This is our first trip as a couple and we planned to make the most out of it.
We started our adventure early in the morning as we only planned to stay a night for each of the island we planned to visit: Central Visayas.
We landed at Tagbilaran Airport early morning and took the tricycle to the market where we boarded the jeepney to Alona Tropical Beach Resort in Panglao Island. We were there within 30 minutes or so.
The beach near the resort is actually a jump off point going to Balicasag Island. So early on you see some boats near shore waiting on for guests who might need the transfers.
For us, we stayed on. Had breakfast and decided to have a quick dip at the beach and later on moved to the resort’s Jacuzzi and pool for some fun swim.
We were able to find a tour service to bring us around the island of Bohol.
Our itinerary was:
- Loboc River cruise with Lunch buffet
- Visit the Loboc Church and other old churches around the island
- Close encounter with the Tarsiers
- Experience the majestic view of the Chocolate Hills
Night time, we had a quick dinner and then off to bed…well after we talked about the tiring but enjoyable day we had that morning.
Early dawn, we woke up around 5AM to catch the sunrise as planned. We were quite disappointed as the morning had been kind of gloomy however we still pushed on to swim on the beach though the waves were quite pushing us around until we quit and just stayed by the beach and marveled on the serenity of nature.
Had breakfast and headed to the main island to catch a ferry to Cebu around lunch time. Traveling 1 hour and 15 minutes via ferry from Tagbilaran Wharf to Cebu City Pier.
From the pier we immediately went to check-in to our hotel and rested for a few hours. Around 4PM we readied ourselves to visit the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills and have a “Sutukil” dinner at Mactan Island afterwards.
When we got to Mactan, Hon felt so happy seeing they were selling mangosteen. The all-time favorite. 🙂
We ordered Sinugba na Baboy, Tinula na Panga ng isda and Kinilaw na Tangigue. This is the classic SUTUKIL dish. =)
I need not elaborate further… it was a feast. After eating, we walked around and talked some more. Then decided to go to the SPA to relax some more.
Waking up the next day, we checked out early and headed back to the Cebu Pier to Dumaguete. Ferry travel takes around 4 hours to get to Dumaguete Wharf.
Docking at the Dumaguete Wharf, we snooped around for a place to eat lunch. Along the highway, we saw the sign: LAB-AS! Excitedly I pointed out to hon that such means “Fresh” so we decided to stop there.
We had the freshest Oysters ever! Heavenly Liempo and my first time to taste their local dish called Dumaguete Express. A creamy soup with fish cubes, shrimp, mussels and squid in coconut milk. It was wonderful. After lunch, we walked around the town proper and visited the famous Dumaguete Boulevard. i was looking forward to their street food but later learned it was still early and usually set up stalls later in the afternoon. So we just decided to find transportation to Antulang Beach Resort.
We booked ourselves to stay at the Antulang Beach Resort. Well, we thought ourselves adventurous so I did not book us the travel service to the hotel from Dumaguete.