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Exploring Bogo City, Cebu Jan 10-12, 2017

Exploring Bogo City, Cebu

GPS waypoint: 11°03'05.9"N 124°00'12.7"E
Location: Bogo City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Leaving Bantayan Island
I had to leave Bantayan Island as soon as the ferry resumed operations or risk being stranded again due to Typhoon Auring. Malapascua was no longer appealing, given the weather. At this point, I wasn't looking for a beach destination anymore - more like a little city with a movie house. I'll just watch movies as the rain pours. But where to go? From the map, I saw a blip, not too far away from the San Remigio mainland port was Bogo City. Not knowing what's there, I set my sight to it.

My arrival was fraught with difficulties. I was lugging my heavy and bulky backpack in the middle of town with no place to stay yet while the rain poured. Finding Gaisano Mall, I checked-in my backpack. This freed me to look for a place to stay. I visited the 4 major pension houses but no decision makers. Fortunately, I discovered an obscure lodging for P150/night - Pumar Lodging House. It wasn't much, but it wasn't a dump either. That was good enough for me.

Exploring Bogo City, Cebu
rain and beach...they don't go well together

Bogo Larsian
While roaming around town in the evening, I came upon an array of alfresco barbeque places by the dock. They serve bbq pork, chicken and grilled seafood. Price is very reasonable. I ordered grilled squid, grilled fish and a beer - P145 ($3)! This is perhaps the best place in town to have dinner.

Titan Triggerfish
Bogo has a sizeable wet market. I found Titan Triggerfish being sold together with other colorful reef fishes. It's heart breaking that these fishes that used to be ignored by fishermen are now fair game. The Titan is the scourge of the reef and I had even been attacked by it. Still, I would much rather see it in the reef than on the dinner table. Moreover, the Titan has toxins (Gambierdiscus toxicus) that render it inedible. I would not encourage its consumption.

Beach Resorts
There used to be 2 popular beach resorts close to town - Nailon Beach Resort and Hisoler Beach Resort. Unfortunately, Nailon Resort was not able to recover after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) in 2013. I stopped by Hisoler Resort even on a rainy day. It had a good size ground with a pool, elevation for a better view, concrete beach cabanas and protected swim area.

Ending Thoughts
After 2 nights, it was time to go. I wasn't expecting much in Bogo but still glad I stopped by. Every coastal town has its own charm. For Bogo, it has its slow unhurried pace, the seaside grill places and its isolated beach resorts. The one tourist attraction of Bogo is perhaps the Capitancillo Islet - a dive spot with a lighthouse. However, in this weather, still on the tail-end of Typhoon Auring, it was best to simply stay on land.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Guiwanon Spring, Tabogon, Cebu

Google Map Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bogo tourist attractions
  • Capitancillo Islet in Bogo Capitancillo Islet - dive spot, lighthouse
    address - 10°59'24.61"N 124°06'13.89"E
hotels in Bogo - hotel
  • R&F Pension House R&F Pension House - 11°03'03.57"N 124°00'21.13"E
  • Northomes Pensione Northomes Pensione - 11°03'05.98"N 124°00'12.58"E
  • Bogo Park Lodge Bogo Park Lodge - (032) 516.2636 | 434.7086
    11°03'08.7"N 124°00'12.64"E
  • Wyn's Pension Wyn's Pension - 11°02'57.01"N 124°00'19.04"E
    0932.502.0632 | 0917.829.3216 | 434.8801
  • Pumar Lodging House Pumar Lodging House - popular for working locals, students and transients
    11°03'00.98"N 124°00'21.38"E
  • Hisoler Beach Resort Hisoler Beach Resort - big manicured grounds, wifi, beach bungalows, picnic cabanas, protected swim area, swimming pool
    11°02'52.22"N 124°02'19.86"E | (032)434.8014 | 0917.322.2213
restaurant in Bogo restaurant cafes in Bogo cafe
  • Urban Cafe Urban Cafe - coffee, cake and wifi
    11°03'05.9"N 124°00'12.7"E
at the bus terminal where these local buses ply to the adjacent municipalities in the Visayas, the Ceres bus is indispensable motorcycles reign supreme in small cities starting the day right with a whole coconut fruit P15
veggies at the market top right, the Titan Triggerfish...the scourge of the reef is victim to reef fishing giant prawns at P650/kilo meat market
life is unhurried but busy in Bogo evening by the dock there isn't much night life in Bogo except for karaoke bars barbeque galore at the Bogo Larsian by the dock
grill places line up at the Larsian waiting for the tricycle to fill up chilling out at Hisoler Beach Resort elevated area on Hisoler Resort for pool and ocean view
on the far end of the jetty looking back unfortunately, Nailon Resort did not recover from the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda and had to close down pool refection after a downpour meeting Princess who gave me a heads-up on Bogo
the 1830 heritage house relic of bygone era when sugar was king Bogo Park quiet morning by the dock

Bogo FYI / Tips

  • Bogo is not a tourist destination but it is passed through by travelers commuting from Cebu City to either Bantayan Island or Malapascua Island
  • there is a Gaisano Mall but no movie house

How to Get to Bogo City from Bantayan Island

  1. take the Island Ferry from Santa Fe Port in Bantayan Island going to Hagnayan Port (San Remigio, Cebu Mainland), P170/pax, less than 2 hours
  2. at Hagnayan Port, take a tricycle together with other passengers all the way to Bogo, P25/pax, 30 min

Things to do, Places to go in Bogo

  1. Capitancillo Islet - coral island off the east coast of Bogo, scuba diving site and a lighthouse
  2. Miraculous Medal Shrine - in La Paz
  3. Tugbungan Mangrove Eco-Farm
  4. Barangay Odlot Parish Church
  5. Hanging Bridge - Tabogon
  6. Heritage House - built in 1830

Bogo Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.56 as of Jan 10, 2017)
  • PHP 8 min payment for tricycle
  • PHP 25 tricycle from Hagnaya Port to Bogo
  • PHP 150/night cheapest lodging in Bogo at Pumar Lodge
  • PHP 350/night basic fan room at Northome Lodge
  • PHP 150 vegetarian pizza at Capitancillo Resto
  • PHP 65 brewed coffee at Urban Cafe

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Reader Comments:

Katia PerezKatia Perez
(Jan 14, 2017) Non-stop traveller! All the best for you and your adventures this year!

Joanna Co LizaresJoanna Philippines
(Jan 14, 2017) I'll be in Cebu tomorrow up to the 18th!

Dulce CapadociaDulce
(Jan 13, 2017) This is different from your Burner experience! Ive been wanting to go 4ever!

Jan 10-12, 2017

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