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Bohol Part 4: Conclusion

by on March 1, 2008
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The Bohol trip was in a lot of ways a measure in vacation efficency. In three days we managed to both see sights and relax for a full day at the beach, and the truth is you probably can’t ask for more in a vacation. There’s a lot more to Bohol that we didn’t get to do though, like whale and dolphin watching. We could have tried sneaking it in on the second day but since it was a choice of relaxing on the beach or waking up at 5 in the morning to see some seamammals we decided on the R&R. There’ll be plenty of time to see the dolphins and whales on another Bohol trip, unless the Japanese kill them all.

There was a peculiar thing about Bohol that caught my attention, in that almost every establishment doesn’t flat out ask you to pay for stuff but just asks for donations. There were donations at the tarsier “reservation”, the Python show, the Loboc river cruise, and even the bathrooms. There’s something peculiar about the human mind in that when you’re asked for a donation you feel more compelled to give, or at least I felt that way. It’s a subtle kind of guilt that makes you feel good about yourself if you give plenty and haunts you to the end of your days if you were stingy. To this day I still lose sleep wondering if my donation was large anough to keep the tarsiers from starving.

There’s also a peculiar lack of beggars in Tagbilaran city. Granted, I didn’t stay long enough to really get a good idea of the complete social strata of the city, but in all our time there no beggars came to ask for coins at our window. Perhaps there’s something to be said about urbanization and the false promise of a better life in the city. A well developed countryside means that less and less people will be drawn to Manila, improving the social situation there and across the country. Of course, that may just have been because the way Dante was driving wasn’t conducive to begging.

On the food side of things, I noticed a bag of V-cut chips in Cion Virge Restaurant next to the airport (it’s not a half bad place to eat, and since they have tapsilog all day I was sold) that was “caldereta” flavored. I don’t know if this is something common to the countryside, but it was certainly the first time I’d seen it, and I felt compelled to buy it out of sheer curiosity. You know what? It really did taste like caldereta! Those were some damn good potato chips and I wondered why they didn’t have them in Manila. You can see a bit of it behind the envelope with my name on it, uniquely spelled “Rhayan”.

I’ve been wracking my head for a few minutes trying to think of a way to end this without sounding like a cheesy WOW commercial, but really there’s just no way to do it. Bohol’s a wonderful place to visit, and offers plenty of things to see and do, from seeing tarsiers and dolphins to witnessing the majestic and timeless beauty of the Chocolate Hills. It’s well worth a trip, and I encourage everyone to visit Bohol at least once in their lifetime.

Cost of the trip per person:

2751.00 – Round trip ticket via Cebu Pacific inclusive of fuel surcharge, etc.

3250.00 – Accomodations at Olman’s View for 3 days and 2 nights, including countryside tour and beach tour (ie they drive you to the beach and back)

1000.00 – Unfortunately I’m not OC enough to list every single transaction, but a thousand bucks was more or less enough for all the random fees and donations and food purchases. You can save considerably on this amount if you decide to forego the Bohol Beach Club, as it has an entrance fee of 250 on weekdays and 350 on weekends (with a consumable amount of 150 and 250 respectively). As always though we’d advise that you bring extra money, say another thousand or so, just to cover emergency expenses.

Total cost of trip per person – 7001 pesos

Part 1: Arrival and Olman’s View Resort Hotel, Part 2: The Tour, Part 3: Bohol Beach Club , Part 4: Conclusion

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5 Comments
  1. allan qui permalink

    Good thing you wrote this blog! My family and I will be going to bohol this June. we are looking for options to stay and we are considering Olmans because of the good deal they gave us and the prompt response to our inquiry. Another option was Bohol Beach Club but as you said in your blog its not that appealing and the price is twice as much as Olmans.

    Thanks for the write up. It was very informative for us budget travelers.

  2. alexie permalink

    Hi, I would just like to ask, how far is Olman’s from Bohol Beach Club? I’ve actually reserved with Olman’s cause of your review here and I’ve just realized that it’s not exactly beach front. Which isn’t a big deal cause walking is ok, I just want to know how far to walk to get to a decent beach^^ (i’m a bit oc so i want to know all the details^^)

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback on Bohol! ^^

  3. Hi Alexie. Bohol Beach Club is about 15 to 20 minutes from Olman’s by van. Olman’s provides a shuttle service to BBC as part of their package so you don’t have to worry about getting there on your own.

  4. alexie permalink

    Thanks!

  5. Don’t worry about it alexie, Aissa’s OC as well so she understands completely. 😀

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