For our second trip of the summer, my family and I headed to Bohol for three days. Back to the beach! My dad told me that Bohol is the tenth largest island in the Philippines. No wonder we’ve done many exciting things in such a short period of time. Expect a long blog post because there’s so much to talk about!
One of my favorite things about this trip was our hotel, the Bellevue Resort. Our room was just the right size; the food was great; the beach was amazing but what I liked most of all was the pool. One may get bored with swimming after a while, doing the same thing over and over but not this time for me and my brothers! I questioned why there was an elevated platform at the end of the pool. The answer is because you can jump into the section where it is twelve feet deep! My brothers and I were often found on that side of the pool area having competitions on who did the best rotating jump, dive and cannon ball.
Our first night in Bohol, we ate dinner at Alona beach, the main stretch of white sand at Panglao Island. While waiting for our food my brothers and I were taking pictures, making mini sand castles and writing our names in the sand. Back at the hotel it was movie night. My dad and brothers watched ‘Rio’ on the wide-screen setup at the middle of the resort grounds while my mom and I went to the Alzurea Spa for a massage. We spent our first day mostly in the resort and we were ready for the next day going to many places.
We were out the whole afternoon on day two. We ate lunch at Tarsier Botanica and I really enjoyed it. I’ll let the pictures describe how yummy the food was, I predict you’ll get hungry after seeing these 🙂
Besides the food, the view was amazing! It’s exciting to have lunch on top of a mini cliff, you get to see everything.
My brothers insisted on going to the animal sanctuary after, so we took the tour. I found out the place is owned by a french man and filipino woman. They set up Tarsier Botanica because they love animals and traveling. I was blown away by how they shared their experiences to us by this tour. We were able to see the museum which consisted of paintings and sculptures that the owners collected from around the world. Some of the other things included in this tour were a wide range of animals (bird especially), a french garden and a bahay kubo.
The Animal Sanctuary
The french Garden
Traditional Filipino Kitchen
Traditional Filipino musical instrument
The reclining buddha
After, we made our way to the Hinagdanan Cave and we actually swam there! The water was cold, clear and clean. I was scared at first because it was dark and I was wondering if there was any life in the water. Luckily, our guide told us only fish and crabs were living there. It was different and weird swimming in a cave but it was a great experience. If you go to Bohol, I definitely recommend you try this out.
Before calling it a day, we were able to visit the mangroves for a few pictures. Unlucky for us, it started raining. We weren’t able to make it to the beach. I even remember my dad trying to speed walk back to the van 🙂
Surprisingly, we still swam back at the hotel. Luckily, there wasn’t any thunder. I had a fun-filled, jam-packed day. The places we’ve visited and the things we’ve seen definitely made the trip memorable.
We only had the morning to enjoy ourselves on the last day. We went kayaking and swimming at the beach. I even spotted some starfish as well and we were able to get a few. I also did my three famous skating poses again! I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing those every time we go to the beach.
This is a trip I’ll surely remember. We did things that we did were somewhat different from what we would normally do. Summer 2013 is going by so quickly, and it’s not slowing down. Bohol was great, and it’s obviously one of the highlights of my summer. Oh and I recommend that you see the tarsiers as well, we didn’t get to do that this trip but we saw them last time were in Bohol.