• Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

The Philippines: Bohol

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Hello my loooove, welcome to my second instalment of our adventure to The Philippines, honestly one of the best holidays I've ever been on!

We spent three weeks in this slice of paradise, hopping between islands, drinking local rum and soaking up some culture along the way.

We spent five days in Moalboal and from there we got a two-hour ferry across the seas to beautiful Bohol. Within the first few seconds Lynne and I experienced a bit of a culture shock here, it was much more built-up than Moalboal and clearly a more wealthy and touristic area.

We got the ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran and from there took a 15-minute taxi to Alona Beach, Panglao. While we were there we stayed in a hostel called D'backpackers - I wouldn't recommend it tbh, it was pretty grimy, the breakfast was poor, the dorms had no locks and there were all kinds of insects in the room. If you want to hostel it there's a place on the main square called Moon Fools that seemed much nicer and more central.

Bohol as I said before, is a hot spot for tourism meaning there are some resorts around the place. Lynne and I ended up walking to the back of a stunning beach resort called Henann and honestly, if we had more time there we would have booked it in a second, in fact, I'm kind of raging we didn't!

During our first night, we walked down the strip of bars, it has that Spanish holiday feel to it, and then down along the beach where there was a tonne of cocktail bars. We settled on a karaoke bar and one of the members of the band kindly sang a few songs for us when the show was over. This whole area is great craic and the rum is super cheap so we had a ball.

We stayed in Bohol for two nights and spent a full day doing a tour of the island - this I would 100% recommend doing as you get to see everything and try some really fun activities like zip-lining and quad biking. We booked on the strip with a company called Jazz Tours and it cost 400 pesos which was a steal. On top of this fee, however, you need to pay admission to sites and for experiences but we were happy enough to do so.

We started the tour at a butterfly sanctuary - *disclaimer* I would highly recommend skipping this as Lynne and I didn't like how the other animals on the premises were treated e.g posing for photos and in cages. The rest of the tour, however, was fab.

Taken during the boat trip.

We had the most incredible lunch on a boat, went zip lining, visited a tasier sanctuary (they were treated very well), went quad biking and toured the chocolate hills. By the end of the tour, I really felt like we had ticked off Bohol.

That night we ate in a FAB spot called Bamboo, would definitely recommend and then we headed to the bars for a few scoops.

Our stay was short and sweet, I probably would have liked another day or two if we had upgraded our accommodation. Bohol is certainly a place that should be on your radar if you're visiting the Philippines.

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Much love,

Bandeadd xxx