Monday, May 4, 2009

My latest Bohol trip: itinerary and budget! :)

In Bohol, the highest influx of tourists is said to be during Fiesta Month, which is May. Starts off at May1st which is the Fiesta of St. Joseph the Worker in Tagbilaran City, followed by May 3 in Panglao, and so forth.

With my grandmother based in Tagbilaran, we appropriately scheduled our annual vacation in time for the Fiesta! We were there April 27 to May 2. We decided to do the main tours during weekdays because weekends at the tourist spots can become congested!

Three of us flew via PAL which cost P3833/pax and three of us flew via Cebu Pacific which cost P5200/pax. It really is important to book earlier because we booked only 2 weeks in advance. My cousins who flew via CebPac merely booked a day after I booked with PAL, and see the difference in the fares. I'd also like to mention that the CebPac flights to and from were both delayed by over an hour. So when planning, always take in to account delays in flights! :)

BTW, EF = Entrance Fee

Monday April 27, 2009
We arrived in the afternoon so we just went to Bohol Quality Mall for some toiletries and had dinner at home. We went to bed early. :)

Tuesday April 28, 2009 - COUNTRYSIDE TOUR, THE EXTENDED VERSION!
7 am - Left Tagbilaran City, picked up by van c/o Ramil (cheapest rates in Tagbilaran, Ramil is a former DENR inspector, and is actually from Laguna but now as Boholano as can be!)
8 am - Punta Cruz Watch Tower in Maribojoc EF P5/pax P25/van
10 am - Chocolate Hills in Sagbayan Peak (newer, closer, privately owned) EF P20/pax
11 am - Chocolate Hills in Carmen (the more popular viewing deck, govt owned) EF P50/pax
1130am - Man-Made Forest of Bilar, free of course
1145am - Butterfly Sanctuary of Bilar EF P20/pax and must try home made ice cream P20/bar
12nn - Hanging Bridge of Sevilla EF P10/pax
1pm - Loboc River Cruise EF P300/pax
230pm - Tarsier Sighting EF by donation
3pm - World's Largest Python in Captivity EF P10/pax
4pm - Baclayon Church and Museum EF P25/pax, will not allow sleeveless tops in the church
430pm - Blood Compact Site no EF
5pm - Hinagdanan Cave EF P10/pax
530pm - Panglao Island Nature Resort P450/pax consumable so dinner was included here
8pm - headed back to Tagbilaran, which is 20 minutes away :)
Van rental was P3000. Originally at P2300 but since we decided to go for Punta Cruz, Sagbayan, and Panglao, we had to pay more. And trust me, super cheap yan. Others would rate it at at least P3500. :)

Wednesday April 29, 2009 -DOLPHIN WATCHING AND ISLAND HOPPING DAY!
515am - Left Tagbilaran and headed for Alona Beach
6 am - Out at sea! Dolphin Watching!!!
8 am - Balicasag Marine Sanctuary EF P150/pax. Bring bread, snorkeling gear, and aqua shoes. Rental of snorkeling gear and aqua shoes is P150. This part of the itinerary is definitely a MUST-DO!
10am - Brunch at Balicasag, we had eggs and fresh tuna and drinks etc, for 7pax we paid P400.
11am - we decided to go back to Panglao because the waters were a bit choppy, but we were really slated to go to Puntod Island aka Virgin Island
12nn - Bohol Beach Club EF P250 consumable...we had heavy merienda!:)
4pm - we visited our lot in Panglao Island, and we even went to the munisipyo to check on our taxes for it, and wow their system's computerized! :)
6 pm - dinner at Bojol Grill in Tagbilaran...love the inasal (P85) and balbacua! Shakes (P30) are awesome too!
Boat rental: P2000
Van rental: P1000

Thursday April 30, 2009 - RELAXATION DAY!
715am - Mass at Tagbilaran Cathedral...drop by the park after
9am - Dauis Church (really beautiful) and Museum aka Hinandumanan, developed by the Zobel family
10 am - Bohol Bee Farm!!!!! Your BEST bet talaga is to go for the BUFFET which they REFILL! For 6pax, it is P420/pax plus 10% SC. Consists of...seafood soup, fresh garden salad, organic rice with camote, bread and squash muffins, seafood lasagna, honey glazed chicken, baked pork ribs, and grilled marlin, bottomless lemongrass iced tea, 2 scoops of homemade ice cream! Grabe!!! :)
Farm tour is a must-do as well, which is P20/pax. I had the massage which was so relaxing because it was on a cliff...the best ambiance! P500 whole body 1 hour massage with 1 cup of tea. :) You can also go swimming but we just decided to chill by the deck/massage area.:)
6 pm - bisperas ng Fiesta...we were at home and my lola prepared a FEAST complete with LECHON!!! :)

Friday May 1, 2009 - Tagbilaran City Fiesta!
715 am - Mass, played some games at the Park afterwards
Morning - shopping at Island City Mall
Afternoon - shopping at Bohol Quality Mall
Evening - just at home :)

Saturday May 2, 2009 - Returned to Manila

Photos to follow! :)

17 comments:

Lenny said...

