Our Bohol trip lasted for three days eqiupped with only two-day-itinerary in Panglao, which means we were left with no plans for the last day. So, what we did was a pure do-it-yourself planning from blog hopping, asking from friends and incorporating friends’ recommendations and suggestions from the past two days.
Bearing in mind our 7pm departure trip, we needed a Bohol destination spot that’s not too far but definitely not within the city. Thus, Bohol Bee Farm was the perfect destination, just 25 minutes away from the city and since most of our friends suggest it as a must-go.
How To Get There
Bohol Bee Farm is an agriculture haven situated on top of a cliff on Panglao Island, Bohol dedicated to bee cultivation, organic farming, and healthy eating. Aside from growing diverse agricultural produce, Bohol Bee Farm also houses a resort and a restaurant where visitors can take a time off from the city and find relaxation while providing livelihood to the local residents. [wikipilipinas]
- By Public Jeepney
- By Tricycle (pakyaw)
Upon waiting for the jeepney driver to appear, a couple of tricycles stopped to ask where we were headed to. We gave a try with a budget fare of only P100, however, most settled with P200. With one last try of haggling for P130, finally, one gave a more affordable bargain of P150 which indeed, it was.
Head to Dao Integrated Terminal beside Island City Mall by tricycle as jeepneys are readily available there (photo above). This was our first choice since we were on our last money. Although the fare was only for P15, the problem is: (1)you have to wait forever for the jeepney to be full and also for the driver to appear (since that time, he was M.I.A. hehe) and (2)passengers are dropped off only at the highway area and Bohol Bee Farm is still a long walk away.
Bohol Bee Farm Tour
One thing why we chose Bohol bee farm was because they offer a tour of the area thereby not limiting our activities to only taking pictures and eating ice cream. For sure, it would be a bit boring and a waste of time to travel that far just to do those stuffs. The tour occurs every 30 minutes from 7:00 am to 4:30 for only P30 per person.
Believe it or not, the person below is the receptionist and at the same time the tour guide (talking about multi-tasking huh?).
- Organic Garden
The tour starts with their organic garden where they plant medicinal plants, vegetable and flowers. Some of these vegetables and flowers were used as ingredients in their restaurant.
You can taste everything in their restaurant, their unique drinks especially the flower salad, which Bohol Bee Farm is famous for. We only tried the drinks. First, the Spicy Ginger Lemonade believing it could lessen our sore throat and colds, which unfortunately the spicy ginger dominated worsening our condition more.haha So we tried again, this time the lemon grass and it was a more rightful choice than our previous one but has an aftertaste of a somewhat lana.lol
Below is a peppermint plant which were handed out to us to smell while some were given to eat raw.lol
- Livelihood Area
Above is called the bury fiber plant, the one they use for weaving while below is the finished product that includes bags, fans, window coverings, etc. You can try weaving yourself.
- Bee Farm
Everything you need to know about bees will be discussed in this part. Important points learned: (1)that there is a Queen bee who’ll lay all the eggs of 150-200 a day who is assisted by workers (bee workers), who are capable to make the perfect hexagon as can be seen below, (2) there is also a scout bee who will go look for flowers with pollen around 4am to 5am (indeed the bee movie is realistic.hehe) and (3)the bee dance is not just a dance but connotes something: wiggle dance conveys direction while round dance is to illustrate the distance.
You can also taste the honey from the bee cage itself by carefully pressing it in which I agree that fresh always tastes delicious.
The last stop was a wall made of coconut shells which most of their building walls are actually made from.
Bohol Bee Farm Ice cream
After exposing ourselves to the scorching sun, there’s no better way of cooling down but with their famous ice cream.
Why settle for the typical / known flavors when Bohol Bee Farm is the only place where you can taste weird ones?lol 1 scoop costs P40, while 2 scoops for P80 contained in a cone made of cab-cab or cassava. Other products include Delicacies, Pure Honey, Spreads, Seasoning, Bakery and even Beauty and Skin Care Products.
The Buzz Cafe
I believe the buzz cafe has a total of 3 locations in Bohol: in Panglao, Bohol Bee Farm and Island City Mall. So, for those who just want to buy a product as pasalubong, The Buzz cafe is located within the city proper, Island City Mall.
Public vehicles are rare to find with the area of Bohol Bee Farm so as soon as we arrived, we asked the tricycle driver if he could wait for 2 hours and drive us back to the city. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really a good deal so he only gave his number, instead, but we figured that it was a total waste of time for him to wait so we didn’t expect anymore from him to come back.
Luckily, on our way out, a tricycle arrived with a passenger and did not have a hard time finding one. The trip to home was a bit more expensive, P200 but was the only offer we had since there aren’t other transportations available.