THE LAND OF CHOCOLATE HILLS PART 1 | annmaziing

My friends and I were able to squeeze in one more travel before the year ends. We went to the Land of Chocolate Hills and Queen City of the South last October 2016 for a 5 days and 4 nights vacation.

We alloted 2 days at Bohol and another 2 days at Cebu. The 5th day was our early flight back to Manila.

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NAIA Terminal 3

Our initial plan was to DIY our trip, however, we had a change of mind when we considered the weather. There’s a high possibility of rain during our trip because of typhoon season hence we decided to just get a travel agency to take care of our trip to avoid hassle and headache in case of flooding. Upon several research, we found a travel agency that was very accommodating and replied very efficiently to all our inquiries, which made us decide to get them. Because aside from the price, it is the service that’s more important for us. Mura nga, papasakitin naman ang ulo mo sa serbisyo nila, wala din. And besides, what they offered to us was fit to our budget so we gave it a go.

We landed at the Mactan International Airport and from there, rode a taxi going to Cebu Pier 1 for our early ferry ride to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Taxis are easily available to all passengers outside the Airport so you’ll have no problem in getting one. Since we were very early, 5:00 a.m. I guess, it only took us 10-15mins to arrive at Pier 1. Our driver told us that if we arrived a bit later, say 7:00 – 8:00 a.m., we would have been stuck in traffic since Cebu traffic is almost the same with Manila’s.

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Pier 1

Earliest trip to Tag is at 6:00 a.m. and two hours to arrive there. We had a rough journey going to Bohol. For a first timer, we were very nervous while sailing because the waves were harsh to us. They were so strong that we felt like the ferry was hitting not waves but rocks. Anyways, we were safe naman. haha Ninerbyos lang kasi nga first time.

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Inside Oceanjet Ferry

As we arrived at Bohol, we were picked up by a van, a 14-seater van I guess, which was exclusive only for us 4. Yes; we were just 4. Pwede kaming mag by row ng upo. haha It was a private tour for us and we were surprised that they gave us a very comfy ride. Ang bait pa po ng aming driver. He took care of us and he was also like a guide. 🙂

Below were the places we went to and I also shared some interesting stories in the caption:

DAY 1 – OCTOBER 15, 2016

CHOCOLATE HILLS

From Pier 1, I think it was more than an hour ride going here. And when you arrive, there’s a staircase with 200+ steps that you need to take before you get to the viewing deck.

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TARSIER CONSERVATORY

It will only take you a few minutes to go around the conservatory. You can get as close as few steps away from the tarsiers, but you are not allowed to hold or touch them.

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BUTTERFLY GARDEN

They have here a number of butterfly species.

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I must say that this one was the most fun tour because tour guides here have a creative and funny way of touring you around. Because, as what our tour guide said, it would’ve been  a boring-all-talking-kind of tour. Hence, the humor they added, and it was really effective!

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That’s our tour guide 🙂

They also have a very creative way of taking pictures of you with the butterfly.

There are also picture perfect spots inside the garden. 🙂

MAN-MADE FOREST

The Man-Made Forest is about 2km long stretch of high-rising Mahogany trees which is just along the road so you only need to locate a safe spot, park on the side, and voila! You can already take unlimited photos there.

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Just be mindful of the cars passing by the road or else.. hehe

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PHYTON SANCTUARY

There are also a large number of snake species here but I was not able to take too much photo just because.. haha BUUUUT, before we left, they were able to convince me to have a photo taken with the biggest snake they have there, PRONY 2.

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It was just a quick photo op because he might forget he’s full and swallow me whole! haha

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Brave me! 😀

Until now, I still can’t believe I really entered that cage with a huge snake in there! Faced my fear indeed! haha

His name is PRONY 2 because there was a PRONY before him which is bigger and longer, but died because of illness. Though, they were able to preserve his skin and now, this is him..

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I know it doesn’t look like it but yes, that’s PRONY.

LOBOC RIVER / FLOATING RESTAURANT

As we were enjoying our tour, we then felt hungry and Loboc Floating Restaurant got us covered by their buffet lunch while sailing on the stretch of Loboc river.

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I guess it was a 30-min sail from end to end of the river. So better if you finish your meal going on so you can enjoy the view as you go back.

I don’t know how the above picture of two bodies of water happened, but it was totally awesome seeing such! When blue and green water meet. haha

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This is the end point of the river cruise.

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From here, you will then go back to the starting deck.

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The river is wide that’s why you will see several floating restaurants passing by.

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There are some stop over during the cruise and these kids will give you a welcome performance.

BEE FARM

This is where they harvest pure, unpasteurized, organic honey.

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Several herbs are also being planted here for their all-organic restaurant.

They also weave different kind of materials to make furniture and all other kind of stuff.

They also have factories here of different organic products like tea, ice cream, tableya, and more.

If you want to buy some souvenirs or organic products, they have a souvenir shop there.

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HINAGDANAN CAVE

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Our impression of caves is that we have to walk or trek for a few minutes before getting to see it but this one is different. I just can’t believe that this is just below a busy place. Almost below a highway if I’m not mistaken.

This cave was only discovered when a minor earthquake occurred causing a hole to appear. And when someone peeked below the hole, they saw this amazing creation of God.

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My poor quality camera didn’t give justice to the beauty of the cave.

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It has a 10ft deep water inside which they believe is coming from the ocean. People can swim here.

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Sabi ni Kuyang Guide while taking this picture.. “Don’t stop the party.. pero wag masyadong malakas, baka magka-tsunami.” LOL

Tour guides here are really full of sense of humor and creativeness in taking photos. They are really used to their job. hehe

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That’s the hole that led to the discovery of this cave. Para na kaming kukunin ng mga alien. haha

SHELL MUSEUM

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The owner of NOVA Shell Museum is Mr. Quirino Hora who fell in love with diving. And by that, he now has thousands or millions of shell collection.

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They have here a wide array of shells from smallest to biggest, from harmless to the most poisonous. All shells of sorts.

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This one is the smallest which you need to look through a magnifying glass to see its complete form.

They have a souvenir shop that sells products made with shells. Price range is PHP 15 – PHP 50,000 if my memory serves me right.

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We were lucky to have met Mr. Hora himself during our tour there.

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We ended our first day at Bohol at around 4:00 p.m. and went to Dubay Resort where we stayed for a night.

DETAILS:

TRAVEL AGENCY

FACEBOOK PAGE:
Zubu Travel And Tours

COST:
PHP 8,250/pax for Bohol-Cebu 4D3N Tours

BOHOL TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Bohol overnight accommodation with set breakfast (Beachfront resort).
Roundtrip transfers (Tagbilaran-Panglao-Tagbilaran)
Roundtrip ferry ticket (Cebu-Tagbilaran-Cebu)
Private vehicle, driver and fuel
Bohol Countryside Tour
All entrance fees
Buffet lunch at Loboc

OTHER EXPENSES NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE

Taxi from Airport to Pier 1 – PHP 150
Pier 1 Terminal Fee – PHP 25
Oceanjet Baggage Fee – PHP 30 for baggages up to 15kgs
Dinner at a near resort – PHP 250/pax
Lunch at a near resort – PHP 50-70/pax

READ NEXT: Bohol Trip – Part 2

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