Cebu is located in the Visayas region of the Philippines and it contains many islands, which makes it the perfect beach and diving paradise. Fret not for those who do not know how to dive, you can either enjoy sunbathing by the beach or rent a boat out for island hopping and snorkelling. There are so many things to do on Bohol Island itself that I do not know where to start.
So from Cebu City, we took a 2 hours ferry to Tagbilaran, the main port on Bohol Island. You can also take the ferry to Tubigon, which is located further up north on Bohol Island, but further away from the main attractions. The ferry ticket Cebu to Tagbilaran cost 400P (~$12.50) on OceanJet. There are many ferry companies offering the same route, so choose the one that suits your timing and budget. We chose the non-aircon seating because we wanted to enjoy the sea breeze. The aircon seats were sold at 500P on OceanJet.
Once we arrived at Tagbilaran port, we were bombarded by touts trying to sell us day tours around Bohol, rental of motorcycles and tricycle rides. We chose to walk a distance because I wanted to take a look at the hotels around the area, but ultimately we decided to make the 30 minute trip to Panglao Island which is the touristy area of Bohol.
There are several beach chalets in Panglao and the most famous stretch is known as Alona Beach. The small tricycle carried the four of us and our baggages and we paid 300P in total after some haggling.
|white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Alona Beach, Panglao island|
We rented a motorbike for two days in order to get around Panglao island which is considerably big as it takes one hour to traverse the island. In Panglao, the St Agustin Church in Panglao stands marvellously on a wide expanse. From painted murals on the ceiling, parched walls and brown, to the moorish tiles on the floor, its interiors are impressive. We also visited Hinagdanan Caves, located not far from the church. The cavern is lit only by sunlight piercing through a few holes at the top of the cave, and is complemented by a deep pool. The stalactite and stalagmite formations in the cave were stunning one could even swim in the pool by topping up the main entrance fee (20P + 100P).
|visit to Hinagdanan caves|
|such an amazing sunset that the chocolate hills seem boring|
– Cebu City is an 3.5-hour flight from Singapore. Cebu Pacific, SilkAir and Tigerair ply this route.
– Bohol is a two-hour ferry ride from Cebu, with several departures each day.