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The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017

The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt

Location: Sinandigan Boardwalk, Sinandigan (barangay), Ubay (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

Sinandigan Boardwalk
There isn't really a lot of note-worthy tourist attractions in Ubay. So far, the most promising I've heard of, is the Sinandigan Boardwalk - 3/4km of bamboo bridge on stilts across the mangroes that open up to the ocean. It's 10km away so it'll be a good saddle time for me as well.

The Ride
I started out at 9:30am on my bike and headed east on concrete pavement under the increasing heat of the sun. The road is hardly used so it didn't feel like I had to compete on road space vs big buses. It was mostly flat with a little hilly sections. The main challenge was really the heat. Despite my wide straw hat, it was still scorching.

Points of Interest
En route, I passed by the BFAR Multi-Species Hatchery along the coast. It aims to replenish the stocks of several species including the Blue Swimming Crabs, Red Snappers and Groupers. To rest from the heat, I stopped at a local beach resort in Sinandigan Beach. The beach was short with coarse brown sand. The water seemed rocky - you could see a few rock outcroppings from the surface. No, I didn't take a dip - but maybe I should have just to quench the heat. The owner was nice enough not to charge me for the use of the shaded table.

The Concrete Road
Finally, I reached the jump-off from the main road towards the boardwalk. The road was newly paved with concrete - impressive! It extended 3kms all the way to the start of the mangroves where the bamboo bridge begins. Where the good road ends is where the mystery begins.

The Rotting Boardwalk
The boardwalk was obviously neglected and left to rot. It wasn't usable. I tried to, but some sections had big gaping holes and no hand rails to hold on to. The flooring was suspect if they could still hold your weight or collapse. When a floor beam just collapsed on me, I decided it wasn't worth going all the way to the beach end. The concrete posts were already inserted into the hole but apparently not covered by reinforcement - as though the developers hurriedly left the place. In fact, at the end of the concrete road were still aggregates from unfinished construction - gravel, sand and more concrete stilts by their sides. It seemed like a scene from Twilight Zone. What happened here?

The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt
rotting bamboo boardwalk

The Buried Yamashita Treasure Story
I've heard this story first in Ubay and one local in Sinandigan reluctantly nodded to it. The speculation goes that the group of Japanese developers who built the boardwalk project were actually treasure hunters. The boardwalk was simply a pretext for their treasure hunt to avoid suspicion. When they finally discovered the treasure, they took it and left the project dead on its tracks - which explains the state of unfinished disrepair.

Credibility Factor
I've heard so many buried-treasure stories in the Philippines to believe in one. Practically every town has a buried-treasure story. But this one has credence. First, it was a group of Japanese who initiated and funded the project. Why Ubay when it's not even on the tourism map? Secondly, why was construction of the project suddenly halted and the Japanese developers left without completing it? The turn of events simply added fuel to the speculation. In fact, my lingering thought is, just how big was that treasure to warrant a 3km concrete road construction?

Work Resumption
Now, the locals claim that work resumed, but none really volunteered the Yamashita treasure story. But now, it's the local government resuming the work - the Japanese are all gone. Now this makes sense for the LGU. Since the Japanese already forked-out most of the money for the project, why not complete it using tax-payers money and make a tourism attraction out of it? But seeing how dilapidated the bamboo bridge is, it will take a lot of work and time to finish it. I wouldn't plan on making a visit just yet if I were you.

Ending Thoughts
Okay, this trip turns out to be a dud. But hey, it wasn't all bad. I got my bike workout and I got a catchy Yamashita treasure story! When you travel, it's not so much the destination but the journey.

--- TheLoneRider

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Lars JensenLars Jensen
(Nov 18, 2017) I'm the guy you met by the boardwalk today. I would like to show you a couple of places I find interesting, one of which is Cambugsay Healing Hills, a place good for hiking or biking. If you are interested contact me, we can meet on the bikes or I can pick you up in a car.

Next stop: Visiting Ubay Green Park

Google Map Ubay, Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Camp Karis Camp Karis - area site used for camping, weddings, seminars, training, etc. specialize on christian camping ministry
  • Ubay Green Park Ubay Green Park - former dump site turned into an eco-friendly garden
  • Henson Beach Henson Beach - public beach close to the port
  • Sinandigan Beach Sinandigan Boardwalk - do not go here, the boardwalk is neglected and rotting!
  • Ubay Stock Farm Ubay Stock Farm - livestock facility with cow milking, poultry, horseback riding
  • Kapayas Dam Cambugsay Hills - also known as Malingin Dam, Mother Dam and Ilaya Reservoir. It's an irrigation dam with a park. The nearby hills are said to be healing

Ubay Travel Info / Tips

Ubay to Cebu City by boat (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Leyte by boat (4-5 hours) (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Pitogo (Bohol) by boat (as of July 2017)


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

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  10. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  11. Corella
  12. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  13. Dauis
  14. Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  15. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  16. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  17. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

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

  21. Loboc
  22. Goodbye Loboc, Goodbye Philippines Mar 15, 2018
  23. The CubbyHole: Envisioning a Utopian Shangrila Mar 10, 2018
  24. Fat Shredder with the Russian Twist Mar 2, 2018
  25. No-Dismount Climb to Cruz Daku Mar 1, 2018
  26. Jeffrey's Cardio Program Feb 26, 2018
  27. SUP Yoga with Lalah de Dios at Fox and the Firefly Feb 25, 2018
  28. Bike Ride with Juan Huerte: Loboc, Sikatuna, Corella and Baclayon Feb 25, 2018
  29. CT Scan Result Feb 23, 2018
  30. The Silent Killer has Arrived Feb 19-22, 2018
  31. 24+ Days at Lyn's Backpackers Inn Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2018
  32. All Day Fun with the Loboc Crew Feb 11, 2018
  33. 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  34. Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  35. Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  36. High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  37. Ride to the Landslide with Jeffrey Jan 31, 2018
  38. Farm Tour with Mr. Raymond Cal Jan 29, 2018
  39. Cacao Drum Roasting Jan 27, 2018
  40. Making Sikwate: from cacao fruit to a hot dark chocolate drink Jan 25, 2018
  41. 5 Weeks at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Dec 13, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018
  42. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22, 2018
  43. Mountain Bike Rides from Tagbilaran to Loboc Jan 18, 2018
  44. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  45. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  46. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  47. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  48. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  49. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  50. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  51. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  52. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  53. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  54. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  55. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  56. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  57. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  58. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  59. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  60. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  61. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  62. Panglao
  63. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  64. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  65. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  66. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  67. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  68. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  69. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  70. San Miguel
  71. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  72. Sevilla
  73. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  74. Sikatuna
  75. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  76. Tagbilaran
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  78. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  79. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  80. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  81. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  82. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  83. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  84. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  85. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  86. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  87. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
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  89. Ubay
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  91. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  92. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  93. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  94. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
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