BOHOL: Countryside Tour

What are the tourist spots? This is the first question we ask when we are planning a vacation or a tour. We always like  to know those beautiful places. So that if there’s a time, we can go there or we will try to go there. Fortunately, Bohol province doesn’t lack tourist destinations. This tiny island-province is blessed with so many beautiful things like, Chocolate hills, Tarsiers, Loboc river, man-made forest and old churches (Sad to say, many churches were destroyed by the earthquake last October 2013).

Prior to our vacation I already contacted www.rentacarbohol.com for the reservation and it is very easy, you just need to go to there website, fill up the contact form and it will be sent to them and they will reply through email and it’s done. No need for advance payment, they will get. We chose Bohol Countryside Tour (8 hours), Tour A Itinerary which includes the following (Texts were taken from their website):

Bohol Countryside Tour/Bohol Land Tour A Itinerary

Blood Compact Site

The Blood Compact site commemorates the first treaty of friendship between the white and brown races. Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and local chieftain Rajah Sikatuna sealed the treaty by drinking wine mixed with blood, thus it was called the “Blood Compact” or “Sandugo.”

Baclayon Church (no museum)

Built in the 16th century, shortly after the arrival of the Spaniards, Baclayon Church is one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. Religious relics and cultural artifacts can be seen in this historical landmark.

Python

The largest python in captivity can be found in Bohol. Named Prony, this python is over 25 feet long and is fed one small pig a month.

Loboc Tarsier

The tarsier is considered as the world’s smallest primate. An endangered species, the tarsier is a tree-climbing and insect-eating primate with large eyes.

Loboc River Cruise and Floating Restaurant

Enjoy an idyllic cruise aboard a floating restaurant along the Loboc River. Be enthralled by the captivating view of tropical palms and trees while being treated to a sumptuous lunch and music.

Bilar Man-Made Forest

Thousands of mahogany trees planted by locals are found in Bilar’s Man-Made Forest. You can relax and feel the breeze or take pictures among the towering trees.

Butterfly Center

The Bohol Butterfly Conservation Center or the Butterfly Garden is home to hundreds of butterfly species. You can see the different stages of the butterfly’s development as well as specimens of live and preserved butterflies and moths.

Batuan Shiphaus

The Batuan Shiphaus is a house that was designed to look like a real ship. The owner of this house is a ship captain. The house has different cabins like that of a real ship. Even the employees are dressed like the crew of a ship.

Chocolate Hills

The jewel of Bohol tourism, the Chocolate Hills is considered as one of the world’s famous natural wonders. Thousands of brown and green hills are spread out all over the place as far as your eyes can see. Definitely a must-visit for every tourist and traveller to Bohol.

Gift Shop

After a tiresome but enjoyable day, a good way to cap it off is to buy souvenirs and local items at Aproniana Souvenir Shop. Buy some gifts to bring home to your friends and family, or simply as a souvenir or remembrance of your Bohol vacation.

The above destinations are pretty exiting, right? Inclusions of this tour is buffet lunch @ Loboc River Floating Restaurant, entrance fees, driver and fuel, air conditioned vehicle at 1,650 each. Cool, very affordable and I believe it is worth it.

Our version of the tour

Bilar Man-Made Forest

Bilar Man-made forrest in the middle of the road. It was hot sunny day, but under the shades of skyscraper mahogany trees. We didn't feel any heat.

Bilar Man-made forest, as you can see, we were in the middle of the road. It was hot sunny day, but under the shades of skyscraper mahogany trees. We didn’t feel any heat.

The farthest location is the Chocolate hills in Carmen, Bohol. The driver recommended to go directly to Carmen. Along the way, we saw the amazing man-made forest of Bilar. It was incredible to think that this was planted 30-40 years ago and people who did this, didn’t not even thought that this will be a tourist destination in the future.

Chocolate Hills, Carmen, Bohol

There's nothing like taking pictures and your background is the Chocolate hills

There’s nothing like taking pictures and your background was the Chocolate hills.

