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The small private beach at Amarela Resort
I hit the ground running as I spent a short night in Manila, then an hour or so after Janelle arrived in Manila as well, we were off to the airport with her family to go to Bohol. Bohol is a beautiful area about an hour and a half flight south of Manila. It is the home of the Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. We took Cebu air (they play games on the flight!) and landed in Tagbilaran City shortly after.

We got to our accomodation, Amarela Resort, a great little place with a homey feel. We ate a delicious lunch at the resort then went on our way to the Baclayon Church, where we attended mass, got a short tour of the church and its buildings, and had dinner.
The small private beach at Amarela Resort
Just before dinner, we received a performance from the Loboc Children's Choir, an international award winning group, who played a large role in putting Bohol on the map.

The next day, we relaxed at the resort, soaking up the sun (when it wasn't behind the clouds), taking a dip in the pool, and walking down to the small private beach on the property. We headed out experience the Loboc River cruise for lunch. Though somewhat like a ride in Disneyland, it's something nice to experience. The whole area is being revamped to encourage tourism and they've put in lights along the river that are turned down at night. They say it is like a river by day, highway by night.

Close by to the river cruise dock is the Loboc Church. We stopped here, took a tour and looked through the museum. Great for any old church history buff.
Our room at Amarela Resort
.. but that's not really me.

We were on our way shortly afterwards to get a glimpse of the Chocolate Hills and tarsiers that make Bohol so famous. The first stop was to see the Tarsiers. Though they are caged and most doubtfully stripped of their nocturnal habits for the sake of the tourists, it's hard to complain when they're just so darn cute. As small as your fist, with eyes that take up most of its head and a tail that hangs four times it's body length, the tarsiers grip the branches with its tiny toes and slowly opens and closes its eyes as it dozes in and out of sleep. For a small fee, you can feed the tarsiers with a bug on the end of a stick.

Our next stop was the Chocolate Hills. The drive there is long, so it's best to have your own transportation or go on a tour, but it is also breathtakingly beautiful. As you get closer and closer, you see more of the hills in the background, with rice terraces in the foreground. The Chocolate Hills are definitely a sight to see. The endless rows of rolling hills with alarmingly steep slopes and pointed tops can be stared at with amazement for a long time. Take the traditional "I'm touching-", "I'm leaning against-", and "I'm standing next to-" the Chocolate Hills pictures and grab some ice cream as you leave.

Before we headed back to the resort, we stopped at the Bohol Bee Farm for dinner. A nice meal and show is provided, and several bee and honey-related gifts and crafts can be picked up from their gift shop.
jaeden says:
Your pictures would've been way more usefull for my Amarela Resort review. Bah.
Posted on: Mar 10, 2009
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Our room at Amarela Resort
Our room at Amarela Resort
Amarela Resort
Amarela Resort
Amarela Resort
Amarela Resort
Baclayon Church
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Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River Cruise
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Loboc River Cruise
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Riverside entertainment at the Lo…
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Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River Cruise
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Loboc Church
Loboc Church
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Tarsiers
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