Friday, January 13, 2017

Bohol Countryside Tour

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Bohol tour

is the country’s number one tourist destination, and a trip to this beautiful island province won’t be complete without visiting its wonderful natural and historical spots like the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. Bohol Rent A Car offers an affordable Bohol Countryside Tour so that you can experience for yourself the wonders of Bohol.

Bohol Day Tour

This tour includes pick up/drop off, from and to the resort where you stay or pick up/drop off from and to pier/airport. For reservations, just provide the details of the date, time and location for pick up in our Booking Form.

Pickup and drop-off point: Within Tagbilaran City (hotel/seaport/airport) and any hotel/resort in Panglao.

Bohol Tour Itinerary & Entrance Fees:

Blood Compact Shrine

Baclayon Church

Man made forest in Bilar

Chocolate Hills

Loboc River Cruise

Tarsier Interaction

Loboc Zipline

Hanging Bridge

Baclayon Python

Butterfly park

Chocolate Hills ATV

Aproniana Gift Shoppe

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Blood Compact

The Blood Compact portrays the 1565 Sandugo (blood compact ritual) between Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol and Miguel López de Legazpi, surrounded by other conquistadors. Rajah Sikatuna was described to be 'being crowded out of the picture by Miguel López de Legazpi and his fellow conquistadores'.

Baclayon Church - Bohol, Philippines

La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church (also The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church), commonly known as Baclayon Church, is a Roman Catholic Church in the municipality of Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines within the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran. Baclayon was founded by the Jesuit priest Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sánchez in 1596, and became the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. It was elevated as a parish in 1717 and the present coral stone church was completed in 1727. The Augustinian Recollects succeeded the Jesuits in 1768 and heavily renovated the church since then.

Man Made Forest - Bilar, Philippines

The Bohol Man-Made is a mahogany forest stretching in a 2km stretch of densely planted with Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns. Before and after you reach the man-made forest there are also naturally grown forests of Loboc and Bilar which has a thick kaleidoscope of green foliage, different kinds of trees and giant ferns lining the road.

Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. They are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province.

Loboc River Cruise

A river cruise on a floating restaurant is the main activity that the Loboc River offers, attracting both local and foreign tourists. The river cruises start in the Town of Loboc and travel upstream to the Busay Falls. Because of its green and peaceful river environment along with the local foods served, the place is now widely known across the country.

Other attractions are hanging bridges over the river and paddle boarding.

Tarsier Bohol, Philippines

The Philippine tarsier has thin, rough fur which is colored gray to dark brown. The narrow tail, usually used for balance, is bald except for a tuft of hair at the end, and is about twice the body length. Its elongated "tarsus", or ankle bone, which gives the tarsier its name, allows it to jump at least 3 m from tree to tree.

Sipatan Bamboo Bridge

The Bamboo Hanging Bridge crossing the Sipatan River in the Municipality of Sevilla, Bohol, is a fun tourist attraction and included in our great Bohol Day Tour.

Python snake- biggest snake in captivity

The Philippines' largest captive reticulated python (Python reticulatus) or baksan in ... Prony was captured in 1996 in Upper Sta Filomena in the town of Baclayon.

Butterfly Park

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is situated in Bilar, Bohol, Philippines. ... and you will arrive at the entrance to the Center which is behind the car park.

Chocolate Hills ATV (All Terrain Vehicle>

Get to see the amazing Chocolate Hills in a muddy and adventurous way with the ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) Eco-Adventure Tour. Get ready to get down and dirty with your family, friends, and loved ones and have an exhilarating experience through an ATV ride.

Aproniana Gift Shoppe

Aproniana Gift Shoppe
Aproniana Souvenir Shop is air-conditioned and has clean tiled floors. It has a couple of floor levels and the shop’s area is about 100 square meters. You will surely have a cool time staying in the place and find what you are looking for. So be sure not to miss this place and bring home something for yourself and your family.

You can still say that the price is very affordable compared to buying in souvenir shops near other attraction sites such as Loboc River’s Floating Resto, Chocolate Hills, Butterfly Conservation Center, Prony the Python and a lot more souvenir shops spread throughout the whole island of Bohol.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hanging Bamboo Bridge in Bohol

Bamboo Bridge - Sevilla, Bohol

One of the less attractive tourist destinations in Bohol in the Philippines is the Hanging Bridge. It is found in the upper area of Loboc River in Bohol. The Hanging Bridge is a foot bridge composed of bamboos and hardened steels which was initially used by locals to cross the river going to the Barangay on the other side of the main road. The Hanging Bridge hangs about 25 meters above the river.

