If you’re looking for a place to go where your kids can enjoy the beach, learn some history, and see some natural wonders (chocolate hills and lots of caves) then you have to go to Bohol!
I was torn between booking a flight to Boracay or Bohol when Cebu Pacific had a seat sale last August. And boy, I’m so glad I chose Bohol. Nothing can beat the beaches of Boracay (Bohol’s beaches come close, don’t worry) but you see, I’m a mom and I felt my eldest should get more than a fun day at the beach from our vacation.
That’s why last week, we found ourselves preparing for our morning flight to Tagbilaran City, Bohol’s capital. My brother-in-law was so kind to drive us to the airport so going there was a breeze. Cebu Pacific has the web check in feature which means you can check in online as early as 48 hours before flight. It was useless for me because passengers with infants were not allowed to use it. So I had to fall in line with a restless baby in my arms while hubby and Z (who both used web check in) breezed through the web check in line. It was too late when hubby informed me that there’s an express lane for special passengers.
At the counter, I was asked for my baby’s birth certificate. So mom’s don’t forget to bring your kid’s birth certificate or school ID when they travel with you. I don’t have the NSO copy but the lady behind the counter said that’s okay.
Little Zack fell asleep at this point. I was relieved because he’s so heavy and my arms already hurt. We paid for the terminal fee which costs P200 each but baby was free (thank God!) and off we went to wait for our plane.
I meant that big one.
While little Zack was sleeping soundly, we had our pictures taken.
As soon as we finally boarded the plane baby Zack woke up. I immediately regret putting him to sleep at the terminal. He was so kulit on board! Just look at that mischievous face.
It didn’t matter that he woke up in unfamiliar surroundings. He would grab everything his little hands can get hold of.
Meanwhile, Kuya is so happy with his birthday gift.
He got the special seat by the window with a view to die for. Of course, not literally. haha!
We managed to take pictures of some islands on the way. I wonder what’s the name of those two islands.
Okay, I have a story to share. I already told you how “energetic” little Zack was inside the plane. When the plane was already running off runway and was about to take off to our utmost horror, he screamed really loud. It was so loud that I heard some passengers shushed. It was so embarrassing!
Lesson learned: Don’t let your baby nod off at the terminal. If you do, he’ll wake up energized andwreak havoc inside the plane later. I learned my lesson and on the way back he slept fitfully and I couldn’t be more prouder of myself. haha!
At one point, a fellow passenger took pity at us and gave little Zack some snacks. (Kaya naman pala makulit gutom na. toinks!) So another lesson, don’t forget to bring snacks. We brought some but it was in the overhead compartment so bring something you can put in your pocket so you can get it immediately.
After an hour of smooth (plane-wise) flying we arrived at Tagbilaran airport. Of course, we still managed to get our pictures taken even though hubby had to carry two heavy bags.
Tagbilaran airport is so small compared to NAIA. Here we were waiting for our bags to arrive.
We arrived a few minutes early so we waited for the driver from Dao Diamond Hotel to pick us up.
They arrived just in time. I was surprised Miss Wea herself, the manager, came with him and was there to welcome us. She is so friendly. It’s nice to see such hospitality especially when we were in an unfamiliar place.
Before long we were seated comfortably inside their red van.
At the Dao Diamond Hotel, I paid for our hotel room. I was not comfortable paying it online but Miss Wea was kind enough to tell us we can just pay when we arrived.
We were anxious to see our room because it would be our home for the next 8 days. And we weren’t disappointed. The room is well maintained and clean. The bed was sturdy, the mattresses were comfortable, and the linens were soft. It was just perfect for our family!
We reserved one standard room for P1400 a night which includes free breakfast for two. I know it’s such a steal already but we still got a 10% discount because we were staying for a week. Sweet!
You will have a choice between a matrimonial bed or two twin beds (one has a pull out bed) and we chose the latter.
Want to know why we chose this?
Because when you put the two beds together it would come out to be one really big (I mean huge) bed.
It’s even bigger than our king sized bed at home!
To make you more comfortable, they put a foam in the middle of the two beds so you won’t feel the wood.
The pull out bed was put to the side of the room for Kuya Z to use. He loved having his own bed too!
Here’s a picture of our toilet. There’s a hot and cold shower behind that plastic curtain. And oh, the towels you see there are soft and fluffy too.
We were at Room 103. I think it’s the best room in the hotel. It’s not too far from the lobby and the Chico cafe so if we need anything (and we’re shy to use room service) we can easily go out. The second and most important reason, Room 103 is just in front of the wifi router. We got signal inside even our room. Yehey! You should know that there are some nights their internet connection would act up and we’ll get no signal. I think out of the 7 nights we were there, 3 nights we had no internet. It was not really that bad because it would return after a few hours.
Oh gosh, the kids are now awake! Sorry for cutting this post short. I have more to tell you on my next post. Stay tuned!