Group honeymoon at Bohol, Philippines
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This destination is for couples who are:
Underwater lovers (i.e. Divers)
History and culture lovers
Best time to go: December to April
Suggested duration of stay: Atleast 3 days
Two weeks after our wedding, our first honeymoon trip as husband and wife was at Bohol, Philippines.
And because we wanted to take this chance to spend more time with my family (my sister and brother-in-law from California and my parents), this became like a group honeymoon for us. Although my sister and I have been in Bohol before, we chose this place to go since my brother-in-law, my husband and my parents have not been here before and we think Bohol is one must see island in the Philippines.
From Manila we took a domestic flight to Tagbilaran city via Philippine Airlines. Flight was just about an hour and 25 minutes. We arrived at about 9:30 in the morning at Tagbilaran city airport where we were picked up by a family friend who drove us to Bohol Beach Club. We spent the rest of the day in the resort and actually I spent most of the time in our room because I wasn't feeling too well and so I took some nap and watched TV. For dinner we decided to check out the places beside our resort to see if there would be any interesting place there to eat and yes, we did find a place serving freshly cooked sea food and meat. We ordered for mostly barbecued/grilled sea food and meat.
The whole day of the following day we spent sight seeing. At mid morning we went to see the Chocolate Hills. These more than a thousand cute little hills are actually natural wonders. They got such a name because during the summer the cogon grass that grows on them dry up and so they look brown like Hershey's Kisses chocolate. And I guess the Peanut kisses, a native delicacy made here, was also a inspired by this.
On our way back, we stopped by the road to take a picture with this enchanting man-made forest which we passed by on our way to the Chocolate Hills. This man-made forest was actually a reforestation project by the local government years ago where the people planted mahogany trees which are now majestically adorning the sides of this specific area of the road. Then we stopped by at a place along Loboc River where they have some animals with them including the Tarsiers, the world's smallest primates (yes, they are palm sized monkeys!).
After that sumptous lunch, we proceeded to a destination I really could skip: to see Bohol's most popular phyton in captivity. For 5 pesos per person you could go in and see and even hold the phyton yourself. It is popular because this phyton is said to be growing in an abnormally fast rate and the owners attribute it to perhaps their "tender loving care" to their pet. When we got there, we were told the phyton has just eaten a 60 kilo pig so it's "safe" to touch it.
Next stop was Baclayon church, one of the oldest church in the Philippines. We didn't spend much time there and only my parents went it to have a look since my sister and I have been there before. By the way, the church now has a dress code protocol on entering the church. That means no sleeveless shirts and shorts for ladies. But no worries, they have something there, I think a shawl or robe that you can put on just in case. We then went for a very long souvenir shopping time on our way back to the resort. We were so tired after that but there's just one more last stop that my mother didn't want to miss: the Sanduguan site.
When we finally got back to the resort we were plastered and it was almost sunset. After freshining up, we went for dinner at the eatery beside the hotel again and then retired back to our rooms.
The following day, we spent the whole morning enjoying the beautiful beach before flying back to Manila in the afternoon. It was just picture perfect - clear sunny blue skies, clear blue waters, palm trees, white sand and starfishes. That's why this is one place I can always go back to again and again.
My two other write ups on Bohol from my previous trips: