Sunday, April 21, 2013

THE OTHER SIDE OF BOHOL 2013 (Part I): 1) Cebu -Tubigon, Bohol; 2) Sagbayan Peak; 3) Loon Macaques

Posted by Free-Spirited Vixen (Juliefe Cuenca) at 1:49 PM
April 9, 2013
THE OTHER SIDE OF BOHOL 2013
When we speak of Bohol, the usual tourist spots that come to mind are the ffg:

         * The Famous Chocolate Hills as viewed from Carmen, Bohol
         * Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary  in Corella
         * The Floating restaurants in Loboc River
         * Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park
         * E.A.T Danao
         * Baclayon Church & many other old churches

Since many of our members have already been to the these places, our group decided to see the "other side" of Bohol, equally enjoyable although not as explored. Our itinerary is as shown below:
For this post, we will tackle first the ffg: (Part I)
1. Cebu-Tubigon, Bohol
2. Sagbayan Peak
3. Loon Macaques

Part II topics shall be:
4. Mag-Aso Falls
5. Badiang Spring
6. Pasalubong Center
7. Maya Hill Garden & Tree House
8. Bohol Bee Farm

FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCES

1. Cebu-Tubigon, Bohol 
     Our assembly time was at around 5 AM since the ferry's ETD is around 5:30AM.
Cebu-Tubigon, Bohol
                                                      Picture-taking while waiting at the port terminal ;p

     We paid Php 230.00 for the Tourist Class fare and ate our takeout breakfast from a popular fastfood chain inside the ferry.
Cebu-Tubigon, Bohol
Welcome to Tubigon, Bohol! :D
Tubigon, Bohol

We hired this 30-seater coaster for Php 8,000 and divided the cost among ourselves.
Tubigon, Bohol
                                                     ~The whole group with our 30-seater coaster ~


We watched comedy shows then the movie Piranha inside the bus 0_o
2. Sagbayan Peak
   The entrance fee was 30 pesos and with only 30 minutes to tour the area, we soon realized that Sagbayan Peak quite lived up to its name in that before you even reach the peak of the 2nd hill, we were already gasping for breath!
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
We had to climb lots of steps before we we're formally welcomed by this Pizza Man.      
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
             Hmm...Reminds me of HongKong DisneyLand :)
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol

                                                   T-Rex! >_< 
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol  Kids at Heart! :D
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
     Welcome to KIDSTOWN! *0*
Sagbayan Peak, BoholLots of Parks!
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
And those are all just on the first hill!
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
You go down from the 1st hill, then up again to reach the peak of the
2nd hill. So orange-y! hehe
 ;p
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
 View from the Peak 
Sagbayan Peak, BoholAfter the protocol jump, it's time to go back for the next destination...
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
We've just conquered Sagbayan Peak in less than 30 minutes, and as our first stop, it was one heck of a warm-up. Whew! ^_^

3. Loon Macaques & Habitat

One of Bohol's newest tourist attractions involves a species of crab-eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis philippinensis) inhabiting the pristine mangrove forest in Cantomucad, Loon.

The Habitat includes a visitors’ center with courtesy booth and restrooms, souvenir shops for Loon-made products. 

Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon
    They say that the long-tailed macaques are excellent swimmers (unlike gibbons and langurs which abhor water) and is able to cross mangroves channels in search of new foraging sites.
Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon
  Loon Macaques also features a well-protected mangrovetum or mangrove garden the species of which have been identified by the Bohol Environment Management Office
Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon

Considered as true monkeys, these animals have a very intricate social structure and hierarchy. We've witnessed how the Alpha Male was always on the front during feeding time, and chased any subordinate who dared sharing in the "banquet".
Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon
 The entrance fee of only 30 pesos was worth it. 
Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon
 Walking on boardwalk over nipa and mangrove swamps
Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon
Viewing time
  • Macaques: 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN
  • Habitat: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Loon Macaques, Cantomucad, Loon
30 minutes up! Time to head back to our coaster and leave our macaques relatives to continue their monkey business. :)

Next destinations: (see Part II)

4. Mag-Aso Falls
5. Badiang Spring
6. Pasalubong Center
7. Maya Hill Garden & Tree House
8. Bohol Bee Farm


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