It was an early start on day 4 of our Bohol Backpacking trip - we had booked a tour that would take us to multiple places in the Bohol Sea. We had chosen a popular trip, the Panglao Island Hopping Tour, that takes you out into the sea for a heady mix of dolphin watching, snorkeling, turtle encountering on Balicasag Island, and finally to The Virgin Island.
My sister and I recently went chasing waterfalls as part of our Bohol backpacking trip. We took a van ride from the Dao Bus Terminal from near the Island Mall. The departure times can be a bit of an unknown as it will not leave until it is fully occupied; we were quite lucky and only had to wait for 20 minutes. Fares are 100/pax one way.
My sister and I joined up with 8 other people (connected thru FB) who had hired a van for the day at a cost of Php1,800 not including entrance fees. In short, the cost of getting from one place to another came down to Php180 per person. Great value, but there is also the alternative of getting bikes and private cars.
Bohol is a one off wonder that has it all- the sun, shimmering, crystal clear sea, soft sand and spotless beaches, a cornucopia of amazing historic heritage sites, and panoramic sensational scenery and if that isn't enough folks, you can do it all on a shoe string if you feel so inclined.
Anda and Candijay as tourist destinations are some of the most underrated attractions in Bohol. As far as I am concerned, both these exciting destinations are a mix of Banawe, Boracay, and Cebu, but without the hustle of too many people - what heaven!!
It is not often, anywhere in the world, that you come across a destination where it is possible to immerse yourself in theme park fun and important historical buildings all in one great day - but you can in Negros Occidental!
Going into Garin Farm is a whole experience in itself. If your a city dweller you will be bowled over by the warm greeting from assorted farmyard animals like ducks, chickens, pigs and cows to name but a few; you are also assaulted by their requisite odours, but then thats no worse than a lot of city places lol :D.
The Kayak Inn is the starting point for some up-beat activities that include river kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and hiking up waterfalls. For the less energetically inclined, you will be delighted to know that there are also some relaxed activities including soaking in the Kawa hot baths, full body massages or shooting the breeze with the locals.
Tourists call it Malalison Island. Locals say it’s Mararison. I call it Paradise. Malalison Island is quite small. Tho, It is now being called The Batanes of Visayas.
This spur of the moment trip started with my arrival at Kalibo International Airport, your gateway to one hell of an experience. Armed with my trusty back pack and the thought of the wise words 'negotiate, negotiate, negotiate' It began..........