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Monday, April 20, 2015

3D2N Stay Review at Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Monday, April 20, 2015
Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City Review
PROS:
* Located Downtown
* Just beside the street

CONS:
* Old Building
* Damage
* Smells old
* Poorly cleaned
* Bike shop at the lower ground floor
November 2014 – I was sent by WithLocals as their Ambassador to Ilo-ilo Philippines to verify a host. With this, I need to find an accessible hotel for me that will also be budget friendly, but still a comfortable and safe place to stay.

It took me weeks to finalizing the details, the hotel to stay, and the Ong Bun Pension House is my last resort. I was not sure on how near this accommodation is to the destinations I want to visit in Ilo-ilo, or if it will be easy for me to get around the city, but since it’s within the city I go for it.

Ong Bun Pension House

The Ong Bun Pension House is one of the cheapest accommodation that we can find in Ilo-ilo. We tried our best to get the best and cheapest deal since after Ilo-ilo, we’re heading to Boracay Philippines and get some beach bum.

If you’re looking for a cheap place that has an easy access to transportations going around the city, then you might find this pension house the one for you.

I was with fellow bloggers from Cebu, Mary, Chanel, and Princess and we asked them if they could reserve us two (2) rooms that is good for two. They did reserved us a room, without needing to give a down payment, but then they say if we’ll not be there on the day we need to be there they’ll be giving our room to someone else.

It’s located in Ledesma Street, and when we told our Taxi driver that we’re going for Ong Bun Pension House, he knew it right away. It took us about 30 minutes to get to the pension house, and that is from the pier.

You’ll not notice the place actually, we were actually wondering why the Taxi stopped and he told us “we’re already here Ma’am”. He pointed out to us the sign, and the guard of the pension house was standing in the stairs, and the guard asked “check in Ma’am?” and of course we said “Yes Kuya!” and he helped us with our bags, and called for their boy to help him – since we have 4 medium size luggage.

The Hotel Rooms

We got there early, so it’s not time yet for check-in but gladly one room is already available and we get to stay in that room while waiting for the other. The others get to work (online), and I get my sleep since we do want to go around.

Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City Review

The first room that we got just got cleaned, it’s near the stairs, same floor of the front desk. I was just fooling around at first in the room, checking it out, and fall asleep.
Few hours later, Chanel and I got our room which is at the third floor of the building. I forgot why we’re not able to use the elevator, it was there but maybe something is wrong with it that time, so we took the stairs.

I like our room it’s bigger than we got first, it’s a twin bed, but there’s something with its smell. It’s smells like an old room, but it was cleaned, and the air-condition is old but working well. Even the comfort room smells funny, but when I was about to put the bags at the closet, I saw the dirt behind the TV and there seem to be a black bag of cellophane. Didn’t touch it, I was too scared to touch it.
I asked Chanel if we go back downstairs and just stay there until when we want to sleep – I was that scared. It’s an old building, need some constant cleaning, and maybe also needs repainting.

Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City Review

Also, I can hear the people from the other room and the wall that’s dividing us was just a thin wood, so no wonder.

I asked Mary and Princess if they have any problem with their room, they said it was just too noisy in the morning since it’s on the street side and there are motorbike shop downstairs. It was like their alarm clock that its 7am already, and sometimes around 5am they get that kind of alarm too since again it’s on the street side.

The Hotel Bathroom

Again, their bathroom smells funny too, the first room was okay but yeah, what we got smells old. It’s obvious though that they cleaned it but I hope they sprayed it first or put some deodorizer too.

Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City Review

The water flow is just fine, but the water sink have a problem. When you brush your teeth at the sink, the water goes down to your toes even you spit everything on the sink. Yes, there’s no tube below the sink.

The Hotel Restaurant

They do have a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I believe their open around 6am. We got our breakfast there every morning since we don’t know where else to get our breakfast fast and easy since we need to be on the go.

Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City Review

The food is of course expensive, they have value meals but still you can get a full tank (stomach) for that price since their servings are small. But then, if you’re like us, they’re on the 5th floor (if I am not wrong) of the building – yes, we took the stairs.

