DIY Bohol Tour
DH and I had our honeymoon in Bohol. So much has changed since the last time we were there. When my sister told me that she wanted a tour of Bohol, I booked a package called Captivating Bohol Tour from Panglao Island Travel and Tours through our hotel, Henann Resort Alona Beach Bohol. My parents and my sisters were all first-timers!
We rented a van that can fit 4-8 pax for Php 3,360. Entrance fees are out of your pocket and is not included with the van's rental. The tour includes Tarsier Sanctuary (Php 60), Chocolate Hills (Php 100), Baclayon Church (Php 50) and the Blood Compact Site. Other must-visit sites but we opt not to visit anymore are Butterfly Habitat (Php 60), Loboc River Cruise (Php 550), Man Made Forest and Hanging Bridge (Php 60). Prices quoted are per person.
Tarsier Sanctuary | Tarsier Conservation Area
Tarsiers originated from mainland China and migrated towards Southern East Asia through the Miocene period. They are the smallest known primate in the world weighing about 80-160g (height is only about 75-160mm).
Some cool facts about Tarsiers:
- The name Tarsier was taken from its extremely long tarsus bone; its hind limbs are twice as long as its body
- Its third finger has the same length as its upper arm
- Tarsiers are able to rotate their heads 180 degree to compensate for their immovable eyeballs
- The second and third toes of their hind limbs bear claws instead of nails; used for grooming
- Tarsiers are the only extant entirely carnivorous primates
- Tarsiers are amazing jumpers; able to jump 40 times more than its own weight
- Young tarsiers are born flurred and with open eyes. They are able to climb within a day of birth
- Tarsiers exhibit the slowest fetal growth rate of any mammal taking 6 months to reach a birth weight of 23 grams
- Scientist differentiate Tarsier species through their song and singing styles. Tarsiers do sing in high-pitched voice
Can you spot the Tarsier?
Once inside the sanctuary, you will see "Silence Please" markers all over because Tarsiers are nocturnal animals.
The buco stall found right outside the sanctuary was a welcome respite from all the climbing inside plus the unbearable heat. By the way, picture taking with flash is a no-no inside the Tarsier Sactuary!
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park | CHAP
We drove to Chocolate Hills Adventure Park or CHAP right after visiting Tarsier Sanctuary where we ate at Cuisina Ni Tisay for lunch.
CHAP has several attractions that includes Bike Zip, Tree Top Rope Challenges, Hanging Bridge, Island in the Sky, Burma Loops, Burma Planks, Earthquake, Vine Walk Jacob Walk, Tyrolean, Mini Zipline, Gymnaskids, Paru-Paro, Chicken and Fish Feeding, Serpentarium, Choco Zorb Ball, Yokuzuna Sumo Wrestling, Chap Body Bumper Ball, Eco-Hiking Trail and Camping.
With a toddler and 2 Senior Citizens in tow, we can't do all the activities mentioned above so we did the next best thing---> eat at Cuisina ni Tisay!
Cuisina Ni Tisay | Buenos Aires, Carmen, Bohol
Cuisina ni Tisay is the home of the Traditional Boholano Cuisine. We paid a total of Php 1,670 for buffet lunch, one round of drinks included. As usual, seafood galore ang laman plate ko.
"No Wifi, Talk to Each Other"
Recipient of the Best Bohol Cuisine Specialty Award, Cuisina ni Tisay is owned by Tess Labunog-Sumampong. The restaurant is located within CHAP in Buenos Aires, Carmen, Bohol. For inquiries and reservation, please call 0917 306 0010, 0999 582 4655, 0918 510 4032 and 0925 503 9030.
Chocolate Hills | Tsokolateng Burol
Up, up and away!
Say a little prayer at the Grotto found halfway through the climb
Seeing the Chocolate Hills for the second time still left me completely in awe. The view is definitely breathtaking. Even the color of the sky is gorgeous.
Did you know that there are at least 1,260 hills but there are as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers? The hills are covered in green grass that turns brown like chocolate during the dry season, hence the name Chocolate Hills.
Chocolate Hills is located at Loay Interior Road, Carmen, Bohol, Philippines.
Sandugo | Bohol Blood Compact Site
Sandugo is a custom where two persons sealed their friendship through blood compact. Both will draw blood from their arms. Drops of blood will then be mixed with wine. Each person will drink from the same cup up to the last drop.
These five life-size images of men gathered around the table with Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain supposedly making a toast were sculpted by national artist, Napoleon Abueva, a Boholano native. It is said that the Sikatuna-Legaspi Blood Compact Site in Bohol is the First Treaty of Friendship between two different races based on respect and equality. The blood compact was sealed on March 16, 1565.
Bohol Blood Compact Site is located at Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines.
Read more about my Bohol trip and the restaurants/coffee shops that we have tried by clicking the links below:
- Nikita's Coffee Shop & Salon (#6 Restaurant in Panglao Island according to TripAdvisor)
- The Buzzz Cafe Alona Bohol Bee Farm (#1 Restaurant in Panglao Island according to TripAdvisor)
- Oasis Beach & Dive Resort (ranks #13 amongst the Best Restaurants in Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol)
- Alona Kew White Beach Resort