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  • Finally seeing the Chocolate Hills..............
    Finally seeing the Chocolate...
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    chocolate hills
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  • this is kuya ranil and me
    this is kuya ranil and me
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    To Do's Before and In Bohol

    by thinkneon Written Oct 8, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Some Tips for Future Travelers to Bohol:

    1) Always bring extra batteries in your camera, as well as secure an extra memory card. You might get some problems along the way because Bohol is just full of picturesque spots.

    2) Learn to be a budget traveller. You can avail of the P2500.00 van service which will bring you anywhere in the tourist spots and anywhere in the place. And that comes with its fuel. There are inexpensive food stalls everywhere, so better funnel your budget in tourist spots exploration and souvenirs.

    3) Outline your travel itinerary ahead. This is the best way to get a thrill of the best shots and places in Bohol. There's a lot more to explore. But never miss the Dolphin Watch and Island Hopping in Panglao.

    4) Follow the simple rules in the places of attraction. It goes for all travelers anywhere in the world . But I have to tell you that Bohol is really a place that strikes a balance between development and environment. And with that, they follow stricter rules when it comes to waste disposals, among all other things.

    5) But you know, sometimes, it pays to break some rules, like what I did in that photo in the left.

    I love Bohol!

    Fondest memory: But before we left towards Jagna to catch up for the ship scheduled to Cagayan de Oro, we stopped over this awesome sunset as my friends are buying some Kalamay for pasalubong in the entrance shop of the Python Zoo. There are lots of 'pasalubong' shops as well in the sea ports area and they're very cheap too.

    And this is definitely one of the best sunsets I've seen!

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    Bohol tour..What You need to Know.......

    by paolodecastro Updated Nov 1, 2011

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    Finally seeing the Chocolate Hills..............

    Favorite thing: Favorite thing here are the tours both the countryside and the Panglao tour
    Because it is not everyday that i could see all of these places.....creatures......things.....moments.....

    I had a great time watching the entire Chocolate hills.....
    I had a great time dining at the Loboc River cruise...........
    I had a great opportunity....to see the tarsier......
    It is a very nice experience to eat the Graden salad with... flower petals
    It is nice to try and see the Clarin Ancestral house (it is what i see on the TV)........
    and most of all i thank GOD for giving me this great opportunity to TRAVEL.......

    Fondest memory: My hotel in Vest Pension House.....i like it a lot.....
    The moments where i finally got to see the chocolate hills....
    I hope i have longer time to see this maybe during sunrise and sunset..........
    And all the friends i made here........
    It is definitely......something i will never forget........

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  • Traveling Alone In Bohol

    by adohn Written Mar 16, 2011

    Favorite thing: It is very much safe to travel in Bohol if you mean safe from human-induced harm like kidnapping or assaults. People are generally friendly and the province generally peaceful. And as a general rule for travelers, go with the flow, observe their culture, and be as friendly as possible as well.

    Traveling alone to the tourist places in Bohol by availing travel agencies' package tours and car rentals can be quite expensive. I suggest you rent a motorbike for 8 or24 hours, of which the rates are relatively much cheaper, and set off traveling around the province with a map. If don't have any, asking the locals is a much cheaper and readily available alternative. Just bring with you your driver's license and a backup ID.

    The roads going up the Chocolate Hills can be very challenging for people like you who are not familiar with the highway. There are a lot of blind curves, zigzag roads with deep ravines, and not much road signs and railings. But the view and experience can be quiet rewarding. :)

    You might as well try driving along the highway going to Jagna, as you will be traveling on a coastal highway that's traversing through and around the foot of rocky hills. If you like photography and nature, this might please you.

    If you still want to avail a travel agency's service and get a package tour, you may contact us through orientalgateway@ymail.com.

    Im not sure if posting a link here is allowed. Anyways, I hope this helps with your decision-making. And I hope you'll have a great time in Bohol.

    Fondest memory: traveling alone is fun and gives you all the time you need to be much closer to nature, contemplate and appreciate life and the bounty around you. It helps to get you more closer to yourself as well.