Years ago, locals would normally pass the river by going down the cliff then ride a small banca to cross to the other side. Then later on the Bohol government decided to set a bamboo bridge for faster access on both sides of the river. When the tourism department of Bohol started to be aggressive on their programs, they invited a lot of Locals and Foreigners which made these people noticed the bridge when they pass the road going to the Floating Restaurant Area. They tried it themselves and were happy because for them it’s not ordinary. They were thrilled when they reached the middle and the wonderful view of the Loboc River was seen. When pictures flooded the internet, many of the visiting tourists decided to visit the place. The safety and security of the Hanging Bridge was compromised because more and more people go together all at once which made the government decide to add another bridge to be used as exit, while the old one as entrance.
Bamboo Bridge Bohol
Bamboo Bridge Bohol
Sipatan Bamboo Bridge
Sipatan Bamboo Bridge
Dolce Amore - Sipatan Bamboo Bridge
Dolce Amore - Sipatan Bamboo Bridge

The load limit of the footbridge is only 10 persons to pass at a time. They will prohibit any person to pass the Hanging Bridge if beyond the load limit. The entrance fee is P10.00 for those who don’t live in the Barangay on the other side. Bamboos, Coconuts, Mangroves and other kinds of big trees are visible in the area. On the Barangay side, locals are selling souvenir items such as ukulele, hats, fans, bags, shirts and many others.

The Hanging Bridge may not be a very good tourist spot as it is just ordinary for Boholanos but local tourists and foreigners alike find it worthy to experience crossing it.

The bridge spans around 40 meters and offers a great view of the emerald Sipatan River below. I have seen reference on other web sites that you can jump of the bridge into the cool waters below. I didn’t see this happening on my visit & would not recommend doing so.

On the far side of the bridge you will find a small shop, selling souvenirs and a welcome cold drink and snacks. Additionally you will find “The Buko King”. He can strip a coconut (buko) in something like 10 seconds using just his teeth.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Swim with the Whale Shark - Cebu, Philippines

swim in oslob whale shark

Watching Whale Shark in Oslob and Snorkeling was born to give information about whale shark interaction in Oslob, we are here to organize day tour trips on whale shark encounters with side trip to Tumalog waterfalls. We have concentrated on answering your most important questions on transport, activities, attractions, and accommodation.

Watching of whale sharks in Oslob Cebu is 99% guaranteed. Whale sharks can be seen in a small barangay Tan-awan, which is 10 km away from the center town of Oslob. Whale shark watching in Cebu started last September 2011 and it became popular all over the world when the news hit in the internet last November 2011. By December 2011, local fishermen’s interact with the whale sharks by feeding them that result to flocking of tourist to the beach of Tan-awan. Large numbers of tourists began arriving in Oslob not just to see the whale sharks being fed but also to snorkel or dive with them.

Get fascinated to watch friendly creatures of the sea as you enjoy watching and swimming with the friendly whale sharks in Oslob Cebu! Come and enjoy the adventure of lifetime experience.

Additional Fee's for Whale shark watching

Local TouristsWhale watching(in the boat only, no swimming)+ Life JacketPhp300(USD6)
Local TouristsSnorkeling with the whale shark + Life jacketPhp500 (USD11)
Foreign TouristsSnorkeling with the whale shark + Life jacketPhp1,000(USD21)
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Whale shark

Swimming with whale sharks is a dream of many ocean lovers. Huge slowly and safety animals go as giant barge a few meters from you. It’s like a fairytale, isn’t it? Breathing stops, primal fear and a joy capture your mind.

There are several places in Philippines where you can swim with whale sharks. I’m going to tell about the one on Cebu island, near by Oslob. The place is known as “Oslob Whale Shark Watching“.

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Why Sharks Come Here?

It’s simple – sharks are lured to the coast. People throw shrimps into the water from boats, and sharks go to the cost every morning, and then swim back to the sea. This organization is a government agency, all the money from the tickets go to the government. At some point, environmentalists sounded the alarm, because artificially lured sharks no longer afraid of people and potentially could lose the knack to find food themselves. Also it’s maybe negative because of uneven redistribution of sharks in the ocean, ie simply becomes too many animals in one place – near by the coast of Cebu. Therefore, the feeding occurs only in the morning 6 – 12 am. During the rest of the time sharks have to find food in the ocean.

Are Whale Sharks Dangerous?

whale shark Cebu Oslob
Whale shark is the biggest shark and the largest fish in the world. Its length can reach 18 meters, but usually the length of an adult shark is about 10-12 meters. They feed plankton, spent most of the time at the surface and swim very slowly, often no more than 5 km / h. In fact, they have a lot of small teeth. But they use them not to bite a prey, but in order not to let a food go out of the mouth. So it’s a kind of a lock.

Whale sharks are completely safe for humans.

Whale sharks are completely safe for humans. They often do not respond to people swimming near by or even touching them. Unfortunately such actions can scare the fish, and it will go into the depth with the speed of a torpedo.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bohol Tour "Everything in Day One"

Loboc Philippines - the Oldest church in Bohol

The San Pedro Apostol Parish Church (also Saint Peter the Apostle Parish Church, Spanish: Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro Apóstol), commonly known as Loboc Church, is a Roman Catholic church in the municipality of Loboc, Bohol, Philippines, within the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran.

