Over a week on the island of Bohol
Trip Start Sep 17, 2009
37Trip End May 06, 2010
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Where I stayed
Buen Bella pension house
The next day we walked to the motorcycle rental shop a few blocks up from our hotel and rented the bikes for a slightly discounted 450 pesos (~$10) per day for 4 days total
Bohol is amazing. Specifically, driving around Bohol, on- and off-road, on a motorcycle is really amazing! We've been in Bohol for 5 days now and have more or less completed all the excursions and sites we wanted to hit. Using the motorcycles to make day trips to hit a few sites at a time really helped. We took an enormous number of pictures and videos (including live motorcycling videos using Mike's headcam!) so I will have to split them all up in a few different blog entries here just to make it more manageable and viewable.
Just a few of the highlights:
Day one (with the motorcycles)...
- Walking across the hanging bridge
- Seeing Tarsiers up close and personal
- Viewing the perplexing Chocolate Hills
- Touring the butterfly sanctuary
- Driving up rough jungle doubletrack to the top of Mt. Calmanoc
- Seeing Samantha, the huge Burmese python
- Seeing the beautiful Mag-aso Falls
- Discovering a small local spring and cave
- Drinking coconut wine with locals on the side of the road
- Being ushered down to "ring-side" seats at a cockfighting event outside Tagbilaran City
- Climbing in the Hinag-danan cave and trying not to slip into the pool of water in its bottom
- Laying in the shallow water of Alona Beach @ Panglao Island off the tip of Bohol
All in all, Bohol is my favorite place of this trip so far. No idea how there's over a million people living on this island
Bohol, my man, where have you been?!? Bohol was awesome. More continuation of the sunny, clear skies that we saw in Cebu. One of the highlights of Bohol had to be the motorcycles that we rented for 4 days. Any rise in temperature was quickly offset by the cool ocean breeze rushing past our face. A little slice of heaven. We took the motorcycle to most of the sites -- Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, peak of Mt. Mayana, and whatever struck our fancy along the way. Unfortunately, I'm now going to have to buy a bike when I return to the US. If you are planning on seeing Bohol, there is no better way to do it than by bike. Also, take advantage of the Filipino food -- get the fried rice whenever you get the chance. And of course a trip would not be complete without some type of *silog. Some type of meat/fish with rice and egg. I would say don't bother too much with the beaches on Panglao Island -- they are overcrowded with tourists, high-priced resorts, and over-priced food. Do something different -- go check out a tiny little restaurant at the back of the local meat/fish markets. It won't kill you...