One of the must-experience in your Bohol daytour is the Loboc River Cruise. A relaxing and enjoyable cruise along the jade-colored Loboc River, it will take you to the natural wonders of the place as well as cultural experience through food and entertainment. I’m listing down 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss this during your Bohol trip.
All about Loboc River Cruise
Loboc is a town in Bohol, 20 kilometers from its capital, Tagbilaran. It is home to the famous Loboc Children’s Choir and Loboc River, one of the country’s cleanest rivers. Through the Loboc River Cruise, guests can navigate the beauty of the river inside floating restaurants.
The cruise is just short, around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss the Loboc River Cruise
1. FOOD BUFFET
The package for the Loboc River Cruise includes a lunch buffet where you can enjoy Filipino food. There’s no overcrowding nor shortage of food so you can take your time while watching the view of the river.
2. BACK TO NATURE
There’s so much to say about the discipline of Boholanos that they were able to keep the cleanliness of Loboc River all through out the years. From the cruise’s starting point in Loay Bridge to its end point in Busay Falls, the cruise is a feast for the eyes and lungs. It never disappoints.
3. LOCAL CULTURE
The cruise will give you an opportunity to witness how locals live. Along the cruise, you will see local children play at the riverbanks as well. In the middle of the cruise, there’s a stopover where guests are treated to a cultural showcase where the local group, Gotozon Balsa Performers, perform Visayan songs and tinikling (the Philippines’ national dance).
4. WIN NEW FRIENDS
If you’re a solo traveler like me, you can share the table with other guests so it’s a perfect opportunity to meet people from around the world!
5. INBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
A local performer serenades guests while enjoying their lunch buffet to create a jovial mood around the cruise.
Bohol has a lot more things to offer so I usually check Tripadvisor for some ideas where to go.
Prices and Business hours
- Regular Rate: PHP 850 Per Adult
- Senior Citizens and People With Disabilities: PHP 600 per person with ID
- Children 3 FT to 4 FT tall: PHP 365 Per Child
- Children 3 FT or below: FREE
- Note: Pay As You Go For Additional Drinks
TIME OF OPERATIONS
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday: 10: AM to 2:30 PM
How to get here
The most convenient way of availing the Loboc River Cruise is to book a daytour with a local agency. The daytour includes a visit to Bohol’s popular destinations like the Tarsier Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills, Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge, Butterfly Sanctuary, and Bilar Man-made Forest. I booked my daytour through I Travel Bohol on Facebook. It costs P1,235 or $22 (the price could be higher now)
Your starting point is in Tagbilaran in Bohol. There are daily flights from the capital, Manila, to Panglao (30 minutes rides to Tagbilaran) via the domestic airlines – Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Air Asia.The best time to go there is anytime of the year so you can check out and compare the cheapest flights to Tagbilaran City.
BY MOTORBIKE OR CAR
Loboc is only 20 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City. You can rent a motorbike there forP300-500 ($6-10) per day while you provide for the gasoline. The renters will need your ID or passport. Car rentals are also available in Tagbilaran, travel time to Loboc is around 45 minutes.
There are buses and jeepneys at Dao Bus Terminal that are going to Loboc. Ask the driver to drop you off at Camayaan Intersection going to Loboc River Resort, travel time is 1 hour..
Where to stay
There are a lot of choices for places to stay in Tagbilaran City. I prefer cheap dorm-type hostels and I was able to get the best deals at Booking.com.
Agoda also offers cheap deals from $20 and up. You may want to check it out here.
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