Sky Ride, Bohol, Philippines
Afraid of heights ... ? Face your fears and enjoy ... :)
"The Sky Ride" is more like a cable ride with a gorgeous view of the river and gorge.
The small open air cabin is suspended 200 meters above the ground, a 15 minute ride back and forth. The cable car has a maximum capacity of 6 pax. Costs 250p per person for the time being ...
Get ready with your cam and enjoy the nature from a height, then you can finally say you went up 200 meters in the air and survived at the end. ... :)Related to:
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chocolate hills adventure park (CHAP)
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park or CHAP is Bohol's latest adventure park. It has the exciting bike zip called "THE RUSH." Bike your way over a distance of 550 meter, yes 550 meters which should take you about 5 minutes to complete on a high wire about 150 ft from the ground. View the famous chocolate hills from the clouds.
CHAP has also various tree top challenge like the SNAKE LADDER and the PENTAGON which challenges you to cross hanging cables from tree to tree. Its a magnificent way to bring out the best in each person. Try the tree top challenge called the " earthquake" or the "Jacob Walk" They also have a hiking trail and camp sites. Imagine waking up each morning with the chocolate hills as your back drop. Let your children enjoy fish feeding and chicken feeding.They also even have a tree top challenge for kids called the " Gymnaskids"
On weekends they have an interaction activity ( free of charge) in their serpentarium. Learn about reptiles and snakes and myths about them. Also open is their " Ang Paru-paro" where children can enjoy the metamorphosis about the butterfly.
You can also enjoy the view from their cafe atop the chocolate hills. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee while enjoying the sunset....
They also feature a daily buffet from 300.00 per person consisting of over 15 choices.
CHAP is open daily from 830 am to 530 pm. It is located in Carmen, Bohol. It right on the highway and accessible when you take the famous country side tour. Just tell the driver you wan to go to CHAP and since it is on the way, no extra charges should apply.Related to:
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We started embarking on the floating restaurant under Loay Bridge at around dusk just in time for dinner. We were served with sumptous feast which we truly enjoyed unlike those served in "long river cruise" at loboc. By the way as we ate dinner the floating restaurant already started navigating the river such that by the time we have almost stuff our stomachs to its fullest, the tour guide announced that they have to turn off the lights for us to spot fireflies along the river banks. After a short while we've spotted a tree glowing as if it was filled with christmas lights. It was truly an amazing sight while in the dead of the night you can see a tree alighted by hundreds or maybe thousands of fireflies. We continued looking for fireflies and saw larger crowd of fire flies, and we even got a chance of going near them.
Capture the majestic view of the Chocolate Hills at Muncipality of Carmen, Bohol. We learned during primary school about this place, but, back then we can only appreciate the place by looking at textbook or visual aid photos of our teachers. Now I realized why this place should be introduced to our school children for them to know about these wonders of nature that the Philippines have. The Chocolate Hills is a vast terrain of mounds like cones having symmetrical shape of a chocolate kisses.Related to:
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Moving around Bohol
I prefer staying at hotels in Alona area (resorts and hotels are side by side). Dumaluan has Bohol beach club (White sand) could be costly but next to it is Dumaluan which has cheaper hotels. If you are you travelling alone you could opt for "habalhabal" (Motorbike) that can be hired to bring you to and travel the areas in Panglao. If you take a car the cheapest is at 2000 pesos that will take you to the churches (tagbilaran, baclayon, loay), loboc river and chocolate hills. Take the river cruise on a floating restaurant (buffet at 350 pesos or less). The river ride might not be so interesting but the locals had some presentations at the side of the river that could be fun to watch. Join in the singing and dancing don’t forget the tip. Check your map and see how near is hinagdanan cave its in panglao and maybe you can skip it (my foreign friends didn't really like it much, since its dark inside and slippery). Most of the interesting places are in the main island but the beaches in Panglao are really beautiful! The famous resort would be “Panglao island resort” it has the same name as Panglao itself you can just enter and maybe hava meal see what they offer inside ( you don’t need to stay there just take a snap of the kiosk in the middle of the sea!). I have stayed at the Bee farm, it’s a house owned by a local and married to a foreign guy. Looks cozy and the people are very friendly. The owner itself will bring you around the farm. They have special rooms facing the sea but on top of a cliff, so you must walk down to take a dip in d sea ( I prefer a real beach front hotel). Metro hotel is across the main street of Tagbilaran so you can just check the shops and nothing to do but just buy what ever you need as it may not be available in Panglao. You can walk until Tagbilaran church at the back is “Garden café” serves international food. Ask about the tarsier sanctuary if its possible to go there, what usually happens is that the drivers will bring you at small huts where the tarsier is in- housed! So pitiful! There is even a small cage you can enter and see them. Every time I ask for the sanctuary, drivers would say it is too late for that as they are closed. In Baclayon, a boat leaves for PAMILICAN everyday, this is where they will bring you for dolphin and whale watching (rates are really high online). Maybe you could go infront of the market and see what the agency has to offer. It’s the only travel agent in the area that caters to Pamilican. So if u end up on a Wednesday it is market day at Baclayon where you can find mantaray dried meat! Pamilacan resort had nipa huts at 1000-1500 pesos (expect no fans and aircon ) its beach front and isolated amazing view (love to sit there and watch the whales blow air). It be nice if you could stay a day or at Pamilacan. If you intend to stay in Tagbilaran just a day, I wont waste my 5 days in the city I would stay at Panglao. Stay at travellers inn in tagbi its across mc donalds (Bohol quality Mall)easy to get rides to any point in bohol and choose any hotel at Alona but beach front. Good luck!Related to:
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You REAP.......what you SOW...........
