Group honeymoon at Bohol, Philippines

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the group honeymooners :P

 

This destination is for couples who are:
Beach lovers
Nature lovers
Underwater lovers (i.e. Divers)
History and culture lovers
Seafood 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.

Loboc river and its green waters

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 famous Chocolate Hills (more than 1000 of them)
Yummy!

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!).

going for lunch on a Loboc River cruise
We had buffet lunch of Filipino foods on a floating restaurant along  the beautiful emerald green waters  of Loboc River. There's a station there for these lunch cruises and costs about 200pesos (approx 5 USD) per person.  There would usually be an entertainer on board who sings during the trip. Then there's a quick stop along the river to watch a short traditional song and dance performance by the locals.

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.

cruising the Loboc River
So my hubby and father were both happy to go in the cage and touch this snake. But I was so surprised when my mother, who has a big fear of snakes, said she's coming in to and even did touch the snake herself! Wow, my parents can still really surprise me after all these years, hehe.

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.

he's the guy who would serenade you during the river cruise
This is the site where the bloodcompact was made between the Bohol chieftains and the Spanish conquistadors during the 16th century. It is believed that this was the first act of international friendship in history.

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:

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/11854/Wide-Awake-Under-Sun-Bohol-1

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/35429/Buhol-bohol-Tagalog-adjective-means-20

 

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the group honeymooners :P
the group honeymooners :P
Loboc river and its green waters
Loboc river and its green waters
the famous Chocolate Hills (more t…
the famous Chocolate Hills (more …
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going for lunch on a Loboc River …
cruising the Loboc River
cruising the Loboc River
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he's the guy who would serenade y…
these monkeys got big eyes
these monkeys got big eyes
Tarsiers - the smallest specie of …
Tarsiers - the smallest specie of…
spot the Tarsier in the middle
spot the Tarsier in the middle
Tarsiers are gentle and shy creatu…
Tarsiers are gentle and shy creat…
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I really think Yoda of Star Wars …
Locals performing for the tourists
Locals performing for the tourists
this is the Philippine national da…
this is the Philippine national d…
thats Bohols most popular phyton…
that's Bohol's most popular phyto…
Baclayon church - one of the oldes…
Baclayon church - one of the olde…
Sanduguan (blood compact) site
Sanduguan (blood compact) site
Lunch at Bohol Beach Club
Lunch at Bohol Beach Club
breakfast at Bohol Beach Club
breakfast at Bohol Beach Club
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Dinner at the a place beside Boho…
Bohol Beach Club
Bohol Beach Club
100 steps going up to see the Choc…
100 steps going up to see the Cho…
Chocholate Hills
Chocholate Hills
Mrs. White Tarsier
Mrs. White Tarsier
Mr. White Tarsier
Mr. White Tarsier
This Man-made forest made up of ta…
This Man-made forest made up of t…
my mother enjoying the hammock by …
my mother enjoying the hammock by…
my father enjoying the bench by th…
my father enjoying the bench by t…
thats us enjoying the beach
that's us enjoying the beach
i love how these coconut trees are…
i love how these coconut trees ar…
my husband and mother cant get en…
my husband and mother can't get e…
dont worry, he did not eat them
don't worry, he did not eat them
yes, thats my husband and no, he…
yes, that's my husband and no, he…
cant get enough of those starfish…
can't get enough of those starfis…
thats me trying to emote :P
that's me trying to emote :P
starfishes are just all over the A…
starfishes are just all over the …
and sea urchins too!
and sea urchins too!
this is one very great sunny day
this is one very great sunny day
we love Bohols beach, a great hon…
we love Bohol's beach, a great ho…
my sister and my brother in law en…
my sister and my brother in law e…
lovely beach, isnt it?
lovely beach, isn't it?
the group honeymooners :P
the group honeymooners :P
dont you just love to pose and ta…
don't you just love to pose and t…
ahhh, sooo relaxing
ahhh, sooo relaxing
you can even enjoy the pool
you can even enjoy the pool
my husband and my father and their…
my husband and my father and thei…
concluding this one lovely honeymo…
concluding this one lovely honeym…
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