Read part 2 here.
Day 2. 12 February 2016 (Friday)– Part 2.
We had our lunch at the Loboc River Cruise Floating Restaurant. Mang Kulas arranged our reservation beforehand so we didn’t had any trouble with the line. The buffet/river cruise costs Php 480.
According to Mang Kulas, Loboc River is considered to be the cleanest river in the Philippines. We saw lots of children taking a plunge into the river. In this generation of tablets, PCs, and xbox, it is an extremely rare sight for me. While watching, I felt their genuine happiness that doesn’t rely on modern technology.
After an hour-long voyage, we went to see another famous tourist attraction in Bohol: the Tarsier Sanctuary. Our expectations were high. So high that we found our experience somehow disappointing. I’m not sure if our timing was wrong or if it’s due to the fact that the tarsiers are endangered. Sigh.
After our short rendezvous with the tarsiers, we headed for another extreme adventure at the Loboc Eco Adventure Park. We were all determined to try their 520 meter-long zipline (120m high) overlooking the Loboc river. The two-way trip costs Php 350.
For the less adventurous, there are also cable cars available at Php 250/pax.
After our buwis-buhay experience, we went to the Sta. Monica Church (to thank God we survived the zipline, char. Hihi~). This church, located in Alberquerque, is one of the remaining churches that stood against the earthquake that destroyed some of the province’s historical structures.
We went to the Python Sanctuary afterwards to visit our slytherin’ friends. We spent most of our time calming ourselves down to have enough guts to hold the huge snakes. The superstar of the place, Prony, is unfortunately sleeping after being fed a number of chickens. (Note: photos (from my friend) to follow~)
Our next destination was the Blood Compact Monument. This landmark stands as a memorial of one of the country’s most significant historical events: the sandugo between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna. This is considered to be the first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos. (Note: photos (from my friend) to follow~)
Our final stop before heading to Panglao is the Pasalubong Center. For those of you who don’t know, it is customary for Filipinos to bring home pasalubong whenever they come from a trip. It is usually a souvenir or a food (delicacy) from the place that the person came from.
We wanted to try going to Panglao by ourselves for a more exciting trip. However, due to exhaustion, we decided to ask Mang Kulas to take us there instead. We arrived at Alona Beach at around 7 PM. We were overwhelmed by the huge number of foreign tourists, and it appeared like we were the foreigners in our own country.
We had our dinner by the seashore. As expected, the waiting time for the food is quite long due to the number of customers. After eating, we took a short walk outside the beach area to buy food for the following day. While walking, we had to stop by the KMart to catch a glimpse of the Pangako Sa’yo Finale. Haha.
We headed back to the Playa Blanca de Asteria Heritage House to end our second day.
Read part 4 here.