Bohol: Natural Wonders
Hotel La Roca
Loboc River Cruise
From Cebu, we took the 8AM Supercat Fast Ferry (PhP480 - oneway) to Tagbilaran. From the hotel, we flagged down two taxis to take us to Pier4...both had metered taxi that costed us PhP43 per cab. You need to pay a PhP10 car vehicle pass to enter the Pier. Upon getting there, you will be "accosted" by porters who would like to take your money in order to help you with your bags, it is your call.
I was impressed by the sheer size of the Supercat 2001, our fast craft. It had lots of room, had very comfortble seats and lots of toilets. There are attendants on board as well as an onboard restaurant that will cater to your hunger needs. The ride took about 1 1/2 hours and after that, we arrived at Tagbilaran Seaport.
At Tagbilaran seaport, you will be met by various men offering their van rental service and we chose this man named Mang Marcelo to take us to 7 sites at PhP2500 the whole day. His van is a hi-ace that is very well-maintained and has a very cold aircon =). First off, we asked to be dropped in our hotel to check-in and leave our baggage.
Hello La Roca! The most dilapidated hotel in Tagbilaran. It was 5 minutes away from the seaport. We checked in quickly and left for our first stop at Blood Compact Site.
Had a few pictures taken at Blood Compact Site and then it's off to Baclayon Church. The church is very old and was not restored. You have to pay a PhP20 to enter the Baclayon Museum. We didn't. We just took pictures and then headed off to Loboc River just in time for lunch.
Upon getting to Loboc River, we were offered a choice between getting a buffet (PhP250) or regular (PhP175) lunch. However, if you choose a regular lunch, you have to pay for the boat (PhP800) that will take you upstream. This is a good idea for those people who want privacy. We choose the buffet because we were very hungry! We reserved our names and then headed off to the Tarsier which is just around the corner.
The Tarsiers are so little and so cute. I was kinda disappointed to only see four tarsiers in the sanctuary --- I thought there were more. Had a few pictures taken then went back to Loboc River for our long-awaited lunch. =)
The Loboc River Cruise and Lunch was heavenly! The food was very good as well as the entertainment. I was very entertained throughout the 1-hour cruise.
After that we went to Mahogany Forest. This forest was man-made as mandated by President Marcos 50 years ago when students planted these trees. We also passed by Hanging Bridge and then off to Chocolate Hills.
Chocolate Hills was beautiful! I was struck by how this natural phenomenon occured. =) After that, we stopped by the Island Tour souveneir shop where we bought shirts and peanut kisses (PhP23.50/100-g pack).
And then it's off to the hotel for a very much needed rest.
"Next off, Panglao to find Nemo!!! Woohoo!!!"