Friday evening – Fly to Cebu, Arrive at our Hotel (The Mango Hotel) where we had warm showers and lovely sleeps!! That night we all talked about what to do with the rest of the weekend and how long we should spend in Bohol but kind of just went to sleep without having a hotel booked in Bohol or any plans really made. I was a little nervous about not booking a place to sleep if we were going to sleep there as I just like plans ha! But that does not always happen here so I guess I am getting use to more just going with the flow!
So Saturday morning we were going to take an early boat and get to Bohol. We decided that morning that we would spend one night in Bohol so we could experience more of the island. So we got to the boat port and the one we were going to take was sold out so we bought tickets for the 2pm boat over to Bohol. So with our morning in Cebu we decided to hire a van to take us around to the sights in Cebu. This was nice as we got to see the sights but we were all a little nervous as everyone had our bags in the van! So we got a little anxious at times thinking the man may like sneak off to the van and drive away with everything! Thankfully it never happened 🙂
In our morning Cebu tour we got to see Fort San Pedro, The Cebu Metropolitain Cathedral, the Magellan Cross, Basilica Santo Nino, and Taoist Temple.
First Stop: Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro: CANON
Taoist Temple – It was very amazing!
Bohol and Panglao
The island of Bohol = love ❤
We didn’t stay right on the island of Bohol but rather on Pangloa which is like a little bridge away from Bohol! We were able to book a couple rooms at the Bohol Bee Farm. We were amazing when we got there as it was well spectacular. The only down fall was that our room smelled a tad funny but the warm showers made up for that!! That evening we just hung around and went out for a nice supper at their restaurant. It looked out onto the ocean and was breath taking! And to top the evening off the food was super delicious! We were served first with the complementary bread and spreads! The pesto spread was to die for and in a close second and third were the mango and honey spread. The Bee Farm is the most amazing – most everything I believe grown there such as all their spices and herbs and it is all organic! Pretty much my dream! We ate so well!! We decided that night also that seeing as we would not be able to do the tour of Bohol and get back to Cebu on the last boat that we had to try and stay another night (which none of us were opposed to). So we booked another room (just one for all 5 of us) and a massage for 8pm on Sunday!
So Sunday morning we woke up nice and early and went to our breakfast. We chose a table right by the balcony edge so we could see the ocean perfectly! The food was amazing and the coffee was brewed not instant! Something almost all of us are missing very much! Hence our love for Starbucks here; the caffeine fix! Okay so the tour started bright and early at 9am! Our driver was an amazing tour guide – Denise. So we started the trip off by going to the Blood Compact. This is where the Spanish and Philippines kind of made a ‘truce’ if you will. They mixed their blood with wine and drank together.
The Blood Compact
After that we took a nice drive more to the center of Bohol to see the Chocolate Hills. Thsi was the one thing we all knew we really wanted to see while in Bohol. We walked up 200 and some stairs to get there and it was very busy with a bunch of tourists! But once up there it was amazing! So many hills!! We saw it when a lot of the hills were more green than brown but still beautiful!! There are many stories of how the hills came to be but one of them is about two male giants who were fighting over a lady giant. Anyways I dont totally remember but something happened and tears fell and well those are the chocolate hills! 🙂
So after the Chocolate hills we did a few more tour things! We stopped in the man made forest and took a few quick pictures! Then we went on to the Tasier Sanctuary and then to a Butterfly area. The Tasier and little primates that I think are only pretty much found in Bohol. They are cute little things – frog like feet to help them walk on the tree branches, a rat like tail and huge eyes!! That is pretty much what they are known for – the LARGE EYES!! Super adorable little creatures!
The Butterflies – well I was a little worried about going here as things flying around my head kind of freak me out a spell! These butterflies were quite nice though. Now fun fact about the creatures – they use to be called Flutterbies – which makes much more sense! I learned mucho interesting facts about the butterflies such as that the uglier the pupa the prettier the butterfly and visa versa! Fun fact that they mate for a whole 24 hours and then the female lays 100-300 eggs and DIES! It was silly as our young guide was all like “that is why I wish to be a butterfly” when he told us. He was a funny young fellow! Okay so those events were lovely and by the time it was all done we were all super hungry from being all busy all day and Denise drove us to Loboc River for lunch of a river cruise!
The tour guide caught this butterfly and then put it in my hand. They play dead and i just had to kind of drop my hand and it flew away 🙂
I am like a butterfly!! Tinkerbell photo op 🙂
The cute little thang we saw in Bohol! Great capture I must say so myself!
Okay well I am sleepy sleepy so I will share with you the rest of the weekend later this week and add some pictures of it shortly too!! But not to many to bore you 🙂 Anyways good night good night!! Unless you are at home in Canada then Good morning Good morning!!