The Most Cultural and Budget-Friendly Cebu-Bohol Itinerary


While cleaning up my files, I stumbled upon our 4D/4N Cebu-Bohol itinerary under the folder entitled “Travel”. There are actually two versions. The first one is our planned itinerary: carefully selected and researched to achieve what we called back then as the “P3,000 Challenge” -- touring Cebu for three days (excluding meals) with a budget constraint of P3,000 (the fourth day was for Bohol and had a separate budget). Here was the original list:

Day 1: Cebu City Tour

Magellan’s Cross
Fort San Pedro
Cathedral
Cebu Provincial Capitol
Taoist Temple
TOPS

Day 2: Bantayan Island

Day 3: Mactan Tour

Day 4: Bohol Tour

The second list, which comprise of what we actually accomplished, differs very much from the original. I have mentioned before that I’m not a fan of planned itineraries – but would you ever guess that because of this spontaneity that I proudly possess, I didn’t have a chance to actually do a Cebu City Tour? Yes, that’s right! Last November 2012, Alej and I only saw TOPS among those listed in the city tour, and you can blame it on the Most Spontaneous and Adventurous Itinerary Ever:

Day 1N:
Check-in at Allson’s Hotel
Dinner at Vibe’s
Dinner/Booze at Alcohology
Booze at The Distillery
Dinner at Larsian

Day 2D:
Tubigon Port to Bohol
Tarsier Sanctuary in Sagbayan Peak
Chocolate Hills
Butterfly Garden
Man-made Forest
Lunch at the Loboc Floating Restaurant while traversing Loboc River (comes with free tinikling lessons!)
Xzootic Animal Park
Baclayon Church
Blood Compact Monument

Day 2N:
Dinner at Casa Verde, Ayala Center
Tutulugan ka ng bestfriend mo, so go to Port Seafood Restaurant in Waterfront Hotel ALONE

Day 3:
Lunch at Dong Juan
Dance Class at the Abellana Sports Complex
Dinner date at the Moon Café, IT Park
Post-dinner chill at Tonyo’s Bar
Booze at the Port Seafood Restaurant, Waterfront Hotel
Booze at the TOPS

Day 4:
Danggitan in Taboan
Lunch at CnT Lechon
Walk along the North Reclamation Area – so bourgeois  
PARTY HARD at AMNEZIA
Imaginary Dinner
Party at Numero Doce – P50 entrance, CONSUMABLE. Surprised? See for yourself.
Breakfast at Jollibee
Inom at Allson’s Hotel

Day 5:
Lunch at CnT Lechon
Goodbye Cebu!

In fairness, even though we didn’t stick to that incredibly touristy itinerary, we were able to accomplish a lot of things. I felt like I discovered Cebu in a way I didn’t expect – I wandered around the city as if I was living there, not caring if I haven’t seen the majestic landmarks or what. I figured that not seeing the popular places would be a sureball reason why I MUST GO BACK TO CEBU.

True enough, I’m going back this September! Originally, this was for a competition called Dancesport sa Sugbu. However, my partner backed out since she’s preparing for her Civil Engineering Licensure Exams, so this trip would be all dedicated to leisure time, I guess (apart from watching the competition). This time, I promise to actually do that fucking City Tour—maybe leave out another item just so I will have another reason to come back. And this time, I’d like to see the other part of Bohol – the beach/partying area which is Panglao. I hope my travel plans push through. I’m terribly excited!
arrival at the Mactan International Airport
at The Distillery - Cebu
with college friend, Mikey in Larsian's
me, posing in front of Dong Juan
the Cebu City Sports Center, home of my amazing friends from the Dancesport Team Cebu City
CnT Lechon -- the best ever!
Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Sagbayan Peak, Bohol
shopping for danggit and daing na pusit in Taboan market
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