Tourist Attractions in Province of Bohol

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    fraud tour operators

    by ncpecaso Written Dec 2, 2010

    We have just finished our tour in Bohol. We thought we had the best deal. Jerry Gonzales gave us the rate and an email confirming that all the entrance fees, airport pickup and drop off are already included. When we arrived in Bohol, the driver guide collected full payment from us which is just fine with us. But when we reached our first destination with an entrance fee, our driver guide told us to pay the entrance fee. We are not supposed to pay anything because we already paid in full. But just to save the time debating with the driver, we ended up paying the entrance fee.
    If you are planning a trip to Bohol, BEWARE OF JERRY GONZALES. He is affiliated with Sea Corals. He told us that we have to pay for the entrance fee all throughout the tour, even though its an obvious mistake on their end. The whole trip will be ruined because of their inconsistency and inefficiency, so we decided to shoulder everything, even the parking fee..!! He was very rude that every time we call him to settle the matter, he would hang up on us.. On our last day in Bohol, he offered us a free accommodation. How on earth will we appreciate his offer when he knows very well we cannot stay longer in Bohol? Obviously, he was not sincere about it… and obviously, JERRY GONZALES IS A FRAUD! He is just after the money.. So guys, beware of him and all the other tour operators like him!

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    ask the price before you order at the Pier

    by picek Updated Aug 26, 2009

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    At the end of our trip we got charged ridiculous price for 2 very simple fruit shakes from one of those food shops/stalls at Tagbilaran pier - we were to pay 350 P which is the most expensive shake we ever had in Phils!!! I am sure they cost much less according to our previous experiences and normally we paid around 60 P per shake.
    Since we never got unreasonably overcharged in Bohol we were quite surprised and didn't want to end up fighting with the owner of her food stall. We paid and left but let her know that she didn't give the fair price for her product. It was our fault anyways - if we asked before we wouldn't buy it where it was the most expensive as they're more than enough places where you can get it for decent price - just walk to another food shop.
    In case you maybe want to avoid that food shop: it's the first one at your left hand side when you leave terminal compound into city direction - by the parking place. Or last one if you're just arrived to the pier from city.
    Others food shop owners here were quite okay people, had reasonably priced local foods and snacks.

    Unique Suggestions: Plenty of delicious fruit shakes around the town but it's better you ask for the price first even though you never had bad experience before.

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    Restaurants by the pier in tagbilaran - expensive

    by Funtabulous5 Written Apr 27, 2007

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    Our very first meal in Tagbilaran. we asked our guide to bring us where we can have grilled seafoods - He brought us to Joving's - by the pier. Very expensive! the nukos (squid - about 8 8 inches length and 3 inches wide - they are charging us 350 pesos for 1 piece!). we were really disappointed cause we were so excited to just gorge on seafoods. Had we not been starving we would have gone to another reso. we just opted to buy the other viands. mahal pa rin - the goat kaldereta - super sarap naman talaga - but 40 pesos per order - 1 pc caldereta meat only with sauce.

    The driver explained that he wasn't sure what we wanted that's why he brought us there. a lot of tourists go there. a lot of pictures of celebrities hung on the wall - cause nice ambiance naman especially at night - by the pier, restaurant on stilts.. nice. but not worth the money.

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    Hired Tours: Write it down

    by whimsica Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    We hired a tour guide (recommended by a friend of a friend) with a van for our Bohol Trip and the terms are: money for gas (around PHP1,000) and PHP 2,000 for the whole bohol day tour, he'll also bring us to the Bee Farm when we'll spend the night, and for the next day, he'll drop us off the ferry where we'll be going to Cebu.

    The agreement is made orally between my friend and the tour guide.

    And that night before dropping us in Bee Farm while we're eating dinner (we even treated him to dinner!), he told us that he'll be charging us PHP3,000, we were like what????

    He told us that since he'll be dropping us to the ferry next day, he'll be charging extra for his time and gas. We were like??!!??.. We told him that the price and itinerary is already settled and he agreed to it, so how come he's changing the price.

