Nice Facility, poor service and far from any attractions other than a beach
If you visit, you will pick up on the poor service; however, the quality of the facility is nice, modern with a native theme. Food is local cuisine and not local priced, tourist priced. BOFFO is actually located on Sandingan Island off of Bohol. Sandingan Island is connected to Bohol island with a causeway that is about two kilometers long that starts just after Moalong Bridge which is still under construction, but passable. After reaching the intersection of the causeway and Sandingan Island, turn left and the resort will be an additional 1 kilometer on the left, just before Basdio beach entrance. Other than a few local videoke nipa stands, Sandingan does not currently have any other tourist attractions. If you are wanting to see other parts of Bohol, transportation will have to be coordinated (plan in advance), which is normally high for tourist on the island. It is a nice place to stay if you want to be away from everything and don't plan on seeing the rest of Bohol. They do have security, although Sandingan Island is very safe, and possibly soon around October, a dive resort will offer some variety of outdoor activity. Currently Sandingan Island's main road that circles the island is under construction towards Mocpoc port which takes you to Cabilao Island that is only reachable by boat. Water and electricity on Sandingan Island has been regular for the last few months but BOFFO does have backup facilities. Once an attraction is present on the island other than BOFFO it would be much more nice of a stay as there are no bike rentals, no motorcycle rentals, and no car rentals, no restaurants (besides the food offered at BOFFO) no souvenir shops either. A trip to Tagbilaran City where there is shopping will be 2 hours round trip (travel time only) and normal vehicle hire starts at 3500 pesos daily in Loon (there are no vehicle rentals that is just working out a deal with some local owner). A Habal Habal to Loon Market from BOFFO is 25 Php per passenger; however, once you are identified as a tourist, the drivers will try to quote you a price around 200 - 300 pesos depending on how naive they think you are. Occasionally you can find a trike, if you want a taxi, it will be expensive because it is probably coming from Tagbilaran City and you will pay the cost of traveling 35 kilometers to Loon before the meter charge to where you are going, so plan transportation ahead. If you want to relax and not be bothered, this is the upside of BOFFO, no panhandlers and the island itself is pretty quiet, even a stroll around the island at night is safe, not well lit, but very safe place for tourist. There are native monitor lizards that are wild and can occasionally be seen, along with a crystal clear ocean with a variety of marine life that can be seen with snorkel gear.
Couples - Aug 11, 2016