A Trip to Sagbayan, Bohol from Bato, Leyte: Visiting Sagbayan Peak
It was actually the night before our trip that I planned our itinerary, but I have been considering going to Bohol a few days back then. It was very memorable. Why?
Well, because it was a trip full of “first”. It was the first time that I traveled across the sea towards an island with my 3-year-old son; it was our first trip together; it was our first in Bohol and in Sagbayan Peak, and many more.
It felt good to be in a place where no one knows who you are, like strangers. It made me ponder on so many things well and live free and at peace, without the judgmental eyes of the people in our hometown.
I realized travelling is very good for kids, especially toddlers. It’s one of most effective ways to expose them to the realities of life so they can gain knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
In fact, because of this trip, my son suddenly became motivated to wear his clothing alone, without any assistance from me. (He actually saw this young boy while on-board the banca doing it himself.)
And, as a mom, you feel proud about it. It may not matter that much to others, but it’s like an achievement for me. It feels great to see your child learning right before your very eyes with you as his or her mentor.
It’s the way to success. As you know, success is not measured by what you have achieved, but how you achieved it. It’s all about the how and not the what.
Overall, it was fun, challenging, and full of learnings. And, I think, I’ve just been bitten by the travel bug. Yepee!
So here’s what we did on our Bohol Escapade.
Day 1 : May 29, 2015 Friday
7:30 = We travelled towards Bato, Leyte Port by tricycle from our hometown in Leyte.
8:00 = Arrived at Bato Port Ticketing Office. Bought ticket and paid terminal fee (5 pesos each).
Right in front, you’ll see the ticketing area for bancas or pump boats going to Ubay, Bohol. It’s 270 pesos for adults and 135 for kids (regardless of age). Our banca for that morning was named Sr. San Isidro with contact nos: 09086053883 / 09178082322, scheduled to leave by 8:30 am.
8:20 = Went to the banca, getting ready for the departure.
Expect vendors to go inside the boat, selling boiled eggs, snacks, biscuits, bottled water, soft drinks, and more. So if you’re hungry, you can buy from them, but of course the price is a little bit higher.
I wasn’t planning to buy anything from them, but one vendor approached us and enticed my son to hold a bottle of orange drink, and since he doesn’t want to return it no more, I ended up paying for it.
This boat or locally known as banca in Bato, Leyte Port can take you to Ubay, Bohol. Have faith. :D
9:30 = The boat finally departed, going to Ubay, Bohol after a long wait.
This is, obviously, another scenario showing “The Filipino Time” -- they always go beyond the designated time. On-board the banca, it’s like the usual pump boats used for fishing -- it’s noisy (you can hear the buzzing sound of its engine. My son couldn’t sleep because of it. It’s an hour and a half (1 and ½ hr) travel going to Ubay, Bohol Port from Bato, Leyte; it’s fast like a water jet.
12:00 = Arrived at Port of Ubay.
You have to ride a pedicab (trisikad) out of the port because it’s kinda hot although the exit gate is just a walking distance. Fare is 10 pesos. We went towards a carinderia just outside the port to have our lunch.
12:15 = Lunch Time.
We paid a total of 124 pesos for our lunch. We ordered a regular sized fried fish (50 pesos), 2 medium sized hot dogs (24 pesos), 2 cups of rice (20 pesos), and 1 liter of soft drink (30).
Listen to how noisy the banca's engine can be :)
Arriving in Ubay, Bohol Port
This is how Ubay, Bohol port looks.
Southern Star Bus
1:00 = We rode a trisikad again towards the bus terminal.
It’s just actually a walking distance away but since it was hot and I have a kid with me, I decided to ride a pedicab. Fare is 10 pesos. Once you’re in the bus terminal (front of d’ dales Shopping Center), look for a bus that’s travelling to Carmen, Bohol; this is the nearest you can go towards Sagbayan if you arrive in Ubay.
We found a yellow colored bus by Southern Star that’s going to Carmen. You will actually find a line of Southern Star bus in the terminal. You just have to ask where it’s heading. Bus fare from Ubay Bus Terminal to Carmen is 55 pesos.
1:30 = The bus departed going to Carmen, Bohol.