    So we haggled and we came up with the PHP2,500 price.

    Unique Suggestions: Lesson learned: put everything in writing (on any kind of paper) then let him sign the paper. At least he'll follow what he promised since its all written in paper.

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  • Souveniro Shop in Bool - A RIP OFF

    by cHeLLe28 Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    This is for those people who want to go shopping for goodies and sweets in Bohol. There is a pasalubong store that is located in the town of BOOL. On your way back from the countryside tour, you will pass this before going to the Blood Compact site. They sell t-shirts and accessories on the first floor. On the second floor, they sell sweets such as peanut kisses, kalamay (jam?), and lots more.

    They have a personnel outside their shop waiting for tourist to get out of the van. Then they hand them DISCOUNT COUPONS. It says in the coupon that you could avail 10% discount on their items by just presenting it. Obviously, you will present this is you will purchase right. Hehe, if you think that you got a good deal..... your WRONG. The price is still high compared to that of a mall/market in Tagbilaran City.

    Unique Suggestions: Upon arrival from the airport, you can take your breakfast in the Cogon Market before proceeding in your country side tour (based on our itenerary). Just tell trike driver / van driver / your guide to take you there.

    This way you can have an idea on the amount of goodies in the supermarket before you see the selling price of items in the bool souvenir shop and avoid spending more than what is needed for your pasalubong.

    Fun Alternatives: Survey price in COGON MARKET upon ARRIVAL - do not buy YET if your not convinced of this tip
    Survey price in BOOL SOUVENIR SHOP during COUNTRYSIDE TOUR- if price is higher then

    Just buy your pasalubong before leaving Bohol, Take an early route back to Tagbilaran so you will have time for this. Trike fare from Airport to Cogon Market is Php6.00 per head.

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  • Count your bill before you pay

    by cHeLLe28 Written Aug 31, 2006

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    We had an experience in one of the beach resto in alona resort. They overcharged us 130 Php. The bill that they gave us contained a breakdown of everything that we ordered. Unfortunately, the total amount declared was not equal to the actual sum of the breakdown. Just make sure you add it yourself before paying.

    I don't want to name drop, as this may have been caused by an honest mistake. Just take necessary precaution when paying in these beach area resto.

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    Loboc River Cruise (Minus the Buffet Lunch)

    by bike_packer Updated Jul 22, 2006

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    I maybe a killjoy in this review but I found out that tourists on tight budget do have an option if they find the River Cruise with Buffet Lunch at P300 per person (8 yrs old and above - full pay) a little bit pricey. And what if you arrive at the place and you still feel like not eating.

    Unique Suggestions: Outrigger boats are available at the river dock 500m farther on the road after passing by the River Cruise Boat just across the Loboc Church.

    Fun Alternatives: The best alternative would be then take the smaller outrigger boats (minus the lunch) at P500 instead for the cruise. Each boat could accomodate up to 12 persons. But then this would be ok costwise only if you are in a big group - or when boat-sharing with other groups. Btw, these smaller boats could squeeze into the base of the Busay Falls at the far end of Loboc River as compared to the Floating Restaurant Boats that dock about 15 meters short away. When you plan to take a dip and have some water fun at the waterfalls, this is your better option.

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    things to do in Panglao when you're not a diver

    by Pepito_Mambo Written Feb 14, 2005

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    I have spent 5 days in Panglao island and I'm not a diver...
    Although the beaches of Alona and the surroundings seem to be gorgeaous, you cannot get into more than 50 cm of water since the ground is completely flat under the water. Since the place is tailor-made for divers, beaches are not that clean and nice.

    Unique Suggestions: If you find yourself in beautiful Panglao and don't wish to dive, the best advice is to rent a bike to run through the island, visit the caves and meet with people (the Panglao school is a great place).

    Fun Alternatives: Rent a bike and have fun around the island. There are many things to see and discover. The roads are scented and beautiful, people are the friendliest on earth.

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