Reminiscing my first backpacking experience in Bohol (Part 1)

Having travelling a lot during the past few years I just recently had the urge to write a travel blog. Most of the upcoming posts may be from past travels as I have a lot of catching up to do.

This post is dedicated to my first ever backpacking experience which happened last April of 2012. I was a 3rd year college student back then when I decided to write a post on one of the threads found on istorya.net about travelling and found two people who were going travel to Bohol, so I decided to join in.

To be honest I was quite skeptical at first having to travel with two strangers for the first time, but being  the impulsive and adventurous me I was just hoping for the best.

We met up at Pier 1 in Cebu City, to buy our tickets for our ferry to Tubigon, Bohol. Where a long queue of people was already present.

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M/V Star craft ticketing office at Pier 1 Cebu City

After a few minutes we finally had our ticket and was ready to board our ferry M/V Star Craft 2. I know it sounds like a famous computer game from blizzard but mind you this is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to go to Bohol. It only costs us 170 pesos (less 20% for students) for the tourist accommodations and the trip will only take around 50 mins to an hour..

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Here are my new found friends Mark (On the left) and Glenn (On the right)

So our trip begins.

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During the hour long trip I had the chance to get to know Mark and Glenn. I was relieved to know that Mark was an Engineer and Glenn was a lawyer (WOW!!). All my doubts about my travel buddies at that time immediately went away as we continued to chat because I had a sense that these are genuinely good people.

After the hour long ride we finally arrived at Tubigon port and had a quick breakfast at the market place just outside the port.

After our breakfast we then proceeded to the near by bus and van terminal only to find out they are still waiting for other passengers before they leave. So I tried to talk with the tricycle drivers at the terminal luckily one agreed to be our ride to Sagbayan peak and Carmen (Chocolate Hills) for just 200 each which I found reasonable considering he would be waiting for us while we tour the place.

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Our G ride to Sagbayan peak and Chocolate hills in Carmen.

The travel time to Sagbayan peak from Tubigon port took us about 45 mins to an hour. It could be less especially when you will be riding a bus/van or a private vehicle.

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Sagbayan Peak

At Sagbayan Peak, you enjoy a view of some of the hills similarly found at Carmen’s Chocolate hills a few comical statues a butterfly dome and a water park. They also offer Tarsier viewing just before you ascent to the peak. Entrance fee is only 10 pesos at that time.

Here are some of the pictures during my brief stay at Sagbayan Peak:

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The Tarsier Viewing is available from 9am to 5pm.

After a few hours we then set off to our next destination Chocolate Hills in Carmen.

Total Expenses so far:

  • Ferry from Cebu to Bohol – 178
  • Breakfast – 50
  • Tricycle from Tubigon to Sagbayan peak and Carmen – 200
  • Entrance fee to Sagbayan peak – 10
  • Total : 438 pesos

Please keep posted as I’ll write a separate post about our travel to chocolate hills and our commute to Loay, Bohol where we had our lunch before proceeding to Jagna and Anda. Links will be added within this day.

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