Bohol has been famous for its chocolate hills and the cute little Tarsiers and the experience is just a little bit over an hour away from Manila by plane. It's my second visit here in Bohol but with so many attractions, I may see a different side of Bohol this time around. So here we go, squeeze all you can 3 days and two nights around the large island of Bohol. Touchdown Bohol at past 10 am after our flight got delayed by an hour so we started with a tour of the city and some famous structures.
Blood Compact Site (Old and New)
In the past friendship treaties were sealed in blood and so was built the blood compact site structure in Bool, Tagbilaran to honor the blood compact between Spanish Explorer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Datu Sikatuna in Bohol in 1565 to seal their friendship. The original site was later on discovered to be in Hinawanan, Loay, Bohol in 2006 as there was a reference in the past that the blood compact site was made in a town between two rivers.
Bohol is the home of one of the oldest churches in the Country which is Baclayon Church and the oldest one in Bohol. It also houses a museum of old religious artifact and has a convent just beside it. The second oldest church in Bohol which is Loboc Church. Loboc Church was actually the first one to constructed but since Baclayon Church was nearer the construction resources, Baclayon Church was the first one to be completed.
Definitely a must try experience in Bohol is having a buffet lunch or dinner while cruising the rivers of Bohol at a floating restaurant. It comes with good music and a great range of meals. The cruise along Loboc RIver was a visual delight with the view, the singing and dancing kids at the stopovers and the Busay Falls.
Here comes those cute little Tarseirs. It's now an endangered specie and is very shy and easily stressed by people around them so even if they are so cute to touch, it's better not to do so. Tarsiers are nocturnal animal so they are mostly asleep during the day and they hunt at night. They have now been centralized in a single area and have individual guides to ensure their safety.
Talk about eating hills. Here's several hills that sounds more like a food than an attraction. With over a 1,ooo hills that look like chocolate kisses on dry months, chocolate hills is one of the main attraction in Bohol. As this was not my first time to visit chocolate hills, we also tried exploring the hills via ATV vehicle. Using an ATV, I didn't avoid any mud or watery areas which made it a lot more fun and it was nice seeing the hills from a different vantage point.
Another city attraction is the hanging bridge. On the other end of the bridge are souvernir shops and the famous Buko King, who was made famous for peeling a buko using his teeth. It's always a thrill crossing this bridge as you can really feel the bridge shaking at the slightest movement. Wouldn't it be exciting if they added the hanging bridge in the Bohol Marathon.
And there goes day 1
And with a packed itinerary like this (compliments to Ruth for her travel skills), I couldn't believe that this is just a day spent in Bohol. We now proceed to the second half of the itinerary which is enjoying the beach side of Panglao and just to add a tinge of suspense, I'll make that post at another time. Watch out for it!!!
Breathtaking Bohol Part 2 of 2 (click here)