The Hotel Room Rates

The hotel have air-conditioned rooms and non- air-conditioned rooms. Of course, the rooms that are non- air-conditioned are way a lot cheaper (like around P150/day) but we want to be comfortable, so we choose the air-conditioned room.

But if you’re looking for their rates, you may visit their official website or just check it out here. But make sure to check their site too since I may not be able to update this as often.

Room Type
Air-Conditioned
Non-Air-Conditioned
Economy

P150-P330
Standard
P385
P330
Deluxe
P330-P720


Prices are only a bracket since it also depends if you want a single, double, and triple bed. Some prices are also lower since there’s no bathroom within the room, you’ll be sharing with the others.

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It’s hard for me to weigh things here, what do you expect from a cheap accommodation? Surely, it will not be like a luxury hotel, but at least I was hoping that it’s not that damaged and poorly cleaned. As a place that offers comfort and shelter, you should be at least clean.

Ong Bun Pension House Ilo-ilo City Review

With this, I’ll give this pension house an Exotic Philippines rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars. Minus 1 for being poorly clean, 1 point deduction for having some basic needs turns out to be damaged, and another point deduction for the old room smell on our room. And yes, I could’ve given them 5 stars as a pension house if only they’re able to fix all these. I am easy to please.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Tuesday, April 14, 2015
An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb

Few weeks ago, I got the privilege to get an exclusive media invite to meet the awesome driftwood sculptor and see his works of art, James Doran-Webb. I’ve got a quick moment with him and was able to get to know more about him, and of course I’ll be sharing it with everyone here in the Exotic Philippines blog.

I’ve never seen his works before, but I was pretty excited to meet someone like James and see this one of a kind artwork.

Come to think of it, he was able to turn these.

An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

Into these...

An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines
An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

When I enter his shop, I immediately notice and saw these huge driftwood sculptors that is really jaw dropping – for someone like me who’s never seen this kind of work.

Now, let’s get to know the artist slash sculptor of these amazing driftwood sculptures, James Doran-Webb.

How or why you’ve chosen Cebu?

I arrive here when I was 18, I was working in New York for custom jewelry company and then my boss said “Can you go to Cebu?” then I came, and I am still here.

Why driftwood?

I’ve always been into and bought antiques. So, it’s been a progression from antiques, old wood, to driftwood and here I am. But I’ve been making crafts for 25 years. I’ve started making paper mache, paper mache animals like giraffe, and items for kids.

How long does it take for you to finish one master piece? e.g. horse, the dragon, etc.

A horse might take myself and two assistants two months to make. If I was working alone it would take me 6 months to finish! I would estimate a horse sculpture takes 1,500 hours to make. My dragon took 10 times this!!
An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

How do you start on creating one of these sculptures? Do you sketch it first, or you start doing it right away?

I always sketch an idea before embarking on a new project. I research and let the concept percolate and when I feel confident that I am one with the animal will try to communicate that through a sketch.
An Interview with the Driftwood Sculptor James Doran-Webb Cebu Exotic Philippines

I then make a miniature or a maquette to test the composition.

Does anyone help you with sculpting, or you've done it by yourself?

I have a 6 man team who assist on the sculpting and 4 very skilled welders who I work with on the stainless steel skeletons or armatures. I typically make 3 projects at the same time and I will work for a couple of hours on each project mentoring my assistants before focusing on my own sculpture for some therapeutic solo time!


Tell us more about 80000trees.com and Bantayan Crafts, would you like to share with us why and how you started it and how is it going now?

Early 2013, brimming with optimism and full of good intentions, I met with Chief Abella of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Visayas, Philippines to propose planting indigenous species of trees on 3 hectares of land. Out came the Chief’s calculator and 20 minutes later I emerged from his office, slightly dizzy from the Chief’s lightning calculations, having agreed to plant 80,000 seedlings on 50 hectares of land over the course of the next 5 years. Having a little more time to reflect upon the figures I had agreed to, 80,000 seemed like a great rallying point and more importantly just within my capacity to achieve.

