River cruising and an Encounter with the Tarsier

Trip Start Sep 26, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

We arrived in Tagbilaran at around four in the morning. We decided to wait for sunrise on the port before we finally head out to explore Bohol. Kix has a contact person over there - the parents of her friend. We dropped by their house to say hi. They offered us a typical Boholano breakfast - a sweet sticky rice delicacy and hot chocolate. They showed us a big Bohol map and gave us advice on nice spots to visit, so many to fill our two-day stay there.
Bohol, here we come!!! Our first goal is to go and find the Tarsier Visitor Center but we ended up in Loboc river. We headed out to the main transport terminal of Tagbilaran city which is just across Island City Mall. We took a jeepney headed to Loboc. Everyone seems to be nice and friendly. Kix and I sat in front of the vehicle and we chatted with the driver. We felt like we're on a private tour now as our driver tells us facts of tourist destinations we happen to pass by. Arriving in Loboc, we boarded one of floating restaurants for a lunch cruise down the Loboc river. The environment is very calming and the views are really nice. We met a Malaysian guy on the cruise who is also touring Bohol and Cebu. At the end of the river we saw two small waterfalls and there's a small rondalla (local musical group) playing on the side of the river.
Now, off we go for our hunt of the Tarsier habitat. We already found a few on some bush plants set up by cruise operators on the Loboc River but we still want to see them on their natural habitat. We hopped on a mini bus going to Corella and there we found them. The Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than an adult human hand. It's an endangered species that can only be found in the Philippines.
We started walking on this path surrounded by lush trees and it seems to be neverending. Feels like we're in the middle of nowhere, so quiet and no one around.
After our Tarsier hunt, we planned to go to Carmen and sleep among the hills. Apparently, there's no direct link to where we are so we had to travel all the way back to Tagbilaran City. It's almost starting to get dark when we arrived and it's still about a three hour long journey that we have to embark. So we changed plans and decided to stay overnight in Panglao island which is closer, about an hour drive by taxi. Arriving in Panglao, we looked around for budget accomodation and found one just near the beach. We can now have a good night's rest after a tiring day.
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