Anda – an undiscovered paradise in Bohol

We took a bus from the bus terminal in Tagbilarean, close to the Island City Mall. It was a big green-yellow bus that had good seats and lot’s of space – going straight to Anda! Great. The ride was 80php per person, and took about 2 hours (100 km).

Local bus along the cost of Bohol!

Local bus along the cost of Bohol!

We thought we would have people offering us hotel when we got of the bus or something in Anda, but nothing – it was just a very sleepy small village center. A tricycle driver came to us and asked us where we had our accommodation, and we said we didn’t have anything booked yet.. And he was like ”oh, ok. There are some accommodations on that street there, you can walk there” and showed us where to go, about 100m away. We almost wanted to pay him just because he was so sweet and not annoying at all, haha.

We walked into 4 different accommodations, one was super fancy – like a small apartment with kitchen and everything, for about 1500 php per night, but the building didn’t have anything else but rooms, no hang out area or anything. The other three places were just a room with a bed in someone’s house, about 600 php per room. We looked a little bit online if there was some cheap resort here, and found one at Anda the Boracay offering a good price, about 1400 for a big room with sea view. We went there, but they didn’t have any rooms for less than 2000 php per night to offer, but we could still book it online for the cheaper price, so we did. Haha. So for 4 nights we are paying about 6100 pesos (118 euros/130 usd), which is quite good for this kind of luxurious accommodation! The resort has a pool, restaurant, massage, gym, shop and everything, and our room is perfect – with tv, AC, a really good bed with good pillows, bathroom, desk and everything. We are super happy we chose this place!

view from our porch, pool and beach!

view from our porch, pool and beach!

Our lovely room at Anda de Boracay Beach resort!

Our lovely room at Anda de Boracay Beach resort!

The pool was full of children when we arrived, it’s like the towns own local swimming pool, it costs 100php for them to use it. I like that this place isn’t exclusive and that the locals people can enjoy it too! ;)

After having a good dinner overlooking the sea, we walked along the Anda beach. We had some coffee at the only other restaurant/bar on the beach, the Old Castle. So happy to have real brewed coffee! And watch sunset :) The beach is really nice, it’s very tranquil since it’s not so much people here, and there is a breeze all the time, it was even a little bit chilly at night! Anda is really lovely, just what we had been looking for!!

 

Enjoying brewed coffee!

Enjoying brewed coffee!

Sunset by Anda beach

Sunset by Anda beach

At night, since it was Saturday, our resort had a live band playing there. When we checked in they told us if we were ok with the noice, ”yeah sure!” we said – and yeah, our room was just above where they were playing! Haha. So we sat by the restaurant having a few beers and watching the band. It was crowded with lots of local people, everybody in this town and the small towns next to Anda comes here for the weekends for some party :) They really like to party here in Philippines, more like hang out with a lot of people and drink beer – it’s true the philipinos are the latins of Asia, haha.

The band greeted us guests here, ”and Sofia Armenteros from Sweden” hehe. We were like 5 guests or something, the rest – over another 100 guests or more – were only locals enjoying their Saturday night here hehe. We had a bunch of guys talking to us and wanted us to dance haha, but we were happy to just sit and listen to the band.

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Hehe :)

Saturday - Band playing at the resort and people dancing by the pool :)

Saturday – Band playing at the resort and people dancing by the pool :)

Haha, this guy... he came to us about 20 times that night and talking about swimming to manila our something, he wasnt' that good at english and we didn't really understand what he wanted.. but he kept repeating the same thing everytime..

Haha, this guy… he came to us about 20 times that night and talking about swimming to manila our something, he wasnt’ that good at english and we didn’t really understand what he wanted.. but he kept repeating the same thing everytime..

Next day, a little hangover, we had a big breakfast at the café Coco Loco – yuuuuummmiiiiii!!! A little bit expensive, but so good with whole what brown bread and home made marmelade and everything. Loved the fruit, coffee, omelette… Just great! The owners are and english-slovakian couple with 2 kids, and they have been living here in Anda for 4 years!

Niiiiice breakfast!!!

Niiiiice breakfast!!!

We saw that they had vegetarian hamburgers there in the menu too, so we had to come back to eat dinner here! Twice! Hehe. I’ve been craving vegetarian hamburgers for a while now! :) We had a couple of artisanian beers from the Philippines, french fries and first night I had the sweet potato burger and Duilio had the beef hamburger. The second night I had the coconut burger :) Delicious!! Truly made with love.