I started Bantayan Crafts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). I had been working with the fishermen repairing and providing boats since the first week after the devastating typhoon hit and in some areas, perhaps due to the damaged coral beds, there just were not sufficient fish to support the fishermen in their livelihood.

On top of this, wives of the fishermen had a particularly tough lot – depending upon their sometimes carefree husbands for a very small income. When one takes time to really look into the micro economics of these families, sometimes with 6+ kids, it is difficult to fathom how they manage to make do. I wanted to use my knowledge of arts and crafts to assist the wives of the fishermen to become entrepreneurs.

Initially I spent a week with a group of ladies in Sillon, Bantayan, together with two Columbian friends of mine, and we designed a 50 piece range of crafts which we taught the women to make. I financed the first 10 point of sale display racks and placed them in Hotels and the airport (with the help of my friend Butch Carungay). The women are very creative and it does not take much to transfer a creative direction or a concept to them for them to take it, make it their own and run with it.

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I have actually a friend and college classmate working for him, and was able to ask her too. Finding out that James here is not only an artist and a sculptor, but he also have a mission not only for himself but also for the Filipinos through the 80000trees.com and Bantayan Crafts. With his projects, he was not only able to create jobs for the Filipinos, but also give opportunities.

At 80000trees.com have an online store, and all the profits of products there are going to plant trees. They are also looking forward into collaboration with some companies that would be interested to join their social projects.

The Bantayan Crafts don’t have a website yet but they do have a Facebook page where you can also purchase online some handcrafts. Their plans is to also put more displays in the places where tourists are visiting, since more sales means more woman that they can help – and I love that.

So, I encourage everyone to please support 80000trees and the Bantayan Craft, you’ll not only get a work of art, but also you’ll be able to help Mother Earth, the Filipino, and the Filipino women and their families.


Are you in London, James will be in Chelsea to show his sculptures, this May of 2015. Make sure to check James Doran-Webb's fan page for his latest works.

Monday, April 6, 2015

3 Cebu Day Tour Itineraries

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Monday, April 06, 2015
3 Cebu Day Tour Itineraries Cebu City Tour Exotic Philippines

It’s summertime! And most of the people who knows that I am from Cebu Philippines, are sending me a message asking about where to go in Cebu.

We’re all different, we have different needs, we have different types, so I’ve decided to give you guys a three (3) different 1 day itinerary in Cebu. You may combine them, you may choose some, or you may choose all! It all depends on you, who’s with you, or what you want to experience.

First off, I’m not a DIY kind of person so most of these are either from the tours in the Exotic Philippines Tours or from WithLocals. I only DIY when I’m really familiar with the area, or have a friend tagging along that knows the area.

Also, I don’t have an estimate time for each activity, destinations, etc. since I’m a sucker for time tracking. I can give you a time frame though, hopefully, that would be enough. And most of the tours I’ll be recommending here are tours that I’ve tried myself.

1 Day Cebu Tour A – Cebu City Tour

This Cebu city tour is ideal for those who have less than a day in Cebu, or you’ll arrive around 9 or 10am in Cebu, and want to tour immediately.

3 Cebu Day Tour Itineraries Cebu City Tour Exotic Philippines

9AM – Pick Up Time
Taoist Temple
Cebu Provincial Capitol Hall (Running Tour)
Fuente Osmena Circle (Running Tour)
Sergio Osmena Old House (Running Tour)
Colon Street
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Yap – San Diego Ancestral House
Magellan’s Cross
Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino
11am or 12NN – Tour Ends

The tour will only last about 3 to 4 hours depending on the traffic too. Most likely you’ll end around 12nn. The rate depends on the number of persons since this is a private tour but for this itinerary you may book it or find more information about the tour through clicking the button below.

Cebu City Tour

If you’ll be arriving or want to take similar tour but you’ll only be available at 1pm, then you might want to go for the afternoon tour with the same itinerary but on a fixed rate. It’s ideal if you’re just less than 8 persons and don’t mind having another group joining the tour since it’s a group tour. Find out about the Cebu city afternoon tour through clicking on the button below.