Hello,

I'm Lenny from Bacolod. I'm interested in the itinerary that you posted here... A friend and I are planning to visit Bohol this August and badly need help on the tour... I wanted to ask for info of your contact for transportation [a van? or do they have a sedan? since it's just the 2 of us] since we wanted to have a tour of Bohol with some of the destinations you have in your itinerary and to compress it in 2 days...

Thanks for ur help!

kuhkee said...

Hi, we are interested in the itinerary. Do you have contact number of your tour guide Ramil?.. Thanks. we will be leaving sep23, 2009.

Selle said...

Hello, Im Selle. Thank you for the itinerary that you posted here. It gave me an idea on how should my bohol trip would look like. I would like to ask for the contact number of your tour guide Ramil. Thanks

Gabriel Bitoon & Ching Custodio said...

Hi, can I get the contact number of Ramil? Thanks thanks!

xanmer said...

Hi,

I would like to know how much is the fee if you will use theier swimming pool?

Thanks

dith said...

guys, if youre interested to go to bohol, let me know. bigay ko sa inyo number ni tatsky..cya ang may pinakamurang bigay mga tour, land and sea tour... pati sa accommodations...kaya nila provide actual price, ocean jet transfer...name it...matutulungan nila kau.. ive been there at lahat walang down ang reservation pero garbeh, never kami nagkaproblema...on time pa cla...kung anu yung demand mo, yun ang ibibigay nila sau.

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Bitoy said...

hi, my wife and i are planning to go in bohol this sept2011.can u send me the contact number of your friends there who are offering the services for an affordable price. pls email their names and numbers at vernel23@yahoo.com

i would really appreciate your reply.

thanks in advance!

Ryan Ryan Ryan said...

We went Cebu then Bohol. In Cebu we travelled using Taxi so I can't say it's a budget travel because everytime we go out taxi, taxi and taxi. Then we went to Bohol, I am happy because we rented a tricycle for our 4 days 3 nights stay there. I think you will save more renting a tricycle. The name of the driver is Kuya Nilo, here's his contact number 09185074167 with his white tricycle no.1929.

I promised to help him that's why I'm advertising his service in blogs hehehe...

Read more on my post with photos, thanks: http://cebuhol.blogspot.com

Hope this would help you too...

Maricar Salve said...

hi thanks for the infos! me and my daughter will go to bohol this april. wwould you mind if you send me the contact numbers of the transpo and for the tour pls! I would appreciate it a lot. thnks so much.

maricarsalve_coronel@hotmail.com

Zbk101 said...

Hi!!!

Thanks for the very detailed and emotion filled itnerary. It really feels that you did enjoy your stay in Bohol. I would like to ask if you could email mo the contact number of your tour guide.

RodelleCarpio@gmail.com

Thank you very much!

Becca Blossoms said...

Wow Bohol Tours offers cheap and affordable Bohol tours that fit anyone's budget. Whether you are a lone traveller or with your family and friends, you can count on us to make your Bohol vacation a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Madelene Badong said...

Hello! Im very interested with the itinerary since me and my fiance are planning to go to Bohol this Sept2013, can you please email me the contact numbers of the van you rented and other transfers? Please email it to maddybadong@gmail.com. Thank you!

Cindrell Inoc said...

Hello! Im interested with the itinerary. Im planning to go to bohol on November2013 could you email me the contact number of your tour guide and the driver's number of the van you rented? Please email to cind_real@yahoo.com. thanks :)

Karlo Pecha said...

Hi! Nice post. Binabasa ko pa lang natutuwa na ako. :) We're going on a Cebu-Bohol trip din this November. Can I ask for Ramil's contact number? Or anyone if unavailable siya. Maraming salamat!

Email: pecha.k@gmail.com

jochebed_3 said...

Id like to inquire abt d package...pls send to chonacacha@ymail.com...tnx

Hazel Villaflor said...

Hi! Pls send me the contact number of tatsky. Planning to visit Bohol on April1st. Here's my email add azelvillaflor@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance. :)