Me and my boyfriend made a ‘pact’ that we will not celebrate monthsaries. Instead, we will save money to celebrate memorably our anniversary. How? Travel! Our first anniversary celebration was supposedly in Boracay, but due to insufficient funds, we decided to celebrate it in our favorite city – DAVAO. And also, our anniversary is also my birthday. 🙂 Check my blog post about our Mountain to Shore Adventure in Davao (Part 1) here (Part 2).
So for our second anniversary, we’re going to the Queen City of the South – Cebu. We actually had a very long time deciding whether to have a side trip to Bohol or just Cebu alone because Franz is very much concern about the budget and earthquake remains. Until 2 weeks before the planned trip, Franz finally conceded for us to go to Bohol. So, I am sharing to you a DIY budget friendly trip to Cebu and Bohol for 4 days and 3 night for TWO!
This is my very first time to create a DIY Itinerary without any initial idea about the place. I have never been to Cebu for a local tour, only for connecting flights and ferry stop-overs. So, I did rigid research how to go and where to go.
DAY 1: CEBU
Since I was still that time in CDO, I need to travel from CDO to Davao for 9 hours at night. (I have computed the expenses and considering the time if I fly from CDO to Cebu, so I opted to take the flight from Davao. And considering that it will be our first flight together.
We arrived in Cebu at 10:00 am. We commuted to Marina Mall in Mactan. There are jeepneys in the airport. You can also ride taxis but definitely, they cost more. We left our baggage in Save More (but they told us it is not allowed. Use your tactics.) We had a budget lunch trying the ‘ngohiong’.
After a quick lunch, we commuted and rode a jeepney to Mactan Shrine. Just ask any security guard in the Marina Mall. They will tell you what jeepney to hop on.
We traveled back to Marina Mall to get our baggage. We crossed the road from and took a jeepney to Pavillion Mall. From Pavillion Mall, we rode another jeepney to Colon St. And we finally checked-in at La Guardia Hotel for only P500 per night. We rested for a while and we are ready to take the City Walking Tour. From our hotel, we walked along Colon Street until we reached the Basilica. From there, you can also visit at Magellan’s Cross and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which are very near at the Basilica. In the middle of the tour, we had a quick snacks at McDonalds fronting Magellan’s Cross.
From Colon St, my travel guide said that Crown Regency is just walking distance. So, we walked. I didn’t expect that the distance isn’t really walking at all, or maybe I was just too tired that time. But nevertheless, we enjoyed walking along the busy street of Cebu.
We have availed the promo of Crown Regency P900.00/head for the 3 activities: 6D Theater, Skywalk, Edge Coaster and a buffet dinner at Sparks Restobar. Truly, worth it!
It was really a happy birthday to me. 🙂
Around 10pm, we went to Metro Gaisano which is very near to our hotel to meet my best friend John. And I invited him to join in our Bohol the next day. We rested around 11pm.
DAY 2: BOHOL
We woke up early to catch-up an early trip to Bohol via Tubigon Port. The ticket costs P175 per person. It was an amazing race for us because we arrived exactly when the bus bound to the ferry to take us to Bohol is about to leave. We are the last person to buy the tickets and hurriedly ran to the boarding area and yes, we are on! Very thrilling indeed!
While on the ferry, we hurriedly contact someone who could accommodate us for a countryside tour. And good thing, there’s someone who answered our call and message and agreed to fetch us from Tubigon (so he need to travel from Tagbiliran to Tubigon, that is an hour.) The person asked us if we can wait for an hour since we will arrived around 9am because he needs to travel from Tagbilaran. And we agreed. That is P2000 whole day exclusive tour for the three of us inclusive of fetch from port to Panglao Island.
While waiting for our hired driver, we had our breakfast at Tubigon Market. And finally, we met Kuya Roni. Kuya Roni is our driver/tourist guide.
I bought the hat I am wearing in the picture for P100 at the Blood Compact Site. Perfect for the Pnaglao OOTD. 🙂
So from Tubigon, our itinerary was Chocolate Hills, Butterfly Sanctuary, Man-made Forest, Tarsier Sanctuary, Hanging Bridge, Lunch at Loboc River Cruise, Baclayon Church and Blood Compact Site.
Entrance for Chocolate Hills is P50.00 per person.
