Since I started traveling solo, the one thing that I do not want to splurge on is hotel room. Traveling solo is experiencing the locale, and staying in a posh hotel room is just unnecessary for me. I usually would cut costs on hotel rooms so I can spend more on food, and some other local things to try.
I had a little difficulty planning my itinerary for my Bohol-Cebu trip. I booked my flight not knowing anything about traveling around the two places. Had I known better, I could have flown to Bohol from Manila, and to Manila from Cebu. But that’s the fun of traveling solo and not planning enough, I just usually go with the flow and just enjoy my trip!
For my first day in Tagbilaran, I checked in at the Slim Pension House. The location was very strategic, walking distance from Altura’s, the newly opened mall in the city. There are also a lot of establishment nearby — Jollibee, convenience stores, drugstores, hardwares (not that I needed one, but just in case).
I stayed in a single AC room with private T&B. The room was spacious enough for me (again, I have very low standards when it comes to these things, in short, hindi ako maarte), and what’s more important was it was very clean. The AC was working very well, and there was a cable TV as well. The toilet was just the right size, and was very clean. I cannot complain about the water supply as well. They provided a bath towel and a roll of tissue paper (which I brought with me when I checked out) but no toiletries (good thing I brought my own). Overall, I had a very comfortable stay at the Slim Pension House. The room included your very basic silog breakfast served at their small pantry downstairs. You can also have them bring the food to your room with an additional 50-pesos fee.
Overall rating: 5/5
Price: 700 for a single AC room with private T&B
Location: Ingles St. cor M. Paras St. Tagbilaran City (few blocks from CP Garcia Ave)
Because I really want to immerse myself into this solo travel thing, I decided to book a very cheap backpacker place for my stay ni Cebu. I stayed at the Sugbutel Family Hotel along Osmena Blvd.
I booked the lower bunk bed on a dorm hostel. The bed I booked was tagged as “first class” and it included linens for the bed, and a bath towel. Now, I’d like to give credits to Sugbutel because their dorm rooms are really very nice and even though you’re sharing a room with 7 more people, there’s still privacy since the beds are very well draped. You also have a locker under the mattress where you can place your valuables while you sleep. Also, an addiitonal locker can be rented at the lobby area for a minimal fee of 25 pesos if you need one. You also have your own lighting system and a single electric socket to charge your electronic devices. Bathrooms are clean with sufficient water supply, and since this is a dorm type hostel, there are separate bathrooms and toilets for men and women. Overall, Sugbutel dorm rooms didn’t feel tacky or scary or unsafe at all. My only concern was that the dorm room where I stayed was not an all-female dorm. I wasn’t sure if it was stated in Agoda that the dorm room was mixed, but I wasn’t expecting that at all. I thought I will be staying in an all-female dormitory room. There were three guys (I think) checked in on the same dorm room where I was, and it really made me uncomfortable at first but they seemed nice so I just calmed myself down. Seeing the other rooms, I think most of the guests were male. I just tried to be calm and just kept myself inside my draped bed. Hahaha. Sugbutel hostel is a perfect place for backpackers, but sleeping with all my ‘roomies’ were a little uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I still was able to have a good rest at Sugbutel.
Overall rating: 4/5
Price: 450 for a First Class Hostel accommodation with linens
Location: Osmena Blvd cor Road East North Reclamation Area Cebu City
Now, after my slightly uncomfortable stay in a mixed dorm in Cebu, I was excited for the hostel I booked in Panglao. When I read about the Bohol Coco Farm here, I knew I had to try staying in there. It seemed so fun and the place was very primitive, if I may, living in nipa huts and being surrounded with nature.
I booked a bedspace in an all-female dormitory at the Coco Farm (this time I was sure it was all-female) and what can I say? It was the loveliest thing I have seen in a long time! The farm looks and feels very country, very fresh, very organic.
This is the dorm room where I stayed. There are two bunk beds inside, but I shared with just one more guest. Linens and bath towels are provided, while bathrooms and toilets are located outside as they are shared, which I didn’t mind at all. In this area, there are 4 shower areas and 4 toilets. The toilet and bath are clean and water supply was sufficient, and did I say very cold. Hahaha. Inside the room are wooden lockers for each bed. You can bring your own pad lock if you want to use one. There are also private rooms available at the farm. The bed I booked included a set breakfast.
If I were to choose the highlight of my trip, it’s definitely my stay in Panglao. The Coco Farm was the perfect place for me, I wish I arrived there earlier though, or maybe stayed a little longer so I can roam around the farm more and maybe go back to the beach. I wasn’t able to see the rest of the place since I only stayed there for a night. The Coco Farm have this Coco Skywalk which is a hanging bamboo bridge where you can have a view of the whole farm. Overall, I had a wonderful stay at the Bohol Coco Farm! I really wish I had more time in the farm, so I get to experience it as much as he did.
Overall rating: 5/5
Price: 300 for a dorm room, with breakfast
Location: Purok 1, Libaong, Panglao