Doctor! Doctor!

Trip Start Dec 21, 2010
Trip End Feb 05, 2011

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Getting to Bohol from Sicky Hore was another morning up with the sparrows: a European woman drove us to the pier at 4:45 to get the 6am ferry, stupid time I tell you! The ferry was honestly about minus 40 degrees so we had to wrap ourselves in all the clothes we could get our hands on, as well as our towels and sarongs etc!

Arriving in Tagbiliran was a pleasure as we had booked into the swanky Soledad Suite hotel so got picked up at the pier by a guy waiting with our name on a board. We paid 300php for an early check-in before setting off to find the closest hospital as both Luke and I had ear ache and were worried about future scuba dives on the trip.

First hospital we discovered was no good, and we were stared at profusely, so we managed to find another which had an ENT, what good luck - a miracle to find an ear specialist in these remote parts and within walking distance from our hotel! The consultation was 400 pesos each (about 6) and the medicine for both came to about 1500php (20) - money very well spent! The doctor was wonderful and a really clued up diver himself! It turned out that Luke had an outer ear infection because he had sand in his ear passage!! I reckon it must be from the sea/ sand fight with Justin and Tom at the full moon party on Ko Phanghan, how else do you get sand inside your ear canal? I was diagnosed with a middle ear infection. Bum, those were the story of my life when I was a child! It had infected my sinuses and throat and was heading for my chest so I was told not to dive for at least a week and wear ear plugs when snorkelling. Ohhhhh, hate being a sick note on holiday!

We went to Alona Beach for dinner that night which was very delish: barbie of all sorts of meat and veg on the beach! Alona is supposed to be the really touristy area of Bohol which is situated on Panglao Island (connected to the mainland by a bridge). Verdict: it was not touristy at all! We are beginning to think the dude who wrote the Philippines Lonely Planet is smoking his socks because a few things so far, this being one of them, are way off the mark! Alona was comparable to Haad Salad in Thailand - chilled vibe with mainly restaurants and maybe one or two bars and one or two curio shops, not at all overly busy or over built. We really enjoyed our evening on Alona Beach, in fact in hindsight; we would have stayed a few days there. The tricycle ride to (sunset was beautiful!) and from Alona was a tight squeeze, we're definitely slightly bigger than the locals! Have no idea how they fit in the little side carriages attached to the bike which forms the unique 'tricycle'. 

Next day we were up early to visit the Tarsier sanctuary in Corella. We thought the hotel's price of 1300php was a rip off when we could get there on a tricycle for 300php so went there on the later but unfortunately the sanctuary was closed! It never closes! It was the damn Sinulog festival in neighbouring Cebu so apparently all staff went to celebrate! It clearly wasn't communicated as loads of other people kept arriving. We really wanted to see the little primates! :( We got to read the poster and view a skeleton - they really are the tiniest, most fragile things ever! The ratio of their eyes to body size is 150 times that of a human and each eye is bigger than their entire they fit inside the palm of your hand :)

Got back to the hotel and decided to get the earlier ferry to Cebu (11am rather than 13:30) as we didn't need the time in the morning for the Tarsiers.

Bohol was awesome, wish we could've stayed longer!
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