In the evening they had some live music, a few guitars and singing, very small scale and acoustic, but it was cozy. All though they were drowned by the roosters that was just beside the house, and the karaoke from every house around. The philipinos really love the kareoke.. aaaall day singing, seriously, for like 6 hours in a row or even longer!

Me with my veggie hamburger, oh, I've been looking forward to this moment!

Me with my veggie hamburger, oh, I’ve been looking forward to this moment!

My vegetarian hamburger!!

My vegetarian hamburger!! This is the sweet potato one!

The disco toilet at Coco Loco! Hahah

The disco toilet at Coco Loco! Hahah

Tasting some artisanian local beer :)

Tasting some artisanian local beer :)

Coconut veg burger!

Coconut veg burger!

Sunday is a family day and the Anda beach is public and a lot of families and kids from the towns around Anda come to spend the whole day here, eating and enjoying some bath. Allthough the water is reeeeally shallow here, I couldn’t bath more than my feet, Duilio went out like 150 meters to have water up to his thies, haha. But another day there was actually a little higher, it changes a lot during the day too. But it’s nice, especially for kids :)

My bath. Hahah. Very shallow...

My bath. Hahah. Very shallow…

Duilio at Anda beach, and the kid writing in the sand!

Duilio at Anda beach, and the kid writing in the sand!

Anda beach, the kid wrote it in the sand :)

Anda beach, the kid wrote it in the sand :)

Duilio is also taking a nap...

Duilio is also taking a nap…

Haha... kid buried in sand and taking a nap

Haha… kid buried in sand and taking a nap too

We love Anda!

We love Anda!

Today it wasn't that shallow, I could actually bath my body if I laid down in the water :)

Today it wasn’t that shallow, I could actually bath my body if I laid down in the water :)

It’s still very quiet and peaceful in Anda, there are like 5 other tourists in Anda at the same time which we saw either in our resort, or in Coco Loco, or in the Old castle, like ”Ah, that’s the couple from the breakfast” ”ah, that’s the family from the beach” haha. :) You also see the same locals here, I love that they always greet ”Hello, good morning, how are you?” :) I got a lot of comments about my hair again, hehe. People can’t really believe it’s real haha.

We hung out quite much in the Old castle during the days and sat there in their sun chairs and had some juice or shake or coffee or ice cream haha. We also arranged the diving, Anda Divers have their office there.

Breakfast at the Old Castle, lovely! Love brown bread and vegetables... and the view!

Breakfast at the Old Castle, lovely! Love brown bread and vegetables… and the view!

Duilio, happy... with his pineapple shake and his book on the iPad... haha

Duilio, happy… with his pineapple shake and his book on the iPad… haha

It's windy enough to do kite surf here :) And kids play in the water all day!

It’s windy enough to do kite surf here :) And kids play in the water all day!

We went out for a 2-dive around the area of Anda, well, we had to take a van to another town about 10 minutes away from where the boat can actually anker to, because it’s to shallow here in Anda Beach. We were 5 divers and the instructor, well actually two of the divers were dive masters, german, and then one older man from France and me and Duilio. On the first dive the instructor and the french man dived together and me and Duilio went with the other two dive masters. We went down to about 25m along a wall, there is a place where there usually are many many different kind of sea horses, but it was quite current and sea horses are quite bad swimmers, they can’t hold on, so we only saw one :( We saw cuttlefish and nudy branches, and a a couple of turtles too :)The visibility wasn’t so good on the first dive.

That's a cuttle fish! It's really camouflaged

That’s a cuttle fish! It’s really camouflaged

A long.. sea horse I think

A long.. sea horse I think

Why do they look so funny... hahah. I love them.

Why do they look so funny… hahah. I love them.

Duilio sharing air with the dive master.. as always.. hehe

Duilio sharing air with the dive master.. as always.. hehe

 

The second dive spot was in ”Coral Garden”, and it really was a coral garden. Beautiful – so many different kind of corals everywhere – in all colors and shapes. And here we saw many many turtles! They like to hang out there, so we could really be close to them, like 1-2 meters, very cool. The visibility was a lot better on the second dive too, so we enjoyed it more.

