The beautiful Bohol was the destination for this yearâ€™s HSBC Nature Trip. Itâ€™s an annual thing bringing staff volunteers to different provinces in the Philippines where environmental awareness is being promoted. I am one of the lucky staff this year!We stayed in Bohol Bee Farm where everything is bee-and-honey-themed. Itâ€™s definitely a beautiful place with fantastic people, a great view and good food â€“ I just love the honey-and-cheese muffins!
Cambuhat River â€“ we trekked the still waters of Cambuhat river riding a 2-seater banca. One wrong move and youâ€™re swimming in the oyster-inhabited river! The villagers welcomed us with a hand-made oyster necklace and a cultural dance. Best part? They served us a very yummy seafood feast! I was kinda hesitant to try the â€˜taklaâ€ (a cross-over of shrimp and lobster) though â€“ but definitely, it tastes better than it sounds.
Loboc River â€“ my favorite part of the trip is when we cruised this river riding a floating restaurant. I had this surreal feeling while trekking the Loboc River and being serenaded by a local villager. Our raft even came across another similar one with only two guests on boardâ€”yes, a couple! It was so sweet.
Dauis Church â€“ known for the miraculous water from its in-house well, this church also appeals tourists for its amazing structure. The bell-tower located at the back of the church is definitely a must-see.
Baclayon Church â€“ the second oldest stone church in the Philippines (the San Agustin Church in Intramuros is the oldest) which stands alongside its museum is also a must-see. The Museo houses a variety of antique church artifacts â€“ from the song books to the priestâ€™s chair (I really donâ€™t know what itâ€™s called). On the way to this church, we saw a century old balete tree which is said to be so big that 10 persons can fit inside.