Here is the continuation of our Bohol Panglao Island Tour Day two. At nine (9) in the morning, we went to Tagbilaran church to attend the mass. We are amazed because the church was jam-packed with people.
The mass was held in the “Visayan” language and we find it difficult to comprehend what the priest was saying. Based on what our tour guide had said the Boholanos were well-disciplined, especially in attending holy mass.
For instance, if a lady was about to receive communion and she was wearing a spaghetti strap the lay minister would deliberately ignore her and with that, she won’t be able to receive the Holy Communion.
Also during holy matrimony, if the soon-to-be bride was wearing a backless or tube, the priest will not continue the ceremony.
It is our first time entering the Tagbilaran church so, we made our wish. Immediately after the mass, we ride a taxi going to Panglao Island.
We negotiate with the taxi driver to be our tour guide instead. Luckily, he gladly agreed. The cost is the flag down plus continuous meter reading. That’s it, no extra charge.
Since it is settled, we continue with our tour. The driver knew Bohol so we let him decide on the tourist destinations to visit on Panglao Island.
Our first stop was in Hinagdanan cave located in Dauis. It is necessary to take man-made stairs just to go down the cave hence the name “Hinagdanan Cave.” I have to say the steps are slippery so we have to be careful. The cave was full of stalactites and stalagmites. Inside the cave was a natural lagoon where people could swim and wash their clothes.
After Hinagdanan cave we were able to set foot at St. Augustine Church. It is located on the southwestern side of Panglao Island. It is probably about a 30-minute ride by taxi if you’ll be coming from Tagbilaran City. While inside the religious place we again make a wish.
The next tourist spot that we went to was Alona Beach located on the southwest of Panglao Island. I can describe it as one of the most beautiful public beaches in the Philippines it has one and a half kilometers of white sand. At least according to the taxi driver.
I think Alona beach is better than Boracay. One thing is different here, probably there is no nightlife because residing near the seashore are stores that sell scuba diving types of equipment.
We have our lunch at Bohol Bee Farm. I remember it is around 12:30 in the afternoon with a little rain shower during that time. Our tour guide/taxi driver told us that the dishes in the outdoor restaurant were delicious and organic, so we decided to give it a try. Apparently, he is correct.
Also, the ambiance was relaxing considering the place was far from the sound of traffic in the city. We ordered brown rice, spare ribs, fish sticks, flower salad, gingered lemonade, and a fruit shake for our drinks. Prior to the main dish, the restaurant serves an appetizer. If I remember correctly, it is the bread that comes with different spreads.
We already ate all of the food except for the ginger lemonade which I could hardly swallow. The reason is that the beverage has a very strong gingery taste. Although we didn’t have the chance to see the actual bee farm, still our experience here was extraordinary.