Bohol Day 2 : Chocolate Hills, Bee Farm, Tarsiers, etc

We reserved this day of our tour for sightseeing and visiting famous landmarks in the area, needless to say we were disappointed to wake up and find it raining heavily that morning.  We arranged to have our tour guide pick us up around 9:30 at the resort, so when the rain didn’t show signs of stopping by 9am, we were a bit worried.  Luckily it started to let up around 9:30 and we were able to leave the resort by around 10am.

Vanity shot in the car 🙂  Excited to see Bohol!

Our first stop was the Blood Compact shrine

From what I was told, this was where Miguel Legazpi (a Spanish explorer) and the Bohol datu performed the famous blood compact ritual to seal their friendship back in historical times.

There was a line to take pictures at the actual shrine, so Ezra and I walked around the viewing deck while we waited for some people to leave:

(For some reason I can’t find our family picture at the shrine.  I know we took a couple of them on my dad’s camera, and we even bought one from one of the dudes there who took our photo and had it printed out on the spot …)

After this we headed over to the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines:

My parents visited this church for the first time years ago and my mom told me that the first time she walked inside, she was immediately taken back to the Spanish colonial period.  She actually had a vision of people from that era walking out of the church as if they had just finished attending mass.

It was a bit small inside, but very beautiful

Ezra and I had to put on these sarong things before they could let us in since we were wearing shorts.

We found this old wishing well outside the church

After this we headed over to the Tarsier Sanctuary to see the famous little primates.  I’ve always wanted to go to Bohol to see a tarsier.  They’re just so adorable with their huge eyes and batty ears 😀   My friend Kat is from Bohol, and whenever she visits home I ask her to bring me back a tarsier, but of course that’s not possible.  They’re endangered species and are naturally being kept safe in these sanctuaries.  Also, Kat tells me that tarsiers get suicidal when they are placed in stressful situations, so even if she did manage to smuggle one out of Bohol, it would probably die in a few days 😦

When my parents went to Bohol a few years ago, their guide took them to a place where you get actually get close to a tarsier.  (My mom even managed to pet one for a few seconds before being reprimanded by the staff since you weren’t allowed to touch them XD)  Naturally, we expected our experience this time to be something similar.  But apparently, constant exposure to tourists (as well as being poked and prodded) counts as a stressful situation for tarsiers, so places like those are now being banned.

When we got to the sanctuary and saw all the trees, I joked that we would probably have to search for the tarsiers ourselves and find them in the branches.  After all, they can’t possibly expect us to find a primate the size of my fist among all those trees, right?  Right???  WRONG!  It turns out that that was exactly what we had to do!

Fortunately we didn’t have to look for them all by ourselves, the sanctuary provided us with a guide who more or less knew the tarsiers’ favorite hangouts.  Thanks to our guide, we were able to find 4 out of the 10 tarsiers in the sanctuary.  That guy must have amazing vision to be able to spot these little guys in the trees, because even with him pointing them out to us, we had a hard time seeing them.  Most of the time they were  really high up and I had to use the zoom function on my dad’s video camera to see them clearly.

It wasn’t what we expected, but I actually had fun walking around in the sanctuary and looking for the little guys.  It was definitely a challenge though, we probably wouldn’t have found one without our guide.  They should invite shows like Amazing Race here to the Philippines and have them do something like this – without the guides of course.  I imagine the contestants would get extremely frustrated XD

Ezra the Explorer – all set for her quest to find tiny primates

There’s one, can you see it?  It was way up in the tree and I had to zoom my camera to even see it.

Here’s another one that was a bit closer to the ground.  It was sleeping when we found it but it opened its eyes for about a minute when we arrived.

Gotcha! 😀  (It went back to sleep after this photo.)

I wish I had more shots to show you guys, but that’s all a managed to take before another group of tourists arrived and we had to leave.

Back at the reception area, we looked around some of the exhibits they had on display

This board gave some physical facts about tarsiers

This one gave a bit of info about their lifestyle (what they liked to eat, etc.)

