While Bohol has been declared under state of calamity since Tuesday, being the epicenter of a 7.2-magnitude quake, let me just share the last of the Great Bohol Adventure Series. It’s really heartbreaking to look at pictures of the places that you have once visited to be in partial (or total) destruction.
But, Filipinos are known for being resilient anyway. I’m sure in a matter of months (or a few years), Bohol will be back looking like an earthquake never happened – maybe even better.
The last day of our Bohol Adventure brought us to Sandingan Island, a separate (but very close to the mainland) island in Bohol. It is connected via a bridge and it is so close it almost doesn’t look like a separate land.
(A detailed view of our budget for two could also be found at the very end of this post.)
Anyway, we were planning to spend the night at a friend’s relative’s house there. Before that, though, we decided to go to yet another island.
According to our friend, there were certain myths that surrounded the island. I forgot the story already but it went on until we actually called it Turtle Island. I think the people thought that the island was actually the shell of a turtle. The name of the place is actually Cabilao Island.
We went there through a small motorized boat and went swimming (actually just talking with each other while in waist-deep waters) until dark. Then, we decided it was time to go home.
Going back to Sandingan Island was a little scary. It was dark and we were boarding a small boat. There were quite a few motorized boats going to and from Cabilao Island then and their light sources either came from a headlamp or a gas lamp.
We reached Sandingan Island safely, of course, and walked in the dark towards our friend’s relative’s house. It was a little scary still but you know, there’s always strength in numbers. We immediately rinsed ourselves with freshwater, ate dinner and then called it a day.
It must be made known to all that Bohol is an extremely conservative place. It is not known for having a lively nightlife and, in fact, when the partner and I reached the province’s capital of Tagbilaran at around 9-10PM, jeepneys no longer drove tourists to Panglao Island so we were forced to ride on motorbikes which is a much more expensive way to go.
We went out early the next day to catch our boat. Tubigon was still a few municipalities away.
We boarded a bus and was surprised to find out that it had the surname of our friend.
And then we reached the port, before the fastcraft made its way to the docks. So, to while away the time:
And then we were on our way back to Cebu.
I hope you enjoyed the entire Bohol Adventure Series!