Cebu City Afternoon Tour

1 Day Cebu Tour B – Whale Shark Watching and Tumalog Falls

Heard about Oslob’s whale shark? Want to meet them? Then this itinerary is for you! But please take notice of the pick up time since you’ll need to travel early to be in Oslob earlier than 12NN since the whale sharks will be gone around that time.

3 Cebu Day Tour Itineraries Cebu City Tour Exotic Philippines

5am – Pick Up time
Oslob’s Whaleshark
Tumalog Falls
Baluarte (running tour)
Cartel (running tour)
Boljoon Church (running tour)
Carcar Shoe Expo (running tour)
4pm – Tour Ends (estimate)

You want to know about my whale shark encounter experience? Read about it here and I would also suggest that you read my 5 Facts to Know Before Deciding to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob before deciding to book the tour.

Want to book the tour? You can book the tour through clicking on the button below, or you might also be interested with the 2 Days Cebu South tour where you’ll be able to visit the Kawasan Falls and the tourists favorite for diving the Moalboal – click here for the 2 Days Cebu South tour.

Oslob Cebu Tour

1 Day Cebu Tour C – Cebu City and Mactan Island Tour

If you want to tour around Cebu city and the Island of Mactan, then this day tour itinerary is recommended. The itinerary covers the historic places in Mactan and Cebu city but ideal to those who have at least 6 hours to spare for the day.

3 Cebu Day Tour Itineraries Cebu City Tour Exotic Philippines

9am – Estimate Pick up time.
Mactan Shrine
Magellan’s Monument
Magellan’s Marker
Lapu-Lapu Shrine/Liberty Shrine
Alegre Guitar Factory
Taoist Temple
Colon Street
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Yap–San Diego Ancestral House
Magellan’s Cross
Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino
3pm – estimate tour ends

Among all the 3 Cebu city tours above, I believe this one is the most favorite or in demand because of the destinations covered for one day.

I booked my tour with travel agency, you may find out more about the tour and make an inquiry through the button below.

Cebu City and Mactan Tour

More Cebu itineraries will be shared soon here in the Exotic Philippines blog, and more Philippine tours available at Exotic Philippines Tours website.

Monday, March 30, 2015

13 Activities You Can Do in Boracay

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Monday, March 30, 2015
13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay

Summer is here, and to those who’s craving for the beach, or specifically white sand beaches, they go to the beautiful beach of the island of Boracay.

Other than beach bumming, swimming, and bar hopping there are other enjoyable activities you can do in Boracay. Though the island is small, and it’s surrounded with water, beach, and sands there are other things to do in Boracay.

Let me share with you a list of activities that you can in Boracay Philippines wherein some of them I’ve tried it myself, and they are:

Boracay Island Hopping

Cost: P2, 300 /trip (small boat 1 to 8 persons) + 200 (registration)

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay

Yes, Boracay is not the only island in the area but there are other smaller islands that you can see. But as for what I have experience, since we went there on November of 2014 (and its rainy season) we were not allowed to go farther to the part since it may not be safe anymore.

We just watched the Crocodile island far away for few minutes and turned back because the waves are getting higher. We did go snorkeling (part of the island hopping), and saw the beautiful fishes but then a jellyfish sting us so we rushed up and just leave – we didn’t know why just us though, there are others who were swimming in the area and they’re enjoying it. No worries, it wasn’t that big but it was surely itchy!

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay
View from the Restaurant

It took us 3 to 4 hours to finish the whole island hopping, and ended at the beach near the Shanri La Boracay – beautiful. We ate our lunch there, above a huge stone, fresh seafood was served and you may request how it will be cook.

Banana Boating

Cost: P250 (minimum of 5 persons)

The Banana boat is one of the activities that you can try for a cheap price, especially if there are a lot of you. But then, it’s not as enjoyable as the fly fish, and our guide actually did not recommend this since he said it’s boring, and we should go for the fly fishing instead.

