So here you are, “the planner of the group” looking for a place to stay for your upcoming trip to Taiwan with your friends.
You have your checklist with you, and you are searching for a place that is safe, affordable, near the attraction or the mrt station and of course a comfortable one. Luckily, all these points are describing 4Plus Hostel.
This hostel can easily be reached as it is near Zhongshan station and it’s one station away from Taipei main station. If you’re coming late you can ride a taxi from the main station. It’s also near the road so you won’t get lost finding it.
We booked an all female dorm room with 3 bunk beds inside. They have an elevator so you don’t have to worry about carrying your luggage.
I love their built-in bunk beds as they don’t shake when someone moves around. Each bed has a reading lamp, power outlet and a set of pillow and comforter. You will also be given a locker key so you can leave your valuables without worrying. Bathroom is shared, they have 3 shower rooms and 2 toilet rooms.
Kitchen area is wide and clean.
For free breakfast, you can choose from loaf bread or bagels with 3 different spreads and coffee. Not bad eh?
This hostel is budget-friendly and we only paid P666 each via Traveloka. Make sure that you download this app to get an amazing discount.
Another plus points for 4Plus Hostel are:
Friendly and accomodating staff. Thank you, Ting-wei! She also gave us a cute pouch for toiletries.
Meet new friends who were up for crazy poses. Hello roomies Lychee and Miyako 😙
So cozy and very instagrammable
How about you? What are the points you consider when choosing a place to stay? Share it with me in the comments box.
Thinking about travelling to the Queen City of the South? Why not include Bohol in your trip.
Last year, my friend and I booked a trip to Cebu for 4 days and 3 nights. Initially, we only planned to go to Cebu but being a spontaneous travel junkie we are, we decided to include Bohol even if it is just for a day.
Just a little trivia, did you know that recently Cebu made it to Conde Nast Traveler’s 20 Best Islands in the World list.Not only that because our very own Palawan is on the number one spot, followed by Boracay (top 15) and Cebu (top 19). I am so ecstatic that even before the list was published I was able to visit these three amazing places. So before I get giddy writing the intro, here is the complete DIY travel guide to our ultimate Cebu Bohol adventure.
Day 1 & 2: Manila to Cebu – Cebu to Bohol – Bohol to Cebu
From Manila, we took a flight going to Mactan, Cebu. Travel time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes. At exactly 7 AM we arrived at Mactan Airport. From there, we took a cab and went to Cebu pier 1 to catch the boat going to Tubigon, Bohol. There are a lot of ferries that travels to Bohol and we chose MV Starcraft Ferry since it is the cheapest among others. Estimated travel time is one hour. Check theirwebsite to see the ferry-boat schedule and their rates.
Boat fare is 210 pesos each and we paid 25 pesos for the terminal fee.
Things to do in Bohol
1) Go to Chocolate Hills
For our first stop, we visited the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol. It consists of 1268 cone-like hills spread over 50 square kilometers. The hills are green until the end of the dry season and then become chocolate brown, hence the name Chocolate Hills.
From port no need to ride a trike or pedicab. We just walked at least 5 minutes from port to van terminal going to Carmen, terminal is near McDonald’s.
Estimated travel time:
1 hour van ride from Tubigon to Carmen
10 – 15 minutes trike to Chocolate Hills
Van – 80 pesos
Trike – 100 pesos
Entrance Fee to Chocolate Hills – 50 pesos
We climbed up this 200+ steep stairs and burned some calories just to see the magnificent view of the Chocolate Hills.
2) Mini tour in Bohol Habitat
This place has a butterfly sanctuary and restaurant inside. The tour guides here are very hospitable and funny. They made our mini tour here engaging and full of laughter while having rich information about butterflies and moths. Plus, they are good photographers!
Estimated travel time:
30 to 45 minutes bus ride from Carmen to Bilar (ask the driver to drop you off at Bohol Habitat)
Bus – 20 pesos
Entrance fee – 40 pesos
3) Go biking around Panglao
We drove 10 kilometers from our hostel to Alona beach. Good thing that the weather is all good for a bike ride and the road is smooth and safe. We rented our bikes from Bohol Coco Farm for 100 pesos each.
4) Swimming in Alona beach, Panglao
The famous Alona Beach is in Panglao Island, it has a long stretch of yellowish-coral-sandy beach where the resorts, dive centers, restaurants and souvenir shops are also located. Honestly, we didn’t enjoy the beach that much because there are a lot of boats around the shore. But I can say that it is still worth visiting, though locals say that we should have gone to Dimalaluan beach instead of Alona.
5) Visit Tarsier Convention Area
Our Bohol adventure would not be complete without seeing the tantalizing eyes of the smallest species here in the Philippines – the TARSIERS! Too bad it started to rain and all the tarsiers are hiding and I didn’t have a chance to have a closer photo of them.