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    BOHOL Ultimate Paradise at Its Best

    by weng_math Written Apr 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: My friends and i had our 3 days and 2 nights vacation in Cebu and Bohol last MARCH 2009. We took a flight from Manila to Cebu of Thursday evening via Cebu Pacific Airlines, (It was a promo ticket we bought last October 2008). As we arrived in Cebu, we check in in Sugbutel (gosh, the place is clean but a terrible kind of accommodation, since the place seems like a hospital ward... urg... we had hard time sleeping, though we got the room since its so cheap and we dont need a luxurious hotel since we are to depart early morning of the next day going to Bohol). Early morning of Friday, around 4:30 am, we started preparing to go to Bohol via Oceanjet in Pier 1. We depart Pier 1 at 7:00 and be able to arrive in Tagbilaran Port at exactly quarter to 9. KUYA RANIL (the best tourist guide i could say) was waiting for us in the PIER with his very elegant white NISSAN. We go around Tagbilaran, Carmen and etc the whole Friday. i already contacted KUYA RANIL when my friends and i were still in Manila, i contacted so many tourist guide but only KUYA RANIL offered the most affordable tour package with lots (12 spots) of tourist spot destination like; 1)Marcela Supermart where i bought the kisses pasalubong at very reasonable price (we took breakfast an bought needed things), 2)Man Made Forest(this is amazing), 3)Chocolate Hills (this is magnificent), 4)Butterfly Sanctuary, 5)Hanging Bridge, 6)Loboc Floating Restaurant(eat well), 7)Tarsier Sanctuary (we really had fun here), 8)Bohol Python (we didn't enjoy here), 9)Baclayon Church (Second Oldest Church in the Philippines),
    10)Blood Compact Site (new), 11)Hinagdanan Cave (we learned about basic digital photography here), 12)Dumaluan Beach Resort (we spent overnight in one kubo here). The Tour cost 1,800 pesos only unlike in other tourist guide who are offering it for 2,500. This package is good for 4 persons only. If you are looking for a TOUR GUIDE in BOHOL for very affordable price but really GOOD SERVICE, just text KUYA RANIL at 09193443365..... Kuya Ranil also helped us to find a resort which is the Dumaluan Beach resort wherein the sand is pinkish and very white. We rented a KUBO worth 1000 only and we slept there (Friday Night). Early morning of Saturday, we swam in Dumaluan Beach Resort, had some picture taking near the Panglao BEach Resort which is just nearby our resort. at 8 am, Kuya Ranil fetched us in Dumaluan to drop us at Tagbilaran Port because we are going back to Cebu to have city tour of Cebu. I love Bohol, God wondrously created this magnificent place, next time we will go back here and go to Balicasag Island (we were not able to go there cause of limited time). at 9:30 am we were boarding in Oceanjet, at 11am we reached Cebu and check in in SOgo Hotel (cheap but we really sive room dont need an expensive room since we are always out for sight seeing... We visited e; SM Cebu, Lapu-Lapu's Monument and Magellan's Landmark, Taoist Temple, Magellan's Cross and Taboan Market (we bought dried fish here). Cebu is like Manila... nothing extraordinary i could say, hehehehe... we ate our dinner in Gaisano Mall where we had a bad experience in one of the restaurants in the food court (an ice tea with additional flavor of Chroachy, eeeeewwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeee, cocroach), but one thing we enjoyed is the GIANT SANDUGO SANDALS as tall as me... hehehe... early morning of sunday, around 1:30 am we started preparing for our Cebu Pacific Air flight at 4:45 am bound to MAnila... MIND YOU, AS WE MADE A COMPUTATION OF OUR TOTAL EXPENSES AFTER THE TOUR, we found out that we spent an average of 4500 pesos only (pasalubong included) so cheap. The airfare is 1000 pesos roundtrip becuase of ALL IN promo of Cebu PAcific, so a total of 5500. REALLY WORTH IT...

    Fondest memory: Forever in my mind; Bohol's magnificent Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers are actually so cute, and KUYA RANIL who have been so transparent, so kind and so helpful to us... choose KUYA RANIL and you will find BOHOL as magnificent as KUYA RANIL.... babalik ako don next year to visit BALICASAG ISLAND and of course i will hire the service of KUYA RANIL again... so what are you waiting for visit Bohol, discover Philippines and text KUYA RANIL at 09193443365 so you enjoy Bohol even with tight budget....

