Day 2- October 18, 2007
AM- Dolphin Watching, visit to Balicasag Island and Alona Beach
It was raining the previous night and I was kinda disappointed because this is the day we will watch dolphins. I feared that they might not appear because of the weather. I had to make tawad to the boatman because the 5:30am sched is very early for the kids. He arrived at 6:00am but we were still not ready. Aloysius had been coughing pa because he made babad sa beach and pool yesterday. It was raining on the way and our boat trip was not smooth sailing. We encounter bigwaves buti nalang magaling yung boatman namin, Si Mang Viaw, yung father ni Theresa na co-star ni Cezar Montano sa Muro-ami at Panaghoy sa Suba. Aloysius was even shouting in excitement everytime our boat splash against a big wave, parang nagraride lang siya sa Enchanted Kingdom. It was cold during the ride so the double shirts and bathrobes helped keep the kids warm.
We were all shouting in excitement as we started to see the dolphins come and go. Ang galling! There were hundreds of them in front of us! I wished I brought the videocam with me so I can zoom and take a closer look at the dolphins while they swim. The experience is great! We already saw dolphins in shows and it’s different when you see them in their habitat. The rough ride is worth the trip.
Balicasag Island is a world-class dive spot but we only went near the fish sanctuary and didn’t snorkel because the kids cannot be left with one adult alone in the boat. If only Aloysius knew how to use the mouthpiece and snorkel, we could have done it with him and left Achilles with Cecille. I brought an underwater disposable camera but was not able to use it. Well, now there’s a reason for us to go back to Bohol, without the kids of course. On the way to Alona Beach, we saw school of dolphins but were not able to take pictures of them. Ang bibilis nila!
Since on the way back to Dumaluan, we will pass by Alona Beach, we decided to take our lunch there. We first had to find a store that sells cough syrup because Aloysius’ coughing was getting worse. We docked by Alona Kew and the road that lead to Rona’s corner has less expensive rooms and restos to offer (suited for budget-conscious and backpackers). After we bought the medicine and other things we needed like water in the convenience store, we found a turo-turo which offers lutong bahay ulam which we all liked, even the kids finished their meal. We had pictures taken along Alona Beach and in front of Alona Kew - the only nice beachfront resort I saw, Alona Palm and Alona Tropical was in the other end of the beach. Good thing that I opted for Dumaluan because the Alona Beach was nothing compared to Dumaluan which is cleaner and more quiet. There are lots of seaweeds which leave for little swimmable area. I even saw dog poops on the beach. Yikes!
PM – Bohol Beach Club
We wanted to take advantage of the Class A resort beside ours so we paid the guard a day tour fee for P250 each, P150 consumable. Lito was against the idea because we had to pay pa e the same lang naman yung beach and the worst part is we cannot set up the tent. Anyway, Bohol Beach Club’s beachfront is longer and there are lots of lounge chairs and hammocks to use. This is where Tita Ces posed like Marimar and the kids enjoyed playing in the sand. We also posed in the carefully manicured gardens and the swimming pool with bonsai falls. Of course, we also took dip in the swimming pool.
We spent the remaining consumable in the sumptuous and I thought costly but cheap lang pala dinner. We had Calamares, Chopseuy, Pancit Canton and Sinigang na Hipon. I hoped that made bawi to the disappointment of Lito for not being able to set up the tent.