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Loboc River Cruise in Bohol

 

Panaghoy sa Suba. (The Call of the River)

An award-winning Filipino film in 2004 which is about the story of the lives of Filipinos in Bohol during World War II. It was mostly shot in Loboc River. And with its success comes the curiosity of many for this river in Bohol.

I remember constantly seeing a picturesque photo of Loboc river that time. I was too young then that I never imagined myself that I would be an avid traveler and a travel blogger. But the photos remained in my memory.

Fast forward, destiny has finally become clear to me. I became a traveler and a writer, and Bohol was one of the places that I remember wanting to visit.

The universe might have heard my calling for Bohol, when a few months ago I was invited by Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines to be part of a fam tour in Bohol together with international travel bloggers.

Loboc River Bohol philippines

The moment we arrived at the airport, we were off to our first destination, the Loboc River cruise.

The Loboc River (also called Loay River) is one of the widely popular tourist attractions in Bohol with its cruise or the floating restaurant that starts from the Loboc town until it reaches the Busay Falls.

Once aboard, Filipino food and tropical fruits will welcome every guest at the center of the barge. Since the entire floating restaurant was reserved for us, the trip to Loboc River immediately started. But if you’re going there with small group, expect a little waiting time for other tourists.

I enjoyed the buffet with mostly Filipino food with desserts, veggies and fruits.I was hungry at that time so I ate a lot. Haha Our guide, Ms. Grace, said that the usual fee for the cruise is about 450Php per person (see the full fees below this article). I think it’s reasonable for the satisfying food and the picturesque view of the river.  Plus, a singer and a guitarist duo serenaded us.

It was also a chance for us, participants and fellow travel bloggers, to talk and share our stories.

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That’s Scott of Bobochichi.com

Loboc River Bohol philippines

Loboc River Bohol philippines
That’s Ma’am Grace! 🙂

Loboc River Bohol philippines

Loboc River Bohol Philippines
That’s Ruchika and Scott!

I was already full and the only thing to do during that time was to enjoy the lush green forest and the calm river..

It was not really breathtaking but it was enough environment to chill after a sumptuous lunch. Some other interesting sights are some small houses, boats and children climbing the trees and jumping off the river.

Loboc River Bohol philippines

The farthest part is when when you see a small waterfalls called Busay Falls. Going back, another pleasant surprise happened when we docked in another barge and witnessed a sing and dance performance complete with costumes and props. And they danced Tinikling!

Being a Filipino, I can honestly say that we are accustomed to seeing some folk dance performances, so there was nothing really spectacular with it. But I guess, if you’re a foreign traveler it’s a new experience to enjoy.

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Tinikling!

Again, it’s an amazing experience to finally traveled to Bohol.

It’s just surreal right? A place that ignited my curiosity from a movie years back has finally become real. It just keeps me inspired to travel and write more!

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How to get to Loboc River

Book a flight to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol. Then a ride a jeepney or mini bus going to Loboc or Carmen. The drop off point is near the Loboc Church which is a walking distance to the Loboc River.

 

Loboc Bohol Floating Restaurant Cruise Prices and Schedule

Source: Info Bohol
P350.00 – River Cruise and Lunch
P100.00 – Maintenance, Safety and Security Charges
P450/pax
Children:
0-3 years old – free without drinks
4-8 years old – 50% with drinks
9-11 years old – P250.00
12 years old and above – P350.00

Loboc River Night Cruise
Schedule & Rates
6:30 P.M. (nightly) – Dinner (Buffet) – P300.00
7:30 P.M. (nightly) – Cruise – P350.00
8:30 P.M. (Fri & Sat) – Loboc Youth Ambassador Band Concert – P200.00

Package A
Dinner (Buffet)
Loboc River Night Cruise
Loboc Youth Ambassador Band Concert
P800.00/pax
Schedule: Friday & Saturday – 6:30 PM

Package B
Loboc River Night Cruise
Concert
P500.00/pax
Schedule: Friday & Saturday – 7:30 PM

Package C
Dinner
Concert
P450.00/pax
Schedule: Friday & Saturday – 6:30 P.M. & 8:30 P.M.

Note: Guests are requested to be at the complex 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Prices may change without prior notice. Booking is necessary.

Contact Number: LOBOC RIVERWATCH FLOATING RESTAURANT
Address: Poblacion Sawang, Loboc Municipality, Bohol Province
Email: lobocriverwatch@gmail.com
Telephone Number: (038) – 537 – 9460
Cellphone: 0918-5104032 * 0917-3060010
0917-3822254 * 0912-8948105

 

Accomodation and Resorts Near Loboc River?

If you plan to stay longer and explore Loboc, Bohol, there are resorts in town to accomodate you. The most popular is Loboc River Resort. (Check the room rates here.)

 

Loboc River Bohol Map

Disclosure: Our travel to Bohol was part of the fam tour sponsored by Tourism Promotions Board. Thank you for this opportunity.

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