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Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017

Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay

Location: Candijay-Mabini-Ubay

Rey Rapatalo
I was on my way out of Candijay to Ubay when I received a text from Kins, "I am fascinated by Mabini but few tourists go there". I got curious and randomly asked a local if he knew anything about Mabini. His name is Rey Rapatalo who happened to hail from Mabini. We got into a more engaging conversation about many things while I was having breakfast at the Rapatalo's Restaurant - yes, he owns it. At some point, he said he wanted to be out of his house anyway and offered to take me to Mabini. It was very generous of him. So we headed out in his sporty SUV!

Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay
with Rey, rest stop at the Mabini Port

Mabini, Bohol
He did mention that the only attraction in Mabini is the disappearing sandbar, which appears only during low tide. It would however, require a boat ride to experience it. I didn't want to impose on my host and I wasn't that excited to take a boat ride to see a sandbar - I've seen too many already. He took me to his house where I met members of his family. We went to the town port where he pointed out a few areas that were special to him. After a few more turns around town, we headed back.

All the Way to Ubay
I asked to be dropped-off the main street to catch the bus to Ubay. To my surprise, Rey said he'll drive me all the way to Ubay! What??? Ubay is a good 30 kms away! What a guy! This gave us an extended conversation. Rey has many interesting stories.

First stopover was the municipality of Alicia for some good 'ol fashioned carinderia yummy eats! Even in Alicia, people recognized him and accorded him a deferential treatment. Who is this guy? Shortly after, we headed straight for Ubay where he dropped me off one of the hotels.

Ending Thoughts
It was short and magical - like a lot of my adventures. This reminds me of Pak Chong, Thailand where a complete stranger drove me all the way to the next town! Rey was a complete stranger one moment, then I was inside his SUV for a tour to the other town, after which he drives me all the way to Ubay. And then he was gone. We've become better than just acquainted in that half-day tour. Such generosity is rare, but yes, it still happens. When I travel, I meet the most fascinating, most interesting, most generous people. This trip validates all that. Thank you Rey!

--- TheLoneRider



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tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Fox & The Firefly Cottages Fox & The Firefly Cottages - SUP paddle boarding, luxury riverside native cottages, mountain bike tours, SUP yoga
    Baranggay Valladolid, Loboc, Bohol
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue

Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.

Bohol

    Anda
  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  13. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  14. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  15. Corella
  16. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  17. Loay
  18. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  19. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  20. Loboc
  21. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  22. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  23. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  24. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  25. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  26. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  27. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  28. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  29. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  30. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  31. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  32. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  33. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  34. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  35. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  36. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  37. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  38. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  39. Panglao
  40. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  41. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  42. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  43. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  44. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  45. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  46. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  47. San Miguel
  48. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  49. Sevilla
  50. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  51. Sikatuna
  52. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  53. Tagbilaran
  54. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  55. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  56. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  57. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  58. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  59. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  60. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  61. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  62. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  63. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  64. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  65. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  66. Ubay
  67. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  68. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  69. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  70. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  71. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  72. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  73. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  74. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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