It’s an hour and a half (1 & ½) travel. You might like to sit near the window so you can have a better view of the scenic hills and spots while on the road.
3:00 = We arrived in Carmen Bus Terminal.
Because we were almost running out of time since Sagbayan Peak closes at 5 pm, we chose to ride a van going there for 80 pesos. But if you are not in a hurry, you can just ride a bus for 50 pesos. We told the driver of the van to drop us off at the road going to Sagbayan.
This is the street road fronting Sagbayan Peak :)
3:30 = We arrived at the road going to Sagbayan Peak.
Once there, you need to ride a motorcycle going to the entrance gate because it’s on the top of the hill. Fare is 20 pesos.
3:40 = Finally, we arrived at Sagbayan Peak Resort and Recreation.
You have to pay 50 pesos for the entrance ticket (regardless of age). They actually have a water park and if you like to go there and take a swim, you have to pay 100 pesos.
4:35 = We finished touring around Sagbayan Peak Resort and Recreation.
We went towards the exit gate. Since there was no more bus or van going to Carmen, Bohol according to a motorcycle driver, we just hired him and paid 130 pesos. We were dropped off around a corner so we had to ride another motorcycle to bring us to Carmen Bus Terminal, which was actually a walking distance away; paid 10 pesos.
5:00 = Back again in Carmen Bus Terminal.
We waited for a bus going directly to Ubay, Bohol, but it was rare to find one. So, we just rode a bus going to Alicia, Bohol based on the advice given to us by some concerned locals.
There’s a dry market nearby where you can buy sweet mangoes at only 40 pesos per kilo and Indian mangoes at 15 pesos per kilo. There are also stores where you can buy food; we bought snacks, bottled water, and 2 cup noodles -- total of 60 pesos.
This is the lodging house where we spent the night.
6:00 = A bus going to Alicia finally arrived and we immediately went in. Fare is 30 pesos.
7:00 = Arrived in Alicia Bus Terminal. We waited for a bus going to Ubay.
7:10 = Rode a bus going to Ubay Bus Terminal. Fare is 30 pesos.
7:40 = Arrived at Ubay.
We had our dinner in a barbecue area fronting the terminal. Total food expense was 60 pesos.
8:30 = Finished dinner.
We went towards Goddy Goddy Lodge and Eatery for our accommodation. We got a room that’s at 200 pesos daily. They have an air conditioned room at 500 pesos.
This is the Barbecue Station at Ubay Bus Terminal
Day 2 : May 30, 2015 Saturday
6:00 = Woke up, prepared things.
6:30 = Out of the lodge. We rode a trisikad going to the Port of Ubay for 10 pesos.
6:35 = Arrived at the port entrance.
Bought banca ticket going to Bato, Leyte by M/Bca N & N Mama Mary - Ervin -- 250 pesos for Adults and 135 pesos for Kids (regardless of age). Departure time is at 7:20 am. We had a quick breakfast at the nearest carinderia. Total food expense is 30 pesos.
Then, we bought pasalubongs -- 1 Calamay in plastic transparent container (35 pesos), 1 pack of Piaya (35 pesos), 2 packs of peanut kisses (25 pesos). We didn’t bought tee shirt souvenir because it would cost us 150 to 200 pesos.
7:10 = Went inside the port to buy terminal fee.
Rate is 12 pesos from 3 years old up; 2 years old below, free.
7:15 = The shuttle’s (free for the passengers) gone when we reached the waiting area.
So, we just walked towards the boat because if not, we will be late.
7:20 = Unexpectedly, the boat really departed on time.
9:00 = We’re back in Bato, Leyte.
Rode a pedicab towards the bus terminal at 15 pesos plus gate pass of 5 pesos.
10:00 = Home sweet home.
- If you want a faster route, you can ride a vessel going to Tubigon, Bohol from Maasin City, Southern Leyte. But schedules are at night, 9pm. Tubigon to Sagbayan Peak is just around 20 minutes and Sagbayan to Carmen Chocolate Hills is only 30 minutes.
- All trips in Bato, Leyte going to Bohol are for Ubay only. There’s no banca there going to Tubigon, Tagbilaran, and other parts of Bohol.
- Be careful with tricky and cunning motorcycle drivers; some of them will take advantage of you, especially if they can sense you are a first timer in the area.