Dora the Explore Day 1

Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
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Trip End Dec 12, 2016


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dora the Explorer Explorers - 08/01/10

The second morning of our Bohol experience, my gf and had early breakfast in the restaurant, she had hotdogs, rice and an egg, with coffee 135php, and i had coffee and a banana...The breakfast was nice, three hotdogs and ample rice. We paid the bill and set of exploring for the day, we had a plan. First we would go to the Kawasan falls, as we'd visited it in Cebu, now we wanted to see the Bohol one, then Tarsier Sanctuary, Butterfly Garden, Chocolate hills and then on the way home hanging Bridge.

               Kawasan Falls – Kawasan falls in Cebu is expensive, 50php to park the bike and 20php to get in, then when u get there a busy women demands 300php for putting my camera on a table, the falls are nice but not spectacular like Casaroro or wide like the Nidulan, falls both in negros. Bohols Kawasan is better than Kawasan falls in Cebu. Firstly, the signs are right off the road, there is no one demanding money from you, although i dare say there should of been. The parking is free and the falls themselves wow, i wanted to stay longer and explore more there were lots of smaller falls all along the course u could see, but time was against me, so we looked in awe at the wonderful sight, no tourist traps here. I would rate the Kawasan Falls Experience 10/10

We had picked a route, using the four different maps available (with three different road systems on them) we’d simple go from Kawasan falls to Corella, to the tarsier Sanctury, easy. We ok easy but could of been easier, we rode into a pleasant little town called, Balilihan looking for the road to Corella, needless to say we’d ridden straight by, when we turned around and went back we found the sign, which was only on one side of the road. Eventaully we made it to Corella and headed towards the Tarsier Sanctuary down the unpaved road.               

Tarsier Sanctuary – My gf is a girl, (yep its true) and like all women likes small cuddly fury things, Tarsiers in this case. On my previous trip i had visited the commercial Tarsier places by the road side on route to the Chocolate hills. This time i wanted to see them in their natural environment and not in a cage being poked at with sticks by little kids. We chatted to the Tourist policeman at the entrance to the Sanctuary and joked about eating one for lunch, i am sure he had heard my repertoire of jokes all before, but humoured me. A guide then collected us and took us the Tarsier Centre, 40php each entrance fee, not bad. He then took us into the gated secured area, we led us through the undergrowth and pointed out 6 Tarsiers, talking to us about them as we walked. My gf was in love, she wanted to take one home, and begged him in English, Bisayan but there was no give we had to leave empty handed. We arrived back at the Centre, and washed our now muddy shoes, and the guide put on a video for us so we could learn more about the little creatures. My gf had to have something Tarsier.....she settled for a 150php Tarsier mobile cover which made her happy. Overall i enjoyed the experience, the guide was young but knowledgeful,  and it was not expensive. 10/10

                Hanging Bridge -  We rode to Sikatuna ( a feeling I had had some years prior when i’d been given a carrier bag full of fresh tuna and had eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for about two weeks !) then onto the main Loboc high way leading to Carmen. My gf the first glimpse of the romantic river cruise buffet i would take her on the next day, and she was already excited. We rode the winding twisting uphill road, through the man made forest, eventually and with much struggling, i think the bike needs a tune up 10,000kms have take its toll, we reached the turn to Sevilla and the hanging bridge. Its 10php each and now is two bridges, so u can farm in more people. On the other side where there is a vast array of souvenir shops and men peddling Buko juice..I quickly whisked the GF away, we certainly don’t have space on the bike for more stuff. Overall and for the price is 10/10.

So back onto the highway towards Carmen we went, the road is smooth, and the view is fantastic, green rice fields and the first real look at the Chocolate hills.....I could hear my gf taking pics as we went i knew she was enjoying herself.

                Chocolate Hills Experience – Everyone loves to come to the Chocolate hills, and Oh My God i think they had all come at the same time !!! There was four vans infront of us and at least two more behind us when we arrived at the entry point, 50php each for entrance and off we rode up the road that actually went round the chocolate hill. When we got to the top i parked the bike in the area marked, and we made wour way through the throngs of people taking pics every step of the way up the hill. I seem to remember it was bigger before, but hey it was 2 years ago maybe its wan down a little. At the top we did all the obligatory picture taking and admired the view, which unfortunately meant we could see the rain coming, so we maybe cut the visit shorter than planned and went back down, i carried my gf all the way from top to bottom, much to the excitement of some Japanese people. Then we got back on the bike ignoring the shouts of 'T Shirt Sir’ and start on the journey home. 9/10

We had only ridden for about 30mins when the rain came down light at first then heavy, very heavy and even the stubborness in me to stop gave in. We sheltered next to a house where there were several fighting cocks in cages. Soon all the people were out looking at us like, then the kids started waving....waving shouting ‘Hey Joe’ and then waving some more....Of course I started waving back, with one had then with two much to their delight. As the rain eased we made a break for it, waving and beeping the horn as we went.  My gf still wanted to see more Tarsier so we stopped at a roadside place just so she could see more. 
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