Waking up very early in the morning is really not our cup of tea but during this day we had to force ourselves out of bed in order not to miss the SuperCat bound for Tagbilaran for our Bohol Day Tour.
This is where snacks come in handy. Since we woke up late, we did not have any time to eat breakfast which is why we ended up eating a few sweets and chips for breakfast, good thing drinking water is free in the hotel.
After getting ready, we took a cab from the hotel to Pier 4. Upon arriving we went directly to the SkipTrip Counter which was located inside the pier. We met with Flor Loren, she is charge of the Island Skip Trip Counter of SuperCat. Then we settled our tour payment which was Php 2,850/person (inclusions will be posted later) and the final instructions were given and we were off to the waiting area.
SuperCat Island SkipTrips Counter: Look for Flor Loren
A photo of Bohol.
Finally, at 8:30am we were ready to board the SuperCat bound for Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Our tickets and itinerary.
Good thing they serve food inside the craft: 2 cups of coffee, 1 ham and cheese sandwich, and 1 order of pork asado with rice= Php250.00.
After a 2-hour duration we reached the Port Of Tagbilaran in Bohol.
We went directly to the exit gate to meet out tour guide Ms. Marlyn. She welcomed us with a beaded necklace coupled by a Tarsier pendant and led us to the shuttle where our companions for the trip were already seated.
Tip # 6: Camera Tripod: A Must Bring Item especially if you are travelling alone or travelling as a pair. In most cases, tour guides are very helpful in taking photos of tourists just like the picture above.
View from the site deck.
On the way to the Blood Compact Site the shuttle passed by St. Joseph Cathedral Church, Tagbilaran City.
This church is said to be one of the oldest in the Philippines. According to our guide, the all parts are still in their original state except for the roof. When visiting the church, there is a dress code that needs to be followed. In case you are wearing an improper attire you will be asked to wear a piece of cloth over your outfit.
Third stop: Loboc River for lunch in one of the Floating Restaurants.
We passed by another church before arriving at Loboc River, Sta. Monica Parish in Albur.
View from the bridge over the Loboc River
Church of San Pedro, Loboc: the second oldest church found in Bohol. It also has a museum like the Baclayon Church.
Balsa Livelihood Project. Almost every floating raft stops at this area in order for tourists to watch the locals perform song and dance numbers.
Busay Falls (in the background), this is the turning point of all floating restaurant rafts. According to the guide, the current is very strong near the falls which was why this was the closest we could get.
Fourth stop: Tarsier Conservation Center
After lunch, we proceeded to the Tarsier conservation area which was approximately 20 minutes from the Loboc River. Tarsiers have been considered as endangered species a few years back, but during our visit to the conservation area, the people in charge informed us that it has been removed from the said list. Conservation areas are very important and helpful in raising the awareness regarding the fact that even endangered species like the Tarsier can be saved from extinction; all we have to do is to work hand in hand as an aid in their survival.
The maximum size of a fully grown adult tarsier is 6 inches.
Mother and father tarsier.
Fifth stop: Chocolate Hills Complex
The tarsier encounter was really an eye-opening experience but we had to ride the shuttle going to our next destination which took us more than 30 minutes travel time. Before arriving at the Chocolate Hills Complex, we passed by the Bilar Man-made Forest which was created in order to decrease the incidence of landslides in the area; unfortunately, we were note able to take photos because the shuttle bus did not stop at that area.
Arriving at the Chocolate Hills Complex, we were welcomed by a very high plight of stairs (214 steps) leading to the viewing deck. But for tourists who do not want to take the stairs, you can have the option of going up via the ramp.
For those who have back and joint problems, there are rest areas while going up the stairs.
One’s Bohol experience is not complete unless you visit and capture the wonders of the Chocolate Hills.
Sixth and Seventh stop: Simply Butterflies Conservation Center and Pasalubong Center
Last two stops before going back to Cebu was at the Simply Butterflies Conservation Center and at the Pasalubong Center.
The color of this butterfly changes depending on the lighting and the angle.
Creative shots c/o our superb guide in the Simply Butterflies Conservation Center.
Sunset at Tagbilaran Port.
Tired but contented on board the SuperCat bound for Cebu City. Behind us is Ate Mei, our new friend from Davao who joined us for the Bohol Day Tour.
Munchies from the Pasalubong Center and Simply Butterflies Conservation Center.
We arrived at Cebu City Port at approximately 8:30pm and it was already raining even before the craft finally docked which was why we opted to eat dinner at The Terraces instead of going for the Sky Experience Adventure. Upon exiting the port we tried to hail a taxi going to Ayala Mall; just when we thought we will never experience a taxi driver who charges his passengers with unreasonable fees, we had a taste of what other travellers call “mandurugas” or “manggagancho”. The first driver we approached tried to charge us Php 200 for a one way trip to Ayala Mall which normally costs only about Php 70-80 depending on the traffic conditions, good ting we asked before entering the cab. The second one (yes, you read it right, lucky us we experienced two indecent offers in a row) just let us ride the taxi and then a few steps from the point where we took off we told him to turn on the meter of the taxi, then he suddenly said “Php 150 lang wala kasing pasahero pabalik dito” (“Just pay Php 150 because there are no passengers coming back to this area”); we were so astonished and before we even argued with the driver we requested that he just let us down the cab and we will just take another one, at first it felt like he was reluctant but maybe when he saw that we were serious he motioned the cab to the side of the road and we got down. After that incident, a security guard and another personnel from the port saw us and asked us what happened and they helped us get another taxi (the one with a decent driver).
Arriving at the mall, we were so famished because beside the snacks that we munched at the craft on the way to Cebu, our last meal was from the Loboc River Cruise. So we headed to The Terraces which looks very similar to Serendra in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City in Manila; like Serendra, The Terraces also houses several restaurants and bars. Even if we were so hungry, we decided to stroll first to look for a good restaurant; after about 30 minutes of walking around, we ended up eating dinner at Mooon Café which is a Mexican restaurant. The food was delish and it was gone before we even got the chance to take pictures.
From Mooon Café, we planned to try some of the shops that served desserts but there was no more space even for a bite of chocolate cake. By that time heavy rain was already pouring, good thing that the mall’s taxi stand area was shaded. We headed back to the hotel to snooze for the last time in Cebu City before checking out the next day and transferring to Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort in Mactan.
Tip # 7: Always bring a camera that can capture even the slightest detail that can give you big memories.