Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where to go in Bohol: Chocolate Hills

We went to Bohol last March 8-11, 2011 taking the Cebu Pacific flight to Cebu and then taking a ferry that would take us to Tagbilaran Port. It was a good day, I was worried weeks before we left since it was raining here in Manila but the weather is good in Cebu and Bohol. There were some rainfall at night but we were already indoors by then.

It is better to take a direct flight to Tagbilaran than taking the Cebu flight, we experienced a delayed in our flight so instead of boarding at 11am we boarded around 12pm. Imagine, we were with Kiara and we have to check in two hours early. If our flight is at 11am we should be there by 9am meaning we were already up by 6 or 7 and leave the house by 7:30 am. It took us the whole day of March 8 just for travelling. The journey was too tiring. After landing at Cebu, we have to rush to the Oceanjet Liner because we have to be on board the 3:30 pm schedule. It took us 30 minutes to reach the Cebu port from Mactan airport. Taxi fare costs 150 pesos.

The Oceanjet ticket costs 820 each for adults and free for children below 4 years old. This ticket is "libreng balik" so we used the ticket to go back to Cebu port.

Upon arriving at Tagbilaran, we were picked up by the hotel transfer of Le Pensionne de San Jose, located at San Jose, Tagbilaran City, this is cheaper compare to checking in at Panglao Island or Dauis or any beach area. This is your choice though.

The next day, our first stop was Chocolate Hills. It was a good sunny day, you better start early because it gets too hot in the afternoon, so we were picked up by our tour guide, Tatsky at 8am after eating our breakfast. We didn't know our hotel serves continental breakfast, we have baon pa na tasty bread, anyway we do not eat breakfast naman.

The travel to Chocolate Hills took at least 1 hour, it was a long ride, Tatsky is an experienced driver so we never had any problem and his vehicle is a blue Sportage, good for small groups like us. He is very informed and conversational, making small talks so the journey is not so boring.

The view at Chocolate Hills is breathtaking. The wind on your hair, your face, your skin and the bright blue sky makes you feel less depressed and less stressed. See our smiles?

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