I have been travelling to Bohol for my job since 2008 but I only got the time to go on a tour this year to the Island. Bohol is a very memorable experience that everyone must try. Its really a great feeling to be on top of Chocolate Hills. I never knew what people were talking about until I saw for myself the beauty and majesty of those popular hills in Bohol.
I always thought all the talk was an exaggeration. People called them “Chocolate Hills” because they look like chocolate in the summer.. I thought it was a myth. But I saw it for myself. Its true. While standing on top of one of those hills, I feel like I am in a factory full of giant chocolates around me. It turns into a brown color as the grasses die and starts to grow again on during the rainy seasons.
There are now 3 popular tour packages which are very affordable. Countryside tour is what I’ve chosen.. Part of the Countryside tour was seeing the Tarsier Sanctuary.
Tarsiers are cute little monkeys with big eyes and very tiny with a long tail. They are nocturnal animals which needs to rest during daytime. During the tour, it is not allowed to be noisy because they are asleep on the trees. Tourist guides accompany the tourists from the entrance up to the exit of that the forest area. I hope that they can be more strict so that the abusive tourists won’t interrupt the tarsiers just to capture good pictures of them.
Another place to visit of on the Countryside tour is the Loboc River Cruise, it is beautiful when you ride on the boat at night time full of bright lights passing. The food in their buffet has limited less options though. There is another river cruise in the town of Loay too, just ask and the driver to go there instead of Loboc river.The trip is a whole day so you can drop by in between to have lunch there.
Loay is cheaper and offers more food to choose from seafoods to Filipino cuisine. It stops by a tribe that gives a show for tourist. You can also wear costumes like what they wear for picture purposes.
Other Bohol tour packages offered are the Panglao Tour and the Island Tour. One spots of the Island tour is the Balicasag Island for diving.
Tourism is booming in Bohol so people made it their main livelihood. They now have a lot of transportation availability for the land and island tours which makes the competition very high. So now, they made the prices even cheaper to get the guests and customers.
1. Countryside Tour
Van (10-14 persons) – P 2,000- P 2,500.00
Car (2-4 persons) – P 1,500- P 2,000.00
Hanging Bridge . Chocolate hills . Billar man-made forest . Tarsier Conservation . Butterfly Garden . Baclayon Church . Prony the Snake . Blood Compact . Loboc River Cruise . Loay River Cruise
2. Panglao Tour
Van (10-14 persons) – P 1,800.00
Car (2-4 persons) – P 1,500.00
Hinagdanan cave . Mag- aso Falls . Bayoyoy the smallest man . Bohol Bee Farm. Panglao White Sand Beach
3. Island Tours
Balicasag Island . Virgin Island . Dolphin Watching
Tour Contact Person: Feliciano Agta
Mobile Number : +639177198291
Loboc River Cruise Ride and Buffet : P 650.00
Loay River Cruise and Buffet : P 350.00