Few minutes away from Bilar is Carmen, Bohol where the famous Chocolate hills can be much appreciated here due to the location of the site. Tourists can view the huge number of the hills on a stiff mountain nearby. We stopped at the studio near the highway and took a couple of pictures there and went to Chocolate hills’ Carmen Peak right away. Though, most of  hills was not damaged by the earthquake, the peak was. A huge part of the top of the peak was destroyed. That explains why the studio we earlier took pictures  moved from here. The last time I went here, there were a lot of things that you can do on top of the peak. But this time, you can’t, due safety reasons. Speaking of last time, the last/first time I went here, I didn’t have camera. So this time, we really took advantage of the opportunity and took almost unlimited pictures until our driver texted us that we need to go. On the other hand, I was still amazed by this wonderful site and wonder how did this happen and when these hills was formed? I guess, I need more time to research.

Batuan Shiphaus

This tells me that you can build your house to any shape you want and if you have money,  lots of money.

This tells me that you can build your house to any shape you want, given that you have money, lots of money.

We did not  have much time to enter the house because we need to be at Loboc River by noon, so we just took pictures outside.

Butterfly Sanctuary

Camera trick number 1 in Butterfly sanctuary.

Camera trick number 1 in Butterfly sanctuary.

Camera trick number 2 in Butterfly sanctuary.

Camera trick number 2 in Butterfly sanctuary.

Camera trick number 2 in Butterfly sanctuary.

Camera trick number 2 in Butterfly sanctuary.

On the way to Loboc river, we stopped at the butterfly sanctuary for a little field trip for science. In just 30 minutes, we learned a lot about butterfly of course because of their comedian tour guide.

Loboc Tarsier

Tarsier Conservation Area in Loboc, Bohol

Tarsier Conservation Area in Loboc, Bohol

For our eyes only. And photo background as well.

For our eyes only. And photo background as well.

Sleeping tarsier seems so peaceful.

Sleeping tarsier seems so peaceful.

I thought we need to go to  Corrella to see the tarsiers, but in Loboc, there’s also a tarsier sanctuary. This sanctuary is a little organized than the one in Corrella. All the tarsiers have their territories and it was like their nests due to the roof built by the management to keep the tarsiers from being wet when it rains. It has fences to avoid tourists from touching them, that stresses them. And of course, flash photography is prohibited.

Loboc River Cruise and Floating Restaurant

The food. We need to prepare our stomach.

The food. We need to prepare our stomach.

Loboc native choir and dancers.

Loboc native choir and dancers.

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Loboc river. I had nothing to say.

This is one of the reasons why I was excited with this tour. I have been seeing the videos in the internet about having lunch in a fantastic site in Loboc river. Since this is inclusive in our tour payment, we did not pay, so I really don’t know how much is the exact payment that our tour guide paid for the cruise. But based on there signs, it ranges from Php 350 – Php 450 depending on the time. We were seated beside 2 Argentinian nationals and have a little chat with them. The food was also great! But, the most amazing of all was the scene. Very peaceful, quite, and it felt so clean. I hope Pasig river will be clean as the Loboc river.

Xzootic

This is snake needs to eat a lot of chicken and pigs to grow like Prony of Alburquerque.

This snake needs to eat a lot of chicken and pigs to grow like Prony of Alburquerque.

I am a little sad because I am hoping to see Prony again. Prony is not a person, but it was a 27-feet long python. The largest python in captivity. Not only Prony but I also misses the owner and the gay tour guide of that mini zoo which both were funny on their own way. But nevertheless, we went to Xzootic where there were many wild animals such as wild cats, owls, “musang”, snakes, and many more.

Baclayon Church (ruins)

Sad to say that this was left of the front of Baclayon church.

Sad to say that this was left of the front of Baclayon church.

One of the reasons why I hesitated to come here was due to the destruction inflected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. One of the destinations in Bohol were the old churches and one of the oldest is the Baclayon church which was among of the churches damaged by the quake. We weren’t able to enter the church and only the ruins was left if you want a remembrance of your visit.

Blood Compact Site

Sandugo site. History 101.

Sandugo site. History 101.

Blood compact site was just beside our hotel. So when we where dropped off on the hotel, we didn’t went to the monument. The next day, which was also our last day in the hotel, we went to the monument to take pictures. This was the site of blood compact in 1565 Sandugo between Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol.

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