Renting a bike and driving around with Philip!

Bohol Travel Blog

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Loboc River from the Tarsier center nearby
After filing my Police Repport in Cebu I headed to Bohol. I was planning to go on the 11:30 Supercat fastcraft to Tagbilaran, but it was cancelled and after asking around (a lot!) i found out that there was a fastcraft going from Pier 1 (I was at Pier 4) at 12:30 to Tubigon. The problems with the "guides" at the pier is that they are employed by the fastcraft companies and they dont always give you the right information because they dont want you to use another company instead of waiting 3-4hours for their next departure.

I arrived in Tubigon around 13:30 and met a Filipino seaman at the jetty who approached me right after disembarking the ship.
Panglao Beach
I had been asking if i could see the bridge on the fastcraft (I saw it through the window , big disapointment) and he had overheard me stating that i was a seaman and wanted to say hi. After I said that i didnt really have any accomodation or any plans at all (thats how i travel) he just laughed.. More on that later.

Tens of tricycle drivers came up to me and asked me if i wanted to go into town , but i saw a micro-jeepney leaving and just at the back of the jeepney and hung on for bare life passing bob that where in a pedal-tricycle. He later invited me into his house for lunch and the hospitality i experienced was just amazing. I got travel tips , a good meal and I learned that we had almost the same job. He was the 2.nd officer in a competitior company to my own and we shared storries and experiences.
A Tarsier!


After waiting for half an hour for the van to Tagbilaran it finally came and i was on my way :) After an uncomfortable van-ride (they are not built for people with long legs!) i arrived in Tagbilaran and a motorcycledriver called Philip approached me and said that he had a good hotel for me. I was planning to stay at "Nisa Pension" for P300 (Lonely Planet) , but he drove me to a place with Aircon, Cable , own bathroom and a laundry service that was P700 a night and I just took it because i was to lazy to go looking for anything else and it was a really sweet deal.

After that Philip drove me around Panlao Island for a few hours and we checked out the beach resorts and the beaches. Well , he even let me drive even if i didnt have a drivers lisence at all. I know how to handle a bike after illegal driving in Norway, and after seeing me drive for 2minutes he said "I see you can drive" and i just said that i had a bike at home and blah-blah , or just dal-dal as they would say here in Philippines :) After driving and walking around for a few hours we bought some food and cooked it at his place which was a building i hardly would call a shed, but there he lived with his wife , sister (really hot btw!) , son and mother.
Hanging behind a Jeepney
They had the classical kiosk at the front like so many places in rural Philippines has.

I made an agreement with Philip to rent his bike for P800 for an entire day which worked out quite great. The next day we went to all the touristic sights , ate local food at resturants he recomended and i spent some time with his familiy :) I even drove his bike for most of the day and just enjoyed crusing around Bohol for a day.

We started at 08:00 and did Baclayan Church , Tarsier wathcing , Loboc River Cruise , Man-made forest , Chocolate Hills and ended the day with Mag-aso Falls which was quite a drive :) I didnt stop for the "Blood pact" statue because i was to lazy to turn around. Im not sure about the speed limits in Bohol , but i think that as long as youre driving safe you can drive quite fast as longs as youre outside of a residential area.
Chocolate Hills
I cruised around at 70-90kph and really enjoyed it :)

I really enjoyed the day and at the end i went to Philips house and played around with his son (about 1year) for a bit until he went to sleep. That reminded me that i want kids..... someday


After that Philip drove me to the Pier to wait for the ferry. I gave him P200 in tip (P1000 instead of P800) just because he had been SO kind. So... here I am sitting and listening to Modern Talking and other hits that where popular around 10years ago and writing the blog sections for Cebu and Bohol :) Hope you Enjoy it :)

The budget from Bohol turned out to be quite resonable even if i could have done it a lot cheaper, but its just to much hassle, and Philip really deserved it and i was feeding him for both days as well.

P1000 for Philip
P350 for Gasoline
P100 Entrance fees to different attractions
P350 Loboc River cruise (incl all you can eat lunch)
P200 Meals both days
P150 water both days (Its HOT!)
P90 Van Tubigon - Tagbilaran
P700 Acomodation Miles Pension House

Total :P2790
With Transport (P200 + P205)
P3195

After i wrote this i headed to the cafeteria inside Tagbilaran ferry terminal building and spent P100(!!) for two snickers and just a lot for very little.
Mag-Aso Falls.
Why dont i just eat at basic resturants? Its cheaper than doing it yourself..
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Loboc River from the Tarsier cente…
Loboc River from the Tarsier cent…
Panglao Beach
Panglao Beach
A Tarsier!
A Tarsier!
Hanging behind a Jeepney
Hanging behind a Jeepney
Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills
Mag-Aso Falls.
Mag-Aso Falls.
Philips house
Philip's house
Panglao Beach
Panglao Beach
Watching sunset over the river :)
Watching sunset over the river :)
Unfortunately the table was reserv…
Unfortunately the table was reser…
A Church..
A Church..
A little small cage dont you think?
A little small cage dont you think?
Christian giving water to the monk…
Christian giving water to the mon…
Loboc River Cruise
Loboc River Cruise
Manmade forest.
Manmade forest.
Lookout platform over Chocolate Hi…
Lookout platform over Chocolate H…
Steps up to Chocolate Hills
Steps up to Chocolate Hills
Butterfly Sanctuarium
Butterfly Sanctuarium
A Butterfly :)
A Butterfly :)
Sunset again.
Sunset again.
Philip and his family :)
Philip and his family :)
Bohol
photo by: ted332