all cost.
And we must thank people like the ‘Tarsier Man’ who has dedicated his whole life in protecting them. He used to hunt for them when he was little as his father was a taxidermist. They sold each tarsier at Php250.00. At 12, when he realized that the numbers of tarsiers were dwindling down, he decided to care for one and learned about it. He started breeding and was successful. From then on, he has dedicated his life in raising awareness to protect these tiny primates. Good job and thank you Mr Lito Pizarras.
After our cute encounter with the tarsiers, we proceeded to the Loboc River to have lunch while cruising aboard a ferry.
Loboc River Cruise
Don’t expect too much with the buffet spread, but be awed with the beauty surrounding your floating restaurant. The Loboc River Cruise is certainly enjoyable because of its uniqueness. Imagine you are aboard a floating restaurant, with food, a very good singer serenading everyone, a beautiful scenery, and the famous Loboc Children’s Choir singing and dancing as the grand finale of the cruise. Guests could also join them in their “tinikling” (bamboo) dance.
I got teary eyed watching these families perform, they were so happy and grateful with whatever we could give them.
On our way to see the Chocolate Hills, we passed by the Loboc-Bilar Man Made Forest. Beautiful and tall mahogany trees line the road and stretch for about 2 kilometers. Once you enter the forest, you will feel that it’s cooler compared to the hot and humid non forested part. Tourists often stop and risk their lives trying to get a good shot in the middle of the road, because cars won’t stop and let you have your picture on your own sweet time.
And before we finally see the majestic hills, we went on to have an ATV adventure along the foot of the hills. This 30 minute or so drive was exhilarating! I got all muddy during the drive, it’s so hot that I got so sweaty and red, but it was worth it. When we finally reached the highlight of our route, it’s amazing.
It’s my first time riding ATV and it will definitely not be the last.
Finally, we come to the finale of our daytour, the Chocolate Hills.
This is the view when you don’t want to climb the Observation Deck. But I wanted to go up because I want to see the Topview.
One has to climb about 214 steps to get to the Viewdeck which is the highest of all the hills.
Thousands of these hills surround the town of Carmen.
The 214 steps uphill climb left me breathless but it was so worth it. The view was breathtaking.
Went back to the hotel, had dinner and rested before enjoying ourselves in the pool for Happy Hour.
The next day, woke up early so I could enjoy the beach.
That ends our Bohol Trip. So much more to explore. Till next time!