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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Seas the Day Bohol Tour: Kalami Cebu goes to Bohol

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by fellow blogger Lyza Ares to join the "Seas the Day Bohol Tour". Lyza is the lovely blogger behind Coffee, Tea or Death.  Just like me, she has lots of relatives in Bohol. Lyza invited 8 other bloggers to check the different places to stay, eat, and relax in the island of Bohol.  The bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community were hosted by Hannah Datoy-Dumaluan.

Miss Hannah is a Department of Tourism-certified tour guide and she manages Empty Nest Vacation House where we all stayed for FREE. Empty Nest is a vacation house perfect for families or groups who are looking for affordable accommodation in Tagbilaran, Bohol. The house is at 42 E. Inting Street, Mansasa, Tagbilaran City.  It is just walking distance to the highway.  

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Our group took the last Oceanjet trip to Tagbilaran on the evening of February 28.  After the short 2-hour trip, we met Hannah and she brought us to Abi's Seafood and Grill to have a buffet dinner. I go to Bohol yearly and it was my first time to eat at an affordable all-you-can-eat restaurant in Tagbilaran.  I really enjoyed dinner that featured seafood, balbacua, and other local favorties.  I am sure that my fellow bloggers had a grand time as well.

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We then proceeded to Empty Nest Vacation House.  The house had 3 rooms with aircon, 2 toilets, kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, dining and living area. Empty Nest is a furnished bungalow that will make you feel at home. It is situated in a safe and quiet neighborhood.  According to Hannah, the overnight rate is 3,000 pesos for 4 people.  She said that extra persons pay an additional 500 pesos each.  The house can accommodate up to 10 people.  Hannah is such a gracious host and I am sure that people will enjoy their stay at the house.  Hannah also told us that if ever guests got hungry, they have a delivery service called Green Dash which will bring food from many different restaurants in Tagbilaran.  

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After a good night sleep, we had a busy February 29. We started off the leap day with a breakfast at Estrella Bakery. Estrella Bakery is an awesome place to enjoy morning coffee with an assortment of delicious bread and pastries.  The owner trained abroad to be able to offer to Bol-anons some of the best baked creations like croissants, scones, and turnovers. 

Cebu Blogging Community, Hannah Dumaluan, Empty Nest Vacation House, Bohol Trip, Seas the Day Bohol

Cebu Blogging Community, Hannah Dumaluan, Empty Nest Vacation House, Bohol Trip, Seas the Day Bohol

After breakfast, we went to a museum tour.  Hannah guided us to the National Museum in Tagbilaran and to the old house of former President Carlos P. Garcia.  It was a nostalgic trip for me as it has been years since I learn about the history of Bohol and the story behind the famous Bol-anons.

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Cebu Blogging Community, Hannah Dumaluan, Empty Nest Vacation House, Bohol Trip, Seas the Day Bohol

I was still a bit full when Hannah told us that we are going to have lunch at Sun Cafe.  I had a serving of ribs whic made me really full.  While we were having lunch, Hannah got an invite for us to check out the Loay River Cruise which also comes with a buffet lunch.  We proceeded to the town of Loay and joined the river cruise via the Rio Verde Floating Restaurant.  We had good food, awesome music and we are able to mingle with a tribe.

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After the river cruise, we headed to Panglao and check out Dumaluan Beach Resort.  At Dumaluan, wpaddlers e checked out their new rooms and we had an afternoon of kayaking courtesy of the Bohol  Paddlers Association .  Dumaluan Beach is one of the top value-for-money white sand beach resort in the country. 

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For dinner, Hannah took us to Gustus in Tagbilaran.  At Gustus, we were treated to a feast fit for a king. Since I just had a wicked kayaking workout, I really appreciate their delicious protein offerings. 

After dinner, we went back to the house.  I slept around 2 A.M. because I played card games with the other bloggers. I woke up around 6 AM because we had to leave early.

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Our last stop before going home to Cebu was Jojie's Painitang Bol-anon. I had an awesome breakfast. I love the Cusahos and different delicacies that I enjoyed eating when I was kid like Linusak, Dinumogan, and Cassave Cake.  If I go back to Tagbilaran, I would definitely drop by Jojie's.

Before we left for Cebu, we were given a pasalubong pack courtesy of Tienda Boholana. Tienda Boholana is famous for its peanut polvoron, peanut crunch and baked polvoron. Their products can be bought at Angel's Basket and Aproniana Souvenir Shop. You may also order from them directly by calling 038-422-0040.

I also would like to give props to JMJ Transport Service for taking care of our transport needs while in Bohol. You may call them at +63 38 412 5271. 

All in all, it was an awesome trip and I would like to thank Lyza and Hannah for making it happen. The trip was really perfect for Kalami Cebu because I discovered so many "lami" things to do in my Dad's home island. In the coming days, this blog will be filled with posts relating to this awesome Bohol trip.  I would be using the hashtag #KCgoestoBohol on these posts.  

If you want to have a similar tour like ours, you may contact Hannah Dumaluan at 0918-3132009.