Tarsiers have extremely large eyes and ears, and long tail and hind legs. They are nocturnal animals and hardly ever show themselves up during the day. One of their unique feature is they can rotate their head for 180 degrees without moving the rest of the body. This helps them remain “silent” while waiting for the prey to appear.
There are buses passing thru outside Tarsier Convention Area, we ride a bus going to Carmen then ride again a van going to Tubigon Port.
Estimated Travel time:
15 minutes van ride from our hostel to Tagbilaran
30 minutes bus ride from Tagbilaran to Tarsier Covention Area in Loboc
Van – 75 pesos
Bus – 30 pesos
Entrance Fee – 60 pesos
And that’s how we end our 1 and a half day tour in Bohol! Too bad, we weren’t able to go to Danao Adventure Park because it was closed due to the damage that was left by the earth quake last April 2013. I really wanted to try their Bunjee Jumping but I guess it’s a sign to go back here again.
Accommodation: Bohol Coco Farm
It’s a budget hostel in Panglao, rate is 350 per head or 700 pesos per kubo (nipa hut) which can accommodate up to 2 person. They also have rooms for bigger groups. Visit this linkto know more about the place.
Day 3: Moalboal and Kawasan Falls
Next stop, CEBU! From Pier, we took a cab and go to South Bus Terminal. Then we ride a bus going to Moalboal via Santander-Barili road. Travel time is almost 3 hours including the pick up and take off of the passengers per town. Bus fare (non aircon) is 115 pesos.
It was late midnight when we arrived at Moalboal, good thing that there are still tricycle drivers waiting. You just have to negotiate with them regarding the price cause if not they will ask you for a higher price.
We stayed for one night in Moalboal Backpacker Lodge, we rented a private studio with own T&B for 700 pesos. We chose to stay in Moalboal because it is closer to Badian where the Kawasan Falls is located.
One thing I learned from travelling is that finding the best accommodation is really an important part of the trip. Top three things that I always consider are the 1) location – its proximity to tourist spots and easy access from the road, 2) reviews – I love reading comments and recommendations from other travelers. It helps me to work out on my expectations regarding the place I wanted to visit or a hotel I wanted to stay. And of course 3) the price – it should be budget friendly!
Kawasan has three waterfalls. The first one is the largest, and is usually the most crowded. We didn’t have much time to explore the other waterfalls that’s why we spend most of our time in the first waterfall.
I love the scenery as we go walking to the falls. Its turquoise water is compelling. Really nature at its best! The waterfall is spectacular and sparkling. And the water itself is so fresh and cold.
From Moalboal, we took a bus going to Badian. We ask the bus conductor to drop us at Matutinao Badian Church. From there, we walked for at least 10 to 15 minutes. We didn’t hire a tour guide and when we were asked if we know the place we immediately say yes. Because I read from other blogs that some people there will not stop bothering you if they know that you’re a first time traveler in Kawasan. Also, there are cottages and life vests available for rent.
Estimated travel time:
15 to 20 minutes bus ride from Moalboal to Badian
5 to 10 minutes trekking to the waterfalls
Bus – 20 pesos
Entrance fee – 2o pesos
Cottage (round table) – 300 pesos
Life vest – 50 pesos
After that, we went back to our hostel and packed our things and travel to our next destination. From Moalboal, we ride a bus going to the town of Oslob. Bus fare is 70 pesos and estimated travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
We took off at Oslob bus terminal and ride again a bus going to our resort. We stayed at Seafari Resort and enjoy our remaining time in there. Visit this link to check my full review on Where to stay in Cebu?
Day 4: Swimming with the whale sharks
For me this is the highlight of our Cebuhol adventure. I really had fun with my close encounter experience with the whale sharks and that left me a feeling of going back to this place, hoping to go back here next year.
10 to 15 minutes boat ride from our Resort to Whale shark watching area
Boat ride is free when you stay at Seafari Resort
30 minutes swimming with the whale shark – 500 pesos
Heading back to Cebu City from Oslob took us 3 to 4 hours travel time and the bus fare is 140 pesos. Since our flight to Manila is scheduled late at night we decided to squeeze our time and roam around the city. We were able to visit 3 places: Ayala Center Cebu, Taoist Temple and Magellan’s Cross.
I only spent 7100 pesos for our Cebu-Bohol trip; it includes accommodations, fares (except airfare), foods and pasalubong. See, it is possible to visit this two amazing places and experience riveting adventures for a budget amount. Happy travels fellow travelers! 🙂
Disclaimer: Fare price and entrace fees indicated above may change as this blogpost was written on the year 2015.
“Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
Want to stay in a hostel or resort? Hope my review about my experience during my stay with Moalboal Backpacker Lodge (a budget friendly hostel) and Seafari Resort (a small out-of-the-way paradise with a bit pricey amount) will help you in choosing your accommodation when you visit Cebu. Or, why not stay to both? 🙂
MOALBOAL BACKPACKER LODGE
Moalboal Backpacker Lodge is the only hostel in Moalboal and is located near all of the bars, restaurants, dive shops and the Moalboal beach.
We stayed for one night in a Private two story studio cottage ‘Red Dragon’ with bathroom and chill-out hammock for 700 pesos (350 each). The room is spacious and clean. It comes with bed linen and towel, free coffee facility and mineral water.
It’s only a short walk from the beach. Though the beach is not good for swimming. It is also near from Badian, where the Kawasan falls is located. So, if you are planning to try Canyoneering or Diving this place is good for you.
I highly recommend this place for its affordable price, friendly staff and its good location. This is the best place for backpackers.
Check their websitefor the updated rates per room.
Location: Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032
How to get there?
Take a metered taxi from Mactan International Airport or Cebu Ferry Terminal to Southern Bus Terminal.
Then ride a local bus (CERES LINER) to Moalboal (via Barili), bus fare is 107 pesos.
Took off at Moalboal bus stop, near the public market you’ll find tricycle and habal-habal (single motor) waiting for passengers. Just asked them to take you at Moalboal Backpacker Lodge. Fare is 70 to 100 pesos depending on your negotiation skills.
SEAFARI RESORT OSLOB
After staying in a Kubo for 2 days we finally got the chance to relax in this little paradise. Seafari Resort is situated in the town of Oslob.
We stayed here for 1 night as the place is near the whale shark watching area. We arrived at around two in the afternoon and one of the staff helped us carry our bags down the 200+ steep stairs – the resort is set at the bottom facing the ocean. On the way down we are greeted to an exceptional view of the turquoise sea and Sumilon Island from afar.
Their room rates include breakfast, boat transfer to & from the (Butanding) Whale shark area. The room was satisfactory, clean and spacious, though nothing remarkable.
Amenities are very nice, they have 2 swimming pools and the other one is an infinity pool. It is small but the view is really spectacular. They have two Jacuzzis one is at the ground and the other is at the 2nd level.
Food is okay nothing great. I can say that the price is reasonable considering that it’s in a secluded place. During dinner we also arranged our swimming with Butanding for tomorrow. We booked for a 6 AM trip to avoid the crowds. Good thing that they have a free boat transfer going to and from the area. An estimated 10 to 15 minutes travel time going there.
Bohol Coco Farm is both a hostel and a coconut farm. The family running the business is an advocate of organic farming that’s why most of the food they serve in their restaurant comes from their organic farm.
The place is nature friendly and it is surrounded by coconut trees. It has a unique vibe where we feel that we are in a secluded place, solemn and quiet. Also, it is 3 to 5 minute walk from the national road. The path going there is muddy and rocky.
We love the concept of nipa huts serving as a room good for 2 persons. They also have bigger nipa hut (or their dormitory type room) for big groups or for single traveler who doesn’t bother sharing a room with others.
Rooms here are basic but adequate. Types of rooms are private, female dorm and male dormitory. They have common bathroom and it’s on the outside. They separate the shower rooms from the toilet rooms. The water is running good and the area is clean.
The dining area where you can also chill out is also a best place to get to know other travelers staying there. At that time, we were the only Filipino travelers who stayed there and most of the guests are from different nations. We have a little chit-chat with them and the owner about the benefits of virgin coconut oil. And how we should avoid eating processed foods and instead eat healthier food, like organic food. It is really true that you will learn a lot from traveling! 🙂
The food here is pretty cheap and healthy. They also offer free breakfast when you stayed in the place. Food is also good and tasty. It is freshly cooked and harvested from their farm.
The place is close to town and other beaches such as Dimalaluan, Alona and Doljo beach. Other tourist’s spots are not that far away. We rented a bike to go to Alona beach. We paid 100 pesos since we only used it for an hour. You can also rent a scooter for 500 pesos and bike for 150 pesos per 24 hours to roam around Panglao.
The place is great and I highly recommend this for backpackers. It is very cheap and has a value for money. Also, the staffs here are very friendly.
You can contact them thru their Facebookaccount or dial up this number +63917-304-9801.
Location: Purok 1, Libaong Panglao, Bolod, Panglao Island, Philippines 6340
How to get here?
ride a bus going to Tagbilaran Terminal, bus fare is 40 pesos (from Bohol habitat)
then, ride a jeepney going to Panglao and ask the driver to drop you off at Bohol Coco Farm, fare is 25 pesos
it is 3 to 5 minute walk from the national road
Enjoy your stay, happy travels! 🙂
“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost”. – Unknown