I have been longing to travel in Bohol for a long time, but the weather after Sinulog 2017 festival was not advisable via ferry. So it got me thinking, why not do it summertime and bring my parents with me. Then I started searching for an affordable family Bohol tour package.
Arranging a vacation for your parents is probably one of the sweet gestures you can ever show and give to them. Fortunately, I was able to get a good deal for a 3D2N affordable family Bohol tour package through Alona Grove Tourist Inn. They offer a Countryside Day Tour and an Island Hopping package for 6,500 Php good three people, and their Family Room is 1,800 Php per night exclusive breakfast. We happened to add a kid on this trip, Kevin, and I only added 1,000 Php for the tour package and 200/night for the room. Take note the day tour price is already inclusive of the floating restaurant for lunch as well as all entrance fees, which is 4,800 Php and a four-car seat with a driver. Island hopping price for the 4 of us with snorkeling gears is 2,700 Php. Superb deal already for a total experience budget Bohol family day tour & Island hopping.
How To Get To Bohol
From Cagayan de Oro, we took a ferry going to Tagbilaran City via TransAsia: Asia Philippines. Which we arrived at approximately 4:30 AM then by 5:00 AM we went to McDonald’s to eat something before our countryside Bohol day tour starts, the driver picked us up at 6:00 AM You can check the TransAsiaShipping.com for the schedule and rates.
Affordable Family Bohol Tour Package
Countryside Day Tour
It started at Chocolate Hills
It was gloomy that day and had little rain shower as well, so you could see from the photos that it is hazy. We arrived here as early as 7 AM, and it was looking fine after 30 minutes. We stayed a little bit to take some pictures and savor the moment from those long steps going upstairs to get the full view of the chocolate hills. Not easy; practice your cardio. Haha
The Chocolate Hills are a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name. – Wikipedia
The View at Chocolate Hills
There are also activities you can do around Chocolate Hills, visit the CHAP’s Attraction page, and unleash the adrenaline you’re holding back for long.
Then we headed next to Butterfly Sanctuary.
From the name itself, if you’re a butterfly lover, swoon yourself over here. They have a small restaurant here in which you can treat yourself a homemade ice cream with real fruit.
Our next move was to Tarsier Conservation Area – Loboc, Bohol.
Tarsiers are one of the world’s smallest primate, and now near threatened. They are most active during the night or in darkness. They are sensitive, can detect even the slightest movement of an insect. They have large eyes.
You may visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol.
We head next to Loboc Man-Made Forest.
Stopping by to the borderline between Loboc and Bilar town would probably one of the best views to capture in Bohol Countryside Day Tour. The Man-Made Mahogany Forest will leave you with awe.
Mahogany Man-Made Forest
Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge
The Bamboo Hanging Bridge is probably one of the purest fun attractions from the affordable family Bohol tour package that we got. This bridge is made initially with ropes and bamboos but has been changed to steel cable & bamboos for stability and safety. Walking across this bridge is very daunting, especially for those who are scared of height or people who are not used to it. And when people start shaking the bridge, the fun begins. Mom was trembling while crossing the bridge, and the experience was hilarious.
Loboc River Cruise
Since you are already in a countryside tour, the floating buffet restaurant is a must destination for an affordable Bohol tour package. And so, we did not miss this experience. Loboc River Cruise was the most refreshing lunch I ever buy my parents. I mean, how could you not enjoy eating in buffet Loboc River Cruise in such a beautiful view?!
Before the cruise will end and return to its dock, there’s a stopover for a short musical entertainment for the tourist where these locals show their talents.
Bohol Python & Wildlife Park
This wildlife park is a sanctuary for rescued wild animals. You’ll get to have a chance to see the different species that you may only have seen in tv or movies. You can touch and hold the snakes here.
We decided that the Wildlife Park sanctuary was our stop for the day. It was only like 1 PM, but it felts like a very long day already due to lack of sleep on the ferry. So skipped Blood Compact and the Baclayon Church since there was still ongoing renovation because of the 7.2 magnitude quake that hit Bohol last 2013.
Island Hopping Tour
The day after we arrived and had our Countryside Day Tour, we eagerly did the Island hopping tour from the affordable family Bohol tour package that we availed. The second day is still full of awe. It is so amazing to see marine life and the turquoise water.
We started our day as early as 5:30 AM, grabbed our breakfast and head on to the day hopping activity. First off was Dolphin watching; they only came out when the sun isn’t that rise yet. Then snorkeling in Balicasag Island and last was chilling at the Virgin Island eating a banana-cue.
This 3D2N affordable family Bohol tour package was the first travel I gave to my parents. I was happy to know that they enjoyed this tour. The first and second day was about sightseeing and discover places. On the third day before heading back to Cagayan de Oro, we took our time to wander & savor the morning walk around Tawala, Panglao.