After the Jesuits established the Christian community in Baclayon, they moved to Loboc and established a second Christian settlement in Bohol. The parish was established in 1602, and the present coral stone church was completed in 1734. Because of its strategic location, it became the center of the Jesuit mission in the Bohol area. In 1768, upon the expulsion of the Jesuits, the town was transferred to the Augustinian Recollects.

The Chocolate Hills

(Cebuano: Mga Bungtod sa Tsokolate; Filipino: Mga Tsokolateng Burol) are a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines.[1] There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi).[2] They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.

The Chocolate Hills is a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. They are featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province.

The Philippine tarsier located at Bohol Island

(Carlito syrichta), known locally as mawmag in Cebuano/Visayans and mamag in Luzon, is a species of tarsier endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. It is a member of the approximately 45-million-year-old family Tarsiidae,[3] whose name is derived from its elongated "tarsus" or ankle bone.[4] Formerly a member of the genus Tarsius,[5] it is now listed as the only member of the genus Carlito, a new genus named after the conservationist Carlito Pizarras.

The Loboc River

is a river in the Bohol province of the Philippines. It is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol.

The source of the Loboc River is located in the town of Carmen, almost in the center of Bohol. From Carmen, the river takes a westerly course for a distance of about 1.5 kilometres (1 mi) then flows due south into the Mindanao or Bohol Sea. Its drainage area of approximately, 520 square kilometres (200 sq mi), is bordered by a horseshoe-shaped chain of mountain peaks rising to an elevation of 800 metres (2,600 ft). Rainfall is distributed almost uniformly throughout the year, thus Loboc River has a steady and high base flow.

Lunch on Loboc Floating restaurant

A river cruise on a floating restaurant is the main activity that the Loboc River offers, attracting both local and foreign tourists. The river cruises start in the Town of Loboc and travel upstream to the Busay Falls. Because of its green and peaceful river environment along with the local foods served, the place is now widely known across the country.

Other attractions are hanging bridges over the river and paddle boarding.

Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park

Here you can find one of the most popular zip-lines in Philippines. Unfortunately for extreme sports lovers, zip-line is not extreme or thrilling at all. But it’s really amazing when you flight above woods and above the river with waterfalls. It’s just 1 minute of flying, but during this time you are happy as a child. 50 shades of green from the height of a bird flight.

These sights are also on the way:

Man-made Forest (Mahogany Forest)

Hundreds and thousands of mahogany trees. Every one of them was planted by a man. The place is beautiful, however it’s just a mahogany forest, nothing else. We were happy to see it from a bus. Route section: Loboc – Chocolate Hills

Hanging Bamboo Bridge

It’s really a hanging bamboo bridge. :) If you’ve never been to such places, try it! It doesn’t take a lot of time, and the pleasure is guaranteed. Route section: Loboc – Chocolate Hills

Rice Fields

It’s not a special sight. You can see rice and other fields pretty much everywhere. Rice grows, peasants work, bullocks pull, the real life goes. I’m a fan of fields and everything “real”, I mean not artificially created for tourists. So I really enjoyed our travels in Bohol island. Route section: everywhere

Accommodation in Bohol

There are a lot of hotels in Tagbilaran City. It’s not a problem if you didn’t book it in advance, but for a comfortable short trip it’s always better to have a reserved room somewhere in a city center. Prices in Tagbilaran are pretty low.

However a lot of people prefer to stay at Alona Beach. For those who prefer reclusive and peaceful place, I can recommend a great hotel on a cliff with a private beach and swimming pool Almira Diving Resort.

Hotel map in Tagbilaran City:

How to Get to Bohol Island?

The most comfortable way to go to Bohol Island is to flight to Tagbilaran Airport from Manila. You can choose between three airlines: AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

How to Get to Bohol Sights from Tubigon?

You can get to Chocolate Hills from Tubigon via Carmen town. You need only is to call us +639988011069 or fill up our contact form.

How to Get to Bohol Sights from Alona Beach?

We have Bohol packages tour for car 1-4 Pax is 2,000phP and for Van 1-9 Pax is 2,500phP and for 9-14 Pax is 3,000phP.

How to Get to Bohol from Cebu Island?

If you are already in Cebu City, you are lucky one, because you can get to Bohol island and complete the “sights tour” the same day. If you have to get to Cebu city first, it would be pretty hard to complete the route in one day. The road to Tagbilaran or Tubigon city takes too much time.

The easiest way from Cebu City to Bohol island is to take a ferry at Cebu-Mactan Port. Most of boats move off from Peer 1. You can get a ferry that go to Tagbilaran or Tubigon ports. In most cases it’s more convenient to go to Tagbilaran.

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