I will share...something about my travel......
When i was doing the Pangalo tour.......i ate lunch at the Olegario Cafe....in the Clarin Ancestral house....
I didnt get the chance to eat their specialty menu...the CRAB.....
so what i did i just ordered on what is available...(see my restaurant review).......
Then there were these new tourists and they were assisted to go and explore the upper floor of the house which they conduct tours.......(the cashier didnot offer that to me hahhahaaa) but its ok i also lived in an ancestral house....i am very familiar with it...and i am very used to it....hhahahaaa
then when we left the house...we were going to our next destination....the zipline adventure........we were on the middle of the journey when i remembered that we havent paid the lunch......which cost 425 pesos.....
we just went on the zipline after that......we went back to pay for the lunch in the Olegario cafe......the cashier was teary eyed.........and she thank me for doing this act of goodness........ for me its just the right thing to do......then everything is ok....i rode the car.....and went straight to the hotel.....
then suddenly when i was about to go to the hotel....
i remembered again( i am getting forgetful didnt I) that i left the peanut fingers i paid in ostrich farm.........
i left it outside.........i just thought that...that maybe it was already gone....but my tourguide kuya arman...suggested to still go there....maybe the cashier saw it and are just waiting for my return there......
neverthless...i still went there hoping that i could still get the things i bought.......
and good thing i got what i lost..thank god the cashier saw it outside the farm and she picked it up waiting for my return...thats very nice..........
now i know......its Good Karma.......you will just reap...what you sow....:) ;)Related to:
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Chocolate or Peppermint Flavor......which one
Only now I have determined that there are two flavors of the hill one is the famous CHOCO flavor usually seen in the months of March to April and the other one is the pepper mint flavor…just like what I saw there………..
But I was lucky to see both…there are still some part of the hills which are still in its chocolate flavor……….but majority already in its pepper mint state…..hahahhaahhahahahahaa
When I was there the weather is unpredictable sometimes its raining sometimes its sunny…….all tourist at that time are just lucky that the rain always stopped….so as to give us sometime…experiencing to see the wholeness of the chocolate/peppermint hills and to take the ultimate pictures………….
Well no pain no gain there are 200 plus step one must go thru to be able to get in the view deck…………..Once your on the top of the viewdeck………your hardwork of keeping your stamina……paid off…….the view is magnificent……
But there is one mistake that I did I should have made a video of the whole chocolate hills……and I should have make more time seeing the whole place……..at that time I was so busy taking my pictures…………..;(Related to:
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Plan Your Trip ahead of time
Always plan your tour ahead of time…so you can save………especially in the airfare…(I booked two months before my actual travel…and when u checked again 3 weeks before I leave I saw the price jumped twice the price I paid for……even the thrift airline like zestair’s fare way above the price a paid for my PAL ticket…)
Much better also if you have a reservation in the hotel one month in advance………like in the VEST…my friends who will be coming from Panglao wanted to checkin to VEST two days before they go to Tagbilaran proper…but VEST cannot accommodate them….the Hotel is aleady jampacked………Related to:
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How much my trip cost me?