Many different corals, the dive spot is called "Coral garden" :)

Many different corals, the dive spot is called ”Coral garden” :)

More turtles :) So many here!

More turtles :) So many here!

Turtle with friend :)

Turtle with friend :)

Duilio happy with the dive computer :)

Duilio happy with the dive computer :)

It looks like an owl!!

It looks like an owl!!

Turtle! :)

Turtle! :)

Many corals here, in all colors! Haven't seen so much bright pink before..

Many corals here, in all colors! Haven’t seen so much bright pink before..

We were supposed to be back around 13-14, but instead the boat took us to the dive resort that the dive shop has and where the germans where staying, which wasn’t even in Anda, we had a few beers and wrote or dive logs there, and then we took the van back to us, about 40 minutes drive or something. So we weren’t back until 17. The owner Michael was very sorry for this, he was waiting for us at the place where he dropped us of, wondering where we were, haha.

But it was ok for us, much longer day than expected, we had only bought some fruit to eat in between the dives since we thought we were going to eat lunch around 14, so when we got back we were quite hungry. We tried the ”Food court” they have here in town, and it was great! They had like 20 different dishes to choose from, half of them vegetarian, and 30php per serving. So for both of us we paid a total of 140php for lunch (3 euro/usd). :)

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Having lunch at the local food court :)

There isn’t much to do in Anda, just relax. There is a couple of attractions, one of them visiting a small island where there is some witch thing, we had plans on doing that but in the end we didn’t.. haha. Time passes by really quickly. We spent 4 days in Anda and one day of them diving, the rest of the days the plan was something like ”we eat breakfast there, then we go to the beach, then we have a massage/eat lunch or dinner/do some henna tattoos” haha. It was very nice!

So yeah, we got a massage in our resort, ahh, so nice! It was Duilios first massage ever, haha. Full body for 1 hour was 500 php, about 10 euros/usd.

Got some massage today!! Hehehe.. about 300 php for one hour full body. :)

Got some massage today!! Hehehe.. about 300 php for one hour full body. :)

I really don’t understand how they can make profit on this resort, because it’s at least 20 people working there during the day (reception, boutique, restaurant, bar, gardening, pool cleaning, security, massage etc) but there are only very few guests here!

It’s probably during the weekend when all the locals go to see the band that they earn money maybe. I don’t know. We felt a little bad about not using the restaurant that much, we had to pass by the restaurant from our room to go out from the resort, and the staff is very sweet and friendly. There were always like 3 staff members sitting there waiting for customers… we didn’t use it much because the breakfast wasn’t so good and they only had one vegetarian option for lunch/dinner, but we had a few coffees there at least.. haha.

And we both did henna tattoos – there is one artist by the beach, he is from Manila but he comes to Anda for long vacations about 2-3 months every year, you can see him by the beach doing poi when he doesn’t have any henna costumers, hehe. The henna was different from the one I had in India, this is darker but still lasts for 3 weeks, and I had my whole back done! I showed some reference pictures and let him do what we wanted, took a couple of hours, but the artist said it was his master piece :) Duilio had 2 smaller ones, one with a ”philippine sun” and another with a turtle. :)

Poi and guitar at the beach!

Poi and guitar at the beach!

The sketch over my back tattoo hehe

The sketch over my back tattoo hehe, still in daylight!

Lovely henna back tattoo :) Might do it permanent one day.. heheh

The result a few hours later! Lovely henna back tattoo :) Might do it permanent one day.. heheh

Me and Duilio are very satisfied with our henna tattoos :)

Me and Duilio are very satisfied with our henna tattoos :)

We were really sad to leave Anda, we could easily have stayed 1 week… but the direct ferrys direct to Camiguin only leaves Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm from Jagna, so we wanted to take it on Wednesday and stay for 5 days. It’s Duilios last destination before heading back home.

We took a bus in the morning to Jagna, about 1 hour from Anda.. But guess what – once we are there we get to know that the ferry was cancelled!!! We couldn’t believe it… it was because it’s ”holy week” or easter, and apparently a lot of people go to visit their families or to spend the holidays in Camiguin, they have a pilgrimage there during these days. And there is only one ferry, which they had taken from another city instead of from Jagna… so typical!! We were like… ”Fuck, we could have stayed in Anda 2 more days!!” It definitively would have been the best option to go back..

