Loboc River Cruise
The river cruise site
The town of Loboc lies between two popular tourist destinations in Bohol: Panglao Island and the Chocolate Hills. Along Loboc River's scenic tree-lined banks, one may spot the endangered Philippine tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates. Some cruises include an encounter with an actual tribe such as the Ati.
Night cruises have been made possible by the installation of hundreds of lampposts and floodlights along the riverbanks, starting from the point across Loboc Church, which dates back to the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, all the way up to Busay Falls. The centuries-old church is also beautifully illuminated at night by floodlights. There are also lights along 2 bailey bridges which cross the river.
- Banca cruise – The simplest option. Boatmen can take passengers in bancas down the river to the Busay Falls.
- Floating restaurant cruise – A number of boats feature a buffet of local delicacies, bands, and singing groups like the renowned Loboc Children’s Choir.
- Night cruise – The night cruises on floating restaurants have become extremely popular since they were first offered in July 2008. They provide a romantic ambience and relief from the daytime heat and humidity as well as dinner, music, and cultural presentations.
Cruises in the daytime have long been offered at Loboc River due to its strategic location between the Panglao Island resorts and the Chocolate Hills, which makes it a convenient stopover for a regional tour. In 2008, the provincial government of Bohol decided to light up the riverbanks to make night cruises feasible, in order to reduce traffic on the river during daylight hours, when some 800 tourists would go for cruises. The illumination of the river as well as the construction of a new port with tourist facilities were made possible with the help of a donation from Philippine Ambassador to China Carlos Chan. The night cruises were introduced in July 2008 and have since become immensely popular with tourists.
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