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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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  4. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
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  8. Candijay
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  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
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  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
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  23. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  24. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  25. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  26. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  27. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  28. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  29. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  30. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  31. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  32. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  33. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
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  38. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  39. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  40. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  41. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
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  44. San Miguel
  45. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  46. Sevilla
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  68. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
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