So we didn’t really know what to do. We met a polish couple there that also where supposed to take the ferry to Camiguin. They told us that they had talked to the travel office and they said that you can rent a private boat for about 5000php to get to Camiguin, but there is some problems with the coast guard, they don’t allow private boats to do it.. The other option was to take a ferry at 10pm instead to Cagayan de Oro, about 8 hours away, and from there take a 2 hour bus to a port, from where there were ferrys going to Camiguin… So we wouldn’t be there until next day around noon.

A Philipino lady that also needed to get to Camiguin to visit her family for easter, started to arrange a boat for us together with another french girl there. She spoke perfect english and philipino, and talked to some local people there that could fix a bout that could take up to 8 people and that it would be 1000php per person… Ok, so we went to a fishing village next to Jagna from where we would get the boat. We thought it was going to be a bigger bungo boat, like the ones we used for diving… But it reeeeally was a very very small boat, there was no sun shade and there wasn’t even a place for us to sit in, we sat on the proa! At first we thought we would take this little boat out to a bigger boat, because there were bigger fishing boats docked in the middle, but no, it was this boat going the whole way!! And it was about a 3 hour journey.

The guys taking the boat to the water! Haha

The guys taking the boat to the water! Haha

Not completely sure about this...

Not completely sure about this…

The big fishing boat... 6 travelers and 2 fishing men, crazy! This is on our way back to safety!

The big fishing boat… 6 travelers and 2 fishing men, crazy! This is on our way back to safety!

We had put all our backpacks in plastic bags inside the boat, but once we got out a couple of hundred meters from the shore, it was quite wavy and water kept coming in all the time in the boat, and we were already completely wet and I really didn’t feel ok with this, we were over weighted and it was very crazy, if we would have some motor problems or something we would probably go under.

I said to Duilio ”Duilio, this is crazy, I we should go back now before it’s too late, don’t you?” and he said ”YES PLEASE!” he was super scared. I asked the other people if they were ok about going back, at least we would, and they were all ”Yes yes yes!” haha. So yeah, we turned back. I think even the philipino lady was happy about it.

We had paid 2000php in advance for the gasoline, which we said they could keep (I think 1000 of them was for muting the coast guard or something), but we just felt that it was the right decision, that we get to live another day. :) Duilio was still all shaky about this. So we went back to the port in Jagna and bought the tickets to Cagayan the oro at 10pm for 570php each. Then we went to a café and sat there for about 8 hours haha.

Halo halo, the typical dessert here in Philippines! The white thing on top is actually real cheese... wierd!

Halo halo, the typical dessert here in Philippines! The white thing on top is actually real cheese… wierd!

Once in the ferry we were surprised to find it was a sleeping ferry! So it had bunk beds! Yay! We are happy we got there at 8pm because you could border the ferry before. I felt asleep early, super tired. We arrived in Cagayan a little before 6am, saw a beautiful sunrise.

In the sleeping ferry to Cagayan d oro!

In the sleeping ferry to Cagayan d oro!

Arriving in Cagayan - sun is about to come up!

Arriving in Cagayan – sun is about to come up!

We got a jeepney for 10php each to the bus terminal and from there a van for 150php to Baligoan port, from where the ferrys were leaving to Camiguin. The van was quick, took only 1,5 hours to reach the port…. And…. Disaster. There was a looong que to the ticket booth.

I had previously arranged with our contacts of the house we are renting through airbnb in Caminguin to meet up at 11am, if it would have been a regular day, that’s when we where supposed to arrive. But there where literally thousands of philipinos in cue to get to Camiguin. We started queing 7.30am and at 6pm we finally boarded the ferry that took us to Camiguin, at that ferry only takes one hour. It was crazy. You could see Camiguin from the port, it would have been quicker to swim there!

Waiting in line... sometimes we didnt move for over 30 minutes! This was after about 2 hours in line... .still 9 left!!

Waiting in line… sometimes we didnt move for over 30 minutes! This was after about 2 hours in line… .still 9 hours left!!

Duilio starting to get really tired.... little did he know that there were still 4 hours left haha

Duilio starting to get really tired…. little did he know that there were still 4 hours left haha

I was truly surprised that the Filipinos were in such a good mood! Like happy, talking, waiting without pushing or anything, just staying there in line. And they only have a couple of days of, so waiting 11 hours for a 1 hour ferry ride across the sea should be harder for them then for us, because we have months! We were tired and hungry and just wanted to arrive, but they didn’t show it.. Such a different mentality.

