Every year, the company I work in would give me and my workmates incentives for meeting our monthly targets — Bonggaaaaa! We would often use these incentives to go on out of town trips. For this year, we booked a flight to Cebu, Philippines, because we found out that Philippine Airlines had a seat sale. We got our round-trip tickets for only Php 8,060.00 for five passengers – that’s Php 1,612.00 per person!
Flying from Cebu to Manila would take about an hour and 15 minutes. We arrived around 10:30 pm and our service from the apartment fetched us from the airport. We booked two rooms for an overnight stay at Cebu at Tipolo Tree Serviced Apartments for only Php 2,800.00 (Php 466.66 per person). We left the apartment early in the next morning to head Cebu Port for our next destination.
We got on a two-hour boat ride via Ocean Jet fast craft (Fare: Php 800.00 with “libreng balikan promo fare”) from the Cebu Port to Tagbilaran, Bohol, and arrived at exactly 10:00 am in Tagbilaran. We wanted to explore the city and visit some famous tourist spot in Bohol right away, so right there and then rented a service van to drive us around the area.
First Stop: Blood Compact Shrine – located at J.P Inting Street, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. No Entrance Fee.
Second Stop: La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church (The Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary Parish Church) also know as “Baclayon Church” – located at Baclayon, Bohol. This church is still under reconstruction when we visited because Baclayon Church was damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013.
Third Stop: Loboc River – located at Loboc, Bohol.
We had an awesome buffet lunch on a floating restaurant at Loboc River. We had lunch for an hour, you’ll be entertained by the performances of a band or the local choir. For this experience, it cost as Php 450.00 per person.
Fourth Stop: Bilar Man-made Forest – located at Loay Interior Road, Bohol. (No Entrance Fee)
This man-made forest is very popular among locals and tourists alike because of its natural beauty. It’s a picture-perfect background for our social media posts. Hahaha!
Fifth Stop: Trashier Sanctuary – located at Tarsier Sunctuary Road, Corella, Bohol. (Entrance Fee: 60.00 Only)
Six & Last Stop: Chocolate Hills – located in Carmen, Bohol. (Entrance Fee: Php 50.00 Only)
Of course, our city tour wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t visit the most popular attraction in Bohol, the “Chocolate Hills”.
According to wikepedia.org, there are at least 1,260 hills but there are many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers (20 sq. mi). They’re covered in green grass that turns brown like chocolate during the dry season.
Our City Tour service van rental fee was only Php 4,500.00 for 6pax or Php 750.00 per head. This is inclusive of a one-way fee going to Anda, Bohol. The food & entrance fees are not included. You may contact Rina Amoguis-Pedarse with mobile No. 0912-0221016 for bookings and reservations. Just let her know that you got her details from emontopoftheworld.com 😉
Travel Expenses for City Tour In Bohol, Philippines
Manila to Cebu via Philippine Airlines Php 1,612.00 *** round-trip ticket
Cebu Airport to Tipolo Serviced Apartments Php 100.00
Tipolo Serviced Apartment to Cebu Port Php 100.00
Cebu Port Terminal Fee Php 25.00
Cebu to Tagbilaran via Ocean Jet Php 800.00 *** round-trip ticket
Private Van Rental Php 750.00
Tipolo Serviced Apartments Php 466.66
Tarsier Sanctuary Php 60.00
Chocolate Hills Php 50.00
Breakfast Php 200.00
Lunch at Floating Restaurant Php 450.00
Snacks Php 175.00
Dinner Php 300.00
Total Expenses Php 5,088.66 Only