Bohol City Tour
Duration : one day
Budget : At least Php5,000 excluding air fare (but including Bohol Sea Tour)
Bummers : Experiencing unexpected rain shower at the viewing deck of Chocolate Hills (totally messes up landscape shots!); Ice cream is very expensive in Chocolate Hills even if it is chocolate flavor
You’ve never been in Bohol if you haven’t seen a tarsier or eaten a Bohol Bee Farm ice cream.
When going in Bohol, there are two tours that you can take – a city tour and a sea tour. This is why you need at least 2-3 days of stay in this place. By the way, the capital of Bohol is Tagbilaran City. Yeah, no such place as Bohol City.
The city tour takes one whole day. Hire an car, SUV, or a van and let Kuya Driver do all the city driving while you simply sit back and relax. You can start off by visiting the Blood Compact Site and take mementos of history by striking poses with the gentlemen who performed the bond of brotherhood.
After taking pictures, you can head to the Choco Complex where you can have a 360-degree view of the Chocolate Hills. We oftentimes had arguments that there must be 100 hills out there and they should be named Hundred Chocolate Hills, just like Hundred Islands in Pangasinan.
Before going to see the Hundred Chocolate Hills , you can have lunch at Loboc River Cruise but if you can do it for dinner that would be better. Loboc River Cruise is a floating restaurant which serves buffet lunch or dinner while riding on a raft that sails along the river for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Dinner cruise is great because you can see the lights paved along the river. Another enjoyable part of this cruise is hearing their choir sing. A part of the cruise stopping at the middle of the river where a choir of kids and adults gather in a floating bamboo raft playing guitars and singing welcome songs to guests. Even though we couldn’t understand the songs, their voices were heartwarming. If only I had the money, I would probably finance them to audition for Showtime.
Driving along to Chocolate Hills, you can pass by Prony the Python, the realm of the tarsiers, and the man-made forest.
Take pictures with Prony the Python but enter his cage at your own risk. Kidding! The caretakers there will guide you and they say that Prony is not aggressive. I just don’t think you can carry him on your shoulders though.
Visit the tarsiers and take pictures with them. But don’t forget to turn off the flash of your camera because they might get stressed out and commit suicide. Uh-oh.
Fun fact for the man-made forest is that it is man-made because long time ago people planted the seeds of the trees in this forest themselves. (Which I think kind’a confused me because I often thought “man-made” means involving giant machines and artilleries like when forming a man-made island or lake).
Well, that was a long drive from the Blood Compact Site to Chocolate Hills. You can stumble upon a lot animals indigenous to Bohol. Don’t miss out on them.
Lastly, never leave Bohol without dropping by Bohol Bee Farm. Take the walking tour and learn about bees. Fun fact, worker bees are female. Bohol Bee Farm makes the best ice cream that will haunt you forever. You won’t be able to eat another cone of ice cream if it wasn’t from the Bee Farm.
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