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Right after we celebrated our 3rd year anniversary in Leyte, JR surprised me with a ticket to Tagbilaran for my birthday. I’m so excited to take this trip because I’ve always wanted to see the Chocolate Hills. I heard several myths about it when I was in grade school and I remember believing them too 🙂 It’s good that I had 5 months to plot the whole itinerary and I’m so happy everything turned out as planned.
Let me walk you through our 4 day adventure.
We stayed at Villa Formosa through Airbnb, it was the cherry on top of our trip. It’s a few minutes away from Dumaluan beach, away from the crowded Alona Beach. We did the right thing to stay on this side of the island because Dumaluan is divine! Since we arrived in the afternoon on our 1st day, we decided to just stay in Villa Formosa – the place is amazing! It’s serene – exactly what we’re looking for. If you opt to just relax, this is the best place! We had the pool and jacuzzi to ourselves during our whole stay, it’s well-kept and clean. They have a very accommodating staff that catered to our every need. They’re friendly which made our stay very comfortable.
Book Villa Formosa through Airbnb or you can visit their website directly.
We grabbed our early dinner at DBR Grill in Dumaluan Beach Resort which is a few minutes away from our place. They charge P25 entrance fee though. We ordered calamari and prawns – the food is okay and the view is great!
Did I mention that this beach has creamy fine white sand and crystal waters?!
And so our land shenanigan begins! For me, it’s definitely the highlight of our trip! We crossed out another adventure on our list. We rented out a motorbike for P500 for 24hours, the receptionist from Villa Formosa booked it for us. We drove from Panglao to Chocolate Hills in Carmen to Loboc River and back to Panglao. It took us roughly 2 hours to get to our 1st destination because we had to stop twice due to the sudden rain.
Chocolate Hill, Carmen
360 degrees view of the Chocolate Hills – from Hilltop view. There are at least 1000 of these scattered hills in Carmen, Bohol.
We had to stop for photos at the Bilar man-made forest.
Loboc River Cruise and Buffet
For P400 you get to eat a Filipino buffet on a boat cruising Loboc River. It’s a must try! The river is so nice and calm, there are also local performers serenading guests during the cruise.
We opted to just stay at the resort to relax and take a dip at Dumaluan Beach. It’s not crowded and it seems like we had the whole beach to ourselves.
We had our early dinner at Alona beach which is only a tricycle away from Villa Formosa.
At 6AM, we embarked on Alona Beach to Balicasag and Virgin Islands. It’s not what I expected but it’s always good to plunge into an island for the 1st time. We availed a tour package that includes island hopping and lunch set meals. When we got to Balicasag we transferred to a smaller boat for snorkeling.
Bohol Bee Farm
We got back at the resort in the afternoon and decided to have an early dinner at Bee Farm. It’s only 4km away from our resort. Everything they sell is organic, my favorite would be the Salted Caramel Icecream on Cassava cone. The interior is so lovely, every corner is Instagram worthy! The food is delish too! I ordered Seafood pasta and it’s so good 🙂
We went back to our resort at 6PM and packed our luggage. It’s always heartbreaking leaving a nice place but every after an adventure a new journey awaits! 🙂
That wraps our 4 day Bohol escapade. Don’t skip this on your list. It’s truly beautiful and full of culture. There’s so much to see and experience.
I needed a reset button and I was badly in dire need of quick beach trip last week. This trip has been long overdue and finally all our schedules matched and we were able to push through.
We decided to head to Burot because, why not? It’s only a few hours away from a Manila and we only have 2 days to spare. We took the Tagaytay to Calatagan route on a Saturday morning. Everything went well as planned, except for the beach.
I didn’t expect it’ll be so crowded. The caretakers should’ve set a number of visitors allowed per day. It seems like the island is slowly losing it beauty because of the irresponsible individuals who threw their trash at the wrong places. There were plastics on the beach, food wrappers floating and even dog poop on the shore. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to take this trip with my friends. I didn’t take snaps of the crowded beach but instead I still tried to take photos of its attractions.
