The island of Bohol is one of the wonders of nature located within the Central Visayas Region here in the Philippines. White sand beaches, exotic animals, underwater paradise, nature’s beauty, name it and they all have it.
This is my first time to travel in the Visayas Region. So I decided to bring all the cameras I had and buy some slide films. One bag was full of cameras: my dSLR, my underwater camera, my Fisheye no.2, my friend’s Holga 120CFN, and a cheap Php 50 ($1) CD-R King Camera. This was my first time to use Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 and Fuji Sensia 100.
We arrived at the airport at around 7 AM and we waited for our boarding time which was 9 AM.
We left the terminal on time. This was my first flight and luckily, my seat was near the window so I got the chance to take a photo of the wing of the plane.
We arrived at Tagbilaran Airport around 10 AM, and the first thing we did was find our tour guide and start our BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR.
After meeting our tour guide, we headed straight to our first destination, the “Sandugo/Blood Compact Site”. Sandugo is the Visayan word for ‘blood’, and it pertained to the a blood compact that happened in 1565, 44 years after the first discovery of the Philippines by the Spaniards. The compact was between the Spanish explorer, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the then chieftain of the isalnd of Bohol, Datu Sikatuna. This was the first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and native Filipinos.
The next stop is lunch, where we are ate in a nice buffet in a floating river boat while we tour around Loboc River. There were different food concessionaires in this area, providing a variety of foods for the hungry tourist, and each had their own boat.
The next destination is one of the best tourists spot in the Philippines, the famous “Chocolate Hills”. It consists of hundreds of dome-shaped hills that changes color depending on the season. During the rainy season, the hills are covered with grass giving the hills a green color, while during the dry season, the hills turns chocolate brown, hence the name. Personally, I think this is the best season to visit and enjoy the true beauty of the hills.
After the tour, we went to the Dumaluan Beach Resort where we stayed for 2 days. It was a white sand beach, which you can compare to Boracay, another beach paradise in the country. We walked around the beach at night and stargazed, and since the beach was near on our room, I got my tripod and Holga, and decided to try capturing Star Trails.
Bohol has a lot to offer to tourists, ranging from water sports, extreme adventures, diving and snorkeling, or even just relaxing by the beach. Whatever activity you choose, you’ll surely enjoy every minute of your stay in this island paradise.
“Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”