If you missed Part 1 of our Bohol Countryside Tour, click HERE.
We’re midway on our Bohol adventure and yet the island still has its many surprises up its sleeve. But in order to cool down our nerves from the exhilarating experience that was the Loboc Zip Line, we headed next to the sanctuary of the world’s smallest primate and cute mascot of Bohol, the Tarsier.
In the past, tourists can hold and touch the tarsiers. However, the caretakers noticed that the furry primates get too stressed from all those touchy-feely guests and oftentimes, the tarsiers commit suicide. Since then, touching them has not been allowed. It’s also worth noting that there is a NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY rule when capturing these tiny creatures. They’re nocturnal by nature and their eyes are very much sensitive to bright lights.
The tarsiers are spread in different bushes around the conservatory. Tarsiers are territorial in nature so that’s understandable. Because they are nocturnal, most of the tarsiers you’ll see are either asleep or very sleepy.
Outside the Tarsier Conservation Center, you can find various souvenir products and goodies, though you’ll find that the souvenir items that are sold in Hinagdanan Cave and Prony are slightly cheaper in comparison. Just a heads up.
Since you can’t do much with the tarsiers aside from taking their snapshots, we only spent a few minutes at the conservation center and were back to hitting the road. Our next stop isn’t actually a “tourist spot”. It’s more like a hi-way, really. It’s the man-made forest.
We would’ve gone directly straight to the Chocolate Hills after strutting our poses at the man-made forest. But since we thought we still have lots of time left, we decided to proceed with our “unplanned” activity. Boy was that decision worth it!
Before reaching the hills, we passed by G1 Island ATV Rental. By that time, I only had one ATV experience and let’s just say it wasn’t very good (read about our failed ATV ride in Boracay HERE). Naturally, I was very eager to conquer my ATV nightmares. Haha.
We chose the 30-minute tour which was worth Php400.00 per head for a guided tour near the 3 Sisters’ Hill. Surprisingly, their ATVs were really easy to maneuver, compared to the ATVs in Boracay. Rev up your engines and go!
After a quick briefing from our tour guide, we rode our ATVS around Barangay Buenos Aires near the hills. The roads weren’t concrete but it was alright since the rough roads did contribute to our riding enjoyment. After a few minutes, we stopped by the 3 Sisters’ Hill.
What’s good about the package is that only a fraction of our time was spent on sight-seeing and picture-taking (we even exceeded the 30-minute limit). A good 25 minutes is solely devoted in driving the ATV, which was so refreshing compared to the “45-minute” package that is offered in Boracay wherein you only have a total of 15 minutes riding time. Longer riding time plus the combination of concrete and rough terrain make this one of the most bang-for-the-buck rides.
After the stopover, we rode around the barrios near the hills (even passed by a forest-like trail) before going back to base. All in all, a very rewarding activity, if only because we all had our first “successful” ATV rides.
Within a few meters from the ATV rental is the Chocolate Hills Observation Station. But before we can view the thousands of hills, we first had to endure the task of walking the long flight of stairs to reach the top and be able to savor the view.
However, by the time we reached the top, we realized our effort was all worth it. I’ll let the picture speak for itself.
After enjoying the beautiful view of the Chocolate Hills, we headed back to Panglao island to have our highly-anticipated dinner at Bohol Bee Farm! We read rave reviews about the place on the internet so we definitely had to go there.
Bohol Bee Farm’s restaurant is nothing out of the ordinary, mind you. For one, the food they serve are organic. Second, they have some of the weirdest food items on the menu. Can you spell tomato and malunggay ice cream? Thirdly, the ambiance was superbly vintage and rural. Their food does cost a bit more than the usual, but hey you’ll be served something more than the usual as well so that evens it out.
Their food tasted great. I can vividly remember the texture of the bread they served. It was very unassuming but it tasted very good along with the mango jam. The lasagna is worth noting for since it was very heavy to the stomach. Packed with nutrients, I suppose? The tomato and malunggay ice cream tasted a bit weird but still worth trying. Though the kalamansi and tablea ice cream from earlier tasted eternally better, in my opinion. I did not try the organic salad (which was full of flowers; yes, flowers) though my companions seemed to like it.
Since it was Mary’s birthday that day, the Bohol Bee Farm staff was kind enough to give her a complimentary birthday greeting, cupcake and edible flowers in tow. Special thanks to Mary for footing a huge chunk of the bill!
Well, that ends our whole day countryside tour of Bohol. In my opinion, Bohol is one of the most tourist-friendly places here in the country. Affordable transportation, organized travel packages, numerous scenic spots and many activities to choose from that cater to tourists of all ages. It’s a shame that there are no direct Davao-Bohol flights, it really is. However, I will say that my second time in this beautiful island won’t be the last. And that’s a guaran-damn-tee. -rod-