It’s been a week since we got back from our second trip, so I figured I’d write a little bit about it and post some pictures. The pictures seem convince people they should come visit.
I snuck in a quick workout on Friday morning, you know back squats, snatches, cleans, jerks, handstands, rowing, wall ball, kettlebell swings, sumo deadlift high pull…just a couple things. Then we headed off to the airport. I learned two things this trip to the airport:
- Medical tape is considered a weapon. I had athletic tape in my bag and they told me to throw it out, WHAT!? I could, apparently, use it to tape someone up and hold them hostage. They then asked me the wrong question, “Have you ever tried to get out of athletic tape wrapped around you? It’s impossible.” To the surprise of the security agent I responded, “Yes I have tried, I was taped as part of an initiation and managed to escape out of hockey tape which is much harder to tear.” I still had to throw the tape out.
- Never show up more than 20 minutes early to a domestic flight out of the Philippines.
We landed in Bohol and headed over to our hotel, the Hennan. The resort is new and it’s basically just one giant pool.
We spent the evening at the poolside/in pool bar then hit the hay early for a long day.Day 1: Sailing
We booked a day on the Alona Blue, and did not regret it. We met Captain Mike, Jenny, and their adorable little dog foxy at 10am. A storm was coming so we tried to wait it out. We “set sail” (it wasn’t very windy) around 11am and hoped to pass through the storm. To our luck, we did.
Alona Blue had a mooring off the shore of a small resort with literally no one on the beach and good snorkeling. We saw some little fish and a giant and terrifying purple jelly fish. We got to hang out on the front of the boat with Foxy then were served a delicious lunch. A couple hours later we headed back to shore with a little bit of a tan.Day 2: Tourist
I’m not entirely sure why we decided to conform to society and do all the touristy things in Bohol that everyone expects you do to.
The Blood Compact Monument The view was nice. The monument didn’t have a single sign explaining what the compact was or why it was important. If not for wikipedia on our phones to read about the compact this would have been a pointless stop.
Baclayon Church Although the church had been badly damaged in an earthquake two years ago, it was still pretty cool. We walked through the museum with a guide who explained the artifacts and thoroughly answered our questions. I did feel like I was going to fall through to the floor below because we were walking on the original hardwoods.
Loboc River and Floating Restaurant I’m not going to lie, I’m shocked this has received so many good reviews. The food was almost inedible. I think the experience would have actually been better without the food. The views were nice, it was very lush and pretty (once it stopped raining). The coolest part was watching the Tinkiling dancing.
The Man made Forest I wouldn’t exactly call this a “destination” but it was very pretty to drive through on the way up to the chocolate hills.
Butterfly Sanctuary This was pretty, only about a dollar or two to get inside, and I wouldn’t say I would have been happy paying more. We saw some butterflies, the guide gave a nice little talk. We didn’t see as many butterflies as I would have expected, but maybe I’m bias because I’ve seen the Monarch Butterflies as they migrate through Michoacan, Mexico.
Chocolate Hills This was by far the best stop on the trip. I wish we had hiked up and through some of them, but it was still pretty cool to walk to the top of the viewing area. There are a few legends about how they came to be that you should definitely check out. My favorite is that they’re a mean carabao’s poop.
Tarsiers Bohol is famous for the tiny little monkey’s. We saw four of them. They’re nocturnal and antisocial. Seriously, they don’t like having another one within a hectare of them. If one trespasses, they’ll often fight to the death. Also, if you touch them they apparently freak out and bang their head against a tree until they die, or so someone said.Days 3 & 4: Beach
We were not big fans of the beach our hotel was located on, Alona. There were vendors everywhere, it was a marina filled with boats, you just really couldn’t relax. So we did some research, asked around, and found out that Dumaluan was the best beach to go to. We grabbed a trike and headed over. After arriving, we discovered that the Bohol Beach Club was next to us and that we could pay an entrance fee of 150 pesos each (plus more, but that was consumable, as in could be used towards food).
We had originally hoped to stay at Bohol Beach Club, but it was fully booked the weekend of our trip. Boy do I wish we had booked early. The beach was beautiful and the food was fantastic. We spent the day (and the next day when we returned) sitting in hammocks and reading. Best part of the trip and exactly what I needed.