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Sikwate at Daday Painitan May 9, 2024

Sikwate at Daday Painitan

Location Google Map: Daday Painitan, Dauis, Bohol, Philippines

Best Sikwate in Tagbilaran?
I'd been told by a few locals that the best sikwate (hot chocolate drink made from the native cacao) in Tagbilaran is at Daday Painitan in Dauis. When I searched Youtube for 'sikwate Tagbilaran', Daday again came up. It was time to head out to Dauis for that fabled sikwate. It wouldn't be easy to find this place without Google Maps. Finally, there it was, a typical non-descript carinderia place like any other, but it was full and the vehicles parked were SUVs. Other out-of-towners also arrived by chartered tricycles - you cannot get here using the public buses.

Sikwate at Daday Painitan
Daday Painitan is a typical non-descript carinderia place like any other

Also on the Menu
On the side, I also ordered the usual combination - puto maya, Pan de Dauis and bibingka. They were all good but the bibingka was extra yummy, fudgy and almost sticky - perhaps they used tuba (coconut nectar) instead of water in making it.

Sikwate at Daday Painitan
perfect combo: bibingka, Pan de Dauis, puto maya and Sikwate

Boqueo Family
While eating, I got into a conversation with the Boqueo family - Jun-Jun (Dad), Elaine (Mom), NJ (daughter) and another daughter. It's quite a wholesome family. Jun-Jun told me several must-try eating places in Tagbilaran - Alsa Baso, Six Sisters, etc. I also invited them to participate in my forthcoming Kids Yoga.

Sikwate at Daday Painitan
Boqueo Family - Jun-Jun, Elaine, NJ

One thing I noticed about Boholanos is that they are genuinely friendly. They strike up a conversation with complete strangers and freely offer assistance when they sense it.

Sherwood Bay Resort
Since I was already along the Dauis coastal area with a few resorts, I tried exploring. Some on Google Maps were already permanently closed. Some were still open for business but with closed gates and high walls - not exactly inviting. I stumbled into Sherwood Bay Resort with open gates. It looked like a sprawling villa with an infinity swimming pool facing the ocean - yes, the resort is oceanfront. I was the only one and they didn't even have change for a small bill. So there I was, sitting on a chair facing the ocean in retrospect.

Sikwate at Daday Painitan
Sherwood Bay Resort has an infinity pool facing the ocean

Ending Thoughts
The verdict! Is it really the best sikwate place in Tagbilaran? I can say it's the best sikwate compared to any I've tasted in Lazi, Siquijor (since most of their sikwate is watered-down with too much sugar). In Tagbilaran, I've only had 3 places so far - the one in Dao Market and the posh Dalareich Chocolate House. I would say Daday is at par with the Dao Market sikwatehan - both are rich, thick and flavourful. Dao is cheaper by P5 at P25/cup w/o milk, while Daday is P30. To date, I would say that Dalareich is the best sikwate drink for its smoothness. I don't think you can buy the sikwate itself but you can buy the tableya (dark chocolate in hard tablet form, used to make sikwate) - the sikwate is offered free as a welcome drink when you visit their showroom. When asked how, they said they employ the same refinement process used in making fine chocolates in the making of sikwate as well. Altogether, I would confidently say that in Tagbilaran (because I haven't tasted sikwate outside), people take their sikwate seriously and they know what they're doing when it comes to sikwate.

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  1. Sikwate at Daday Painitan May 9, 2024
  2. Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  3. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  4. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  5. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

More on Bohol:

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tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Fox & The Firefly Cottages Fox & The Firefly Cottages - SUP paddle boarding, luxury riverside native cottages, mountain bike tours, SUP yoga
    Baranggay Valladolid, Loboc, Bohol
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
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  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue
Bohol Travel Info/Tips

Bohol FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Alona Beach area
  • the tourist attractions in Bohol are far apart and spread-out. It would be difficult to visit them all using public mass transit. Better hire a van (P3500/day) if in a big group, or rent a motorcycle (P400/day + gas)
  • Bohol relies on its tourism for revenue. As expected, everything they can capitalize on from tourism is extensively used and developed