I think this is very informative…on how much the traveller spend during a trip…I just don’t know if this is permitted in this site…….
2400 for my two days accommodation in VEST Pension House
750 for the Countryside Tour (I share with friends here)
2500 for the Panglao tour ( I sidetrip to the Zipline and the Clarin Ancestral House)
1200 for the food ( garden salad and lunch at the loboc and the Clarin ancvestral House)
850 for the other miscellaneous fess I paid……donations, entrance fees, etc.,)
350 for my transportation from Bulacan to airport and from the airport to my office
Overall +/- 8050 Php (excluded is the plain tickets and the expenses for the souvernirs)Related to:
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This is already in the second day of the tour………I started early in the morning….the ostrich farm its quite ok……..
There are also other animals in the site like the biggest phyton in Bohol…I saw it in the TV and the owner kissed it also the fact that the phyton can eat one whole lechon……don’t want to get near it…….
I though I can ride the back of the ostrich but the caretaker would not allow me because the bird might kick me………
So I just contend myself of taking pictures of it at a distance I was also scared because the ostrich has a very longneck and it I draw close to the fence might bite me in the head….that will hurt maybe hahhahaahahahhaa
One nice area is that there is a wooden replica of a phyton which you can get some of your pics like I did………Related to:
ON Selecting Tour Packages....Which is Which
I took the tours offered by the hotel…but this is expensive ………if you will go diretcly to the tourguide/driver............
But be sure that you will hire tourguide that can be your driver also…..
Why it is expensive?
If the hotel asked 2500 for the price of the countryside tour
700 goes to the hotel………..
But if you go directly to the driver…….it is less expensive than the 2500 php offere by the hotel
That I am very sure……….Related to:
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THE HOUSE THAT LOOKED LIKE A BOAT…….
When we were on our way to the Chocolate hills…..i saw this unusual house…being an architect by profession I became curious…I don’t know anything about this…this was not included in the activity nor I have seen it in blogs….at least here in the BOHOL forum of VT……….
I just got curious …if it is a house or a station………who on earth would want to build a house like that………..
I just learned that the owner is somewhat a former or still a Captain of a ship……
That’is why I did not let my chance…to not get a picture on this site hahahahahaahaRelated to:
BOHOL ECO-TOURISM ADVENTURE PARK……….
If you plan to go here and t is not included in your Countryside tour…already inform your tourguide………because not every hotel/tourguide has the same itenerary………this is on the Countryside tour way and the Clarin Residence……
I already did a zipline in the treetop adventure in Subic……..but this is way higher and and farther than that of the treetop adventure.......
If my memory serves me right……..the zipline is from one mountain to another mountain……..and if you zipped going to the other end and decided not to zipped again in your starting portion…what you have to do is to prepare for a three to four hours hiking……..so it is much easier if you will finish the zipline activity hahahahahahahaha
Its too high……if you happen to do this activity heres how will I described it….you will see the loboc river in a very thin line….just imagine how high is that…ahahhahaahhahahhahahaa………..
If you will do the activity you have to pay 350 php…for the zip activity itself
And another 250 php for the picture (35 shots)……………………………….plus you get a free one picture……….:)Related to:
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9. TARSIER……PHYTON…IGUANA….FLYING LEMUR…SANTUARY
The other main acttraction of Bohol…none other than the Tarsier…….i just dont know if they have assigned a name for the BOHOL’s Tarsier……..(if you know please put it in my BOHOL homepage will appreciate it................;)
As always I grab the opportunity to take a picture of the famous tarsier……..they are so small……….
There are also…some animals you take pictures off…the phyton…which I take the chance to be pictured with and the iguana…….you just have to pay 20 php for the animals………..Related to:
Last days...of Summer...going to Bohol
i chose the dates May 22-24, 2011
for my travel here in Bohol...because of the cost of the plane ticket..
and secondly, the report of the PAGASA then that the start of SUMMER will be in JUNE....
As always...the PAGASA was wrong.....
and during my trip I experienced everyday raining in BOHOL.....
maybe GOD is just kind to us (tourists that time) that he allowed sunshine to reign...for my entire trip.......
but, to tell the truth......rain will definitely ruin the trip......
much more in the succeeding days after the may 24......
its raining in every part of the country...
and typhoons are starting to come.......
maybe much safer if you will plan your trip not later than the second week of May.....
just an advice.......based on experienceRelated to:
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