If you're wondering where Bohol is, it is one of the 7,000+ islands in the Philippines located in the middle part of the archipelago. More famously known as the home of the Chocolate Hills (a group of limestone hills that turn brown during the summer months) and the smallest primate with the biggest eyes this side of paradise, the Tarsier. Oh, and of course there are the white sand beaches scattered all over the islands. The once sleepy province of Bohol is fast becoming a popular tourist destination.
Recently I went back to visit my folks who have retired on this peaceful and beautiful island. On this trip, I get to visit my favorite church, do a day tour of a new beach resort, eat at my favorite cafe and sleep in a tree house!
Dauis Church and Cafe Lawis
|The old watch tower of Dauis church.
|Interesting sign at the back of the church. Must be a very popular meeting point.
The church's Cafe Lawis serves locally inspired menus. You have a choice of either dining inside the cafe or outside under this hundred year old acacia tree.
**Edited: Because of the damage to the church this is where masses are now held.
|Very pretty set-up at night.
The Pork Humba in ube-flavored panini of Cafe Lawis is very tasty and filling. Pork Humba is the Visayan version of the Pork Adobo. While the ube kinampay-flavored panini is a nice twist to what would have otherwise been a plain and boring bread.
|Their grilled chicken in mixed greens and fruits with honey yoghurt dressing was likewise good.
What I loved very much is their refreshing and not too sweet "tangad" drink. "Tanglad" in Tagalog otherwise known as Lemongrass is an aromatic herb with health and medicinal qualities.
The Bellevue Resort in Bohol
The latest addition to the growing beach resorts in Bohol is the 3.5 hectare five-star Bellevue Resort. The 159 guestroom resort is located in the baranggay of Doljo in the northwest tip of Panglao, a 35 to 40 minute drive from Tagbilaran city.
|Opened in 2012, it has a gorgeous infinity pool with dive pool and a 250 meter white sand beach.
Day tour rates are PHP500 (USD12) per person which is consumable at any of the resort's bar and restaurants.
Their rooms are impeccably furnished, beds comfy and the bathrooms huge! The resort is a "perfect getaway" if you are looking for some peace and quiet since it is the only resort (as of now) within the immediate vicinity.
The Buzz Cafe (Bohol Bee Farm's city outlet)
One of the things I always look forward to every time I visit Bohol is the chance to eat at the Bohol Bee Farm Resort and Restaurant or at their city outlet, The Buzz Cafe, at the Island City Mall in Tagbilaran. Bohol Bee Farm specializes in serving organic and honey-based menus.
The Tree House at Maya Hills Garden B&B
Ever wondered how it is like to sleep in a tree house? Come and check out the Maya Hills Garden B&B's Tree House. The tree house is a 3-storey structure set in a lush garden in baranggay Mayacabac in the town of Dauis. It is a 10 minute drive from Tagbilaran and a 20 to 30 minute drive to the white sand beaches of Panglao.
|My bed on the third floor of the tree house. And that's a real live tree growing in the middle of the room.
|What started out as a backyard project grew into a cozy and habitable tree house. It even has indoor plumbing in all three floors!
It was another enjoyable visit with the folks, as always. But have you ever wondered why I have not mentioned the big K until now? Well, he could not make the trip this time but he made sure he was going to pick me up.
Speaking of the big K. Here he comes!
|Cebu Pacific Air flies daily to Tagbilaran. It only takes an hour and 10 minutes flying time from Manila.