Saturday, December 24, 2011

Destination: Magical Bohol (Day 1)

After spending one day in Cebu, we woke up early the next day for our ferry ride to the province of Bohol.  We rode the OceanJet (800 pesos per person).  It is air conditioned with comfortable chairs.  And get this, they have free wifi.  Imagine checking-in in the middle of the sea.

Looking fresh in the morning!

After the two-hour ride, we arrived at the port and we were picked up by our tour van.  After breakfast at McDo (yes, free wifi again!), we started our day tour by going to the Blood Compact site.  This commemorates the friendship that was sealed between the Spaniard Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna back in 1565.

We next visited Baclayon Church which is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.  The parishioners here are very strict.  The girls and I have to wear a shawl provided at the entrance.  Shoulders and knees should not be seen.

There is also a museum beside the church which contains old relics.  Sadly, we did not have enough time to see it.

We were then on our way to see the Chocolate Hills.  We passed by Bohol's man made forest.  It's a two kilometer stretch of mahogany trees located at the border of Loboc and Bilar.  Of course, we stopped by to take some pictures.

Finally, we arrived to see the glorious Chocolate Hills.  I really cannot explain how I felt when I saw these right in front of my eyes.  It felt surreal; then I was giddy as a kid :P

Photo Credits: Lilibeth Olayres

We had a quick stop over to see some tarsiers :)

It was then time to have some lunch.  A must try in Bohol, the river cruise.  

Aboard a boat made of bamboo, we were served sumptuous food while listening to both popular and local dialect songs.

 Felt so peaceful cruising along

A tribe lives at the end of the river.  We were taken there to see them perform.  We can also have our pictures taken with them.

The Albuquerque zoo is also a popular attraction in Bohol mainly because of the python that resides there.  The caretaker, Marimar, also provides some entertainment for the guests.

Our last stop for the day is the Daius Chuch.  It's very majestic and one of the most beautiful old churches I have ever seen. 

At the back of the church was a big grassy land area overlooking the sea.  We had one of the best pictorials here ever!
BFFs for life!

The boys had fun too!

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