We thought we got to the end of the line, and then we came to this waiting area - crazy!! Took 2 hours to get through this...

We thought we got to the end of the line, and then we came to this waiting area – crazy!! Took 2 hours to get through this…

In the end of the waiting hall you had to get "numbers" on paper, and after they called the numbers to get to the other waiting area for yet another hours wait... Crazy!

In the end of the waiting hall you had to get ”numbers” on paper, and after they called the numbers to get to the other waiting area for yet another hours wait… Crazy!

But yeah, we are aware of how bad this was organized, like really, the worst. Everything was suuuuuper slow, and just completely.. bad. One ticket booth for maybe 3000 travelers… Stupid!!! When we left, there was still about another thousand people waiting to cross… Really crazy!! So after this experience, yes, we would definitively have enjoyed to turn back to Anda and stay 2 more nights and take the direct ferry on Friday instead, with less hustle. But but….. an experience too.

 

Well… next post will be about Camiguin :)

 

 

Annonser

Enjoying Bohol on a scooter

The journey from Dumaguete to Tagbilaran in Bohol was about 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was the nicest ferry we have taken so far, big and comfortable!

The ferry from Dumaguete to Tagbilaran - big and comfortable!! We got our own seats, they where showing a movie and selling some snacks.. very nice!

The ferry from Dumaguete to Tagbilaran – big and comfortable!! We got our own seats, they where showing a movie and selling some snacks.. very nice!

When we arrived in the pier in Tagbilaran we grabbed our backpacks from the storage and walked outside – boom – all the taxi and tricycle drivers jumped us, and followed us all the way up to the street! They are really a pain in the ass sometimes. One van driver said he could take us to Loboc, where we were going to stay,for ”only 800php” but when we kept walking and saying ”no thanks” he ended up offering it at 300 php, haha.

Up from the road we took a tricycle for 60php – We bargained it down from 100 php, thinking the bus terminal was just around the corner, but it was actually quite far away! Philipinos always say ”just 1 or 2 kilometers away” but it felt much longer.

Tagbilaran is the capital of Bohol, and it’s only city. There was quite much traffic and many university students everywhere! Once at the Island City Mall, we took a jeepney to loboc, about 1,5 hour, which costed us 27php per person (0,50 euro or usd). Quite cheap :)

We arrived in Loboc, 24 kms inland from Tagbilaran and one of Bohol oldest towns. We crossed the bridge over the loboc river to get to our accomodation – Stefanie Grace Paradise Inn. It was not where it was pointed out on google maps, as nothing never is here in the Philippines, but we found it in the end.

On our way there we passed by a lady singing karaoke in her yard, you can hear it kilometers away. Philipinos LOVE karaoke, it’s everywhere, and they are not ashamed at all, sometimes they are good singers, but mostly not, and literally the whole neighborhood and more can hear it too. But it’s funny.

The staff at Stefanies was suuuper friendly, showed us our room – which was very basic, the bed was really uncomfortable and squeaked all the time, but the place it self was nice – it had a pool, a restaurant, a small shop, and a view over the loboc river.

Morning view over the loboc river lake!

Morning view over the loboc river lake!

Duilio going in to our room at Stefanies

Duilio going in to our room at Stefanies

We were hungry and had dinner there, I had some vegetables for 100php and Duilio had some fish, and then they asked us if we wanted to do a firefly boat tour along the loboc river, because there was another couple doing it that night. The price was 350php per person. We said sure, and the boat came to pick up right there at Stefanies by the river! :)

We went out for a small tour down the river for about 1,5 hours – I really enjoyed it, we were only 4 people plus the captain. He himself had started this firefly river tours a long time ago, but now it has become quite big. I saw fireflies for the first time in my life, there where hundred or thousands of them, and they all hanged out around the same tree, so it looked like a christmas tree! Super cool.

