1. Doing land tour which includes the world famous Chocolate Hills and the close encounters with tarsiers, not to mention my favorite, Loboc River Cruise. Or,
2. End up in Alona Beach.
For repeaters, chances are, you will either end up doing #1 or #2 again.
But Bohol is more than just Alona Beach or the Chocolate Hills. Off Panglao are a few small islands worth checking.
Rent a boat for as low as 3,500 php (capacity of up to 6 pax) and you can already hop to Balicasag Island and Virgin Island otherwise known as Pungtod Island.
Back to the main topic of this post which is Island Hopping, our first destination was Balicasag Island, a circular shaped island on the South Eastern portion of Panglao which you could easily be remember because of the lighthouse at the center of the flat island.
Since we didn't bring in any food which I heard you can do, we had no choice but order food in the store we were taken in. Food is expensive so if you are travelling on a budget, I suggest you bring your own snacks instead. And very limited choices too. The usual Filipino breakfast or continental breakfast, the usual set meals you can find in those cheap city hotels except that this one is outrageously expensive.
This part was what I was excited for. Camiguin has always been elusive to me so I thought this would be the closest I could get to experiencing a sandbar similar to the shape of that of Camiguin although of a less grand scale. Well, this island had a long sandbar which looks like a sperm from the air. And the perfect time to go is during low tide. Unfortunately, it was high tide during our visit. #Fail.
Even so, the place is nice. It was here where we stayed long. We didn't bother walking to the core of the island as our boat was docked at one end of the sandbar and there were many other docked next to us blocking the sight but we found our quiet little space.
The water was knee deep but the sandbar is still prominent and walking through it is a unique experience. Would have been nice if it were completely exposed but it was okay. Especially because just next to our boat is a coconut vendor who set up a temporary shed against the sun.
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