Hello everyone! We just had a short break from work a few weeks back. It was a much needed holiday for us since September, for us teachers, is really crazy busy. And, it was really special because it’s our first official beach trip as a family. We really wanted this trip to be as chill and as relaxing as possible that’s why we decided to plan a 4-day and 3-night trip to Bohol. As a couple, we both love the beach and we consider Bohol to be one of our favorite islands in the Philippines. We never get tired of Bohol’s white sand beaches, lovely people, amazing sights, and many more. Our love for Bohol just keeps growing everytime we visit. Join us as we share our 1st time in Bohol with Baby Beanie in this edition of EATSplorations, enjoy!
A Chillaxing Stay at Momo Beach House
We chose to stay at Momo Beach House for a change. It’s isolated and a few minutes drive from the shores of Alona Beach which made it a good vacation spot for us since we just wanted to relax and just chill out with our baby. However, since there were no other establishments around, we only had the option to eat at the resort cafe during dinner time. Don’t get us wrong, the food was mighty fine but it was a little expensive. And to have options is always a good idea, right?
We availed of the “Just Chill” room rate for a deluxe room. The room was pretty spacious for a 35 sqm room. It has a queen bed and a day bed (perfect for a third person or in our case perfect for Mr. Eats). Flatscreen cable TV, hair dryer, in-room safe, complimentary water, dining area, basic toilet and bath with heater, and a small living area. For its size, look, and amenities, we surely got what we paid for and more!
Baby Beanie fell in love with the pool at Momo. She would always ask us to go “Mimim” (swimming) because she had so much fun. The pool was well maintained and was extremely clean. The view was spectacular too! Because it’s facing a row of coconut trees and of course, Panglao’s beautiful beach. We spent around 1-2 hours each morning just swimming around and playing with her. Because of this, we really hope to take her swimming more often even when we are just in the city.
The free breakfast includes a wide array of Filipino breakfast staples served with a choice of garlic rice, steamed rice, or toast. We made sure to try something different everyday but our favorites were the breakfast sausage, crispy fried bacon, and tocino. Breakfast comes with a cup of coffee or a pot of tea.
Lunch at Bohol Bee Farm
We probably had one of the most scenic lunches in our whole lives at Bohol Bee Farm. We have been to Bohol a lot of times before but we have never visited the famous bee farm. Good thing we were finally able to visit this time around and we must say—it was pure awesomeness! We will probably write one whole article about Bohol Bee Farm really soon.
The organic food at Bohol Bee Farm was really good! It was a bit pricey but it’s worth it. Healthy and delicious food with a million dollar view, simply amazing. We enjoyed everything that we ordered especially the aromatic Organic Roasted Chicken and the super cheesy Cheese Pizza. The Cheese Pizza easily became Baby Beanie’s favorite because it had loads of mozzarella cheese and the crust was perfect.
Countryside Tour, 1st Stop – Tarsier Sanctuary
For only 60 pesos per person (free for our baby), the entrance fee includes a very knowledgeable guide who knows where all the tarsiers are. We had lots of fun because we were the only ones touring the place after lunch and the tarsiers themselves looked more relaxed than usual. It might be a game traveling to this side of the country in September because it’s the rainy season but our gamble paid off.
Countryside Tour, 2nd Stop – Chocolate Hills
Of course, Bohol will never be Bohol without the famous Chocolate Hills. Everytime we would visit Bohol, we do not miss going to this breath-taking place. This time around was more special because Baby Beanie was with us and we braved going up the view deck to have a much, much better view of this beautiful landscape.
Countryside Tour, 3rd Stop – Man-made Forest
On our way back after viewing the Chocolate Hills, we made sure to stop and enjoy this man-made forest. Cool breeze and shaded by trees. Something that we do not get to enjoy when in the city. And yes, a family picture is a must! Something to show Baby Beanie when she’s older.
Countryside Tour, Last Stop – Acacia De Bubu
Since we are foodies, we skipped some of the usual touristy places like Loboc River Cruise, Hanging Bridge, Baclayon Church, and many more to EATSperience one of the famous eateries in Tagbilaran. That place is Acacia De Bubu! Thanks to a number of food and travel blogs, we were able to find this streetside eatery that offers a great number of grilled pork, chicken, and all the good stuff at very affordable prices. We found ourselves with lots grilled meat for only 400 pesos. We were so stuffed at the end of it all, including Baby Beanie.
A Day at Alona Beach
On our third day, since we already did our countryside tour, we just opted to spend a day by the beach. With Momo’s free shuttle service, we were able to visit Alona Beach. This is where all the happenings usually take place. From the different restaurants, of which different cuisines like Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Italian and American are available. Beachfront massages, different water activities and souvenir shops. Oh and just a little trivia that we learned from our tour guide, Alona Beach was named after Alona Alegre, a famous actress back in the 70s, when she shot one of her movies at what used to be called Tawala Seaside.
Ice Cream Time at The Buzzz Cafe – Alona Beach
Bohol Bee Farm’s ice cream is already an icon and one of the must eats whenever someone visits Bohol. Some say you’ve never been to Bohol if you haven’t tried Bohol Bee Farm’s ice cream. And so we did again, this time around with Baby Beanie, who has had a few experiences eating ice cream. Mr. Eats got the ube and pandan flavors, while Mrs. Eats and Baby Beanie shared the salted honey and ube flavors. All flavors were really good! Creamy and rich ice cream with the unique cassava cone.
Pizza and Pasta Lunch at Giuseppe
Our friends couldn’t stop raving about Giuseppe ever since we shared that we will be visiting Bohol and started asking for restaurant recommendations. We really made sure to dine here because our trip won’t ever be complete without their famous pizza and pasta. Thanks to our ever reliable driver and guide, we were able to find Giuseppe before heading to the airport. The place was huge and homey at the same time. The food was as good as advertised. Baby Beanie had the time of her eating Giueseppe’s all-meat pizza with prosciutto. Now, whenever we ask her what she wants to order in a restaurant, her immediate response is… “Pizza!”
Our Driver and Local Guide, Almar
Before we end, we would like to thank our ever reliable driver and local guide, Almar. He was so amazing all throughout our trip. We got his number from a friend who is a frequent visitor of Bohol. Before the trip, we messaged him about our flight schedule and to our surprise, he even called us the day before to let us know about where to meet him at the airport. When we were going around, he drove really smoothly and carefully, considering our baby, and he even gave us some valuable tourist information along the way. If you are in need of someone to show you the beauty of Bohol, please give him a call or a text message and he will be delighted to take you around at a very friendly price. His number is +63926 422 4586.