Approaching Bohol From Cebu
From Cebu, Bohol is easily visible from any vantage point that provides view across the 20-mile wide Bohol Strait. Travelling by sea, there are many ferries that ply the Cebu-Bohol route throughout the day. Besides saving a few pesos, there's nothing like an inter-island ferry for catching the beautiful vistas that the archipelago has to offer.
In recent years, fast and smooth catamaran ferries have been put into service. What was a 4-hour trip now takes just 90 minutes. The ferries go by such names as "Supercat" or "Water Jet". "Jet" because the interior seating is setup much like an airplane. There are even snappily-clad "float" attendants to demonstrate use of life preservers (makes more sense on water than at 20,000 feet up) and emergency exits. In-float videos are shown.
These "fast cats" leave several times a day from Pier 1 located a few blocks
from Fort San Pedro which houses the tourism office and also has a refreshment stand. The
fort is worth seeing and is a good place to check schedules and get your last minute
travel questions answered. The post office is also nearby.
Many vendors sell their goods or ply their trades along the pier. You'll see a Boholano
delicacy called calamay that comes in a coconut shell that is taped together. Inside is a
thick sweet paste made of coconut milk and rice with peanuts added. It can be used as a
spread on crackers. Other snacks include fresh and cooked banana, other fresh fruits (the
best mangos come from Cebu and Bohol), and roasted or boiled peanuts. You'll also find
bar-b-que shrimp, pork and chicken along with boiled eggs and balut (boiled duck embryo in
the shell). Add puso, which translates to "hanging rice" because it is cooked
inside woven palm-leaf pouches, for a quick meal. If you have time, how about a manicure,
haircut, massage or having your fortune read?
Cebu City is a long taxi ride from Mactan Airport. If you'd like to bypass Cebu City altogether and go directly to Bohol, take a taxi from the airport to Lapu-Lapu City which is still on Mactan Island. Ask the driver to drop you off at the pier. Here you can catch a small ferry that goes directly to the Cebu pier about every hour for 10 pesos more or less. This is also a scenic ride. Since you arrive at the ferry pier you can go direct to the next catamaran or ship to Bohol.
Travelling to Bohol by Air
|Before, Bohol was served by three airline companies namely, The Philippine Arlines, Grand Air and Aerolift. But recently, not a single commercial airplane is serving its airways after the Philippine Airlines (the last surviving commercial airline serving Bohol) ended its filghts to this island province effective February 16, 1999. The pullout came more than a year after PAL discontinued its Cebu-Tagbilaran-Cebu flights due to competition from fast seacrafts serving the same route.|
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