Entrance for the Butterfly Sanctuary is P35.00 with tourist guide. We enjoyed the very delicious Ice cream sold at their souvenir shop. Worth a try!
No entrance fee because this is just along the road. Be sure to be cautious of the passing fast vehicles that you cannot see from a far because of the blind curves.
Tarsier Sanctuary entrance is P60.00. Hanging Bridge is P20.00.
Lunch per head at Loboc River Cruise is P400.00 per head.
No entrance fees at Baclayon Church and Blood Compact Site. Around 4pm, Kuya Roni took us to Panglao Island and helped us look for a cheap place to stay. We finally saw Bohol Sea Breeze after 4 tries. 🙂 P900 for a night good for 3. It is not along the beach side but it is just okay because beachfront hotels and inns are quite expensive. We rested for a while and when the sun already set down. We went out to check the famous Panglao Beach.
My most favorite activity is walking at the shore at night. We had a barbeque dinner and a bit of chilling out with some beer and a reggae mix by a local band. Perfect combination of sea, sand, lights, music and persons you love.
DAY 3: BACK TO CEBU
We woke up early and excited to soak at Panglao pristine white beach. We just left our things at the shore and enjoyed the beach. Too bad that according to the boatman, we should be careful because of the jellyfish around. Around 9:30 am because the sun is already up. We went back to the inn and have our breakfast P180 or the 3 of us. We packed up and went back to the beach to take pictures. We asked the owner of the inn how can we travel back to the port and he said that we need to take a bus at Tagbiliran Terminal to Tubigon. We hired his tricycle for P200 for the 3 of us to take us to the terminal. The bus is at P75 per head to Tubigon and we had a promo fare of P150 ferry boat to Cebu. We had our late lunch at Tubigon Market.
We left Bohol around 3pm and arrived around 5pm. We went to La Guardia Hotel but unfortunately there are no vacant rooms for us. Actually, this was the most stressful part of the trip because we spent time and money looking for hotel. Until we reach Gran Prix Hotel, fronting Sampaguita Suites neat Summit Circle, for P1000 a night. Anyhow, the tiredness was disregarded because their service is good with welcome drinks and accommodating staff.
We are then excited to our most favorite thing to do – food tripping. I have research good places where to eat in Cebu. So, we just asked the hotel staff how to go to Lahug. Good thing, we will just ride a jeepney right in front of our hotel. We went to IT Park. We walked around and found a mini-BGC. We went also to the famous La Vie Parissiene and met some of our fellow Midsayapenos who were working their. We had some champagne and french pastries. We were full yet we don’t have any plans to stop the food trip. We went to Pizza Republic and enjoyed the DIY Pizza. Around 11pm, we went back to the hotel because I am already too tired.
We woke up around 7:00 am and ready for a tour at Taoist Temple. When you go to Cebu, you should not forget going to the famous post-card picture, Taoist Temple. John offered us a tour there. We rode a jeepney just in front of our hotel. You can signage of Taoist Temple along Lahug road. We stopped in the signage and crossed the road. We hired a motorcycle to take us up to the Temple. P20 per head. It was a long-walk from the unloading area of motorcycle but differently worth it as you can also see the overlooking Cebu City.
After Taoist Temple, we went to Ayala Mall for sightseeing and went to Larsian for late brunch. We went to Shamrock store at the Summit Circle to buy pasalubong and finally, back to the hotel to check-out. Around 11:30 am, we rode a taxi (John paid for us) and went to SM City to spend the remaining hours before our flight. We left our baggage at the passengers’ lounge. We roamed around have some chill time at Cobo Milk Tea Shop.
Around 2:30pm, we rode a taxi bound to Mactan Airport for only P90. And finally, we say thank you to Cebu and Bohol for an awesome and memorable experience. We will for sure come back!
Our total expenses per head is P4500 inclusive of all the hotel accommodation, food, tours, sky experience at Crown Regency, jeepney and taxi fare. Exclusive of airfare. you can minimize this with your hotel accommodation, since I told you earlier that we had a hard time looking for hotel in Panglao and Cebu on our Day 2 and also with the taxi fares. And we had a lot of food trip and we allowed ourselves to splurge on food and pasalubong. Inclusive of our ticket P6250/head for 4 days and 3 nights all in for Cebu and Bohol.
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For those who are asking Kuya Roni’s Number, here it is: