My grandfather was born and raised in Bohol. I never met him since he passed away before I was born, but my dad talks about him all the time so making a trip to this island was very important for me.
At Bohol, I wore this adorable gingham shirt dress from Old Navy. The lightweight dress was absolutely perfect for Bohol’s hot and humid weather. The shirt dress itself is a classic cut, and the gingham print is perfect for the spring. In fact, there is a huge sale going on at Old Navy and all their gingham pieces are selling out quick. This dress in particular is now under $30. What a steal!
One of our first stops was visiting the tarsier conservatory. On arrival, you are warned to not make any noises or to even touch a tarsier. If you do, they apparently commit suicide. Tarsiers are one of the smallest primate on earth. They have these huge eyes, and are so small they can fit in the palm of your hand. Unfortunately, they are endangered animals and close to extinction.
My absolute favorite part of the trip was going down the Luboc River. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful ride. At the end of the river you are greeted by children who are happily singing and dancing for the tourists. They do a traditional Filipino dance called “tinikling.” Think of it like double-dutch but instead of using rope, two people hold long bamboo poles near the ground and beat them together in unison with the music, as the dancers hop in and try to avoid getting their feet caught by the poles. Here’s a quick video I took of the children dancing:
After the river, we headed off to the chocolate hills. Contrary to the name, they do not contain chocolate. They’re just perfectly round mounds of limestone, but from atop the views are breathtaking. After climbing about 100 steps to the top, I was again thankful to be wearing this airy dress. The day’s overcast weather was also a blessing in this 85 degree heat.
Towards the end of the tour it began to rain, which made our next stop to the hanging bamboo bridge a bit more challenging than I would have liked. This is where the outfit did not help the situation. My gold wrap-around sandals are great for the beach and flat surfaces, not slippery wet and wavering bridges. The side rails were pretty low and I’m a major klutz, so I’m doing my best to not look petrified in these pictures. If you ever go here, bring shoes that provide traction. You never know when it rains there!