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Bohol Bee Farm – 2013

Bohol By April 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

There is always something new every time I pay Bohol Bee Farm a visit. This year is my third time in Bohol and Panglao Island. Ever since my first visit there, with Travel Factor and when Lia was only 8 months old, I make it a point to go to Bohol Bee Farm whenever I find myself in Bohol. Aside from the delicious food, I love the simplicity of the place. And it just keeps reinventing itself.

I didn’t blog extensively about my first visit there. Posting only a few photos of the beach in Dumaluan, where we were staying at. On my second visit there with my family, we stayed at Bohol Beach Club, right next to Dumaluan Beach Resort, and blogged about the trip extensively. Sadly, of all the 8 posts I made on that trip, only 2 survived the website crash in 2011. I still have to recover the posts. I might be able to recover them soon, but until then, only these two remain.

Tagbilaran Airport (Bohol)
Bohol Beach Club – A Place for Families
DBR Grill at Dumaluan Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol
Dolphin Watching, Snorkeling at Balicasag Island and Virgin Island – A Day in the Bohol Sea
Snorkeling in Balicasag Island, Bohol
Balicasag Island Dive Resort, Bohol
Bohol Bee Farm – Always A Great Experience
Dumaluan Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

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Too bad because I posted photos of Bohol Bee Farm from both 2009 and 2010 in one of the still-missing blog post.

On my way to the Tagbilaran airport, to catch a flight back to Manila, I had the habal-habal (motorcycle) drop by Bohol Bee Farm so I could buy some more of the squash muffins that I like so much. And then I took some more photos of the place.

They are always expanding at the farm. The restaurant now is even bigger. It is actually huge now! And even the store – they have also expanded the store. And even the lobby and receiving area. Maybe they even have more rooms now.

A lounge area near the restaurant.

Bohol Bee Farm

Sunbathing and Lounging Area

The deck for sunbathing. This is also where the boat docks for island hopping and dive trips. The stairs leading down is found near the restaurant.

Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm

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Diving in Balicasag Island, Bohol

Bohol By April 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

As the boat was approaching Balicasag Island, I could not help but exclaim, “Welcome back to me, Balicasag!”

Balicasag Island happens to be one of my favorite islands to snorkel at. Though, I was, on a dive boat this time, with other divers, I was still not diving. I have yet to get a license. I just go on the dive boat all the time because, aside from other reasons, it’s really much cheaper that way. I brought my own snorkel and fins, so on this boat, I only had to pay Php300. This was one of the boats of Sierra Madre Divers.

Diving in Balicasag Island, Bohol

It is not Balicasag if I don’t take a photo with the lighthouse in it. I simply must.

Diving in Balicasag Island, Bohol

Snorkelers in the marine sanctuary.

Diving in Balicasag Island, Bohol

On a dive boat with loads of Koreans.

Diving in Balicasag Island, Bohol

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[The Better Part of] Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

Bohol By March 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

Anyone who asks me for a recommendation on resorts in Panglao Island, I almost always say, “If you like peace and quiet, do NOT stay at Alona Beach”. I would always recommend Bohol Beach Club because they have a fantastic beach front, or Dumaluan Beach Resort, because it has cheaper rooms and is right next to Bohol Beach Club, and if you are stealthy, you can slip into the beach of Bohol Beach Club and sunbathe yourself away.

If you want easy access to dive shops, yes, stay at Alona Beach. If you want a wide array of choices for restaurants, bars, and stores, yes, by all means, stay at Alona Beach. But if you want peace and quiet, stay away. 

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

I am wrong though. There IS a nice part of Alona Beach I would, apparently, recommend – and it is the stretch of Alona Beach right in front of Alona Tropical Beach Resort. The beach here is beautiful! It is like the Station 1 of Alona Beach! (Station 1 of Boracay)

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol

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St. Peter’s Church of Loboc, Bohol

Bohol By March 30, 2013 Tags: , , , 6 Comments

This is my third trip to Bohol. The first one, in 2009, was made with Travel Factor, and we stayed at Dumaluan Beach Resort. The second one was made in 2010, with the family, and we stayed at Bohol Beach Club. The third trip was a crazy one of sorts, and what made it different was, instead of staying in Panglao Island, I stayed in the center of Tagbilaran – at Nisa Traveller’s Hotel, where a single fan room, with shared bathroom, could be had for Php400/night inclusive of breakfast. Crazy! But I would recommend this place to anyone. I only quite stumbled upon it, walking down the streets, with my bag, in the rain, I checked into the first establishment that remotely said “HOTEL” in it. I was surprised that it was a decent place, with really friendly staff, and the cheapest room I have come across in all my recent travels. The regular rate is apparently Php550/night but they told me they were on promo. The rate included breakfast, bottled water, coffee and even wi-fi. I just really dropped my bags in my room, and went straight out into the jeepney terminal, which was about 3 blocks away from the hotel. The staff gave me directions on how to get to Panglao Island by commute and I was very pleased.

