Two days of Bohol tour is very much convenient these days. I have been to Bohol several times before, but what makes this trip special is that its our first time together on a travel coming from a week of homecoming in Negros Oriental and en route to Cebu where we would fly out back to Manila.
Without so much as careful planning, we signed up in an online tour package offered by Bohol Tour and Car Rental. Yes, with only a minimal check of the reviews (to confirm its not a scam), we confirmed our booking through Ms. Doris, a very kind and accommodating staff/coordinator. Due to time constraints, she even allowed us to waive any deposit and agreed for us to settle the payment upon check-in. We simply provided them of our travel details for port pickups.
In no time, we were on our seats via OceanJet to Tagbilaran (at the moment, the only fast ferry with routes coming from Dumaguete and Siquijor to Bohol). From the Tagbilaran Pier, we were ferried to our modest beachfront accommodation at White and Greens Resort in the island of Panglao. This is a wise option for day tourists who only need a space for a night or two to spend at, since the tour involves exhausting road trips and an island hopping adventure the following day, whichever comes first in your itinerary.
What To See/Do
Like our option, the package that we availed includes a two-day Bohol countryside and island tour. You can also choose from at least three modest beachfront resorts. The inclusions are the following:
- Air-con transfer from airport-pier to hotel-resort and vice versa.
- Air-con car/ van for Bohol Countryside Tour 8 hours: Day 1
- Hotel/Resort accommodation 3D/2N
- All Entrance Fees
- Buffet lunch at Loboc River Cruise
- Driver/Tour Guide
- Motorized boat for island hopping
DAY 1 – BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
Blood Compact Site
Loboc River Cruise
Tarsier Sanctuary (Loboc)
Chocolate Hills (Carmen)
Sipatan Hanging Bridge
Man-made Forest (Bilar)
Butterfly Garden (Bilar)
DAY 2 – ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
Snorkeling at Balicasag Island
Virgin Island (traditional snacks & “swaki” or sea urchins are available)
If you wish to extend more and cover other Bohol attractions or plan a customized itinerary, you can avail of their car/van rentals at affordable/standard rates.
Other Bohol Attractions:
- Punta Cruz Watchtower. One of the enchanting places where one can view stunning sunsets is found in the town of Maribojoc, which is located 14 km west of Tagbilaran City. Known as the Punta Cruz Watchtower, this ancient architecture built in 1796 is made of cut coral stone and brick silently stands in front of the sea and through time.
- Hinagdanan Cave. Located 15 km from Tagbilaran City, and 2.5 km from the heart of Dauis town, the Hinagdanan Cave lies hidden in Bingag in the town of Dauis. In the clearing, a cluster of stalactites hang from above, matching the stalagmites rising from the ground below them.
- Canawa Spring. After a hot and sweaty hike from the Can-umantad Falls deep beneath the thickets of Candijay, trekkers can ask their guides to make a detour to another natural wonder called Canawa Spring. Here you can find an infinity pool of crystal blue waters completely surrounded by steep walls of earth and trees with their roots stretched in every direction possible.
- Badiang Spring. Located in the town of Valencia about 41 km from Tagbilaran, the Badiang Spring Resort offers two swimming pools (the large one for adults and the small one for children) fed by twin pipes of overflowing fresh spring water, making a striking waterfall effect.
- Danao Adventure Park. For thrill seekers, this is the place to be. This LGU-managed facility offers eco-adventure and extreme activities from zipline to river trekking.
- Mag-Aso Falls. These twin falls that incite a cloudy sensation as the rushing waters emerge and come crashing down 25 ft below have enticed tourists and locals alike for decades. Situated at the Barrio of Mag-aso in Antequera, a 30-minute trip to this God-given creation completes the list of the must-see sights in Bohol.
Note: This makes Bohol our second province in our Project 80+1.