Back in April this year, I got to visit Bohol again. I’ve luckily been a few times and it’s a place you don’t get enough of. I think, Bohol is one of the quick getaways Cebuanos choose, if they aren’t going up north or down south for some good beach escapades.
Floating Restaurant and Ati Tribe
The restaurant is ‘floating’ because you get to eat while cruising through the Loboc River. How clean and green the river is, is purely amazing. Kudos to the people of Bohol, they took care of the river and everything surrounding it. I’ve been to this cruise trip but I haven’t been to the Ati Tribe. Years ago, it would be a group of children dancing and singing to local songs. Now, we get to visit the Tribu Ati during the cruise. They have all sorts of ‘entertainment’ showcasing their culture.
Xzoctic (Exotic) Animal Park
Prony the Python was the largest python in captivity. Unfortunately, it died some years ago. A new animal park surfaced, it’s fairly new so this one’s a first for me, as well. As the name suggests, exotic animals can be observed and touch, if you’re brave enough.
Tarsier Conservation Area
Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world and Bohol is known to house some of them. Before, they were kept in a small garden, but it apparently affected a lot of the Tarsiers that they have to move them to a bigger space to imitate their natural habitat. Tarsiers are sensitive and depressive. They commit suicide if taken away from their natural habitat, their eyes do not possess the most ideal vision despite the size and they’re not keen of being disturbed. Delicate creatures, they are!
Habitat (Butterfly Sanctuary)
A new one for me, as well, is the butterfly sanctuary. Before stepping down the bus, our tour guide emphasized to try their ice candy. And boy, was I in for a treat. Their ice candy is the best I’ve ever had. It’s almost as if it’s ice cream but creamier. I tried avocado and peanut, and I wish I could stay longer so I can taste every single one except chocolate. I loved both and the peanut one was so so so so (42 years later) so so good.
Moving on. The Habitat does not fall short from the awesomeness of the ice candy I just raved about. The experts were a lively bunch, explaining each phase of the enclosure. It was amazing when we finally entered the open area where butterflies were freely flying around, unafraid of humans. It was amazing to see them up close, just.. living life. Did you know butterflies mate for 24 hours? Well, that’s if I remembered it correctly. So don’t quote me!
After the butterfly enclosure, a lot of beautiful flowers will guide you to exit and back to the awesome land of good ice candies.
Have you ever really been to Bohol if you haven’t seen the Chocolate Hills? Probably, yes, but yanno. Bohol is the home of the famous chocolate hills. They may be chocolate but I don’t hate them! The hills are alive and chocolatey during summer. The rest of the year, grass or shrubs grow on them but not any more than that. You’ll climb and get your cardio fix to have the best view of the hills but even at the foot of the stairs, you can already see a few of them real close.
Pasalubong is the Filipino word for souvenir that you bring back home and give to your friends and family. Of course, you can’t visit a new (or not your usual) place without getting Pasalubong. Bohol is famous for their calamay, peanut kisses, and my favorite, peanut fingers. There are a lot of souvenir shops near a pier or the airport but gift shops like this one below are usually cheaper.
Views From The Side
Old and beautiful churches were once part of the itinerary. Unluckily, Bohol (and Cebu) suffered from a big earthquake a few years back that most of their old structures were destroyed. What you can see instead are scaffoldings and renovations. It’s really sad, especially since some of these churches date back in 1700′s such as the Baclayon Church.
Another side view that we get to enjoy, but didn’t get to stop at is this house built like a ship. It’s a private property owned by a seaman, apparently.
And that’s it. There’s more to Bohol than these. Their beaches are also amazing. In fact, I will be posting a second part to this. Hopefully, I’ll get to see you, then.