The rice terraces up north have always been part of my bucket list. And they have been quite elusive to me. Might sound crazy that I flew all the way from Cebu for a 13-hour land trip – and fly back right after – but after two failed attempts in the past year, I was just more determined to go.
The itinerary was jampacked – in 2 days, we covered the Batad, Maligcong and Banaue rice terraces, plus Tappia falls and a sunrise hike up Mt. Kupapey.
Living in Cebu, the island of Bohol is just 2 hours away by ferry. I’ve always wanted to visit Bohol, so I didn’t pass up the chance.
It started pretty memorable – I had the scariest, wildest ferry ride of my life! The ferry was bobbing up and down the entire time, with waves crashing on the glass windows. A typhoon passed by days before and unfortunately the seas were still rough. It was the longest 2 hours. Ever. Continue reading
For someone like me who’s not a swimmer (and hence, cannot cliff jump but has always wanted to), canyoneering was a perfect excuse to do it. A fairly new term for us here, the activity involves navigating a canyon’s river by jumping waterfalls, swimming, climbing, etc. In this case, we explored Matutinao River in South Cebu.
First of Cebu’s many islands that I finally got to visit – Bantayan island in the north!
It takes 3 hours by land plus a 1 hour ferry ride from the city to get here. It takes some effort but is definitely worth it if you want some peace and quiet. Wish I could have stayed longer to maximize the trip!