A Day of Adventures and Culinary Delights in Panglao, Bohol

Let me take you through a rollercoaster of a day filled with unexpected turns, delightful tastes, and a bit of a workout in the beautiful island of Panglao, Bohol. It’s my fifth day here, and the adventures just keep getting better. Grab a coffee, and let’s dive into this journey together, shall we?

Morning Quest for Mexican Flavors

This morning, I woke up with a craving for something different. “Why not Mexican food?” I thought to myself. So, off I went on a quest to satisfy my craving at Sunset Grill Authentic Mexican Food. Well, at least that was the plan. After a bit of a wild goose chase, guided by Google Maps near Alona Square, it turns out the restaurant had closed, and in its place stood a new establishment. A bit of a bummer, right?

coffee shop called don macchiato on the left and an iced cafe latte on the right on a table

Not one to be easily discouraged, my wandering feet led me to a quaint cafe stand known as Don Macchiato. A Php39 ($0.8) cafe latte later, I was caffeinated and ready for the next adventure. And what an idea struck me next!

A Spontaneous Idea: Motorcycle or Bicycle?

Why not rent a motorcycle? The thought was brilliant – affordable transportation and the freedom to explore multiple tourist spots across Panglao. I found myself at a motorcycle rental near McDonald’s Alona, excited about the Php300 ($6) a day deal. There was just one tiny problem, I had never driven a motorcycle in my life. Despite a valiant attempt and a brief lesson, confidence eluded me, and safety first, I opted not to rent.

But hey, every cloud has a silver lining! My change of plans led me to Giuseppe Pizzeria, which also rented out bicycles. Not only did I end up renting a bike for Php500 ($10), but I also got to enjoy a delicious spaghetti bolognese and homemade chocolate ice cream in the process. Talk about a stroke of good luck!

restaurant signage on the left saying giuseppe pizzeria and the cozy inside with a set of brown table and chairs

spaghetti bolognese on the left side, chocolate ice cream on the right side

The Journey to Hinagdanan Cave

With my trusty bicycle, I set off towards Hinagdanan Cave, 12 kilometers away. The ride was serene, passing through quiet farms, schools, and churches, truly immersing me in the local way of life. However, the weather decided to add a bit of drama with a sudden downpour, forcing me to seek refuge in a chapel alongside some locals.

a blue bicycle leaning on a white gate of a chapel

Once the rain eased, I continued, eventually making a pit stop at a roadside store to quench my thirst. Despite sore legs and a challenging ride, I reached Hinagdanan Cave, paid the entrance and swimming fees, and enjoyed the tranquility of the cave without taking a dip, my legs were protesting enough already.

The Ride Back and An Italian Dinner

Admitting defeat to my first 24km bike challenge, I opted for a tricycle ride back to Alona Square. This adventure might not have gone as planned, but it was an adventure nonetheless, and the 12km mark was a victory in its own right.

To cap off the day, I indulged in Italian cuisine once again, this time at Toto e Peppino, savoring a pizza with Truffle and Hawaiian flavors. Yes, you read that right,  two flavors in one pizza, because why not? Alongside a refreshing mango juice, it was the perfect ending to a day full of surprises.

restaurant on the left side named toto e peppino, 2 flavor pizza and a mango shake with straw on the right side

Reflecting on the Day

Sitting back, I can’t help but smile at how the day unfolded. It was a mix of misadventures, new experiences, and delightful meals. Panglao has a way of turning even the most unplanned moments into memories I’ll cherish forever. And to you, my dear reader, I hope this tale brings a smile to your face and maybe, just maybe, the urge to embark on your own adventure.

Remember, it’s not about the destination but the journey and the food you eat along the way. Until next time, keep exploring and enjoying the simple pleasures life offers. If you like this story, visit our Blog page for more Bohol adventures and information.

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