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    Land of Tarsiers and Chocolate Hills

    by npamo Written Oct 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: From tagbilaran we were able to take a mini-bus going to Alona Beach in Panglao Island. The bus terminal is located near the museum. Maybe you can ask aound where the mini-bus terminal going to Panglao is. You can ask the conductor what time the last trip is so you can catch it going back to Tagbilaran. There are a lot of cars for hire going back but its quite expensive. We were lucky to catch a tricycle going back and was able to haggle about the trip cost.

    A car hire i think costs P1,500 - 2,000 for a whole day. Sites to be visited include Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Baclayon Church, man-made mahogany forest, Loboc river cruise, the blood compact site and of course some souvenir shopping.

    going to bohol? you can take a plane directly to tagbilaran or via cebu then take a supercat to tagbilaran. check out http://npamo.multiply.com/photos/album/107/Bohol_-_14-16_July_2007

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    Land of Tarsiers and Chocolate Hills

    by npamo Written Oct 30, 2008
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    Favorite thing: From tagbilaran we were able to take a mini-bus going to Alona Beach in Panglao Island. The bus terminal is located near the museum. Maybe you can ask aound where the mini-bus terminal going to Panglao is. You can ask the conductor what time the last trip is so you can catch it going back to Tagbilaran. There are a lot of cars for hire going back but its quite expensive. We were lucky to catch a tricycle going back and was able to haggle about the trip cost.

    A car hire i think costs P1,500 - 2,000 for a whole day. Sites to be visited include Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Baclayon Church, man-made mahogany forest, Loboc river cruise, the blood compact site and of course some souvenir shopping.

    going to bohol? you can take a plane directly to tagbilaran or via cebu then take a supercat to tagbilaran. check out http://npamo.multiply.com/photos/album/107/Bohol_-_14-16_July_2007

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    White Sand and Warm Water

    by namiewa Written Oct 25, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Actually what you expect if you're in the beach?.... Jump into the water, do sunbathing, walking at the sand or even go play etc. Everyone wants to be on the beach just like me. This resorts are more nicer than Alona beach area. Why? because you have a long cleaned white shoreline, a big beautiful place, nice front beach resorts, they also have a swimming pool. But the most of all is that this place has the best view for morning and nite time.

    Fondest memory: I miss the Tarsier, beach, friendly people, cave and the most of all the "Chocolate Hills"

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  • Explore the Wonderful BOHOL...

    by nf_transporttours Updated Oct 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: TRAVEL

    TOUR PACKAGES:

    *** BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR (6-7hrs tour)
    o Blood Compact Shrine
    o Baclayon Church and Museum
    o Python Paradise
    o Loay Local Industries
    o Loay/Loboc River Cruising with Buffet Lunch and Serenade
    o Tarsier Encounter
    o Hanging Bridge
    o Bilar Man-made Forest (drive-thru)
    o Chocolate Hills
    o Souvenir Shopping

    *** DOLPHIN WATCHING and BALICASAG ISLAND HOPPING (7-8hrs tour)
    o Transport to Alona Beach
    o Dolphin Watching at their "Playground Area"
    o Balicasag Island Hopping
    o Lunch at the Beach
    o Swimming and Snorkeling on the Lush Coral Gardens

    SERVICES OFFERED:

    * Local Tour Arrangement
    * Hotel/Resort Reservation
    * Transportation Rental (Air-conditioned: Cars, Vans, Coasters and Buses)

    CONTACT AT:

    Tel Nos. : +63 (038) 501-788, +63 (038) 411-4568
    Tel/Fax No. : +63 (038) 411-4568
    Mobile: +63 9218169115, +63 9064971010
    Email: nf_transporttours_bohol@yahoo.com
    (Chat with us thru Yahoo! Messenger for a faster response)

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    The eighth wonder of the world?

    by santeria01 Updated Sep 7, 2008

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    Chocolate Hills

    Favorite thing: Bohol is famous for the natural Hills, hundreds of them, which in a specific season turns brown like Hershey's Chocolate Kisses, hence the name Chocolate Hills.

    To be able to see them, we have to climb up the stairs which has 200 steps or more, I think. So by the time we get to the top we were sooooooo out of breath! But the view is spectacular. Ring the bell from the bell tower, throw a coin and make a wish, then check out the view!

    To be able to remember the Chocolate Hills, aside from taking pictures, buy their Peanut Kisses also. It's Bohol's native delicacy, each peanut is shaped like, well, Hershey's Chocolate Kisses.

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    Advice on Bohol Package Driver/guide

    by crewrower Updated Sep 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: -->Question Posted in Bohol Forum on 1 September 2008:

    Hi,guys! Pls help me on these concerns.
    I understand it will be cheaper to go around Bohol if you just hire a car/van with drivers experienced in guiding tourists. How safe is it to get drivers from the airport? Is there some kind of registry at the terminal to record hired vehicle driver & plate no.? How safe is it to leave our luggage with the driver? Are the rates determined by hourly rate or no. of places visited? Can we tell him the places we want to go to or skip? What is the general practice for payment- before the trip or after the tour?
    How about the bankero/dolphin spotter,are they supposed to be accredited by a regulating office? Do they provide lifevests as part of boat rental fee?

    Fondest memory: --> crewrower's response --> In Bohol, drivers will approach you with offers of "7 destinations" that cover the main areas like Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, Tarsier park, etc. Some of them offer additional locales. Usually it's a set rate for everything, but you pay admission prices for each, as applicable. Of course you can tell the driver if you want to skip some places, but you won't likely get a big or any discount for doing so. Pay after the tour. There is always a safety issue when you get into the vehicle of a complete stranger; luckily though, the situation is safe and I'm not aware of any signifigant incidents in these regards.

    For dolphins watching, you can get on any catamaran to view them. Prices for that are about P1500 and usually include a 1/2 day of activity (dolphin watching and fish sanctuary). You need to set out early for this though, like 5:30am, because the dolphins feed at sunrise. Lifevests are provided as part of the boat rental, though you would always want to see for yourself that vests are indeed onboard in enough quantity for all passengers and crew.

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  • Enjoy!

    by IvoryNail Written Jul 3, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hi, been in Bohol just last week and I'm having so much fun with my friends and colleagues. We stayed at Bohol Beach Club. Yes it's quite expensive but i think it's worth it. The place is SWEET! The beach is FABULOUS!
    We had a great tour guide/driver for our tour, Spencer. +639285484881. We actually got his number from one forum in the net and his got the best recommendations amongst all and he really is! You may visit his website. It's www.boholspencertours.com.
    You may also get some driver at pier and may probably get a cheaper ones but i think it would be very risky. Taxis are also available in the City but you have to pay double of the meter if you go outside the City. Tricycles are also cheap but it's going to consume a lot of time because they run slow.
    You do need a van if your only 7 people and below.Spencer may offer you the Innova. We actually used it since we're only 6.
    I Say Bohol is blessed with nature and of good, friendly and hospitable people but... NO NIGHT LIFE. Enjoy though!

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  • bohol experience at it's best!

    by carla_28 Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: chocolate HILLS tour

    Fondest memory: the experience that i liked or even loved most in bohol was during the countryside tour or the chocolate hills tour..it was a good day to start the tour as the sun was out. our driver,came on time . our first stop was blood compact shrine.Oh, i could say that boholanos are truly friendly.. next stop, BaclaYon church and museum.. i am impressed of how the people/workers there preserved the icons/images of saint's and other stuffs. good job! then, we pass by the man made mahogany forest. it was really cool. felt so relaxed passing through the long and nice mahogany forest. and then we have our lunch at loboc river.we were on a floating restaurant.. wow! food- very sumptuous! don't miss the lunch.. then we were able to see the tarsier.. our driver explained that tarsiers are not monkeys. they are primate... then my fave, the chocolate hills!Fantastic view! it was such great to see God's creation bestowed on the Boholanos! i want to take this time to thank travel treats tour service especially ms che for helping us (09216303334).

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    Things to SEE & DO in Bohol

    by risse73 Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Here are several tips on "what to see" and "what to do" in Bohol:

    1.) do a tour of Tagbilaran city
    2.) visit Baclayon church
    3.) visit the historical Blood Compact site
    4.) see the endangered tarsiers of Bohol
    5.) stay in Panglao island
    6.) see the famous Chocolate Hills
    7.) try these sweet delicacies: "peanut kisses" (peanut-tasting sweet treat shaped like Hershey's kisses and "calamay" (a sticky sweet treat that's packaged in a coconut shell)

    Enjoy beautiful Bohol!

