My second day in Bohol turned into a go with the flow type of day. I woke up quite early because of the fact that I had fallen asleep so early the night before and because the electricity suddenly shut off in my room causing my half awake self to fully awaken. It ended up taking them almost two hours to get the electricity back on in our building. I really wouldn’t have minded except that I had fallen asleep before plugging my phone in to charge. And, that sounds like a stupid reason to complain, but it was acting as my only camera throughout the trip, and I really wanted to take pictures that day. Therefore, I changed my original plan of trying to leave early to see the Chocolate Hills at sunrise. I hadn’t made any plans for transportation anyway, and honestly who was going to be chillin’ and waiting for a tourist to use their services at 5 in the morning?
So instead I walked along the beach as the sun started to rise. Then, I had breakfast at my hotel’s outdoor restaurant, charged my phone, and finally started my day.
I ran across a tricycle driver and asked him what he would charge to take me to see a couple of churches and then drop me off at Dumaluan Beach. It cost 500 pesos ($10.50) for the trip. I always enjoy trying new forms of transportation. Both in Thailand and Vietnam, the driver ended up trying to screw me and my friend over by changing the price at the end. But, in the Philippines all the drivers were really friendly and never tried to change a price once it was settled upon. This is called a tricycle, and just like jeepneys, each one had a fun and unique design. They aren’t the fastest vehicles on the road, and they are pretty loud. But, it was really fun riding in one! What’s cool too is that is seems like the locals actually use them so they don’t feel like they are set up to be just a tourist trap.
Our first stop was at the Baclayon Church and Museum. The Baclayon Church is one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. The church was built in 1727, but has gone through restorations throughout the years. It suffered a lot of damage because of the earthquake in 2013 and has yet to be completely restored. It was obvious from the outside that there is still a lot of work today, but the trip was still worth it. The inside was still quite beautiful, and it was interesting walking through the museum and seeing some old artifacts. There’s more history to this church, but I just gave you the basics. *The entrance fee is 50 pesos ($1.05). Techinally, I believe entry to the church is free, but the way it is set up makes it seem like you pay the fee for everything. The price is so low though you might as well pay and get to see both. Plus, I believe fees go toward restoration. No food or drinks in the museum, and no photography!
After that, we headed to Dauis Church which suffered a lot of damage because of the earthquake as well. There are interesting stories about the church’s well and the patron saint, Lady of the Assumption, and how they both have miraculous powers.
Then, he dropped me off at Dumaluan Beach which definitely became my favorite over Alona Beach. The sand felt softer and the views looked prettier. Overall, it looked cleaner. Plus, there were a lot less people. It was so much more relaxing! *The entrance fee for the beach is 25 pesos ($0.52). Some people say it is free, but the entrance I went to had this small fee. So maybe if you can find the right pathway you can get in for free.
I enjoyed spending time in the water until lunch time, and then I ate at a great restaurant right near the beach and It was delicious and affordable. If anyone knows what fish this is please let me know. I’m not that great at identifying them, but this one was tasty and I’m just curious as to what I ate.
I then made my way back to the main rode, found a tricycle driver who would give me a ride back to Alona and spent my afternoon relaxing and wandering by the beach.
I ate more ice cream. The Buzz Cafe has multiple locations and two of them happen to be quite near Alona Beach. This one is solely the ice cream shop.
I didn’t get to go to the original location, but I did get to try this pretty salad at Bohol Bee Farm Buzzz Cafe. I had heard too many good things not to try it. It was mid afternoon so I just went for a salad. I figured that would save me some room for a late dinner. And yes, I ate too much food on this trip.
And beach selfie because look at how hard I fail… sunburned, eyes in the sun, looking away from the lens…
Dinner AND dessert. It happened. This meal is a traditional Filipino dish that the waitress recommended. And oh my goodness, the dessert was heavenly. Totally worth it. I enjoyed sitting at this open air restaurant listening to their live band. If I remember correctly, it is called Trudi’s Place. It was a good way to spend my last evening in Bohol. And I don’t remember the exact price, but I remember that this meal (including dessert) totaled less than eight dollars.
Later that night, I found a motorbike driver who agreed to take me to Chocolate Hills and Tubigon Port the next morning. He charged me 1000 pesos ($20.98). I thought it was a pretty good deal considering it would take almost two hours to get to the hills and another thirty minutes or so to get to the ferry port.