The moment I stepped inside the Yellow Door, I felt home straightaway. This is exactly what I’m looking for – chill, comfy and hip vibe, in the heart of Tacloban! Every corner is bursting with creativity; they have comfy beds, functional rooms, quirky and colorful decor. It’s a mix of rustic and bohemian! You can play vinyl records in the common area and they serve cold beers too!
5 out of 5 stars for a local hostel!
Get in touch with them through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helloyellowdh
Call them at 0921 – 600 0165 & 0927 – 450 0984
Location: Juan Luna cor Burgos St. Tacloban City
We spent our 3rd anniversary under the stars, inside our tent in this beautiful paradise and I’m glad we did! Even if it took us 2 hours and a half of bumpy roads and an hour boat ride to get here, it was all worthwhile.
Kalanggaman Island is located in the municipality of Palompon, Leyte. I’d say our lucky stars were guiding us throughout our trip and made our last minute decision to stay overnight all possible. We left Tacloban at around 1pm in the afternoon, which was supposed to be a bus trip to Ormoc, we opted for a taxi instead. We’re very lucky to have met a very kind taxi driver, Kuya Dodong, who was very willing to drive us for 2 hours to Palompon. He took the fastest route so we can catch the boat before 5PM. We arrived at the Eco Tourism office at 3PM, we waited for another 2 hours so we can join a group to get to the Island. Sir Archie and Revelyn of the Eco Tourism office were very accommodating and able to work it out with the coast guard to to let us sail even if it was pass 5 o’clock. It’s best to book your reservation ahead to prevent the hassle of waiting during peak season.
This marvelous scenic view of the sunset welcomed us. It instantly took all the stresses away!
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than sleeping under the stars in the middle of paradise 🙂
6AM – view of dawn
The other side of the sand bar – we had it all to ourselves 🙂
Enjoyed morning swim to celebrate 3 years with this guy 🙂
Kalanggaman made our anniversary very meaningful. Who would’ve thought I could manage to survive camping overnight?! 🙂 It definitely gave us a whole new experience as a couple.
Where we stayed in Tacloban? – Yellow Doors Hostel https://www.facebook.com/helloyellowdh/
(Yellow Doors photo blog will be uploaded soon)
Need a ride around Leyte? Call Kuya Dodong – 0975 420 6668
Eco Tourism Office – 0917 303 7267
My mom flew in last January and she ensured to visit one of her favorite churches, The Calaruega Church in Batangas within her 3 week stay. I took a few shots of the structure. It gave me the perfect solemn wedding feel! I suddenly want to get married here!!! 🙂
We were equipped to hail the road for 4 hours to Real, Quezon. Everything was going smoothly until it rained on the 2nd hour. We were all excited first-timers in Real Surf. I was telling myself that I need to gather guts and should try to surf even once in my life. I even packed a lot of bikinis because I know the place is Instagram worthy. It was raining heavily when we got there and you can easily see the big waves from a far… The place is very nice though. It looked really comfy and breezy. It has a very ‘chill-with-friends’ vibe, perfect for an afternoon beer by the beach. I wanted to stay for the night and wait until the rain stops but it’s impossible to settle because it’s wet in every corner. It’s a small resort with an open space with little huts with not much covered places. My friends and I decided to head to Batangas instead, rather not having the assurance of seeing the sun. The care-taker of the place was really kind enough to give us a refund and did not hesitate to return our money in full. They’re very accommodating, we will definitely go back on a better weather! 🙂
After another 3 hours drive with a lot of eating in between. we’ve finally reached our destination! Batangas has always been the go to place of my barkada if we want a quick beach weekend trip and get away from the city for a bit. But even if it’s our nth time, there’s always a new experience and a new story to tell. It was all fun and games and a lot of good food too. Thank God my cousin cooks well! I also found my soul sister who takes good photos as well, he’s a guy though! 😀
The gloomy skies made it a cozy stay – having both bed and beach weather at the same time, what more could you ask for? 🙂
Until next beach trip! 🙂