Made it to Bohol in the Philippines. Thought it was time to actually do something so I rented a scooter and drove around the island for a day.... If you on the island and don't fancy driving then you could always sign up to one of the many island tours at a competitive price but then you don't have the freedom of being able to go in your own pace and do small stops a bit of everywhere on the island!
Started the morning at Nikita Cafe in Alona beach which have an awesome iced Americano and the fried eggs on toast is not to bad either as you can see. Another plus with this cafe is that they have decent wi-fi, something that is very rare to find in the Philippines I noticed. Yes, I'm in paradise but still wi-fi is kind of a must now days... So this is a good place to do some research on what to do on Bohol! Yep, I don't really plan far ahead on what to do or see....
My first stop was Chocolate Hills which I heard should be amazing. No they do not grow coco plants here and no the hills are not made out of chocolate. Only reason they called Chocolate Hills is that they turn brown and look like chocolate in the dry season. It's not dry season here at the moment and maybe thats why I wasn't to impressed with what I saw. Or maybe I have been to spoilt with great amazing landscapes and nature for the last few months that I just didn't appreciate what I saw. Still worth a trip though but watch out for the selfie sticks!
Driving a Scooter on Bohol
So how is it to drive a scooter on Bohol? Its very easy, I had a semi automatic which means no clutch but you have to change gears. I wasn't to thrilled at first when I found out it wasn't fully automatic since I haven't driven a scooter with gears for the last I don't know maybe 15 years. I had nothing to worry about, it all got back to me straight away, the only problem was to get use to have a foot break instead of a hand break which Im used to from my scooter back home. So I'm very happy that i didn't have to do any quick breaks because then I most likely would have tried to break with the non-existing hand break and I would have continued smashing in to what ever I had to break for.
Helmet or no helmet, a lot of people come over to Asia and rents a motorbike/scooter and even if they would wear a helmet back home they don't do so here. This has also included me in the past and so this day. Of course you hear about accidents but it kind of feels far away for what ever reason. After Bohol I went to Siquijor where I stayed at the same hostel as a British guy in his early twenties which friend passed away in an accident were he didn't wear a helmet and this only happened two days earlier. So as of now I'm being good and I wear a helmet.....
As I said earlier, the roads are really good and when you drive yourself then you can stop whenever you want and take in the landscape. Chocolate Hills might not have been for me but I saw some other great views along the way!
Tarsier Monkey Sanctuary in Corella
Next stop on my list on what to see was the Tarsier monkey sanctuary in Corella. Tarsier monkeys are tiny tiny monkeys who are slightly suicidal since if they get stressed by loud sound or to much going on around them they commit suicide by banging their head against a tree. This has also been the case when they are being captive and put in cages. So if you want piece and quiet then visit a sanctuary because here you under strict rules to be silent!
The sanctuary itself was pretty small and they normally have eight monkey living in the area. Every morning the people working there tries to find them all but today they only found five that they kindly showed me. I defiantly wouldn't have spotted them myself in the trees if they just let me in to the forest. So was happy to have someone walking with me showing them. The monkeys do all kind of sleep and laze around all day so not much happening but they are so tiny and odd looking so worth the trip.
I finished of my island tour on Momo Beach, I was recommended to come here for the sun set. I got here a bit earlier then original planned so would have been another 3 hours until sun set so missed out on that. Still a beautiful white long beach with not many people. Perfect end to sit down and rest. Thought there would be somewhere to eat along the beach though but that was a no no and since I was starving at this point my visit was cut a bit short!
Cost Of My Day Touring Bohol
Scooter: 350 PHP/ USD 7.50/ EUR 6.70
Petrol: 120 PHP/ USD 2.60/ EUR 2.30
Chocolate Hills: 50 PHP/ USD 1.10/ EUR 1.00
Monkey sanctuary: 60 PHP/ USD 1.30/ EUR 1.20
Where I Stayed In Bohol
Lennon's Place: 1000 PHP/ USD 21.50/ EUR 19.20
Stayed in a great bungalow 10 minutes walk from the Alona beach.
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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