Fireflies!! I don't really have the best camera for night pictures, but you can still see something there! :P

Fireflies!! I don’t really have the best camera for night pictures, but you can still see something there if you have it at maximum brightness! :P

Fireflies!! I don't really have the best camera for night pictures, but you can still see something there! :P

Fireflies!! I don’t really have the best camera for night pictures, but you can still see something there if you have it at maximum brightness! :P

 

Next day we started with a nice breakfast there at Stefanies.  We had arranged to rent a scooter for 500php for a full day, and the scooter with keys was there at Stefanies in the morning, super comfortable that they can offer everything from here, we didn’t have to move anywhere haha. They are truly friendly and helpful at this accommodation. The owner spoke portuñol, he had been living in Brazil for 9 years and then 30 years in the states, before retiring back to his hometown here in Loboc. Well, he couldn’t just ”retire and do nothing”, so he started this instead :) He helped us with what we should visit and gave us a map over bohol.

some people doing stand up paddle around 8am on the loboc river

some people doing stand up paddle around 8am on the loboc river

We went up to Carmen to see the Chocolate hills, and on our way we passed by beautiful green grass fields and the stunning Mahogny man-made forest in Bilar. It’s about 2 kilometers densely planted mahogny treets, shady and chilly but really beautiful.

Around bohol, huge houses and big farm lands

Around bohol, huge houses and big farm lands

The beautiful mahogny man-made forest!

The beautiful mahogny man-made forest!

We kept driving up to Carmen, passing by many locals, always smiling and waving to you when you pass by, and it’s not only kids – also the construction workers! So cute. It still amazes me how friendly people are here.

After around one hour on the scooter we finally arrived to the famous Chocolate hills, we paid the entrance fee of 50php and climbed up some steps to the top of a hill, where we had a 360 degree view over the hills – there are over 1200 hills spread over an area around 50 square kilometers. It’s called the chocolate hills because of the color they get during dry season, which makes them look like chocolate, but when we were there there were mostly green hills :)

Drying wheat in the heat that they have harvested

Drying wheat in the heat that they have harvested

A cementary!

A cementary!

View over the chocolate hills and the nature around Bohol

View over the chocolate hills and the nature around Bohol

The mandatory picture in front of the chocolate hills :)

The mandatory picture in front of the chocolate hills :)

The chocolate hills

The chocolate hills

On our way back we stopped at Bilar looking for the butterfly sanctuary, which we couldn’t find on our way there, and barely on our way back either – once again said it should be on one site on google maps but was at another place, haha. They are not so good with signs here either!!

Very typical. The red dot is where it is supposed to be, but the blue dot is where it actually is.

Very typical. The red dot is where it is supposed to be, but the blue dot is where it actually is.

We couldn’t find it either because it only said ”Habitat”, nothing wit butterflies. It was interesting, they give you a small tour explaining about all the phases of a butterfly and how they help them grow and survive there. It was ok, I love butterflies and I had heard good about this place so I had high expectations, but it was very small and they only had 2 different kinds of butterfly now (changes depending on season). But still, I learned a lot. I didn’t know a butterfly only lived for 21 days! :(

Close up of a butterfly at the sanctuary

Close up of a butterfly at the sanctuary

Butterfly at the butterfly sanctuary

Butterfly at the butterfly sanctuary

While having a coffee break at the butterfly sanctuary, a cat just jumped up to duilios lap. I gave him half my muffin that wasn't so good.. haha.

While having a coffee break at the butterfly sanctuary, a cat just jumped up to duilios lap. I gave him half my muffin that wasn’t so good.. haha.

After a coffee break we went to Corella, another small inland town closer to Tagbilaran. There we visited the Tarsier Sanctuary, where tarsiers are observed and protected. They are freely living there in a natural habitat. There is another Tarsier place in Loboc but there the tarsiers are not free and feels very bad about being in captivity, so we didn’t want to go to that place.

Here it was really nice, it’s a big forest/park and there where only 5 tarsiers living there in different areas of the park. You are not allowed to touch them or to speak highly there, which is good.

The tarsier sanctuary in Corella, or the research center.

The tarsier sanctuary in Corella, or the research center.

 

Now you know!

Now you know!

Tarsiers are the smallest primates in the world, a fully grown tarsier weights maximum 150 grams! They have bigger eyes than their brain, and long tails – they look like a mix between a monkey, a bat and a rat haha. But they are super cute!

They are nocturnal animals, thats when they move and hunt their food (they eat mostly insects and butterflies) – but during the day they sleep and don’t move, I was very surprised in the beginning how the guide could find them in the forest since they are so tiny and hidden! But the guide told us that they are very territorial so they always hang out at the same spot during the day.They go out hunting at night, and then they come back to the exact same tree for the day.

