Nayong Pilpino Park
Taal Volcano in Tagaytay
Bohol Day 1
Bohol Day 2
Departure / Arrival
Sabin Beach Resort
St. John's Day
Comotes Islands Day 1
Comotes Islands Day 2
Back to Manila
Let's Talk Food
Bloopers and Out Takes
Not in Kansas
On Sunday, we took a free glass-bottom boat ride at the resort and then headed out to see Bohol. Tom and Mark stayed behind at the resort to enjoy relaxing, drinking, and air conditioning.
It rained on the hour drive (half hour if you asked Marietta), but cleared just before we arrived at our first destination, Hinagdanan Cave. We entered, for a small fee, and descended into a one room cave. Kids swam in the water covering the bottom. Light filtered in from two other surface openings and bats flitted around. We checked the cave off our list and piled back into the van.
It rained on the hour drive (half hour if you asked Marietta), but cleared just before we arrived at a mall to pick up lunch for the falls. The kids ate hot dogs on sticks and the adults got chicken and single servings of rice in small plastic bags.
It rained on the hour drive (half hour if you asked Marietta), but cleared just before we arrived at Mag-Aso Falls. We walked down a long flight of stairs to a pooling of water beneath the waterfall. I noticed throughout our trip, where thereís water, there are swimmers. This was no different. I noticed one boy in the group lathering his arms with soap.
We ate the chicken and rice with our fingers (traditional way to eat) and enjoyed the view. After lunch, we checked the falls off our list and piled back into the van.
It rained on the hour and a half drive (half hour if you asked Marietta), but cleared just before we arrived at the Butterfly Dome, a tourist attraction with a playground, statues of dinosaurs and Disney characters, views, and of course, the dome. The Butterfly Dome was a small circular room with plants and, believe it or not, butterflies.
Outside the dome we climbed a set of stairs for our first view of the Chocolate Hills. One more drive would take us into the Chocolate Hills, our primary destination for the day. Over 1,200 naturally formed hills, all 30 to 50 meters high. I looked forward to climbing at least one of them. Butterfly Dome - check.
It didnít rain on the half hour drive (half hour, just like Marietta said), and remained clear when we arrived at the Chocolate Hills. We were finally here. At the edge of the parking lot were the stairs to the top of the Chocolate Hill. We walked up to see a stunning view of all the mounds, starting to turn a chocolate brown from lack of rain. Then we headed back down. Not quite the "hiking" I had been anticipating. Chocolate Hills - check.
It rained on the two hour (half hour if you asked Marietta) drive back, but cleared just before we arrived. We joined Tom and Mark for dinner. Marietta and the other three Filipino girls stayed up half the night drinking and talking.