Have you ever played a staring contest with a Tarsier? Or "tasted" the beauty of the Chocolate Hills? Forget the piles of work in the office, it’s time to live easy, and fly to Bohol!
Last April, my parents took me and my sister to Bohol, it was a 2-day vacation that I will surely never forget, easy living, good food, beach, and a stress-free environment, what more could you ask? It was really an escape from the busy city life. But before I tell you our story, I will first tell you some facts about Bohol.
Bohol is an island province located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It’s just a 45-minute plane ride from Manila. It has been a famous tourist spot in the Philippines for its beaches and resorts, and also because of the spectacular Chocolate Hills. One of Bohol’s most precious treasures is the Philippine Tarsier, the world’s second smallest primate.
On our first day, after dropping our baggage at the hotel, we immediately started the tour, (yes we were that excited). Our first stop was the Hinagdanan Cave. It was a naturally-lit cave with a lagoon at the center, even though it’s naturally lit, it’s still a bit dark so I did not get any good shots, if you are planning on shooting in that cave, I suggest you bring high ISO films or you’ll get shots like these.
Funny thing about this is that the tour guides in the cave will take your camera and change the settings himself so he can take our photos! He changed the ISO to 800 and the shutter speed to 3-5 seconds. But I bet he doesn’t know Lomo yet, he was a bit confused when I gave him my Colorsplash; anyway here are the photos he took with my mom’s cam.
Our next stop was the bee farm, in the farm, you will be toured to their organic garden and get to smell different kinds of herbs. They told us that all of their plants are organic so it’s safe to eat. You will also get a chance to be up-close and personal with a swarm of “friendly” bees. It’s really refreshing to be in this kind of environment, away from the pollution.
Before we got back to the hotel, our last stop was the Panglao Public Beach. It’s a free beach so you’ll see different kinds of people, even cats, but it’s still a beautiful beach with very fine white sands. When we came, the sea was low-tide so we just walked and watched the waves, even just listening to it relaxes my soul.
On day two, after breakfast, we visited old churches, there’s this one church called Dauis Church, where a well is located in the middle of it, they said that the water that comes from the well can heal sick people.
The other one, the Baclayon Church, also amazes me because of its colorful stained glass windows that when the sun rays filled the windows and onto your face, it really ads very vibrant colors, it almost beat my Colorsplash.
One of my favorite experiences during this vacation was the river cruise lunch at Loboc River. It’s a very nice feeling to have a sumptuous lunch while enjoying the beauty of nature.
And of course, seeing a Tarsier is a very unique experience, these creatures are very gentle. You have to see for yourself the serenity it beholds. But before we move on, I just want to remind you that if you’re planning on visiting these Tarsiers, better bring high ISO films, Tarsiers hide in shades of trees so it will really make it hard to have a good shot with slow films, you are not allowed to use flash when taking photos of these creatures.
Bohol also has a butterfly farm, you get to hold cocoons, pupas, and butterflies.
Finally, the world famous Chocolate Hills, there’s nothing much to say about it’s beauty, you just have to see it for yourself.
Before I say “goodbye”, I want to share these sunset shots. These shots were taken from the view in Villa Al Zhun, the resort where we stayed.
If you want to get away from work for a while, better pack your bags now, buy your tickets, escape the city and fly to Bohol.