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Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

Exploring Loboc, Bohol

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

Drifter
I left my main pack and mountain bike in Tagbilaran to scout where else I can move to. I ended up somehow in Loboc. It could have been any other place in Bohol - Pilar? Carmen? Bilar? But yes, Loboc. I walked along the Loboc River hoping I could find some kind of web deal for lodging with some resorts lined-up on the river bank. It didn't happen.

Lyns Backpacker Inn, Loboc, BoholLyn's Backpacker Inn
At the town center, I came across an inn owner who accepted my measly budget for a month's stay - after a lot of haggling. The owner was an amiable man who was easy to talk to. The overall energy was light. I had a small nipa house by the rice field with wifi access on the main house. Loboc it is for me - another mini-life in the making for the next 30 days.

Exploring Loboc, Bohol
Ending up in Loboc. What next?

First Full Day
After staying overnight, I took the early jeep for Tagbilaran to get my pack & bike. Luckily, a jeep was able to top-load my bike back to Loboc. First, I had to get my bearings. I biked around town looking for carinderias, water suppliers, tailoring repair shops, wifi outlets, etc. Three kilos of laundry for P130???? I miss Tagbilaran's P25/kilo deal. I discovered a pizza joint with a wood-burning oven. A little pricey but at least there's a good pizza house in town. Otherwise, things seemed bleak - there was no cafe, no shopping center, no movie house, no sikwate drink and even tuba is hard to come by. On a bike, I covered the town in less than an hour. Not really a big place. I kept thinking, "What do I do here for the next 30 days?"

Ending Thoughts
It will be a challenge to stay a full 30 days in Loboc. But there must be something in store for me here - otherwise, why did I end up here? I just need to trust the process. I could be productive here on the web - I can go deep into cutting-edge web design with the latest trends. I could use my shire as a base to explore day trips into the nearby towns. I could also go back into outdoor adventure - caves, waterfalls, island touring, etc. Just thoughts randomly passing by. Loboc...30 days...hmmm. I'm still in disbelief but remain open to all possibilities.

--- TheLoneRider



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Reader Comments:

Jeffrey HuerteJeffrey Huerte
(Oct 12, 2017) Bukas sir, we can go to Luktob Spring


Dulce CapadociaDulce Capadocia
(Oct 12, 2017) Git, I have been outta touch! We must catch up! Why did u leave the other place?

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Oct 12, 2017) I try to live a mini-life in a new place, 30 days at a time :)

dulce_capadociaDulce
(Oct 12, 2017) Wow such freedom


Angelie LopezAngelie Lopez
(Oct 12, 2017) Loboc, Bohol is amazing place. The cold spring called Loktub is refreshing. Lunch at the floating barge with locals serenading in the background is lovely.

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Oct 11, 2017) ...will try both. Thanks for the tip, Angel


Charlotte BelogoloCharlotte Belogolo
(Oct 12, 2017) is this where you're staying?

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Oct 11, 2017) for the next 30 days :)


Alexander BangcayaAlexander Bangcaya
(Oct 12, 2017) How much per month bro?

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Oct 13, 2017) he-he, can't tell you the discount I got...they might bring it back to normal rates :)


Next stop: Cruz Daku (Big Cross)

Google Map Loboc, Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Cruz Daku Cruz Daku - 80-foot white cross erected in 1986 on top of Loboc's highest mountain
  • Virgen de Guadalupe Virgen de Guadalupe - giant statue of the Black Madonna perched on a Loboc summit
  • Loboc Floating Restaurant River Cruise - river cruise on a floating restaurant serving lunch with cultural presentation
  • Busay Falls Busay Falls - accessible only through the river cruise
  • Loktob Spring Loktob Spring - cold water spring, free admission, huts for rent
restaurant in Loboc restaurant
  • 
Villagio's Pizza Villagio's Pizza - wood burning oven, hand-tossed pizza
    Loboc Town Plaza, Loboc, Bohol

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. 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. Loboc
  10. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  11. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  12. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  13. Back Road Ride to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  14. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  15. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  16. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  17. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  18. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  19. Panglao
  20. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  21. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  22. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  23. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  24. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  25. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  26. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  27. Tagbilaran
  28. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  29. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  30. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  31. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  32. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  33. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  34. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  35. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  36. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  37. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  38. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  39. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  40. Ubay
  41. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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