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Tubigon

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Tubigon is a port town with about 50000 inhabitants in the North-west of Bohol.

Understand[edit]

Tubigon is mainly known for its port with good connections to Cebu City (see below). Although not very special, its calm and safe atmosphere make it a nice place for a stopover after or before hectic Cebu and its location allows for easy access to Bohol's main tourist attractions.

Get in[edit]

By boat

There are good ferry connections between Tubigon and Cebu City, which is only a 1 to 1 1/2h boat ride away. Taking a ferry to Tubigon is the easiest and cheapest way to go from Cebu Island to Bohol. There are over 20 trips by different ferry companies daily that cost around 200-250 pesos. You can get information and buy tickets at Pier 1 in Cebu. From the port it is a short walk along the pier to the town square where you can take a tricycle to discover the little town or a bus to continue your journey.

By bus

Tubigon can be reached by bus directly from Tagbilaran in the South and from Talibon in the North. Buses from Tagbilaran take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and tickets cost 50 or 60 pesos. There are also connections to Carmen in the center of Bohol where you can visit the famous Chocolate hills.

Get around[edit]

Most of the town is easily walkable. Tricycles are available everywhere and trips within the city area should not cost more than 8-10 pesos per person. Also, van hire (V-hire) can be organised from the town square or from the reception of your hotel.

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There are a few hidden gems to discover in this small port town.

Tubigon church, a big part of which was destroyed during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October 2013, is definitely worth a visit.

There are a few traditional houses scattered across the town. You can find one of them easily, walking about 100m to the left from the town square when coming from the pier. This part of the town is called Barangay Centro. On the groundfloor, the house accommodates a tailor shop that seems to have been there forever. The upper floor is not inhabited anymore - earthquake damage is clearly visible.

Turning right at the street corner you can find a couple of tricycle production shops along the road.

Another nice area to walk and discover is Pooc Occidental, immediately to the right from the town square.

Also the local market that is located behind the commercial center in front of McDonalds is worth a visit.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go for a walk: Tubigon is a great place to go for a walk and discover churches and chapels, old houses, interesting shops or the rice paddies on the other side of the river.
  • Loom Weaving Cooperative: You should not miss a visit to the Loom Weaving Cooperative that is located approx. 2km out of the center in direction Calape. You can walk in and have a look at how raffia is woven into beautiful fabrics that are then processed into handbags, table mats, coasters and other household articles that can be purchased in the adjacent shop of the cooperative. A tricycle there should take about 5 to 10 minutes and cost 10 pesos per person.
  • Bamboo walk: In Macaas, about 5km from Tubigon center in the opposite direction (3km on Tagbilaran North road in direction Inabanga and then after a left turn another 2km), local craftsmen have built a bamboo walk that leads through the mangroves to the sea with a view on nearby Capgan island. Capgan is known for its impressive bat populations and visits can be organised through the local tourism office. It is possible to swim at the end of the bamboo walk. The visitors fee of 10 pesos per person is used for construction and maintenance costs.
Bamboo walk leading through the mangroves in Barangay Macaas, Tubigon

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You can get some nice handicrafts at the shop of the Loom Weaving Cooperative (see "Do" for instructions on how to get there).

The fresh market is always worth a visit.

If you are looking for very different postcards to send home, the paper shop on the groundfloor of the commercial center has an interesting collection of very old postcards with pictures of important people, religious themes and old photos of Bohol.

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There are two bigger restaurants in Tubigon: JJ's on the upper floor of the commercial center and the restaurant of Hotel Monina.

Other than that, Tubigon is overflowing with little eateries, some of which are really worth trying! In the street leading from the town square to the pier you can find a couple of nice and very cheap options with precooked dishes in pots on the left side, infront of the commercial center.

Also on the corner of the town square right next to the Cultural Center there are some tables in a roofed area. You can get nice food from the stalls surrounding the tables. Especially the last stall in the corner furthest from the street has nice options.

A very nice eatery a bit outside of the center is located across the river. Cross the Bateria Bridge (Tagbilaran North Road) and you will find it a few meters further on your right.

If you are uncertain whether your stomach will be able to handle it, just ask the staff to heat your portions up again before serving them to you. They are usually happy to do that!

In the evening one of the streets next to park is closed for BBQ stalls. Try some of the grilled meat with rice and a local beer.

Tubigon also offers an abundance of bakeries. We were particularly fond of the sweet cakes with Ube, the purple root vegetable.

Drink[edit][add listing]

One of the first shops on the right coming from the pier offers sweet buko (coconut) juice. Their speciality is a mix of coconut juice, milk and fresh coconut pieces.

On the rooftop of the commercial center a Karaoke bar opens in the evenings. The drink selection is rather scarce, but the beer is cold and the view is nice. A good place for a relaxed evening, listening to Filipinos singing love songs!

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Locals will tell you there is only one hotel in Tubigon, namely Monina, but really there are quite a few.

  • The Monina Inn: standard double rooms with aircon, hot water showers and TV cost 895 pesos, there are also family rooms. The hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool and wifi in the lounge.
  • Ligaya's: A selection of bungalows for two, with aircon, hot water showers and TV. Prices: 600, 750 or 800 pesos per night. The bungalows are surrounded by green and the owners, an American and a Filipina, are always up for a chat in the open hotel bar where wifi is available.
  • there is a number of small pension houses.
  • Drossgold Pension: south of the church on L. Paraguya St. 750 fan. 1,000 AC
  • TMR Pension: 650 fan. South, across from the park

Contact[edit]

The local tourism office that is currently (temporarily) located in the groundfloor of the Cultural Center. Just ask around!

Get out[edit]

The options are the same as for getting in:

By boat

Tubigon has very good ferry connections to Cebu City. You can get information and buy tickets (200-250 pesos) at the counter between the Cultural Center and the roofed eating area. Count also a 10 pesos terminal fee to be paid at the port building.

By bus

Frequent buses leave Tubigon to Tagbilaran (1 - 1 1/2 hours, 50-60 pesos) and Talibon in the North. There are also connections to Carmen in the center of Bohol. (80 pesos, AC van) Carmen to Chocolate Hills Complex is 8 pesos on a non-AC public bus. V-hire can be arranged on the town square or through the hotel reception.

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