    Fondest memory: The perfect white sand beaches of Panglao, fresh air, clear/blue skies, fresh seafood, boating/sailing, and the warmth of its people.

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    From Dumaguete to Bohol

    by driftwood_1974 Written Mar 23, 2008

    Favorite thing: There are ferries that could take you from dumaguete to bohol. I havent checked if the travel ban on Ocean jet has been lifted already. You can try other vessels like weesam or supercat. visit their website for the schedule of trips, chances are they have an office in your local port. best to book and buy tickets there than online.

    There are 3 options for you:
    1. Stay in tagbilaran pension houses. Hire a van that could take in around bohol and then back to your hotel again. I usually stay at Sun Avenue Pension house in Gallares. If you and your friends want a good massage, its near thai massage centers and just beside Body and Sole. With free breakfast, a twin accomoodation cost around 1300.

    Then you can hire a van which costs around 3000 for a day's tour. You could see Chocolate hills, have lunch at the Loboc River Cruise...and visit the tarsier. Although the DOT of Bohol do not recommend the longest phyton, you should see it in Alburquerque. I promise you a good laugh esp with badong, the caretaker.

    If youre going to eat lunch at Loboc, try Riverwatch --09173060010.
    for 280 pesos only. So far, they have the best tasting food of all the cruises. book early so that you could be mixed with a happier group.

    This could take you the whole day esp if you plan on taking pictures along the way. So your next day could be Beach day.

    If you want to spend the night on the beach partying... try the Alona Beach side... Its in Panglao municipality. A bit crowded with tourist though. the beach is occupied by bancas for rent if you want to go snorkeling or diving in Balicasag or whale dolphin watching in Pamilacan island. Book early so that you can get the best prices. Esp now, that its peak season, prices could go up really crazy. If you are in Alona beach side, you dont have to worry about food, there are somewhat "sutokil" carinderias along the left most side of the beach.

    But if you want a quiet time with your friends, relax and enjoy nature, try dumaluan beach side. Its in Dauis Municipality. but also in Panglao island.
    Theres not much to see yet but a chance to walk the fine sands of Bohol Beach Club which is beside Dumaluan BEach resort where you can get your friendster ready pictures.

    Snorkeling is a fun experience for a group. If you know how to dive, its okey too. a boat could cost from 1thousand - 4thousand depends on the size of the boat and the number of people. What we did, since we are only 3, we joined a bigger group. hehehe

    Option 2 is:
    Find a house for rent. or a townhouse. They already have this sort of thing in tagbilaran. Ask my cousin ian, a tour guide there-- 09103680572.
    Then follow what i said above.

    Option 3 is:
    Book in Panglao Island. Bohol Divers have cheaper rooms. There are houses at the back but you have to walk a few big steps to get to the beach. Ofcourse, beachfront rooms are expensive. Dumaluan beach resort is also a cheaper deal than bohol beach club and surrounding resorts.

    okey. I hope i did something good for you and your friends. Enjoy bohol!

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  • Poor Tarsiers

    by thl Written Feb 23, 2008

    Favorite thing: Because the Tarsiers are endangered animals, the local government has accredited 2 operators to operate Tarsier viewing areas. So, unless you travel really far, your encounter with a Tarsier will most likely be in this shacked area by the side of the road. There are vendors near the entrance selling souvenirs and then a few trees within this shack with 1 or 2 Tarsiers clinging onto the tree branches. Our driver requested us not to touch the Tarsiers and not to use flash while taking a picture as this caused the animals to get stressed and shorten their life span from 20+ years to 15+ years. There were no barriers between us and the Tarsiers so we could really see them up close but the negative side to this is, most of the tourists there didn't pay attention to the signs and kept touching the monkeys, trying to unravel their fingers from the branches and take pictures using flash. It was so disappointing that the operators of this didn't make an effort to try to even enforce their rules. Poor Tarsiers. If you do visit Bohol and visit these beautiful animals, please, respect them and keep your hands to yourself.

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