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Amazing Bohol by Chance (Part I)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I had the slightest idea that my Cebu trip will bring an added treat - that is to bring me to one of my native land's amazing wonder and that is the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

Here's the story: During the first day of the Convention when we were having a break just after lunch, I came across a booth, a travel agency offering a promo tour package. I asked the lady every details and knew then that Bohol is just 2 hours away via a ferry ride.I was about to sign up but but they didn't have a scheduled trip the following day since the seminar is still ongoing. I told my friend Sheryl along with her hubs Lew who were also interested to come with me since we are all booked for Manila by Friday. We decided to go and left the following day (Thursday) at past 7:00 a.m. for Pier 4 to catch the 8:00 a.m. Super Cat ferry bound for Tagbilaran (Bohol's capital). While aboard the ferry, we noticed my brother Mer a naval servicemen who I requested to join us was busy by then arranging our trip because as you know we went by ourselves and have not availed of a tour package. Luckily he knew some service crew who referred us to the Captain's friend for our transport. When we alighted, a privately driven Hi-ace van was already waiting for us.

Since it's past 10:00 am we decided to have the offered buffet lunch inclusive of a 45 minute cruise along (first itinerary) the Loboc River. The fee of P300.00 per person is good enough for the sumptuous and various menu of grilled fish, vegetable salads, meat, gintaang langka, sea shells, fruits and a lot more. Just when the boat is about to leave for the cruise, we decided not to go because we were excited to go on our next stop - the Chocolate Hills itself. BTW, before my next entry I'd like to leave you with a computation of the expenses we incurred which is surprisingly fair enough.

Ferry ride (roundtrip) - P825.00 per person ($18.50)
Buffet lunch 300.00 per person ($ 7.00)
Private van (P3,500.) 875.00 per person ($19.50) divided by 4, might have been less depending upon the number of heads for about 6 hours long drives. So approximately P2,000.00 each ($45.50). Cheap di ba? For Filipinos out there, may I request you to vote here for Bohol, Mayon Volcano, Tabbata Reef and Palawan to be included among the 7 Wonders of the World. Please spare a few minutes of your time.