I think this is the common problem here....
paying for your tour...
some tourguides.....they think just the money....they think that all tourist here have that fat wallet...
so they will overcharge........
The tour should be less than 2000 if you hire the tourguide.....which means you did not get them from the hotel.........
Just a REminder to Everyone..........
Fun Alternatives: Ask in the forum....of travelers who got a nice and kind tourguides.........
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balicasag island tour: BEWARE!
we rented a boat for PhP2500 for an early morning dolphin watching, with the understanding that it also included the island hopping tour and snorkeling for the whole day. after the dolphin watching, we went straight to balicasag island and it was only upon arriving there that our boatman informed us that we need to pay for another PhP150 per head for the snorkeling tour on the other side of the island, apparently because his boat was too big for the shallow waters there. i would have believed so that this was the real reason had it not been for his incessant sales talk, trying to convince us of the snorkeling tour when we decided not to go through with it. i simply felt, highway robbery in the high seas!!!! we decided to have breakfast instead in the island. when we asked about the menu, i was practically floored by the outrageousness of the prices: chicken is PhP350/kilo, pork liempo is PhP500/kilo, small tiger prawns PhP850/kilo. if you ask them to cook it for you, you will have to pay PhP100 per kilo and if you go for 3 kilos, they will cook it for you for a discounted rate of PhP250. we decided instead to leave immediately and went directly to virgin beach. to further aggravate our disappointment, it turned out that island hopping tour involved only 2 islands: balicasag and virgin. never had i experienced such blatant money-driven schemes!!! in my own country! my dear kababayan- go to palawan instead! no one will take advantage of you there.
Unique Suggestions: before you go on a trip, clarify what the tour includes: rate per head, how many destinations. whether for the whole day or half a day only, and any further expenses when you get there such as entrance fees and municipal taxes. haggle!
Fun Alternatives: if you really want to go to balicasag, hire a smaller boat- PhP1500 for the whole day. haggle to have the snorkeling included as well. book when its already noon since there are very few tourists already. you will have the haggling advantage. if you are coming from tagbilaran island, you can hire a van going to alona beach for only PhP500-600. there is also a van for hire from alona going back to tagbilaran for only PhP500.
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Ordering the Famous menu in the Clarin Residence
If you want their main menu...their specialty...you should order one day in advance...got it....
Unique Suggestions: Ask your hotel regarding this restaurant........or your tourist guide..........regarding the Clarin Residence ...everyone knows it ......
Fun Alternatives: What i did i just ordered what is available......afterall i have no choice but to eat that lunch hour......
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Especially around Xmas time, local kids walk around to tables on the beach and sing songs to the tourists. It is a cheeky way for them to beg for money. Wave them away if you don't want to give.
The thing is, they are not actually homeless or overly poor. Their parents tell them to do it to earn a few peso for the family or for their dad's beer budget.
Unique Suggestions: Give them 1-2 pesos or wave them away right away.
Driver-guides can be deceiving
Many tourists would prefer driver-guides over accredited tour guides or travel coordinator because the cost is per trip, not per person. Especially for half-Bohol Island tour,make sure the driver-guide understands that the agreed price is for the whole duration of the trip, not limited to 8 hours.
Unique Suggestions: If previously arranged, save text messages or print email communications re: agreed price and destinations to be covered by your tour. That way, your driver-guide can't argue that he said this and that which is contrary to your agreement.
If you just made the deal on site, make the driver repeat to you what he understood about your price arrangement so he can't argue later.
Fun Alternatives: A trap is a trap, so counter-trap. If you are caught in a compromising situation, don't argue further,as you are in a strange land. Discreetly record or videotape in your cellphone or digicam the driver's behavior and converstions with you. Take the plate no. of his vehicle and report to the Local Tourism Council later. Your hotel manager might be able to help you report the matter.
Fortunately, we DID NOT experience this, but some friends experienced this problem so I'm writing about it to share the tip. To avoid hustles, deal with trustworthy travel coordinators. My family was happy with the services of our travel coordinator. He monitors the driver-guides, keeps in touch with his guests for feedback, and if you're lucky, he can even personally drive for you. Send me a personal message for his contact details if you're interested in getting his services; sorry, I don't advertise.
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