Panglao Island

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Pangalo Island

With the rain pouring all night, and the weather was cold, we woke up at 0600hrs to prepare for our trip to Panglao Island. After a light breakfast we boarded the banka with Pedro (ondoy) at the helm again and headed for Loboc, from there took the jeepney again going to Tagbilaran where we ate breakfast at Mcdonalds, while carol bought some pasalubong.

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Took the tricycle going to Dumaluan Beach Resort but when we reached the resort it was so full that we had to get a room at Dumaluan Beach Resort II where the rooms were a bit expensive (and I learned that they have different owners) and since we saved a lot from our stay in Nuts Huts we have the luxury to splurge here. Resting a bit, then tried to get a ride around Panglao where we haggled the price down to Php1,200.00 for the day, and by 1145hrs we were headed for The Bohol Bee Farm

Amid the lush natural surroundings of Panglao Island is another eco-tourist treasure, the Bohol Bee Farm. The smorgasbord of organic delicacies on offer makes it unlike any place you’ve ever been to. Dine in our restaurants and enjoy tasty kamote pies, homemade ice cream, and fresh flower salads.

Feel even better upon settling in native-style rooms with air-conditioning, cable TV, a shower, and refrigerator. And when your holiday draws to a close, stock up on some of Bohol Bee Farm’s healthy goodness with naturally made products like honey spreads, herb teas, and corn coffee.

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Our next stop was the Ostrich Farm, which was located near the Hinagnanan Caves, so we ask if we could pass-by the farm. When we got to the place, it was not exactly a farm, but animals in cages. One of the caretakers told us that the owner buys the animals and then houses them in cages in his back yard then charges a fee to see them.

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Off to Hinagdanan Caves… Hinagdanan Caves is a karst cave; meaning, it is made of limestone. The cave is within easy reach. To reach it, one will have to walk through dense vegetation of just about one kilometer. One will find the entrance of the cave, a hole about 1 meter wide in diameter, visible from a limestone hill. Cemented steps lead to the interior of the cave. The cave is a slippery, but there’s a railing made of rope to hold on to.

As story goes, Hinagdanan Cave was accidentally discovered when the owner of the area was clearning decaying branches and found the hole. Throwing a stone into the hole, the owner heard a splash. A ladder was then built to get to the inside of the cave. Hinagdanan, in fact, means “laddered” and the cave took its name from the man-made ladder used to get to the cave’s interior.

Inside, one spelunk and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. The cavern is about 100 meters long of beautiful rock formations. The stalactites and stalagmites stick out from the ceiling and floor of the cave as though trying to meet each other.
Inside the cave, there’s also a lagoon whose glimmering greenish surface is produced by the green limestone at the bottom of the pool. People used to bath in the lagoon. Recently, however, it has been advised to not dip in the lagoon because of the karst pollutants present in the water.

But perhaps the most unique feature of the cave, are the two eyelike-holes found on the ceiling of the cave. From these holes stream light from the outside, giving the whole cave an eerie and, at the same time, beautiful effect. Artificial lights have also been added to make tourists see better the beauty of the cave.

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After some souvenir buying and some refreshment, we then headed to further south to San Agustin Parish Church.

San Agustin Parish Church, according to one authority, established a parish in 1782, although the Recollects record that they took charge of the town in 1803. A 20th-century church stands beside the ruins of an older church, probably one built by the Jesuits. Whatever remains of the older façade indicate that it may have been Baroque in design. This church was ruined before in 1886, when it is reported that a provisional church of wood and tabique was constructed. To the rear of the ruins and at some distance, stands a five-story bell tower/ watch-tower built 1851. Octagonal in plan and covered by pitched roof, the tower is said to be the tallest of its kind in the country. The tower is in bad state and needs immediate intervention for its conservation.

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After the San Agustin Church, we headed for Alona Beach by 1430hrs, which they say is the Boracay of Bohol. It looks like Boracay but with a shorter shore area. With bar and restaurants dotting the shores and dive schools all around the place. So we headed for Coco Vida Bar & Restaurant at Alona Vida Beach Resort and ordered Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna, Green Salad, Pancit Canton and Rice for lunch. We stayed there for a while and just lazed by the beach.

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By 1625hrs we took the habal-habal back to Dumaluan Beach Resort and rested, then went out by the beach to see the low tide and view the Islands of Siquijor and Pamilikan. Ordered some beer at the restaurant and listened to the live band, then of to bed for the night.

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Woke up at 0500hrs and went out to the beach and took some sunrise photos, then had breakfast by the beach, we ate eggs, ham, sausages, bread with butter and jam and had some fruits. After breakfast, we prepared for our trip back to Tagbilaran, where a van would take us back to the airport (this was the van we used the first day in Bohol).

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Arriving at the airport of Tagbilaran, where we were told that the PAL counter was still closed and had to wait for it to open, so we headed to a near-by restaurant and had halo-halo. The by the time the counter was open and checked in out bags, we waited at the lounge area where a lot of people were waiting and by 1030hrs, we were of the island of Bohol and headed back to Manila. While on the plane, I noticed at the console above out heads, that we were going around in circles then head past Manila then turned around to land. When we landed, there was a downpour of rain, which flooded Metro Manila again. But good thing out taxi got us back to our place safe and sound.

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We were really excited going around Bohol and Panglao, but still did not really visit all the other great places in Bohol, but would like to go back and visit Bohol again. Bohol for me is a great place just to relax and have fun.

Till our next travel… HAPPY TRAILS!!!!!

Next stop to an oil-rich nation is Asia…

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