Fly Fishing in Boracay 

Cost: P600 (minimum of 3 persons, P500 for 4 or more)

This is one of the activities that we didn’t realized it’s fun to do, didn’t book or included it, and regret it. So we were watching the others doing it, and it’s really fun. They were all shouting and laughing together.

I’ll highly recommend this activity if you don’t have any heart problems.

Parasailing 

Cost: P1,000 /person (haggle price)

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay
Hundreds of Feet above the Sea

One of the unforgettable experience I ever have in my entire life. I never felt so slim and lightweight, I feel like a lose a lot of weight, but actually didn’t – it’s a miracle!

When my Mama found out that I did do the parasailing, her first reaction was “maayo gani naay naigo na pisi” (good thing there’s a rope that fits you) – she’s actually talking about the safety gears. And yes, she wasn’t worried that I flew hundred feet above the ocean, she was worried about the rope.

I’d say this is a must do when in Boracay.

Helmet Diving 

Cost: P1,000 /person (haggle price)

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay
I'm not sure why we're here.

I’ve expected a lot from this activity, from the pictures of it, from the promotions, I was really excited. But the view down below is disappointing. There are few fishes there, the water is a bit muddy already, and it was just like we were just there to try the helmet out.

Jet Skiing

Cost: 15 minutes P1,500 , 30 minutes P2,000 , 60 minutes P3,500

One of the activities that I did want to try but I didn’t see anyone else try to do it so I thought it’s not available. It’s expensive, so rather than trying this one out I’d rather go for other activities.

Scuba Diving 

I do want to try scuba diving one day, been planning to, and even want to get certified by PADI but it’s quiet expensive. So trying scuba diving at least once one day would be great, but I think it’s more worth it to do it here in Cebu Philippines.

Go Cart

There’s also a Go Cart here in Cebu, so I’d rather do it here. But hey, if you want to do it and try it in Boracay then go for it. Don’t have any more details for you though.

ATV /Bug Car

Cost: P800/head (ATV)

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay

This is one of the activities that I really loved and enjoyed. Sadly it was just for about 30 minutes, but totally worth it. I’ve been wanting to do this, but there are only few places here in Cebu that do offer this.

Though it was raining a bit, it was fun. I felt like I was an action star, plus the best thing about it is that it was all muddy! Check me out after the ride:

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay

You’ll be driving up to the hill, and climb (by feet) up to get a view of the top of Boracay!

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay

What a view! If only I was able to bring my DSLR (but didn’t because it was raining), I could’ve given you better photos, and a greater view of what I saw.

Zipline

I’ve tried zipline before, but the zipline in Boracay is higher that I’ve tried. I’m not sure if it’s that same place where we got the top view of Boracay, but it’s really high. So, if you want some adrenaline, go for it!

Zorb

I don’t like the feeling of being trapped and then they’ll roll you down? Didn’t try this experience, because I feel like my cash will go somewhere better than this experience. But then, if you’ve been drooling for it, then go ahead and roll down the hill!

Sailing Boat

13 Acitivties You Can Do in Boracay

When we finished our island hopping, there were actually a lot of sail boats waiting and some sailing. I guess they have a better and beautiful view there in the waters during the sun set and the crowd just go out and have their selfies with it.

Kite Surfing

This was one of the activities that I was actually looking forward to. We did try to contact someone from there who offer this experience, but then we didn’t hear anything from them anymore. We’re not sure how to get there, so we didn’t pursue with it.

I've also been looking for the cliff diving, but it wasn't offered to us but anyway, these are all paid activities that you can do in Boracay, and I’ll try to make a list of free or cheap things to do in Boracay.

Got some more activities and things to do in Boracay in mind? Share it with us, share to the world what you know through leaving it as a comment below.

