The minute you set foot on Bohol land, you will be the center of attention among the locals, marketing to you their good packaged tours for an affordable budget. They are like swarms of excited people, waving their hands at you, maintaining eye contact, and of course, pointing at their vans awaiting for you to nod your head for a sign of approval. They sure are interesting.
The six of us “young teens” decided to take that tour since it covers all of what we had researched on. Although for me, it would have been fun to actually make use of the available local transportation, not entirely the van. But, ok – it was a good price. We had a great deal.
Our driver speaks fluent Cebuano and of course, we don’t understand a thing he was saying. So, at times, we would use the common language every Filipino knows – that is, well, Tagalog. So far, so good… As we sit comfortably on our air-conditioned van, we awaited for our first stop:
Loboc River: Lunch!
If dining on a moving boat with music and beautiful sceneries is your thing, then this is one stop that you’ll never regret. Not to mention, the Busay Falls await your arrival along the river bank. Trust me, it is worth the experience! // read: Loboc River Lunch Cruise
Tarsiers: Little Primates
A Bohol adventure will not be complete if you fail to see these tiny, cuddly, creatures – popularly known as the Tarsier (characterized to be one of the smallest primates in the world with notable huge alluring eyes.) They are just cute! They can even fit perfectly on the palm of your hand. You can find them still in Loboc, Bohol, at the Captive Tarsier Display.
It is a bridge made of bamboos that crosses the Loboc River. There are now two bridges: one is for the entrance and the other is for the exit – in order to facilitate an orderly trek amongst tourists. //read: Hanging on A Bridge with Caution
Sometimes called the “Bohol Forest,” this is a man-made mahogany forest that adds more beauty to the island of Bohol. Entering the forest, you will experience a sudden change of temperature, which is cooler than the usual. Refreshing!
Probably the main tourist attraction in Bohol. Feast your eyes to the 1,700 and more generally symmetrical hills spread all over the area that (are covered in green grass) turns into a brown chocolate color on dry seasons.
It is known as the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. In the Baclayon church is a dungeon, which was used to punish natives who violated the rules of the Roman Catholic church.
Blood Compact Site
Sorry for crowding the statues. I believe we feel so welcomed. Haha!
At Brgy. Bool of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, lies a site that honors the First Treaty of Friendship between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain and Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol through a blood compact. This was the location of that memorable event – connecting two different races, culture, religion, and civilization. The site is overlooking the Bohol Sea, statues of five large men gathering around a table with the two important people.
All of these were achieved in one afternoon, all because of a great Bohol Packaged Tour! We missed out on the Butterfly Farm, but it’s ok!