Bohol is one of the many Philippine pride; with its beautiful beaches, surreal land forms, history and rich culture. It is easily on top of every Pinoy-travel-junkie-beginner’s bucket list. Apart from it cradling by its nest the famous Chocolate Hills which we only get to see in our text books during our Araling Panlipunan (History) elementary classes, Bohol has alot more to offer. So without further ado, let’s get started…
We went to Tagbilaran last October 27 – 31, 2016 via Air Asia, we booked our tickets August of that year (for the usual reason of travel junkies: SEAT SALE kasi) 😜 We were a party of 7 – me, Melo, BuBear, mom, pops, Mitchy and my sister-in-law, Kine. I spearheaded the planning of the trip since this is my third time in Bohol.
The flight from MNL to Tagbilaran is fairly fine, we left on time and landed on time as well. We left at 7:30am and arrived at 9:00am. Waited a bit for our airport transfer, then off we go to our 4 days of Bohol escapade.
We stayed at Lost Horizon Annex, Alona Beach Panglao, which is almost an hour from the airport and roughly a 5 minute walk to the beach, you just have to pass thru the main resort Lost Horizon Dive Resort. Melo and I stayed here when we first went to Bohol in 2015 for our 5th anniversary; so we’re very familiar with the place already. LH Annex costs a bit less than the one at the beach front but nevertheless, the amenities are almost the same, it has its own bar and pool too! It’s a humble place to stay specially if you don’t plan to just sleep the entire trip. The staff are also friendly and accommodating. We booked – 3 Standard King Rooms which has a King bed that can comfortably fit 2 adults + a child (may even fit 3 adults); the bathroom is clean and with the basic set of toiletries; a split type aircon that works well; a mini ref; a wi-fi access which works just fine. It has its own private balcony wherein we use to hang our wet clothes. The rate at that time was: PHP 2,295.00/night and they also offer transfers from the airport to the hotel and back, that’s an additional PHP 700.00/one way, good for 1-4 pax. As a returning guest they were generous enough to give me 20% off from our total bill. They offer package tours as well, but we opted not to avail of it since we have our “contact” already who we met from our previous Bohol trip. We settled all the payments upon check-in and when all is good we headed to the beach front where a long stretch of eateries await our hungry bellies.
When you’re at the beach there is no better way to eat than to eat inihaw, so we went for that for our first meal in Bohol, and by that..I mean almost all variants of ihaw! At around a budget of PHP 150-200/person we got ourselves the usual liempo, fish & chicken all along side my favorite sawsawan of all time – soy sauce, kalamansi and chopped sili + the beach as our view. Yummers! 😋
We retreated back at the hotel for siesta since the sun is still up so high. Around 4:30 in the afternoon when we decided to go out and we were greeted by a bunch of tourists frolicking by the beach – Filipinos, foreigners, young & old ; everyone is having a good time waiting for the pretty sun set.
We had dinner at one of the pop up restaurants along the stretch. Had the usual Filipino stuff like chicken & pork barbecue, sinigang and a couple of beers for the boys. We rested early that night ’cause we’ll have a whole day of Country Side tour the next day.
DAY 2 on my next blog. 🙂
Catch you later! ❤️