River cruising and an Encounter with the Tarsier
Trip Start Sep 26, 2003
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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
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.