This is my second time on this province and wanting to visit those places I’ve never been and of course, for some adventures!😉
This province has always been associated with its famous tourist destination, the Chocolate Hills.
But this little province has more to offer…
We plan to take north to south tour from Chocolate Hills to Tagbilaran City with side trips in Loboc. This way, we can save time, no detours.
Day 1. We depart in Cebu Port at around 10am. This time, we’ll be trying Cebu to Tubigon route. The travel time is shorter by 1 hour than Cebu to Tagbilaran route.
At around 11am, we arrived in Tubigon. We head to the terminal via tricycle. Had lunch for a while in a nearby eatery.
There are different modes of transportation from Tubigon going to different parts of Bohol. You can choose among the bus, uv express, and jeepneys, but it takes time to wait for passengers to fill-in the vehicle to full before it departs.
In our case, since we will be going to different tourist spots, we hired a motorcycle. You can haggle for the price. We negotiated the driver for Php700. (Php350/person) from Tubigon to Loboc, inclusive of sidetrips.
On our way to Chocolate Hills Park, I’ve noticed the signages along the road “Sagbayan Peak”
Curiousity strikes and ask Mr. Driver what’s in there.
Sagbayan Peak. Like a theme park with a view of Chocolate Hills on the other side of Bohol.
So…I asked Mr. Driver to side trip in there. And without hesitation, he brought us there.😃
So we went there and reached the place at almost 12nn. Entrance fee is Php50.00
There’s also a Butterfly Dome, little Tarsier Sanctuary, and Kidstown Theme Park.
At around 1pm, we went down and proceed to Carmen.
Chocolate Hills National Park. Chocolate Hills as been declared the Philippines’ 3rd National Geographical Monument on June 18, 1988 in recognition of its scientific value and almost symmetrical and same-sized hills. The hills are located throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan and consists of about 1,776 mounds of the same general shape.
Man-Made Forest. As you pass through the hi-way between the town of Carmen and Loboc, you will experience a cold weather under the shade of leaves of tall white mahogany trees along the town of Bilar.
Hanging Bridge. Located in Estrella, the two hanging bridge connects the two barangays and are very useful on the daily lives of the locals crossing the Loboc river.
Lobor River Cruise. Experience the serenity of the Loboc river while having a buffet lunch featuring local delicacies and entertained by native song and dance number by the locales.
It’s almost 5pm and we had accomplished our planned itinerary. This day was Holy Thursday and we need to be back in our homes in Cebu before 3pm of Good Friday.
It’s already 5pm and we can’t reach for the last ferry in Tagbilaran bound for Cebu.
In Loboc, near Loboc Church and plaza, while waiting for the bus going Tagbilaran, it’s very captivating that the crowd is getting thicker on the area. It is as if there will be a festival or a celebration.
Upon asking the vendors, we found out that these crowd are heading to the mountain where there is a Stations of the Cross and the biggest cross (locales call it Krus Daku) is located on the peak of the mountain. They will be spending overnight for vigil on the mountain.
The vendor said to us to spent overnight there and join the activity.
Ohhh! Why not?!…smells like adventure! 😉
We look for a nearby inn to spent overnight and rest for a while before we go up to the Stations of the Cross.
Just few walks away from Loboc Church, we found Twilight Inn which cost Php600. per room with own toilet and bath and two queen-sized bed.
At around 7pm, we went out and go with the crowd going up the hill.
After approximately 30minutes of walk going up and thought that we have walked a lot, we asked someone if we are near…..but it’s disgusting to hear that we have not reached one-fourth yet.
OMG! Should we proceed?
We started this, so we should finish it…
In the middle of the forest and with the moonlight that sheds light to our path, we continue to walk with the crowd. With legs in pain, and sweat, after more than an hour, we reached the starting point of the Stations of the Cross.
Going up the hill from first station to Krus Daku is getting harder and complicated. No exact road to follow. It’s like mountain climbing. And it’s like the distance of each station is one mountain…
Perseverance! And More Perseverance!
At last! Reaching the Krus Daku was a fulfillment. It’s once in a lifetime experience.
I’m very much grateful that I have experienced this local tradition of the Boholanons.
After we reached the Krus Daku, time to go down.
Near the first station, there are motorcycles who caters passengers going down and do not demand for exact payment. Hospitality is innate in every Filipino.
Upon reaching the foot of the mountain, we went first to the plaza to buy food then proceed to the inn.
Day 2. We woke up early and had breakfast on a nearby eatery.
At around 7am, we depart from Loboc going Tagbilaran City via jeep.
In Tagbilaran, we hired a motorcycle for Php50. for a slight city tour then last stop to the sea port.
Blood Compact Shrine
St. Joseph The Worker Church
Tagbilaran City Plaza
By around 9am, we reached Tagbilaran sea port, purchased tickets for the 9:20am ferry schedule bound for Cebu.
Then we reached Cebu City by 12nn.
I reached home at around 2pm.
Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures!😉