Bohol Uncut (Part 2) – Tarsier, ATV, Chocolate Hills and Bohol Bee Farm

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

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.

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DILAT!

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.

It's amazing how tiny they are!

It’s amazing how tiny they are!

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. 😀

They're tails are often mistaken as rat tails by predators, contributing to their demise.

They’re tails are often mistaken as rat tails by predators, contributing to their demise.

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.

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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.

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Arrive. Pose. Leave

Imagine zombies coming from out of nowhere

Imagine zombies coming from out of nowhere

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!

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ATVs baybeh!

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.

Mighty Morphin'!

Mighty Morphin’!

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!

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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.

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Tres Marias

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Close encounter with the hills

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.

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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.

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No broken bones!

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.

It's the climb

It’s the climb

However, by the time we reached the top, we realized our effort was all worth it. I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

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The Crown Jewel

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

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.

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Weird but in a good way. Organic but delicious. Pricey but worth the bucks!

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.

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I ain’t eating no flower salad. Haha.

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! 😀

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Happy birthday Mary!

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-

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18 comments

  1. Dude, GREAT post on Bohol! I was a bit disappointed when I wasn’t able to hold a tarsier, but I totally understood why when they told me. The bigger disappointment was that I was there at the same time a school bus of kids, so I didn’t get close. As for the 4-wheeler rentals, I am DEFINITELY doing that next trip down. The fact you can get that up close and personal with the hills makes it all worth it. Anyway, great post. Super informative and interesting!

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      1. I was there back in about 2007 which I think was about the time they came up with the hands-off rule. I’ve seen people with them as pets in Thailand though. A very cool animal…but as you said, they are terrified by pretty much everything. Oh well. Maybe I’ll find one in the wild when I’m out ATVing. lol

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    1. Hi Vanessa. I don’t think they have ATV for kids that young. I, personally, would also advise not to have young kids maneuver ATVs on their own as it takes basic skills to drive those things. May I suggest that you ride the buggy car with the kids sitting by the driver’s side.

      Hope this helps.

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  2. hi! nice blog! i’m going on a Bohol trip soon with my parents. i want to know how long did your countryside tour take? we’re arriving in Tagbilaran at 9am. will we still have time to drop our bags in Panglao before we tour? or is it better to go straight to tour? we basically have the same itinerary except for the zipline.

    and also the ATVs, is it easy to drive? for my parents for example, you think they can manage? they are on 60+ age. my father used to drive when he was young. and then for me who only drives bump cars? lol

    thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Roz. Thanks for the kind words. It took us the entire day to finish our countryside tour so I suggest you start the tour as soon as you arrive Tagbilaran. The ATVs are quite tricky to drive though, but your father can opt for the buggy car which is easier to handle. Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Hey Rod, guess it’s my first time reading your blogs and I like the way you write! very informative and thanks coz it helped me a lot. thinking things like the what, where, how & most of all the ‘how much?, hehe. Well you cant blame me as this will be my first time to visit bohol and I’m planning to bring my family w/ me, my hubby & 3 teenagers. Well actually, i consider my 2 girls as teens as they’re 11&12 already so it means they’re past 10.😀 Can you share me your tourist guides contact nums as I felt I needed them badly for our bohol trip soon this coming April. Thank you in advance!

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    1. Hi Mafe. Appreciate the views. Naldix’s contact nums are +639173241511 and +639228828697. You can also read one of my later Bohol posts (the one with Dolphin-Watching) as I’ve linked his Facebook page there. Cheers!

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      1. Yeah rod, i forgot to mention that i first read ur bohol post (d one w/ dolphin watching, island hopping & balicasag diving. It was a nice one too.😉 I’ll be reading ur post on ur boracay trip for my family is also scheduled to go there in June also. Basta nalingaw jud kog basa sa imung mga blogs.😄

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  4. Wala pa jud ko nakaanha diha sa bohol,pero plano ko na jud na adtuan pag uli nako puhon…naa ba sila package tour?kinsa pwd kontakon?thank u in advance

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