Another popular and worthy tourist attraction that never fails to impress visitors is the river cruising at the Loboc River. Witness the stretch of tropical greenery consisting of banana groves, coconut trees, some wild flowers and nipa palms; and hear the peaceful calling of the fresh water river that lulls you to have a laid-back experience with Mother Nature at her best.
By the river, two long boats, topped with a large platform made of wood and bamboo, big enough to support the friendly staff and 25-50 eager nature enthusiasts and visitors from all ages awaits. Your 24 km drive from the city would easily be forgotten the moment you step in and be greeted with warm hearty smiles from the crew.
At lunchtime, this remarkable floating restaurant welcomes you with a delicious buffet at the middle, filled with Boholano cuisine and a wide array of fresh and ripe fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth. As the two motorboats beneath the platform come to life, the restaurant will then go cruising along the serene river, passing by several houses and huts built along the riverbank. While cruising, spectators get a special ticket to see the daily lifestyle of the local townsfolk living along the banks; may it be husbands on their livelihood fishing, housewives doing some laundry, or children happily taking a plunge on the deep river as they display peculiar jumps from a swayed trunk of a coconut tree.
The journey takes about 45 minutes on the way to Busay Falls where the boat stops for a while to let tourists enjoy the scenery. At certain times, children and some teenagers spend their leisure time by these falls and display some wacky stunts to add some entertainment to spectators.
This escapade of blossoming flora and fauna is worth one’s while as a local guitar man makes his way around the floating restaurant, entertaining guests with songs from the classics up to the present. You’d also be surprised that such a guitar man could sing songs in different languages, since the diversity of tourists on board is beyond imagination.
On the way back, a band of local townsfolk geared with musical instruments, native props and colorful costumes anticipates your arrival on their floating deck. For a length of ten minutes or more, tourists get to sing and dance along, participate and take pictures with the amusing band of performers composed of men and women, children and oldies alike. Definitely, this unforgettable experience becomes one of the main reasons why tourists would like to come back to Bohol and go through the same cruise again!
To get there:
Usually, vans for hire are on standby and available at the local airport or city pier. The hotel/resort management could also make the necessary arrangements for your transportation.
You can also hire a metered taxi if you want to go on an exclusive trip to Loboc.