Monday, August 30, 2010

Bohol Highs and Low

After Cebu, we headed to Bohol aboard the Super Cat.  We then checked in at Bohol Tropics, which we enjoyed that day.  Check-in time took less than 10 minutes.  Room service arrived in less than 15 minutes.  All good, right?

Rows of cottages at Bohol Tropics

Bohol Tropics' Poolside

The next day, we went on a "Choco Tour" as they call it.  It'll bring you around the main tourist spots in Bohol - Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Butterfly Farm, Man-made forest, Loboc River Cruise, Baclayon Church and the Sandugo.

We enjoyed the Choco Tour.  Found ourselves marvelling at the beauty of our country.  Sadly though, it was also at that time when my Ipod was stolen.  From inside my bag! :(  And because of that, we spent the last two days of our trip going to the police station - major major downer to our trip.

After that day, we spent two more days at Panglao Island.  Our first night there, we stayed at the Paragayo Resort.  It was clean, quiet and affordable (at P1,400 a night), although it was too far from the beach.  Weird thing though, when I tried to pay using credit card, the resort staff informed me that they will charge 3.5% as surcharge.  I consulted this with a friend J, who works at DTI.  She confirmed that resorts shouldn't be adding surcharges for credit card transactions.  Apparently this rule is ignored in the whole of Bohol.

So we moved to a beach front family-owned resort - Blanca* something LOL  So sorry, I forgot the name of the resort.  But it's right behind Lost Horizon - where incidentally, all tricycle stops.  This Blanca resort is awesome - beach front and more affordable than Paragayo and all the other resorts for only P1,500 per night.

This was at the Blanca resort

*I found the calling card of the beach front resort and it's called Playa Blanca de Asteria.  Do visit it.  The owners are Aster and Dodong Alegrado, both are nice :)

Food in Bohol was surprisingly expensive.  They didn't have the "eat-all-you-can" dinners along the beach like Boracay did.  And the options were too few.  What Bohol did have were the great massages - and Bohol Bee Farm - which deserves one separate post :)

The little one got a massage too

Beach front

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