30 April-2 May 2017.
Susana and I took the Filipino version of a tuktuk to the ferry station in the morning.
The ferry we planned to catch didn’t quite work out so we waited in a long queue in the stifling heat and humidity for over an hour, which was cutting close to the last ferry to Bohol. We may have griped that the ferry company should have online ticketing! #modernconveniences
It was perhaps paranoia, but Susana and I took seats near the exits, whose doors suspiciously didn’t seem to close/lock properly. I’m glad I’m not the only one that questions the safety of anything haha. In the hopefully unlikely incident of the ferry sinking, I was going to be one of the first people jumping off the boat haha. But! No problems, other than the air con being really strong.
Once on the island of Bohol, we took a cab to a designated spot near the river, where we were to get on a boat to reach our destination, a retreat of sorts in the jungle, called Nuts Huts.
You can’t reach Nuts Huts by land. I had heard of it from backpackers and/or blogs and was uncertain if I wanted to go sleep in the jungle.
Susana had convinced me going to Nuts Huts would be interesting. She had booked a room for 2 nights and said there’d be room for me. Adventure!
I don’t know where I am most the time haha. Taking photos of maps has become a good traveler habit. Our room was at river level but the main lobby/restaurant area was wayyyyy up the hill, up lots and lots of stairs.
FOOD! It had sounded promising but looked like instant ramen with some veggies. It was okay. I did wonder what was in the jungle I could eat haha.
OH MY GOD AND THERE WAS A GINORMOUS TARANTULA SPIDER THING IN THE BATHROOM! I went in and there were a few mosquitoes in there, which I was not pleased about but the idea was tolerable (be quick! else they’ll bite my butt!) but then I saw an effin tarantula on the wall and may have actually yelled something along the lines of “OHMIGOD!” and ran out, pointing back. One of the staff obviously heard me, went in and took care of it, in whatever way I didn’t want to know. I laughed at myself, only slightly embarrassed for not-screaming haha.
Some of the pathways at Nuts Huts were made of coconuts! I think this was supposed to be for a walking foot massage, which I didn’t do.
Walking to our room.
Our house! Susana and I had the left side. There were a few buildings like this and I almost went to the wrong one once haha.
That night, Susana and I hired a private boat to go looking for fireflies. It was SUPER COOL! Millions of fireflies in the trees, blinking like mini galaxies right before us. It was a beautiful sight. Neither of us had a camera good enough to capture it but just imagine all the stars you would see in the country away from city light pollution.
We went to a few different spots along the water and just watched the fireflies glow. It was kind of like the drones at Lady Gaga’s half time show for last SuperBowl, but millions of them! At one point, Susana started sobbing and I asked if she was alright. She was so moved! I was almost a bit jealous, I wanted to be that moved too! It was wonderful. When we were ready, the boat driver took us back to Nuts Huts.
I always bring a small speaker when I travel now, so I had music playing while we got ready for bed. It was our first time sleeping in the same room! I was grateful she let me crash with her on this little adventure. Going solo into the jungle would’ve been a bit more daunting! I showed Susana the best way of folding her mosquito net into the bed but having it still be easy enough to get in and out. She complimented my ultralight backpacking skills. :D
In the morning, we climbed up all those stairs for breakfast. Reception wasn’t open yet. This message is ironic because we were in the Philippines haha. The billing system was everything was paid for at the end of our stay in cash.
Before we checked out, we took some photos on our balcony. I enjoy living in a bathing suit and sarong.
The river was so calm! The slightly annoying part was that there were tourist boats that went up and down the river blaring American pop music, disturbing the jungle noise.
We hired motorbike drivers. I could drive one, but I wanted to not worry about navigation and have hands free for photographs! We went to the Tarsier Research and Development Center in Corella, Bohol (also called the The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary) and found a few of them. They’re an endangered species. Susana said there was a so-called Tarsier sanctuary but it let tourists hold the tarsiers but they end up committing suicide from the stress of it. Go to the official one!
It was brutally hot (to me) and we had brought our bathing suits with the plan of finding someplace to go swimming.
The drivers took us to some waterfalls!
I could swim.
Welcome to the jungle!
We also went to the famous Chocolate Hills. They’re mysterious mounds that have no geological reason for being. Just hundreds of them. I wasn’t impressed. :P
Lots of stairs here too haha.
And then we went exploring in the countryside.
This was my favorite view! You could see the ocean from here! It was beautiful.
The drivers stopped at a few different points they thought we would like. Susana at one point yelled “PULL OVER!!!” which was a bit alarming to everyone else. Turns out there were some beautiful natural hanging orchids hanging in front of someone’s home that she wanted to photograph haha.
Rice terraces! Okay, this was a really great view too. :) It reminded me of Indonesia.
It was a very full and fulfilling day! :D