Posted On April 18, 2013
It was time to say good-bye to Boracay as we were supposed to meet Helen and her nieces Michelle and Jean again in Cebu City. After a ferry ride back to Caticlan we took a bus for the two hours ride to Kalibo (from where the flights were about ten times cheaper than from Boracay). A one hour flight with Cebu Pacific (including a quiz game on board – and we thought we had seen everything…) brought us to Cebu City – the second biggest city in the Philippines.
Once we had met with the three
girls we took we took a cab to the port where we bought our tickets to
Bohol. The nearby shopping center was the ideal distraction till our
ferry departed. A two hours ferry crossing to Bohol and and a half an
hour tricycle ride later we were at our accommodation for the next two
The next day was packed with activities as we hired a
driver to explore the island. First stop on our “Tour the Bohol” was the
Sandiego Blood Compact Site a monument which marks the place where on
March 16, 1565 the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu
Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol sealed their friendship as part of the
tribal tradition (so says Wikipedia).
Next stop was the Baclayon
Church which was built 1727 and is one of the oldest Jesuite-Built
churches in Asia. Although looking quite old from the outside the inside
was quite elaborated and well maintained.
A bit later on we
stopped at a wildlife park which was in rather poor condition. The main
highlights were a huge python and a lady-boy dancer (she was not a cage
though). After lunch we visited the Tasier Park. Tasiers are rare
monkeys which are only about twenty centimeters in size. They have the
largest eye-to-body ratio of all animals which makes them look very cute
(or creepy). The also can’t move their eyes but can turn their head 180
degrees (quite a practical skill we think). Quite a unique experience
to see these “Gremlins”.
Last but not least we visited the
Chocolate Hills – the ionic sight of Bohol. These over 1200 hills are
very round in shape and a lot of them look quite brown (therefore the
name). It was a unique place for some nice photos.
A nice dinner at the beach side ended a fun day.
next morning started early again as we wanted to see the dolphins
(which seem to be early birds – you get what we mean) and go for some
snorkeling. After being unsuccessful in Bali we indeed managed to spot
some dolphins this time (or dolphin fins to be more precise). Nice.
the small boat brought us to a nearby island for some snorkeling –
after being slightly unhappy with the discrepancy between the price
agreed the day before and the “new” price we found another boat man who
would take us out for a more reasonable price (and all this early in the
morning). The experience was a bit mixed as we saw a lot of fishes but
unfortunately the reef was completely destroyed which was not surprising
given the fifty or so tourists standing on that very reef.
stop on our boat tour was Virgin Island (no, not the one in the
Caribbean) a small island with a long sandy beach outlier. The island
was nice and the fried bananas were super yummy (Kevin even established
the theory that frying must be the healthiest way to prepare bananas).
back at our accommodation we relaxed for the rest of the day and went
for a nice BBQ dinner. Once again we realized the Philippines is really
a paradise for meat lovers.