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 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 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.
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  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool Jun 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool Of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol Jun 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay Jul 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour In Candijay, Bohol Jun 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring Of Candijay, Bohol Jun 30, 2017
  8. Splashing At Can-Umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol Jun 30, 2017

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

  11. Corella
  12. Cycling to View the Tarsier in Corella Oct 26, 2017

  13. Dauis DAUIS

  14. Sikwate at Daday Painitan May 9, 2024
  15. Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  16. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  17. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  18. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

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

  22. Loboc
  23. Yoga for Plus-sized Women May 24, 2024
  24. Bohol Yoga Festival April 20/21, 2024
  25. Goodbye Loboc, Goodbye Philippines Mar 15, 2018
  26. The CubbyHole: Envisioning a Utopian Shangrila Mar 10, 2018
  27. Fat Shredder with the Russian Twist Mar 2, 2018
  28. No-Dismount Climb to Cruz Daku Mar 1, 2018
  29. Jeffrey's Cardio Program Feb 26, 2018
  30. SUP Yoga with Lalah de Dios at Fox and the Firefly Feb 25, 2018
  31. Bike Ride with Juan Huerte: Loboc, Sikatuna, Corella and Baclayon Feb 25, 2018
  32. CT Scan Result Feb 23, 2018
  33. The Silent Killer has Arrived Feb 19-22, 2018
  34. 24+ Days at Lyn's Backpackers Inn Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2018
  35. All Day Fun with the Loboc Crew Feb 11, 2018
  36. 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  37. Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  38. Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  39. High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  40. Ride to the Landslide with Jeffrey Jan 31, 2018
  41. Farm Tour with Mr. Raymond Cal Jan 29, 2018
  42. Cacao Drum Roasting Jan 27, 2018
  43. Making Sikwate: from cacao fruit to a hot dark chocolate drink Jan 25, 2018
  44. 5 Weeks at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Dec 13, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018
  45. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22-Mar 14, 2018
  46. Mountain Bike Rides from Tagbilaran to Loboc Jan 18, 2018
  47. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  48. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  49. Back to Loboc Dec 13-17, 2017
  50. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  51. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring And Jimili-An Spring Nov 11, 2017
  52. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  53. SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Bohol Oct 29, 2017
  54. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  55. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  56. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  57. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  58. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  59. Back Road Ride To Loay Oct 17, 2017
  60. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  61. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  62. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  63. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  64. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  65. Panglao PANGLAO

  66. Kat's Birthday at Oceanica April 24, 2024
  67. Teaching 'Energising Yoga' at Jing Yoga & Wellness April 23-28, 2024
  68. Freediving in Panglao with Haka Dive Center April 23, 2024
  69. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  70. Exploring Panglao Jun 12-18, 2017
  71. Yoga With Jing And Rai At Oasis Resort Jun 18, 2017
  72. Freediving With Ben Meerhaeghe At SeaQuest Dive Center Jun 16, 2017
  73. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island With SeaQuest Dive Center Jun 15, 2017
  74. Bohol Revisited Jun 12, 2017
  75. Exploring Bohol with Metz Nov 28-30, 2015

  76. San Miguel
  77. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  78. Sevilla
  79. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  80. Sikatuna
  81. Solo Ride To The Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  82. Tagbilaran TAGBILARAN

  83. May Snapshots: Stairway to Heaven May 2024
  84. May 2024: Carinderia food May 2024
  85. Moving to Taloto, Tagbilaran City May 19, 2024
  86. Yoga for Grown ups May 27 - June 21, 2024
  87. Yoga and Meditation for Kids May 7, 2024
  88. Dalareich Chocolate House Revisited May 4, 2024
  89. Kat's Community Invite Apr 28 - May 19, 2024
  90. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  91. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  92. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  93. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  94. Chocolate Overload At Dalareich Chocolate House Oct 2, 2017
  95. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  96. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  97. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  98. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  99. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga Sept 12, 2017
  100. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  101. Hello Tagbilaran! Jun 19-25, 2017

  102. Ubay Ubay


  103. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  104. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  105. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  106. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  107. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  108. Ubay Life Nov 17, 2017
  109. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  110. 2 Days in Ubay Jul 1-3, 2017
  111. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay Jul 1, 2017
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