Summer Hurray in Bohol, Philippines!
by Yvette Ramirez
Monday, June 27, 2016
On Sunday morning seven areas were placed under signal no. 1 after the low pressure area intensified into tropical depression named “Ambo”. This is the Philippines’ first tropical cyclone for this year. Well, sadly rainy season is finally kicking off and I just returned from my 6-day trip in Bohol, just in time for the last hurray before summer officially concluded!
It’s always great to combine work+travel. It has always been my dream to have the opportunity to combine these two different aspects. Who would have thought that this is really possible?! Thank God, I am fortunate enough to experience this once in awhile. 🙌🙌🙌 So for those who like writing, taking photos and video blogs, make use of your skills+talents, internet connection and gadgets wisely. Believe it or not, you can earn from it and even travel for free!
It is my first time to experience and visit Bohol. As always, Philippines will never let you down anywhere you go! Its rich and natural wonders can always amaze you. I know there are various travel bloggers who already published anything you need to know about traveling Bohol, so in this blog I will just freely story tell what I have experienced personally, update and add some suggestions in order to maintain and maximize your budget for an unforgettable Bohol travel experience!
GETTING TO BOHOL FROM MANILA
Two common transportation we make use to get to Bohol are via planes and ships. For convenience and short travel time we always choose traveling by plane. Always remember that it is cheaper to book your roundtrip tickets in advance because it is way cheaper. As always, take opportunity of the seat sales if available! Comparing these three local airlines we have here in the Philippines, Airasia is the cheapest among the three. On this trip I flew via Airasia.
But if you are not in a hurry and wants to experience sailing like you are island hopping, for less than 22 hours you get in Bohol from Manila. Fare raging from Php1,500-Php6,000 depending on the class you will choose. You can try 2Go Travel directing you to Cebu from Manila. As of now 2Go travel don’t have direct trip to Tagbilaran, Bohol. For more questions on 2Go travel routes, schedules and rates you can email them at [email protected] or call Customer Interaction Center Hotline: (+63 2) 528-7000 (Mondays-Sundays from 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM). You can also book etickets online via 2GO Travel Official Website: travel.2go.com.ph.
From Cebu you can ride a fast craft going to Tagbilaran, Bohol. That would take 2 hours of travel via fast craft. Fare is Php500 (Tourist Class) via Oceanjet plus Php20.00 terminal fee and if you have big luggages you also have to check it in worth Php100 because they only allow one hand carry baggage per person.
GETTING AROUND BOHOL
Arriving at Tagbilaran Airport, you can see a lot of people waiting outside and will offer you vehicle to ride. So before anything else, switch on your canvassing and haggling skills! Filipina way, right? 😉 You can either ride a tricycle or car. You can also arrange a pick-up from your hotel if you want. If you choose to take car and if you are more comfortable with it, price is Php600. In my case, I took the tricycle and have it for Php300. So from there, I already saved Php300. Not bad! If you are a foreign tourist and haven’t ever tried riding a tricycle then this is a good experience for you! Distance of Tagbilaran Airport to Alona Beach is about 45 minutes.
If you are up to a do-it-yourself tour around Bohol, you can take a bus or rent a motorcycle to explore around. But I just observed that having it arranged with a travel and tours group within the area can save you time and energy. You know why? Because distance of the must see places in Bohol are very far from one another. And of course since you are a tourist you are not really familiar with the entire place, asking around will eat up your day to get to the places you wanted to see. Unlike, if you have the van, the driver and tour guide, you can just sit back, relax and wait for the next destination. In this regards, I took the tours arranged by Seashine Travel and Tours. Of course, if you are traveling alone it is always good to choose the group tour where you can tag along and meet new set of people from different countries who have the similar interests same as you do! This is a perfect opportunity to build new friends, networks and connections so GRAB it!
ACCOMMODATIONS IN BOHOL
It is not difficult to find a place to stay in Bohol. It doesn’t matter if you are on a tight budget or not, because definitely you can get a place that will cater your needs. Whether you are looking for a backpacker hostel to 5 star accommodations, you can find it here.
For this trip, I stayed at Panglao Regents Park which is 7 minutes walk to Alona Beach and is accessible to the main areas. For a standard room for 6 days, 5 nights of stay that is good for two, you will pay a total of Php10,300 or Php2,060 per night. The place is worth the money. Room is clean, the swimming pools are nice and the people are very accommodating, plus their food are good too! 👍
WHAT TO DO IN BOHOL?
When going on a group for countryside tour, they will charge you Php400 exclusive of entrance fees and lunch at the Loboc River Cruise. But for me I managed to make it down to Php350. Again, make use of your haggling skill! 😉
Countryside tour includes the following destinations:
✔Chocolate Hills ✔Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella ✔Loboc River Cruise and Lunch ✔Baclayon Church Museum ✔Butterfly Garden ✔Bamboo Hanging Bridges ✔Blood Compact Monument ✔Manmade Forest ✔Loboc Eco Adventure Park (Zipline and Cable Car)
If you would also like to try an ATV ride just tell your tour guide. See photo below to know the entrance fee rates for the countryside tour and Seashine Travel and Tours‘ contact details.
I also try Island Hopping Tour! I started my day very early for this activity. 6AM our boat is bound to leave. I was also able to get the rate of Php350 for this tour! It includes dolphin watching, Balicasag Island with snorkeling and the beautiful Virgin Island plus new found friends again since this is a group tour! Very lucky me! 😉 Thank you to Jeffrey Sales for assisting me and giving me discount, you may contact him at +639293564339.
If you are the type of person who likes to just chill and relax you can hangout at Alona Beach! Get some nice tan, swim, have some drinks and chill out.
If you would like to eat there are plenty to choose from. Food usually ranges from Php100 to Php350 or more depending on your order.
At night, compared to Boracay, Alona beach is more quiet. But if you would like to hangout at bars to party, you can also do it here but not as alive as Boracay nightlife. All in all, it is fun and I would definitely go back to checkout other places I didn’t get to see during my visit! 😉👍
Be sure to follow my next adventures in Central Visayas of the Philippines! 😊 Indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines so do not forget to include this beautiful country on your must visit list! 😊
by Yvette RamirezMonday, June 27, 2016
Adventurous, beach addict, free-spirited Filipina nomad and solo traveller. Graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and has 5 years experience working in Television Production. Now, honing her skills more as she ventured into Film Production. She started to have interest on traveling in year 2014 and figured out that this is something she wanted to do. As the years past, she tried getting as much travel experience as she could. Joggling time with career, social life, family and of course, TRAVELING! She is wandering mostly within the Philippines to promote the outstanding beauty the country has and hopefully go on more international backpacking travels soon.Read more at filipinanomad.com