Last month, I attended a wedding cinematography workshop in Tagbiliran City. Good thing 2Go has a scheduled trip from Iligan City to Tagbilaran City once a week that leaves every Tuesday. The boat stops in between (Dipolog City if going to Tagbilaran and Ozamiz City if going back Iligan). The downside is that they only offer the economy or super economy class if you’re leaving from Iligan which is jampacked with people and the area is sandwiched between the ship’s huge funnel (engine exhaust) which makes the area not comforting at all. There are no nearby windows in our bunks and where right in the middle which makes the place kinda hot.
Though you get to upgrade your accommodation once you’re in the ship but we still have to wait for the Dipolog passengers because we’re sort of like in a “chance passenger” situation. If there are vacant bunks in the business class section (or cabin, presidential suite if you’re not on a budget) after leaving Dipolog then that’s the time we could get to take it for the night, but it takes 4hrs i think to get to Dipolog and then another 2hrs to wait for the passengers and cargoes to embark, a total of 6 hours waiting time. We still decided to upgrade to business class section.
We left Iligan around 6pm (delayed), arrived in Dipolog by 10pm then left around 12 midnight.
At Iligan Port and then inside 2GO’s St. Joan of Arc vessel:
This is the super economy area. It may have air-condition vents but most are not working.
This is the business class area which is way better than the super economy obviously but the thing is there’s no door where you can have at least a little bit of privacy.
We arrived in Tagbilaran around or before 6am and went to stay at JJ’s Seafood Village with Leia. JJ’s is a restaurant with a hotel and a reception area good for weddings, birthdays and seminars. The JJ’s is technically just besides the Tagbilaran Bay though the view of the bay is not exactly great but still refreshing. They also have the fastest internet (in a hotel) so far here in the Philippines that clocks more than 30mbps though quite unstable at times. Their room is not great but okay. They have really good food by the way. At first the price seems a little hefty but it turns out they have big servings than the usual.
This is their hotel:
Our room is less than P1,000 with aircon. They don’t exactly have an internet modem on each room but the room is a bit closer from the front desk area where the wifi modem is situated.
This photo was taken from my Huawei Phone.
And this is their Restaurant (right part of the building and Reception area (left part) as well:
and here’s the really good food:
This was our first time to eat Abalone, which is an edible mollusk from the seas.
If I remember it correctly, this is suppose to be a rice topping Chop Seuy.
The usual sausage and egg with atsara (a pickle made from grated unripe papaya) breakfast.
I think this was the “American” breakfast.
All I can say is that we were satisfied with our stay here in JJ’s. This was actually my 2nd time staying here. My first time was way back 2008 when we had a school field trip and I was a Hotel and Restaurant Management student that time. That was also my first time in Bohol.
Tagbilaran City has so many good and great restos it would probably take a month or so just to try all of them with a risk of gaining so much weight. Yes, we’ve tried a few (which I will be posting soon) but we’re just only scratching the surface of what Bohol has in store for its tourists. Not to mention, they have beautiful tourist spots like the famous Chocolate Hills, Hinagdan Cave, Tarsiers, Old Churches and so on which I never got to visit most of it on this trip (though some I did the first time I was here).
But, we went to Panglao Island which I will be posting really soon.