Well I have been into many places, i don’t know what tickles me to write this blog but i’m sure this will be a good reference for travelers like me. I’m not really into writing because i know i’m not good at it. I am very impatient doing write ups since i think that it will take much time and my personality is upbeat and i want things to run as fast as i can.
To start with, I visited Bohol with my family just this month. We arrived in Tagbilaran city in a very sunny afternoon, it is already March and we definitely feel the summer heat! Prior to our trip it was a bit torn if I would still push this vacation since I got an invite to attend the Ad Summit 2016 but I opt to pursue since we really plan this ahead of time.
How to get there: Either Plane or Ferry. you can take a flight from Manila to Tagbilaran (this will take 45 minutes) or Travel from Cebu by Ferry (travel hours est 1 hour & 45 minutes)
Accommodation: The best place to stay in Bohol will be in Alona or Doljo beach area. If you prefer to have a quiet and smooth relaxation you must stay in Doljo But if you love convenience and party life absolutely go for Alona.
We stayed in The Bellevue Bohol, located in Doljo beach.it offers more peaceful environment away from the bustling crowd in Alona. They really have it all. I must admit i revel in their facilities and the service was superb! We had a wonderful stay. facilities, dining and quality service at its best. Indeed, it’s worth staying and will surely come back.
For two nights we slept in Superior Twin room.
We definitely had fun playing in their game room 🙂
They also have three different resto to choose from. LamianWorld Cusine -allday international buffet & ala carte. Marea AlFresco Dining and Flujo Lounge Bar.
I so ..love their infinity pools and the relaxing ambiance over all. they also have recreation areas outside e.g inflatable tent for kids where they can play in the sand, trampoline on sea shore near Floating “kubo”.
Bellevue infinity pool is i think one of the resort’s highlight. its ledge was admiring and you will be able to have an incredible view of sunset.
Over all i will rate this hotel with 5 stars 🙂 . Enough with my feedback where we’ve stayed. Let’s run through on what we can do in the city. so here we go..
What to do in Bohol :
- Loboc River Cruise
we arrived from Manila at mid-day which meant that it was already lunch so we prefer to take our lunch in the popular floating restaurant.Having the boat cross along the river in slow motion with its green scenery and group of performers who serenade you felt like was moved and relaxed that makes the atmosphere really serene. Entrance Fee: Php 450 pesos/head inclusive of food.
2. Man-Made Mahogany Forest
This is located in town of Bilar. When you enter the forest, one will feel the abrupt change in temperature, especially during summer or hot season. It is hot outside the forested area, but once under the overhanging trees, one is refreshed by the cool breeze. It is a two-kilometer stretched mahogany.
3. Tarsier Conservation Area
Tarsier is Bohol’s tourism mascot, before visitors are allowed to touch the said species but since it is now considered endangered and they want to preserve the animals, we can only took a picture instead. This woodland area is located in barangay Bonbon, Loboc town.Tarsier Conservation Area is the new home of the captive tarsiers previously displayed for tourists along the Loboc River for decades.Entrance fee is Php 60 (50 for senior citizens and students with ID) and free for children 12 years and below. Postcard from the concierge are given upon payment
4. Visit Churches.
We visited Baclayon Church, one of the most oldest churches in the Philippines. At the time we passed by thru area, our tour guide mentioned that it is still under renovation. It was made of Coral stone. they’re using the same stone for re- building the shrine.
5. Chocolate Hills
Reach the famous viewing deck of the hills. Its is the most acclaimed tourist spots in the city. We climb up 200 or so steps just to see the scenic view of cone-shaped dunes.There are dozens of hillocks bust forth on the entire breadth. You can either take a tour or go on your own. From Panglao travel time is est 30-45 min.This is located in Carmen where more than 1200 mounds that turn brown during the dry season.
6. Island Hopping
Sojourn with Virgin and Balicasag island and Take a dolphin watching tour.
Virgin island is really worth travelling with its long stretch of white sand beach. one of the many islands in the country where a big area of the beach sink during high tide and only the palm trees in the middle of the island are visible.The island itself is a picturesque because of the sandbar.We definitely enjoy the breeze, sky view and clear blue sea.
It also surprise me to see the statuary of Padre Pio and other saint relics at the other side of the shore .
For diving , snorkeling and other water activities you must visit the Balicasag Island
7. Alona Beach
Many of Bohol’s restaurants and activities are centered on Alona Beach. It boasts a long stretch of powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. This is considered a mini Boracay of Panglao where you can go for a night life and food trips.
8. Food Trip
You better try the Chichaworm and Ice cream from Bohol beach Farm (organic)
It really looks like you’re not gonna eat it but taste so good similar with green peas chips..we bought it for only 60 pesos . Savor the ice cream in Buzz ice cream store in Alona. It’s cone is(a bit salty) really compliments the sweetness taste of sorbet.
9. Explore more of Bohol Tourist destination- Bohol Bee Farm, Mag-aso Falls, Hanging Bridge, Phyton Sanctuary, Butterfly conservation area, Hinagdanan cave etc. I must admit that we don’t have that much time and we really love where we stayed that’s why we opted to experience the Bellevue.
10. Loboc Souvenir Shop
Never miss a tour without buying anything from their gift shop. Either you will purchase it for you as remembrance or buy it as pasalubong when you get back home. Don’t forget to grab their peanut kisses known for famous Bohol delicacies.
an escape in Bohol is so much fun and memorable. It is really worth visiting. three days is not enough to explore all their tourist spots. you must book more than four days to enjoy the city especially if you want to see some islands near by like North Bohol sand bar and other areas for underwater activity. Hope you guys had a wonderful time reading my blog content. Please click the link below to watch our Bohol Trip. 🙂
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