Primary Photo: Big thanks to Mary for the primary (first) photo above. Thank you Mary Narvasa!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

8 Must Try and Destinations to Visit in Bohol in 1 Day

Gay Aida Dumaguing - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
8 Must Try and Destinations to Visit in Bohol Philippines in 1 Day

I’ve revisit Bohol last year, and yes I visited and try 8 destinations in just one (1) day. I’ve finished it all, and just returned back in Cebu around 5 in the afternoon. It’s totally possible. But then, up to now I want to revisit Bohol again, I feel like I missed something. I want to go and try their zipline, try their beautiful beaches in Panglao, see how peanut kisses is made, and many more.

But if you only have a day to spare for Bohol, well, I might just have the places for you. But if you can spend at least 3 days in Bohol, why not choconut? Anyway, here are the destinations I’ve visited in Bohol Philippines, in just one day!

Monument of the Blood Compact

Monument of the Blood Compact Bohol Philippines Exotic Philippines

Well, it’s basically one of the historic sites in Bohol during the 1565 between the Spanish explorer and Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol during that time.

Meet the Largest Snake in Bohol - Prony II

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One of the experience I think that I can never forget in Bohol is meeting Prony II. My courage and love to the animals was tested on that day, it caused me a lot of sweat!

Baclayon Church and Museum

Sadly, one of the historic places that was ruined during the earthquake was the famous Baclayon Church, it’s still standing but there are parts of it that went down and cracks. I didn’t go in since I think it’s not safe yet when I visited the place.

But no worries, just beside it is a Museum. Didn’t get inside too since I can’t take pictures of it. But anyway, it’s still a worth stop there.

Man-Made Forest

Bohol Man-Made Forest Exotic Philippines

I’ve seen a lot of my friends have jump photos in this area. It’s really beautiful and cool being in the middle of all of the trees. You want to stop there or not, you’ll still pass by it going to the other destinations I’ll be mentioning. But hey, you’re there, go stop, feel it, be with the nature, take a photo, and share to the world!

Tarsier Conservatory

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When you say Bohol, first thing comes in mind to most of the people is the Chocolate Hills, and some is their tarsier. Who doesn’t want to get a chance to get a closer and personal look of this little guy?

Warning though, you have to go up to their forest preservation area and may find it hard to see them because they’re blending with the trees and tiny. Make sure to bring a longer lens though and set your camera to “No Flash” since it’s not allowed. You might need a longer lens for your DSLR since you’re not allowed to get really close with them, you might cause them a heart attack and die.

Chocolate Hills

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Who doesn’t love chocolates? How about a hill of Chocolates? Well, they’re not actually chocolates, but it’s called chocolate because of its color.

You might not be that interested, but the view is really great. The foreigners who were there really loved it, other than the view, they love the wind blowing and the historic and famous Chocolate hills in their selfie backgrounds.

Butterfly Garden

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I used to be curious about butterflies back then, and everything that I am curious about the butterflies comes back to me when I visited the place. It’s a unique experience to be with the beautiful butterflies of Bohol, and educational too!

Floating Restaurants

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Of course, after minutes of walk, climbing, and discovering Bohol Philippines, time to cool off, rest, relax, and fill up your stomach!

The floating restaurant is only open starting around 11am to 2pm, so limited seats are available but the food is eat all you can. Dine in, float in the Loboc river, meet the locals, and listen to the Filipino singers singing songs in different languages – and the foreigners loved it!

How to Book this Tour?

Want to get the same experience as I have? Well, lucky you I know a local there and you can find him at WithLocals.com and get the Bohol day tour for a cheap price and unique experience – experience Bohol the local way! Just click the button below to go to his page for this tour.


Nelson tour me around in Bohol Philippines with his lovely wife. They both speak fluent in English, great people, I was well entertained, and happy having the tour with them.

Other than the charge for the tour, I booked my round trip ticket at Ocean Jet for only P600 for both round trip ticket, plus P100 for the agency fee (for booking with them), a taxi P250 for going to the pier as early as 5am, and P25 fee of the pier. In total, it’s P975 plus the tour from Nelson of WithLocals, and plus P700 for the entrance fees and lunch.

In total, I spent P1,650 + $10.50 (Nelson's WithLocals rate) for a day of fun and discovery!

Got a question? Feel free to ask me through a comment below!
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