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Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017

Ubay in a Nutshell

Location: Ubay (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

Port Town
Ubay is the default jump-off for Southern Leyte - either to Bato or Hilongos (Maasin route is no longer serviced). You could see Leyte from Ubay. They also have boats going to Cebu, but the default jump-off to Cebu is Getafe, about 40kms away. As a port town, it's busy with local commerce. The wet market is adequately supplied with fresh fish although the main viande in eating places is still meat. The grilled staple is still lechon manok - not fish even though Ubay is a coastal town.

Ubay in a Nutshell
getting to know Ubay

Tourism
There is hardly any tourism here. The popular tourist destinations in Bohol do not include Ubay. The two main draws in Bohol are the Chocolate Hills in Carmen and Alona Beach in Panglao. Thus, the usual tourism places are the ones sandwiched by the 2 - the Tarsiers of Bilar, Baclayon Church and Loboc's river cruise. Destinations east of Carmen (including Ubay) are by-passed. Bohol is simply too big to cover in one day.

I think it's best to develop an alternate East Bohol tour package - something that starts from Getafe (closest Bohol port from Cebu) looping to Carmen's Chocolate Hills, going east towards the beaches and caves of Anda, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, etc. Best if they can identify and develop a Tarsier area east of Carmen. Tarsier is another compelling attraction - without the Tarsier component, the East Bohol package wouldn't be too attractive. But again, this loop covers twice the area of the usual West Bohol tour package - the tourist will be spending too much time in transit.

Getting my Bearings
Life in Ubay came off to a slow start. I had to cover my bases first - sourcing a water supplier, identifying wifi areas, frequent walks about town getting familiar where to get what, and getting a bearing on Ubay's culturescape through the locals (mostly vendors).

Verdict so far - 1 pizza place with an affordable 9" pie for P80 (I miss Loboc's wood-fired pizza), 2 good sikwate places, a few bahalina and tuba outlets, lots of bakeries and carinderias, no nearby resort for an afternoon chilled beer. The only a/c hangout place is Jewel's Nook Cafe - looks like a cafe but only serves espresso coffee and the rest are meals...and they don't have wifi. So far, the only place I get wifi is Goddy Goddy Lodge at their main location.

Ending Thoughts
It's still not clear to me what I'll be doing here - except to keep pace with emergent web technologies. The heat is oppressive and if it's not too hot, it's pouring rain. I need a decent afternoon chillout place with wifi - so far, I haven't seen one. Thus I default to walking aimlessly around the market. I haven't met anyone I could hangout with either. As I settle down, I'll begin to explore more. I have 26 remaining days in Ubay and bailing out is not an option.

--- TheLoneRider



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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)


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. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  22. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  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
  34. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  35. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  36. Panglao
  37. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  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
  42. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  43. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  44. San Miguel
  45. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  46. Sevilla
  47. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  48. Sikatuna
  49. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  50. Tagbilaran
  51. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  52. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  53. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  54. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  55. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  56. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  57. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  58. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  59. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  60. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  61. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  62. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

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