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Country > Philippines > Cebu > Bogo City
Date > 2017 > January
Activity > Traveling


Exploring Bogo City, Cebu January 10-12, 2017

Exploring Bogo City, Cebu

Location Google Map: Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines

Leaving Bantayan Island
I had to leave Bantayan Island as soon as the ferry resumed operations or risk being stranded again due to Typhoon Auring. Malapascua was no longer appealing, given the weather. At this point, I wasn't looking for a beach destination anymore - more like a little city with a movie house. I'll just watch movies as the rain pours. But where to go? From the map, I saw a blip, not too far away from the San Remigio mainland port was Bogo City. Not knowing what's there, I set my sight to it.

My arrival was fraught with difficulties. I was lugging my heavy and bulky backpack in the middle of town with no place to stay yet while the rain poured. Finding Gaisano Mall, I checked-in my backpack. This freed me to look for a place to stay. I visited the 4 major pension houses but no decision makers to take my x-deal offer. Fortunately, I discovered an obscure lodging for P150/night - Pumar Lodging House. It wasn't much, but it wasn't a dump either. That was good enough for me.

Exploring Bogo City, Cebu
rain and beach...they don't go well together

Bogo Larsian
While roaming around town in the evening, I came upon an array of alfresco barbeque places by the dock. They serve bbq pork, chicken and grilled seafood. Price is very reasonable. I ordered grilled squid, grilled fish and a beer - P145 ($3)! This is perhaps the best place in town to have dinner.

Titan Triggerfish
Bogo has a sizeable wet market. I found Titan Triggerfish being sold together with other colorful reef fishes. It's heart breaking that these fishes that used to be ignored by fishermen are now fair game. The Titan is the scourge of the reef and I had even been attacked by it. Still, I would much rather see it in the reef than on the dinner table. Moreover, the Titan has toxins (Gambierdiscus toxicus) that render it inedible. I would not encourage its consumption.

Beach Resorts
There used to be 2 popular beach resorts close to town - Nailon Beach Resort and Hisoler Beach Resort. Unfortunately, Nailon Resort was not able to recover after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) in 2013. I stopped by Hisoler Resort even on a rainy day. It had a good size ground with a pool, elevation for a better view, concrete beach cabanas and protected swim area.

Ending Thoughts
After 2 nights, it was time to go. I wasn't expecting much in Bogo but still glad I stopped by. Every coastal town has its own charm. For Bogo, it has its slow unhurried pace, the seaside grill places and its isolated beach resorts. The one tourist attraction of Bogo is perhaps the Capitancillo Islet - a dive spot with a lighthouse. However, in this weather, still on the tail-end of Typhoon Auring, it was best to simply stay on land.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Reader Comments:

Katia PerezKatia Perez
(Jan 14, 2017) Non-stop traveller! All the best for you and your adventures this year!

Joanna Co LizaresJoanna Philippines
(Jan 14, 2017) I'll be in Cebu tomorrow up to the 18th!

Dulce CapadociaDulce USA
(Jan 13, 2017) This is different from your Burner experience! Ive been wanting to go 4ever!

Bogo City Info

Bogo City Map

Google Map Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bogo tourist attractions
  • Capitancillo Islet in Bogo Capitancillo Islet - dive spot, lighthouse
    address - 10°59'24.61"N 124°06'13.89"E
hotels in Bogo - hotel
  • R&F Pension House R&F Pension House - 11°03'03.57"N 124°00'21.13"E
  • Northomes Pensione Northomes Pensione - 11°03'05.98"N 124°00'12.58"E
  • Bogo Park Lodge Bogo Park Lodge - (032) 516.2636 | 434.7086
    11°03'08.7"N 124°00'12.64"E
  • Wyn's Pension Wyn's Pension - 11°02'57.01"N 124°00'19.04"E
    0932.502.0632 | 0917.829.3216 | 434.8801
  • Pumar Lodging House Pumar Lodging House - popular for working locals, students and transients
    11°03'00.98"N 124°00'21.38"E
  • Hisoler Beach Resort Hisoler Beach Resort - big manicured grounds, wifi, beach bungalows, picnic cabanas, protected swim area, swimming pool
    11°02'52.22"N 124°02'19.86"E | (032)434.8014 | 0917.322.2213
restaurant in Bogo restaurant cafes in Bogo cafe
  • Urban Cafe Urban Cafe - coffee, cake and wifi
    11°03'05.9"N 124°00'12.7"E
Bogo FYI / Tips
  • Bogo is not a tourist destination but it is passed through by travelers commuting from Cebu City to either Bantayan Island or Malapascua Island
  • there is a Gaisano Mall but no movie house
How to Get to Bogo City from Bantayan Island
  1. take the Island Ferry from Santa Fe Port in Bantayan Island going to Hagnayan Port (San Remigio, Cebu Mainland), P170/pax, 1.5 hours
  2. at Hagnayan Port, take a tricycle together with other passengers all the way to Bogo, P25/pax, 30 min
Things to do, Places to go in Bogo
  1. Capitancillo Islet - coral island off the east coast of Bogo, scuba diving site and a lighthouse
  2. Miraculous Medal Shrine - in La Paz
  3. Tugbungan Mangrove Eco-Farm
  4. Barangay Odlot Parish Church
  5. Hanging Bridge - Tabogon
  6. Heritage House - built in 1830
Bogo Cost Index (US$1 = Php 49.56 as of Jan 10, 2017)
  • PHP 8 min payment for tricycle
  • PHP 25 tricycle from Hagnaya Port to Bogo
  • PHP 150/night cheapest lodging in Bogo at Pumar Lodge
  • PHP 350/night basic fan room at Northome Lodge
  • PHP 150 vegetarian pizza at Capitancillo Resto
  • PHP 65 brewed coffee at Urban Cafe

Cebu Province Info

Suggested Destinations in Cebu
  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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