Today we rented a van, We wanted to tackle 2 destination in one day, Carmen and Panglao. This is only possible if we rented a private van plus we simply cannot commute with the gloomy weather. So after breakfast our van picked us up and went to all the places we wanted to go.
First Stop: Butterfly Museum
I was not ecstatic about this stop since its butterflies. So I went in expecting to be bored and to be out in a minute. But I had a lot of fun, I was just simply expecting dead butterflies but then after seeing alive ones I just couldn’t be pulled out of the place. It’s just so cool to see a lot of them. Well not a lot a lot but they were many. I got to hold one and some butterflies likes chilling on your hair. Which is pretty cool.
Second Stop: Chocolate Hills
The chocolate hills is really one of a kind. It’s all small and spread out evenly through the ground. Going up the observatory deck is kinda stressful. Your knees will ache and your calves will go numb (no? maybe just me. I need to exercise more) but trust me it is worth the climb. It’s a shame that it drizzled during our tour.
Third Stop: Man Made Forest
You will pass by the Manmade forest whenever you go to the tarsier conservatory and chocolate hills. This forest is popular because of the beautiful pathway and towering trees. It’s always a stop over to take those awesome wandering photos.
Fourth Stop: Loboc River Cruise
This River Cruise is a great way to spend lunch in Bohol you can do this once when you visit Bohol. You will be settled in a boat with food and entertainment available. You’ll be able to eat and relax with a great view of the river.
Pro Tip: They also clean up fast so you better get what you want in one go!
Fifth Stop: Baklayon Church
This church was one of the oldest in Bohol. It is also destroyed by the earthquake and is now under under construction and converted into a museum. In there you can see all the old materials used by the priest dated way back in the spanish era (I think?)
To be honest I didn’t go in. the entrance is cheap but we’re both INC members and we both wanted to go to Panglao,
Sixth Stop: Blood Compact Monument
It’s simply a monument when they had the blood compact it’s also has a good view of the sea.
Seventh Stop: Handagan Cave
Finally we are in Panglao. Our first stop is this cave that has a spring that is said to heal your sickness when you swim in it. Actually going down that cave after a long day exploring you would be tempted to jump in it and refresh yourself. In the cave there are also holes that would beam light from the outside.
One of the things I like about this cave are the guides they are funny and very good with the camera. They will ask you to do poses and will actually set your setting so you can have a good quality picture inside the cave.
Eight Stop: Dumaluan Beach
This is not the famous resort but just the beach. I am bewildered by the clear water and white fine sand. This beach is really a good place to swim except for the fact that it’s open for the public.
Ninth Stop: Bee Farm
Wow. We did a lot today! Lol! So to end we visited the bee farm and joined their tour around the farm. We get to know more about the bees and how they work with each other. We also learned other things about what they do on the farm.
Pro Tip: Their honey is top notch. You can buy them at the souvenir shop. They also have free taste of everything their. Try their pumpkin bread it’s delicious also one of the cheapest there.
We end our day with a dinner at Gerarda’s. It was a great day since we did everything we had in mind. It’s also nice to relax in a van with air conditioning. Plus the bad weather didn’t stop us and gave us that much of a problem. Our driver is also very accommodating and nice.
My last day which was day 3, I just lounged around and took in how beautiful Bohol is. I also checked in online so I could choose where to seat. I chose the side facing west so I cloud end the day by looking at the sunset from the plane.