Where is the tarsier? :) (Look for the eyes!)

Where is the tarsier? :) (Look for the eyes!)

Sleeping tarsier!

Sleeping tarsier!

A cute tarsier who opened his eyes!

A cute tarsier who opened his eyes!

Now, before saying ”aaaww, bring me one home!!” – As me and all my friends say when looking at a tarsier, you should now that they are very shy and scared animals. They live completely alone except for the first 6 months of their life when they live with their mother, after that they go separate ways and never in groups with other tarsiers, the only time they ”hang out” with another tarsier is when they are mating, it only happens once a year and for about 10-15 seconds. So yes, they are very lonely and like to be lonely.

When they are scared or held in captivity, they commit suicide, banging their soft skull head against some hard object.. So sad! So please no, don’t touch them or hold them or captivate them, they will literally kill themselves then.

The bones of a tarsier, it's like a mini dinosaur!! So tiny! And look at the size of the eyeballs!

The bones of a tarsier, it’s like a mini dinosaur!! So tiny! And look at the size of the eyeballs!

Read!

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After the Tarsier sanctuary we started to move to Sevilla to go to Sipatan twin hanging bridge, said to be one of the most dangerous bridges around here. From Corella we followed a sign to Sevilla to get there, and got in to our first bumpy and not cemented road here in Bohol. We were all covered in dust and our asses were soar when we finally arrived at the bamboo bridge, which was in the end of the road. It’s just a couple of kilometers in if you take the road from the other side – from Loboc, which I guess everyone else does, since we didn’t meet a single vehicle on our 9 kms on the road from the other side. Haha.

You pay 20 php to cross the 40 m long bridge. They have 2 bridges, one to cross to the other side, and the other for the way back. And on the other side they also have some handicraft store and refreshment booths (I bought a coconut, very much needed) before taking the bridge back. The bridge was build after the second world war to help local residents transport their farm products across the Sevilla river. What was before rope has been reinforced with steel wire cables for the security and stability. Sure it’s a little different to cross this kind of bridge than a concrete one, since it’s swaying and bouncing, but it didn’t really feel dangerous :)

Hehe... passing by albuqurque, Breaking Bad!

Hehe… passing by albuquerque, the hometown of Breaking Bad, on our way to sevilla :)

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On the Sipatan twin hanging bridge :)

The bridge

The bridge

We took the scooter back to Bohol and passed by the Loboc Adventure Park, so we stopped there to do the famous zipline over the Loboc river. It costs 350 pesos and you do it twice, one to cross to one side and the other to return. It was Duilios first Zipline, I thought maybe he would be afraid since he really hates rollercoasters, bu the enjoyed the zipline and was all euphorios about it! Haha. Nice experience, I felt like superman!

Ziplining over the loboc river! :)

Ziplining over the loboc river! :)

After that we were tired and had done everything we wanted to do in Bohol, so went back home, filled up the scooter with gasoline (about 80php – 1,5 euro/usd – after driving over 100km!).

We were completely covered in dirt and dust, so we took a bath in the pool (with a shower prior to it) – aaah, so good to feel completely weightless! Haha. Then we bought a wine and some chips at the shop and had it outside overlooking the sunset on the river, delightful! Then we finally had dinner :) I tried the Chop suey, which was the only other vegetarian plate they had, but it looked exaclty the same as the vegetables the day before, haha.

Our pool at stefanies! ahhh!

Our pool at stefanies! ahhh!

Sunset view from Stefanies porch... so nice!

Sunset view from Stefanies porch… so nice!

This is life!

This is life!

I was so tired so I fell asleep like 8pm or something, and slept until next morning!

After breakfast and some internet time (internet is fast at Stefanies!), we checked out. The owner drove us to the jeepney station in his car – once again – so sweet!! We where very thankful since walking a couple of kilometers in over 30 degrees with backpacks wasn’t something we were looking forward to, haha.

He also explained for the driver where to drop us of so we could go to Panglao, and it wasn’t the same place as where we took the jeepney to Loboc from. We just stopped somewhere and switched jeepney to another going over to Panglao.
More info about that in the next entry from Panglao!

A typical jeepney :)

A typical jeepney :)