Had an early summer in the lovely, laid-back province of Bohol.
We first of all visited family.
We also went beach-hopping.
When we think of nice, white sand beaches in the Philippines, we often think of Boracay. But I was delightfully surprised to learn that there are so many white sand beaches in the island of Panglao.
The sand is pale and fine, like polvoron.
We went to see the historical sites ...
Above: The Sandugo Monument. It commemorates the blood compact made between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi on March 16, 1565, to signify good relations.
Baclayon Church, one of the oldest churches in Asia. Built in 1727 by the Jesuits, it is quite well-preserved.
... and natural treasures Bohol is known for:
Loboc River. Enjoyed via a leisurely cruise and lunch on a floating restaurant.
And of course, a tour of Bohol wouldn't be complete without seeing the Chocolate Hills.
One of my favorite parts of the trip: Dolphin-watching.
We were lucky to sight a lot of dolphins skipping. We were close enough to tell they were huge - they might have been about human size or bigger.
That was fun. ^_^ Next trip planned for summer 2012: Laiya, Batangas, next month.