Yoda-tarsier

Some stuff that the tarsier considers food

Dead baby tarsier 😦

We had to leave after this, but first I took a photo with the sign near the entrance 🙂

After this was the place I was most excited to go … CHOCOLATE HILLS!  After all, who goes to Bohol without dropping by to see the Chocolate Hills right? 😀

We had to climb up this small hill to get a good view

So pretty~  And this was when we were only halfway up

Ezra was in charge of video taping the whole thing

Finally we made it to the top:

We wanted to take some jump shots but they told us not to in case we fall off the hill, so we just took a regular group shots and some pictures of the landscape.  But on our way back down, we found this huge tarp of the hills where we could pose and pretend we did jump shots at the actual location (for a small fee of course XD).  Technically they charge you per shot but the guy there was nice and he let us take some additional pictures using our own camera for free after we paid for the ones he took of us.  He even let us use his props and gave us soft copies of some of the pictures he took 🙂

Brb, going to Hogwarts XD

While waiting for the guy there to print our pictures, I pretended to be a (slightly deformed) tarsier:

We also bought a few shirts and keychains as souvenir and pasalubong from his friend’s shop

On our way back down to the city, we stopped by the man-made Mahogany forest to take a few pictures.  To be honest, I didn’t know the forest was man-made until a few days ago XD

It was a little difficult to take pictures there without getting any cars in the shot because a lot of tourists stop along the side of the road to look around the forest too.

By this time, it was already 3pm and we haven’t had lunch yet.  My mom wanted to try the Loboc River cruise, but unfortunately they were closed by the time we got there 😦

She was really disappointed because this is the 2nd time it happened to her.  A few years ago she tried to get on the cruise too but she got there too late and they had already closed for the day.

We didn’t make the cruise, but the staff was kind enough to let us inside so we could take a pictures with the boats:

We were so hungry that we didn’t want to look for a new place to eat, so we ended up eating at some little carinderia nearby.  I can’t remember what the place was called, but it was near this church (which I can’t remember the name of either):

After this, our guide took us to see Prony, the famous python.  According to the signs there, she’s supposedly the biggest and longest native python in captivity.

Took a picture with the reptile thing by the entrance.

Aside from a few animals, there really wasn’t much to see inside.  I think the place is still under construction but they opened it up to tourists anyway.

Thought this was a tiny bald eagle at first, but it turned out to be a brahminy kite.

Ezra was scared it would attack her so she tried to use her bag as a shield.

A couple of rufous night herons

There was this naughty monkey there who managed to grab my mom’s eyeglasses off her face as we walked by.  He tried to eat it, but soon realized it wasn’t food so he threw it on the ground.  Fortunately it didn’t break.

Finally, the main star of the park, Prony:

My dad told us to pet her, but as you can see, Ezra and I weren’t too keen on the idea.

Eventually we managed to gather enough courage to stroke her gently

With the parents

After this, we decided to go back to the resort.  But first we paid a quick visit to this church:

(Again, the name of the church slips my mind …)

Finally we decided to drop by the Bohol Bee Farm since it was on our way back to the resort.  They had restaurants there too, but since we just ate, we decided to just look around and try their homemade ice cream.

They grew a lot of different herbs there which they use for their products and restaurant

Some herb spreads they had for sale at the gift shop

Native souvenirs

HONEY~  After all, what kind of bee farm would it be if they didn’t sell honey right?

Some products made from beeswax along with some Human Nature stuff.

Ice cream flavors.  Some of those sound really interesting (like the spicy ginger one).  But we went with the safe choices.  I chose avocado while my parents had the durian.

Yummm~

Our tour guide dropped us off at our resort after this and we spent the rest of the afternoon napping and trying to regain some of the energy we lost during sight seeing.  That evening we made good use of the resort’s lovely pool again before going to Aplaya to have dinner 🙂

And that’s pretty much it for our 2nd day in Bohol.  If you want to see what we did on our first day there, you can check out my entry about that by clicking HERE 🙂

Day 3 will be posted soon … I hope XD

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5 thoughts on “Bohol Day 2 : Chocolate Hills, Bee Farm, Tarsiers, etc

  1. I enjoyed looking at your photos and reading about your trip. My name is alex Im an american from nevada. I will be in cebu in a few weeks and planning a trip to bohol and thinking of booking at bee farm resorts. I enjoy eating heathy. thank you for your insight

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