Anyway, I was supposedly on my way to the Chocolate Hills when I decided I was not up for it. I found myself napping on a bench in the shade of bamboos by the side of the road somewhere in Loboc, with my feet up, sunglasses on, and headphones on. Then it started raining. I took a habal-habal back to the town proper, determined to find a salon, a.k.a. “parlor”, where I can have my nails done. Yes, I am weird like that. I have been traveling nearly a week and my nails needed some care.

My search for a place to have my nails done led me to this two-storey building right by the church and right in front of the church’s bell tower. It is by the way the only salon in the entire town of Loboc, in case you are wondering.

Loboc Church, Bohol

Loboc Church, Bohol

The light from the setting sun made the bell tower stand out. And I was pleased.

Loboc Church, Bohol

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Snorkeling in Balicasag Island, Bohol

Bohol, Travel By September 16, 2010 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

For someone who lived in El Nido for a year, snorkeling every chance I could get, paddling to the nearby Cadlao Island almost every weekend, and spoiled by the corals of the place, it had since been difficult to find a place that I felt would rival my previous snorkeling experiences.

H maintains to this day that snorkeling is so much better in Coron than in El Nido, based on his experience in the island of North Cay. I stay mum on this topic since he has only been to El Nido twice whereas I have been to as many snorkeling sites and can not count how many snorkeling experiences I have actually had.

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North Cay Island, Coron, Palawan (with my cousin Romulus Rueda taking a photo of the boat)

I have been to many other places too, always in search of that good snorkeling spot, and have always come back disappointed.

Until I went to Balicasag Island in December of 2009.

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Off to Bohol For The Weekend

Bohol, Travel Factor By December 5, 2009 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment
Photo by Romulus Rueda, click on image to view original

Photo by Romulus Rueda, click on image to view original

Pahiram muna ng photo mo cuz, palitan ko na lang ng akin pag balik ko? 😛

This is where we will be staying for our 4D/3N trip to Bohol. (No, not really this beach-front room, though I wish! Hahaha!)

http://www.dumaluanbeach.com

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This trip is made possible by Travel Factor. 😉

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Diving Balicasag Island, Bohol, Philippines

Bohol By November 22, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I wish I was the one who took this video or even the one in it, but no, I just had to be the one watching it all green with envy. Hahaha. I got to this video because Kristelle tweeted it this morning. Thanks Kristelle! This video makes me look forward all the more to our Bohol trip on December 5-8, 2009. That’s just two weeks away! Yehey!! I wish we could scuba dive too!

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Travel Factor’s UBBE+SNUBA Bohol (December 5-8 2009)

Travel Factor By October 19, 2009 Tags: , , 1 Comment
Travel Factors UBBE+SNUBA Bohol

Travel Factor’s UBBE+SNUBA Bohol

Travel Factor’s Ultimate Beach Bumming Experience and Snorkeling/Scuba Diving adventure
Dec 5 – 8, 2009
Bohol, Philippines

What is SNUBA?
SNUBA stands for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. It’s a Travel Factor trip that caters to both divers and non-divers.

Package Rate:
depending on total number of participants
P7,000 per pax (if 5 participants)
P6,000 per pax (if 10 participants)

Package Inclusion:
• roundtrip service from airport to resort (includes van transfers)
• 3 nights aircon accommodation in Panglao Island, Bohol
• free use of resort amenities: swimming pool, etc.
• guided tour with service and entrance fees
• aircon van for the Countryside Tours
• lunch at Loboc on board a floating restaurant w/ serenade
• boat transfers from resort to Dolphin watching area / Balicasag Island
• Travel Insurance
• Travel Factor ID

not included:
• roundtrip airfare and terminal fee
• snorkelling/scuba diving gears and fees
• other meals not part of package

Itinerary Summary:
Dec 5 – arrival in Bohol; check-in at resort; free time (relax, swim, dive)
Dec 6 – Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling at Balicasag Island. option to scuba dive.
Dec 7 – whole day Bohol Countryside Tours
Dec 8 – free time; flight to Manila

* Whole day Countryside Tour including Chocolate Hills, Bilar man-made forest, Tarsier watching in Loboc, Loboc river cruise w/ lunch & serenade, Clarin House, Hinagdanan Cave, Phyton Mini Zoo, Baclayon Church & Museum, Hanging Bridge, Blood Compact Marker, Souvenir Shopping, Bohol Bee Farm

For more information, visit the Travel Factor site.

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Owraaayttt! Ok, I am still waiting for the poster for this event but as I am overly-igzayded I am already reposting. It seemed like the Cebu Pacific website was down or having server problems, probably from too many people accessing it so thank you so much for Leia Nagal for helping me book the tickets through phone. Thanks much! I am excited to go on a TF trip again. I am excited to be on a TF trip with you again Leia. The last time was Coron back in June 2008 and that was more than a year ago!

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