You guessed it right, I woke up late once again! I woke up at 8:30am so I had to hurry to catch the 9:20am trip. It’s like the universe was on my side and I arrived just in time for the ferry ride. This time, Ocean Jet was a little late, leaving Cebu around 10am already. I slept through the whole trip and arrived at the Tagbilaran Port before 12nn.
I took a trike to Island City Mall as I read somewhere that this is where the terminal to Panglao is. I decided to have lunch inside the mall first, and because a lot of people were in line at Jo’s Payag, I decided there must be something special in there. I ordered their Chicken Inato (their version of inasal), sinugba (pork dish), beef soup, rice, and mango shake. Yes I was hungry!
After the sumptuous lunch, I headed out to look for the terminal where the bus to Panglao is. Apparently, the guards didn’t know exactly where the terminal is, so I had to ask random people. After around 20 minutes of walking and asking for directions, I finally found where the jeep to Panglao is. If you are to go to Panglao near the Dumaluan Beach, remember to take the jeep or bus going to Tawala. Some jeepneys are bound to another part of Panglao. I had to take the Tawala-bound jeepney as I will checking in at Bohol Coco Farm, around a kilometer away from Dumaluan Beach.
The jeepney ride took about 40 minutes (exclude the waiting time) as some roads to Panglao are unpaved. The driver dropped me off at the Bohol Coco Farm. I walked towards the farm and there was no one in site. I thought I was going the wrong way until I saw a sign welcoming me to the farm. My first impression? This place is cool! It was in the middle of the forest and the accommodations were all light materials. There were greens all over. Napakanta ako ng Bahay Kubo. Haha. I was led to my room which I shared with Anne, another solo traveller who’s been staying at the Coco Farm for 11 days!
After checking in, I asked for the directions to the beach. I walked along the highway and finally found this intersection going to Dumaluan Beach Resort and Bohol Beach Club. It took me about 20 minutes to reach the beach from the Coco Farm.
I entered Dumaluan, and it says right in the entrance that each guest is to pay 25 pesos entrance fee. However, there was no one in sight so I just walked in without paying. Hohoho.
I have read a few blogs about the Panglao beach not being as really that beautiful as it is on paper, but I digress. The Panglao shore is beautiful, period. At one point I realized that it’s much like Boracay, only calmer, more preserved, more serene. In other words, it’s better than Boracay at least on my standards for a beach bumming session. Beside Dumaluan Beach Resort is the Bohol Beach Club.
I took a dip into the green waters and rested for a while. I loved the feel of the beach in there. The beach was almost empty, and I just appreciated the serenity of the place so much.
I decided to walk back to the Coco Farm before it got dark. I walked back to the highway and bought some snacks before heading straight to the dorm. As I entered the Coco Farm, the stay-in driver welcomed me and made small talk. He was from Batangas as well, and has only been staying in Panglao for three months, and is cousins with the owner of the farm. I went on to take my evening shower. I just love how basic my life in the Coco Farm. It’s just lovely!
It was almost 7pm when I went to their restaurant to have dinner. There were only a few guests in the farm that night and some of them I met during dinner. One was even a UST nursing graduate, the other from FEU. Most of us are lady solo travelers so that was fun! For dinner, I had organic pork sinigang and buko shake. My sinigang was awesome — the sourness and spice are just right. The serving was quite huge and I didn’t get to finish my food, but I enjoyed it a lot.
After dinner and kwentuhan with the other guests, i decided to call it a night. I will be flying back to Manila early the next morning so I had to rest early. I went to bed, had a short phone conversation with D, and fell asleep.
I woke up before 6am and prepped myself. They served us some rice and vegetables for breakfast. The farm offered to bring me to the airport for my 8:30am flight, so we left the farm at around 7am, and arrived at the airport at 7:40am. That’s when things got a little out of plan – surprisingly, as I was about to check in, the girl at the check in counter told me that I can’t anymore check in for my scheduled flight! Apparently, my flight was at 8:10 and the boarding gate was already closed! I kept on insisting that I was scheduled at 8:30, but when I double checked my email, oh yeah it was indeed 8:10. Although I still could have insisted to check in (I know I still can board the plane, heck, it’s still 30 minutes prior to 8:10!), I just didn’t want to argue over it. Besides, it was really my fault. Had I double checked my flight schedule, I’d be at the airport an hour before. So I had no choice but to buy a new flight ticket to Manila, which was scheduled at 12:05nn. Aha, I had to wait for 4 hours for my flight, and I missed morning work (I was supposed to go straight to work that day).
I didn’t want to dwell on that flight mishap, so I just assumed it never happened, besides, I enjoyed my 3-stay in there. I didn’t want to ruin the memories.