Summer Escapade in Panglao, Bohol.
This is our second time in Bohol together (with my boyfriend, the one in the photo is my friend from Bohol) but this time we are taking the sea side tour, Panglao Island! Panglao is located on the north side of Bohol and it is known for its beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. This is more expensive than our country side tour since the price range you find in the island are in dollar currency.
Like what I have said before, there is only one trip from Dumaguete to Bohol and that is scheduled at 3:00PM. Good thing we bought tickets the day before our trip because there are so many people in the pier still buying tickets going to Bohol.
We were seated at the back part of the boat which is also our seat the last time we went to Bohol. :)
We arrived at around 5:30PM and I was so happy that I was able to witness the sunset. The first thing we did was to rent a motorcycle for our entire stay in the Bohol. I am so lucky that I have a man who knows how to haggle. I think the motorcycle was P600 per day. We ate our dinner in the barbecue stalls that can be found near the port. And then we went directly to a cheap pension house which only costs 1000 per day. It was located in Tagbilaran City which is approximately 45 minutes away from Panglao Island.
I. BALICASAG ISLAND
The following day, we woke up a little bit late because after we checked in the pension house, we went to BQ mall to meet with my friend Jhunalee and MJ and bought some food for our island hopping adventure. We arrived at around 7:30AM in Panglao Island. Supposedly, the call time was 5:30AM so that we can see dolphins as we go to Balicasag Island.
This is Jhunalee and her boyfriend Kevin. And then us, the babbssies! :))
Trying to look like a model as I am looking for some dolphines. =))
The Balicasag Island is known for its almost circular form and for its perfect location for diving. But in our case, we only snorkel because I don't know how to swim plus I am afraid of deep waters. I hope someday, I would be able to learn these things.
II. VIRGIN ISLAND (ISOLA DE FRANCESCO)
Isola de Francesco or previously known as Virgin Island is one of the gems you can find in Panglao, Bohol. This is located about 20 minutes away from the Panglao Island and nobody lives here except those care takers who maintain the cleanliness of the island. Unlike Balicasag Island, there is no entrance fee but they are open a small amount of donation. This is one of the many islands in the Philippines where an area sinks during high tide and only the trees in the middle are visible.
I don't know how it become Isola de Francesco because the last time I went to Panglao, this is only known as the Virgin Island. At the north part of the island is a golden statue of the Francescan friar St. Pio. There is also a mini-museum that you can find in the island.
The Virgin island is also known to its long stretch of white sand beach during low tide which spans approximately of 1 hectare. It's a struggle to take a photo where you are alone in the picture because there are a lot of tourists in the island. Some are Korean, Japanes and the locals.
It was scourging hot that is why it is important that you always bring your sunscreen. We only stayed for an hour or two because the boat that we rented has another customer to fetch which was not really in our plan. :(
On our way back to Panglao Island, the waves were very strong that it made me feel nauseated. Supposedly, we have to walk around Panglao island and take some merienda but I was not feeling well that we have to go back right away to our pension house.
III. HINAGDANAN CAVE
We went to a cave that is naturally lighted caven with a deep cold lagoon inside called the Hinagdanan Cave. There were so many tourists that time that we have to fall in line before we can get inside the cave.
Inside the cave, you can see large stalagmites and stalactites. It is lit by sunlight which passes through the holes in the ceiling. So it is advisable to visit the place in the morning. There is a swimming spot which is really deep but refreshing. I only took a quick deep because I don't know how to swim.
While researching about how it was called a Hinagdanan Cave because it is far way than I imagined, I learned that it was accidentally discovered by the owner of the area. He was clearing the decaying branches of the land when found a hole. He threw a stone and heard a splash and so he built a ladder to get into the cave. I really thought that it's naturally formed as a ladder but it's actually man made.
III. DUMALUAN BEACH RESORT
Here is the other side of Panglao Island which is an opposite of Alona Beach. There were less tourists and more of the locals and also less pump boats. The beach is really designated for swimming with family and friends. Actually it is a resort and we paid 25 pesos for the entrance but they said that there is Dumaluan II and Dumaluan III where high-class families are able to check in.
We thought we could witness the sunset however this where the sun rises and unfortunately, we were staying Regeant's Resort Park which is in Alona Beach.
IV. ALONA BEACH
My boyfriend always brags that Alona Beach is a mini-version of Boracay because there are so many establishments beside the sea. And there are also pump boats that will take you to other islands in Panglao.
It was my first time to taste a raw sea urchin and they call this one as "salawaki". It costs 20 pesos which some of the locals said it is really expensive. They said it is better if you pair it with rice. And.. I don't like the taste. Haha. First it was sweet then it became salty.
So this is Alona Beach at night.
Drinking buddy. We wrapped up our night with a bottle of beer and talked about our adventure in Bohol. We were also planning for our next trip :)
V. TAGBILARAN CITY
We also went to the Tagbilaran Plaza after we attended mass because I want to feed those birds with popcorn.
BLOOD COMPACT SHRINE
This where the sanduga was performed by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna on March 16, 1565 as a seal of their friendship which is part of the tribal tradition. And today, this place is visited by many.
And so, that's it. This how I spent my summer vacation before Junior Clerkship started.