|Alona beach, Panglao|
And the sand was whiter than the one on the beaches we have seen before, and the water was perfectly see through and a little turquoise. That perfect place had its price though and we were not the only guests there. Hotel rooms on the first two streets from the beach cost a fortune, food is extremely expensive in most of the places for the Philippines and every five meters there is a guy waiting, trying to sell dolphin boat tours or whale shark tours. We went from hotel to hotel to ask about their availability and prices. The first four hotels were full. Then there were some not pretty places that cost way too much. We got pretty disappointed. Then we saw the sign with a blue elephant that said "950 PHP (19 EUR) per night". That was a little more than we planned to pay but a good price for the area. We decided to bargain for a little discount as we'd stay for eight nights.
|On the way to go diving off Panglao|
|Chocolate hills on Bohol|
On Bohol we went to discover the chocolate hills. Brown hills covered with plants. A unique view and worth seeing. On the way back we stopped at a tarsier sanctuary to see the smallest monkeys in the world. In this park they have about ten of them, but only four were visible on the day we went there. They were way smaller than I thought, barely a hand full (don't touch them, they get suicidal if you do!), but super duper cute and definitely worth the trip.
|Tarsier spotting on Bohol|
This city is okay for a night. We spent it at the Sky Park Hotel in the middle of the city, close to the port. The hotel offers fairly good massages from 250 PHP (5 EUR) and has clean AC rooms. Close by are plenty of shopping malls to get some other food than rice and what ever else you need.
|Our house gecko in Alona beach|
In the morning we walked to the port where all the ferries leave and booked our open air tickets for the journey Cebu-Tagbilaran with SuperCat for a cheaper price than advertized online (400 PHP or 8 EUR). The ride took about two hours and went all smooth. We saw a huge cruise ship a bit off Tagbilaran in the turquoisse waters. These passengers must have had a spectacular trip. One day baby...
More pictures from Panglao, Bohol and Cebu