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Day 2 in Bohol: Countryside and Panglao Tour

Day 1 of our stay in Bohol was spent in basking in the beach of Dumaluan beach resort, where we stayed. That’s one of the good points of staying in a beach front resort – you can just relax in the beach with the white sand and peculiarly shallow water. It was just a relaxing day. A preparation for tomorrow’s Bohol tour which was jampacked.

Day 2:

We were picked up at the resort by Kuya Johnny’s son, JC, at 8am. Here’s our itinerary:

Chocolate Hills

Too bad the weather was not cooperating when we went to the Chocolate Hills. It was drizzling too hard and it was foggy. We climbed 200 plus steps to reach the spot where the Chocolate Hills are best viewed but since it was foggy and rainy, here’s what we saw:

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Entrance Fee : Php50/person

Man-made Forest

This is along the road thus no entrance fee. You just get to take pictures of these tall mahogany trees that were planted by locals.

Man-made Forest

Tarsier Conservation Area

You get to see tarsiers in designated areas during your short tour here.

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Entrance Fee: Php60/person

Hanging Bridge

You may opt to cross the hanging bridge just for “adventure’s” sake. It’s entertaining but there’s a fee of Php10/person I think.

Hanging Bridge

Loboc River Cruising

Just around lunch time, we hurried off to Loboc since the ferry where we were reserved was about to leave and was waiting for us. We got good seats courtesy of Kuya Johnny’s son. He has a contact there. We took the buffet lunch and we were satisfied. The food was good enough to fill our tummies and the view was relaxing. There was also a band playing some songs the entire trip. We had a stop in one of the floating areas and were serenaded and entertained by locals who were singing and dancing. The tour was around an hour – just enough to eat and enjoy the serene surroundings.

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Buffet Fee: Php450/person

Python Visit

This is where you would see “Prony”, the biggest and longest python in captivity. We were really scared and hesitant to take a picture with him but I thought, we’re already here anyway. We had to go inside the cage with him to take a picture. ~_~

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Entrance Fee: Php10/person

Printed Picture  with Prony: Php200

Hinagdanan Cave

I’ve really wanted to go inside caves but there are caves which requires a lot of walking or wall/rock climbing. Good thing, Hinagdanan Cave is not one of those. I was kind of excited to see this one. And, indeed, it was one of the highlights of our trip. Although the cave isn’t really that big, you will be amazed by what you’ll see inside and with your guide as well. They know how to set your camera so that you’ll be able to take good pictures inside the cave. Actually, the guides will do the picture taking for you. All yiu have to do is pose. ^_^

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Entrance Fee: Php25/person

*Guide fee/tip is up to you.

Bohol Bee Farm

We didn’t exactly go to the Bee Farm where there were bees but the store itself where they sell their products from the farm. This is also the Bohol Bee Farm Resort. Kuya JC was very kind to get us a discount coupon for the stuff that we will buy there. I think our total bill for all the food items was around Php3000 or more – good thing there was a discount though not that big, but still. ^_^ Of course we also had to taste their organic ice cream with flavors malunggay, tomato, and mango. Hmmm….personally, not something to rave about but is okay to try.

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No Entrance Fee. Ice cream is at Php80. You can have 2 flavors in 1 order.

After Bohol Bee Farm, we went back to Dumaluan Resort and spent the rest of the day swimming – both on the beach and in the swimming pool. After dinner, we had to rest early since we’ll be waking up early the following day for our Dolphin Watching and Island Hopping.

 

Other Bohol Posts:

Day 1: Arrival; Stayed at Dumaluan2 Beach Resort

Day 3: Dolphin Watching and Island Hopping

Day 4: Back to Manila

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Bohol Tour 2013

It’s been a week since my Bohol getaway. My boyfriend, my sisters and I were able to purchase seats on sale from Zest Air last August 2012. Round trip to and from Tagbilaran were at Php978.40. We were only able to purchase 3 though. 1 ticket was priced at Php1929.07. We just divided the total of the 4 tickets among us.

I started to research for places to go in Bohol and Dumaluan Resort was highly recommended by friends and relatives. My sisters stayed there last 2011 and now they’re going back there with me and my boyfriend. Now my problem was whether to take their package tours or research on do-it-yourself (DIY) activities. My first instinct was to research on DIY Bohol tour. Most DIY entails hiring a car since public transportations are scarce in Bohol. It would take you hours waiting for a public transpo. Rent-a-car starts at Php2000 for 8 hours of tour and there are additional payments for every excess hour. Price varies on the kind of car that will be used. Vans are more expensive and are used for passengers of 5 or more.

I listed all the places we wanted to visit in Bohol taking into consideration my sisters who already had the Countryside Tour from Dumaluan last 2011. We all agreed to skip the churches, Blood Compact Site, and the Butterfly farm. Crossing out places we don’t really want to see maximizes our time (and use of the rented car, if ever) and money as well (less entrance fees). Below are the places we wanted to see:

Chocolate Hills

Man-made Forest

Hanging bridge

Bohol Bee Farm

Loboc River Cruise

Python

Tarsier

Firefly Watching

PINR

Dolphin Watching

Island Hopping (Balicasag and Virgin islands)

Hinagdanan Cave

That seemed a lot of places and we actually just had 2 whole days in Bohol. The package tours from Dumaluan didn’t seem to accommodate such customized itinerary. I asked about it thru email but they didn’t answer my question. So I went ahead and texted rental cars in Bohol but their itineraries were pretty much fixed too. Good thing I came across Kuya Johnny. He was very entertaining. He was even the one who kept on calling me to ask about the details of our tour. I said I wanted to stay in Dumaluan but their package does not fit our itinerary. I told him the places we wanted to see and he gave us a good price which included the rooms for Dumaluan2 (the Dumaluan Resort with swimming pool). It wasn’t an easy decision to take his package tour coz I was really weighing Dumaluan’s package tour, DIY, and Kuya Johnny’s. But according to my computation, Kuya Johnny’s offer was cheaper.

Kuya Johnny’s tour included the stay in Dumaluan which included free breakfasts, roundtrip transfer to and from the airport and resort, and all entrance fees in our itineraries. The package tour cost us Php5,250/person. Please take note that our “customized” tour from Kuya Johnny is like a combination of 2 to 3 standard package tours (Panglao Tour, Countryside Tour, and Island Hopping).

Please read the succeeding posts for our fun tour in Bohol! ^_^ Here’s a sneak peek of our tour:

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Other Bohol Posts:

Day 2: Countryside and Panglao Tour

Day 3: Dolphin Watching and Island Hopping

Day 4: Back to Manila

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