Exploring Bohol

Bohol offers tourists so many pleasant experiences, from its chocolate hills to its white beaches, visitors are treated to endless surprises. Bohol is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, and why not? Bohol has everything a tourist would look for in a tropical getaway. On top of it all, Bohol trips are fairly inexpensive, organized and complemented by the hospitality of the Boholanos. Continue reading “Exploring Bohol”

Dolphin Watching on Bohol Sea and Pamilacan Island

Our dolphin watching trip on Bohol Sea started very early in the morning, so we were up before the sun was up. When we arrived at Baclayon Pier, the sun was just peeking on the horizon. Feeling the fresh air on your skin and smelling the sweet smell of the sea, combined with witnessing the sun rise above the sky, make you look forward to the day’s adventure.

Bohol Dolphin Watching, Pamilacan Island Tour
Dolphin-watching boat departed as the sun started to rise

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Loboc River Cruise, Bohol

Loboc River Cruise is one of the should-not-be-missed destinations in Bohol, where the famed floating restaurants can be found. The boat ride starts from a point close to Loboc Church, and from there, it is an hour or so boat ride upstream that ends near a small waterfalls locally known as “Busay Falls.”

Loboc River Cruise, Bohol
Restaurant boats docked and ready for new passengers for the Loboc River cruise.

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Bohol Bans Picture-taking with Tarsiers

The Bohol provincial council has finally taken action to protect its most priced attraction, the tarsiers, through an ordinance that allows the viewing of these unique creatures only at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol. Tarsier in CaptivityThe 167-hectare sanctuary offers an ideal habitat for the tarsiers, which are commonly found in verdant forests where they hunt for small insects for food.

Tarsiers are in the list of endangered species, and the action of the Bohol provincial government is very much welcome. I remember going to Bohol in 2007 and finding tarsier viewing in Loboc and Loay. The tarsiers in these places are in cages that are big enough for people to enter. There are small trees inside the cages for the tarsiers to perch onto. Picture-taking is also encouraged, so you can see a lot of tourists flocking the cages to get a glimpse of, or may be even touch, the tarsiers.

I’m sure we all take pleasure from having our pictures taken with them. But if we really think about it, hearing all kinds of noises, getting blinded by flash bulbs and seeing animals (read: humans) that are not of their species must not be their idea of fun. To say that they’d prefer to be sleeping during the day, since they are nocturnal, is an understatement.

The tarsier population in the Philippines has been slowly dwindling because their natural habitat is being destroyed by unabated illegal logging and the practice of the traditional slash-and-burn agriculture. Exacerbating this problem is the fact that tarsiers are typically shy creatures. Because of their fragile psyche, tarsiers tend to be suicidal when they experience extreme stress, which can come from constantly being touched and being disturbed by too much noise.

The tarsier is one of the main tourist attractions of Bohol. But the fact is that there are not many tarsiers out there. And if actions to protect them are not taken now, we may find ourselves going to museums to marvel and gawk at these unique mammals, instead of experiencing and seeing firsthand how they live and interact with others of their kind in their natural habitat.