Last month we were just in Bohol for a 3D/2N trip with my family and my foodie buddies at The Bellevue Resort. We were just lucky to be able to explore and see the beautiful province. So, for the benefit of those who haven’t been to this wonderful part of the Philippines (or if it’s your first time to visit the place), here are what I consider to be “must visit places” which can be done in a single day!
Bohol from above.
Fee: Php60.00 / Student: Php50.00
Location: Tarsier Conservation Area, Loboc, Bohol
Facts about them:
1. The name tarsier was taken from its extremely long tarsus bone. Its hind limbs are twice as long as its body.
2. Their third finger has the same length as their upper arm.
3. Tarsiers are able to rotate their heads 180 degrees to compensate for their immovable eyeballs.
4. The second and third toes of their hind limbs bear claws instead of nails used for grooming.
5. Tarsiers are the only extant entirely carnivorous primates.
6. Tarsiers are amazing jumpers able to jump 40x more than its own height.
7. Young tarsiers are born furred and with open eyes. They are able to climb within a day of birth.
8. Tarsiers exhibit the slowest fetal growth rate of any mammal taking 6 months to reach a birth weight of 23 grams.
9. Scientists differentiate tarsier species through their song ang singing style. Tarsiers sing in high-pitched voices.
1. When taking pictures, do not use camera flash as it will stress the tarsier.
2. Holding of tarsier is no longer allowed.
Tarsiers have the tendency to “commit suicide” by hitting its head against objects when stressed out.
By the way, don’t throw those entrance tickets away afterwards! The back of the ticket is actually a postcard! Now that most people are now engrossed in Social Media and mailing of letters have practically become obsolete, it would be quite refreshing to mail these pretty postcards to my family back in the US and to my mom who is currently living in Israel. Too bad we were already pressed for time. My kids would probably have gotten a kick out of licking postage stamps and learn how letters were sent back in the day.
So, when you get the chance to visit the Tarsier Conservation Area, don’t throw away those tickets. Try snail mail for a change. This tradition may have somewhat fallen out of favor, but it sure has a lot more personality than what kids and “digital natives” have now grown accustomed to.
Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Location: Carmen, Bohol
The Chocolate Hills are like giant Hershey Kisses consisting of 1,268 hills all having the same shape – between 30 and 50 meters high. Each hill is covered with grass. But when the dry season ends, it turns a chocolate brown color.
If you want to have a nice picture with The Chocolate Hills as your background, take the 214 steps going to the Chocolate Hills Observation Deck. It’s tiring but when you reach the top, it becomes all worth it!
Although the Observation Deck was damaged during the earthquake, the entire deck covers mostly the beautiful areas where you can have your pictures taken. You will notice that the management had to place a barrier for everyone’s safety so that no one can go beyond it. But it’s saddening that many tourists ignore the barrier and would even step over the cordon just to get the perfect shot of the Chocolate Hills behind them. Sure, it would be nice to see it in print or on their Social Media accounts. But please, look after your safety first, especially when you are carrying a kid with you. Also, please observe cleanliness during and after your visit. No littering. Let us keep the Observation Deck clean.
Location: About 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of Tagbilaran City.
Baclayon Church has been declared as a National Historic Treasure in 1995. It has a small museum at the back area containing relics dating back to the early 16th century. But last year, October 15, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol and many of the scenic spots were severely damaged including Baclayon Church.
Even if we knew that the Baclayon Church’s bell tower is still under reconstruction, we did not pass up on the opportunity to see it with our kids.
Baclayon’s Church bell tower, which stands about 69 ft high was under construction.
Loboc River Cruise
Location: Access point to the Loboc River is located near the town of Loboc about 24 km from Tagbilaran City.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to experience the Loboc River Cruise as we had to head back to The Bellevue Resort in time for the prepared beach dinner. But we were able to see some parts of the Loboc River during the drive back to Bellevue Resort.
Going through some features online about the Loboc River Cruise made me giddier to go back to Bohol. I want to see this side of Bohol wherein I can be one with nature while cruising the Loboc River. We promised our kids to visit this place when we go back to Bohol.
Where To Stay:
The Bellevue Resort
Location: Barangay Doljo, Panglao Island, Bohol
The Bellevue Resort opened in November 25, 2012 making it the first 5-Star resort hotel in Bohol and the newest member of The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts.
It has 159 luxurious rooms from East, Central and North Wings: Deluxe, Junior Suite (One Bedroom w/o Jacuzzi), Premiere Suite (Two Bedroom w/o Jacuzzi), Bellevue Suite (One Bedroom w/ Jacuzzi) Presidential Suite (Two Bedroom with Jacuzzi) and Chairman’s Suite.
You can check-out my post which features The Bellevue Resort Bohol here.
Going around Bohol:
If you are the adventurous type, do what the locals do… Hop on-hop off via Bohol’s available public transportation. The tourist spots that I featured can be toured in one whole day. I would’ve loved to ride the public transportation in Bohol since we don’t do that here in Manila and I am sure my kids would not mind at all. In fact, I am quite definite that they would even enjoy it! But they were dead tired already and we need to get back to The Bellevue Resort for our hosted beach dinner that same night. Next time we go back, we will explore other areas that we have not been to and will try to experience using public transport as well. That’s something to look forward to!
Since we were billeted at The Bellevue Resort, we made use of Bellevue’s transport service.
For your information, here’s the car/van rental rates:
Php3,000 for 8 hours for car rental
Php4,000 for 8 hours for van rental
How to get to Bohol?
AirAsia Zest flies to Tagbilaran daily.
Check out my “Must Visit” places Part 2 here.