Another "cheap as chips" flight to the second city in command after Manila, Cebu. Can't say too much more about this place, it's a city, a little less aggressive and manic than Manila but still uncharming I guess, certainly for me. Good partying to be done around Mango square and plenty of shopping stores around if that's your thing. Other than that, it was a 2 night stay and a quick ferry to the nearest island south-east, Bohol.
With no plan to anywhere in particular I pumped into a Filipino girl who suggested accomodation on the Panglao Island of Bohol. The trike ride from the ferry port was memorable. I wont lie I was a little nervous heading here, infrastructure was a little...err...remote...people stared at me, I was back alone again in a different territory.it was that uneasy feeling that I know too well from being in India, however I have become used to it and can control it to a large degree. Panglao is more famous for it's scuba diving with some amazing coral reefs, apparently. The beaches although good are nothing compared to the rest the Philippines has to offer. It took me a while to settle in here but managed to find a good base at an Ozzy bar , Panglao birdwatchers. The same crew seemed to meet in the little sheltered bar on the beach side everyday, this ranged from all nationalities to all ages. This bar was good at providing tasty barbecues and live acoustic music. It wasn't long before I got up and sang a few tunes and became part of the crew. For almost three nights I played a small set, with some free beer and free food on the house as a result. The village itself is a couple of streets with the beach front covered with restaurants, massage tents and scuba shops.
On the final day here (spent 4 in total) I decided to hire a taxi man for the day and do the typical tourist attractions that everyone does. Very enjoyable. Got to see the endangered primate species Tarsiers here, incredible little animal. These nocturnal animals have huge eyes and catch insects and small lizards by jumping on them at night. They get stressed easily and there is some debate that visiting them during the day disturbs them too much, some stories say that they actually commit suicide if distressed too much by human handling!!! I took a spin into the center of Bohol to check out the infamous chocolate hills. Quite a sight, with the grass covered limestone mounds sticking up like earth pimples as far as the eye can see. I also done a 200 meter high 480 m long zip line, what a feeling and view that was over the Loboc river. Do it if your there, its nearby the chocolate hills.
A few other visits included snakes, butterflies a man-made forest and one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and like Palawan was one of the highlights of the Philippines. Off I head to the ultra-tiny airport in Tagbilaran to catch a flight back to the capital....hail mary full of grace!
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