(First seen on Travelista Club. Published June 30, 2016)
On Sunday morning, seven areas were placed under signal no. 1 after the low pressure area intensified into tropical depression named “Ambo”. This is the Philippines’ first tropical cyclone for this year. Well, sadly rainy season is finally kicking off and I just returned from my 6-day trip in Bohol, just in time for the last hurray before summer officially concluded!
It’s always great to combine work and travel. It has always been my dream to have the opportunity to combine these two different aspects. Who would have thought that this is really possible?! Thank God, I am fortunate enough to experience this once in awhile! So for those who like writing, taking photos and video blogs, make use of your skills and talents, internet connection and gadgets wisely. Believe it or not, you can earn from it and even travel for free! Isn’t that cool?
GETTING TO BOHOL FROM MANILA
Two common transportation we make use to get to Bohol are via planes and ships. For convenience and short travel time, we always choose traveling by plane. Always remember that it is cheaper to book your round-trip tickets in advance because it is way cheaper. Take opportunity of the seat sales if available!
Comparing these three local airlines we have here in the Philippines, AirAsia is the cheapest among the three. On this trip, I flew via AirAsia. If you are not in a hurry and wants to experience sailing like you are island hopping, for less than 22 hours you will get to Bohol from Manila. Fare could range from Php1,500-Php6,000 depending on the class you will choose. You can try 2Go Travel directing you to Cebu from Manila. As of now 2Go travel don’t have direct trip to Tagbilaran, Bohol. For more questions on 2Go travel routes, schedules and rates you can email them at email@example.com or call Customer Interaction Center Hotline: (+63 2) 528-7000 (Mondays-Sundays from 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM). You can also book E-tickets online via 2GO Travel Official Website: travel.2go.com.ph.
From Cebu you can ride a fast craft going to Tagbilaran, Bohol. That would take 2 hours of travel via fast craft. Fare is Php500 (Tourist Class) via OceanJet plus Php20.00 terminal fee and if you have big luggage or other bags you also have to check it in worth Php100 because they only allow one hand carry baggage per person.
GETTING AROUND BOHOL
Arriving at Tagbilaran Airport, you can see a lot of people waiting outside and will offer you vehicle to ride. So before anything else, switch on your canvassing and haggling skills! Filipina way, right? 😉 You can either ride a tricycle or car. You can also arrange a pick-up from your hotel if you want. If you choose to take car and if you are more comfortable with it, price is Php600. In my case, I took the tricycle and have it for Php300. So from there, I already saved Php300. Not bad! If you are a foreign tourist and haven’t ever tried riding a tricycle then this is a good experience for you! Distance of Tagbilaran Airport to Alona Beach is about 45 minutes.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN BOHOL
It is not difficult to find a place to stay in Bohol. It doesn’t matter if you are on a tight budget or not, because definitely you can get a place that will cater your needs. Whether you are looking for a backpacker hostel to 5 star accommodations, you can find it here.
For this trip, I stayed at Panglao Regents Park which is 7 minutes walk to Alona Beach and is accessible to the main areas. For a standard room for 6 days, 5 nights of stay that is good for two, you will pay a total of Php10,300 or Php2,060 per night. The place is worth the money. Room is clean, the swimming pools are nice and the people are very accommodating, plus their food are good too! 👍
WHAT TO DO IN BOHOL?
When going on a group for countryside tour, they will charge you Php400 exclusive of entrance fees and lunch at the Loboc River Cruise. But for me I managed to make it down to Php350. Again, make use of your haggling skill! 😉
Countryside Tour includes the following destinations:✔Chocolate Hills ✔Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella ✔Loboc River Cruise and Lunch ✔Baclayon Church Museum ✔Butterfly Garden ✔Bamboo Hanging Bridges ✔Blood Compact Monument ✔Manmade Forest ✔Loboc Eco Adventure Park (Zip line and Cable Car)
MY FAVORITE: THE BEACH!
I also tried Island Hopping Tour! I started my day very early for this activity. At 6AM our boat is bound to leave. I was also able to get the rate of Php350 for this tour! It includes dolphin watching, Balicasag Island with snorkeling and the beautiful Virgin Island plus new found friends again since this is a group tour! Very lucky me! 😉 Thank you to Jeffrey Sales for assisting me and giving me discount, you may contact him at +639293564339.
If you are the type of person who likes to just chill and relax, you can hangout at Alona Beach! Get some nice tan, swim, have some drinks and chill out.
If you would like to eat, there are plenty to choose from. Food usually ranges from Php100 to Php350 or more depending on your order.
Compared to Boracay, Alona beach is more quiet at night but if you would like to hangout at bars to party, you can also do it here but not as alive as Boracay nightlife. All in all, it was fun! I would definitely go back to checkout other places I didn’t get to see during my visit! 😉👍
Be sure to follow my next adventures in Central Visayas of the Philippines! 😊 Indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines so do not forget to include this beautiful country on your must visit list! 😊