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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bohol Island

TRAVEL DATE: March 24 - 26, 2010

Bohol Province is located at the heart of the Philippines and its capital city is Tagbilaran. It is famous for its world-renowned Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, and Tarsier. Due to its proximity to Cebu Island, the language widely spoken here is Cebuano, though they also have their own Boholano dialect.

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"Sun, sand, swim" best describes Bohol Island because of its crystal clear white sand beaches, tropical climate matched with beautiful tall trees, and of course the added warm hospitality of the local "Bol-anons". 

It was during our university educational tour that I had the chance to visit Bohol Island. The trip was a two-hour ferry boat ride from Cebu port and the fare was around PHP 400 for one-way. The ferry-boat was well air-conditioned and has a viewing deck outside to which you can take photographs of the islands nearby, up-close and personal.

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We were also given the opportunity to enter the Captain's Deck and they gave us a short tour about the deck and the equipment being used:

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Upon arriving Bohol Port, we surely witnessed how clear the water was and how clean the place was. Kudos to all local government official who imposed strict rules and regulations in taking good care of the environment. From the pier, we were fetched by our hotel van since the hotel was located at the "mountainous" part of Panglao Island, the famous Island beside the main island of Tagbilaran.

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Bohol Pier
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It was already 6PM when we arrived at the hotel. Bohol Plaza was the name and it was a huge hotel and what's most interesting about this hotel was that the reception area was their fourth floor and the elevator service was going down (can you picture it out?). Since it's located beside the mountain, its hotel rooms were located downhill.  

Here are some photos so you can visualize it:
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Bohol Plaza Hotel

On our first night, we just relaxed and had some fun moments on their wide swimming pool!

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The next day, we visited a lot of tourist destinations and here's a rundown of some places to visit:

1.) Chocolate Hills
2.) Loboc River Cruise
3.) Tarsier-watching
4.) Panglao Beach
5.) Sikatuna Blood Compact
6.) Danao Adventure Park - E.A.T. Danao
7.) Bohol Beach Club
8.) Aproniana Souvenir Shop
9.) Baclayon Church
10.) Bohol Plaza Hotel
11.) Dawis Church
12.) Hinagdanan Cave
13.) Man-made Forest     

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 Panglao Beach 

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Chocolate Hills

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 Bohol Churches

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Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River BuffetEnjoying buffet at Loboc River Bohol
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Loboc River Cruise

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  Hinagdanan Cave

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Man-made Forest

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Ceres Tours Bus
TRAVEL TIP: Ceres Bus Liner Co. offers a lot of trips from Negros Occidental to Cebu City starting at 11PM until 6PM. Cebu City is the gateway province going to Bohol Island.

Traveling is much fun when you're with a company of happy people. An educational tripped turned out to be an enjoyable and memorable escapade Bohol is such a place worthy to spend time with!

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