Loboc is a peaceful municipality located in the province of Bohol, which prides itself for having one of the cleanest and freshest rivers in the country. The Loboc River is known as much for its beauty as for improving the economy of the town with its many activities that lure in tourists. One of these is the popular Loboc river cruise in Bohol.
A visit to the town of Loboc is never complete without having to experience a cruise along the river either on small bancas or on any of the famous floating restaurants. The river cruise can either begin at the Loay Bridge which can be found at a nearby town or at the Loboc town proper, where many river cruising vessels can be found. It usually takes about an hour to get back and forth along the river. Visitors can even rent a motorized or non-motorized boat (or a ‘banca’, as the locals call it) to enjoy the lush tropical vegetation and be one with nature while inhaling the cool breeze provided by the river bank. But for an even more unique experience of the river, take the floating restaurant and enjoy a unique dining escapade on board a water vessel.
Floating restaurants have become a major thriving business for the town as it has contributed much to the booming tourism industry of not only Loboc but the entire province of Bohol as well. A classic local dining experience is offered by the cruise restaurant where travelers can enjoy a sumptuous Filipino cuisine buffet for only 280 pesos per person. A spread of local delicacies and the best tropical fresh fruits can also be enjoyed by those onboard. Even better, dining guests are serenaded by an in-boat band that plays a variety of local songs and can even take in song requests of the passengers. Choose your boats wisely as each boat is dedicated to a specific music genre. That way, you can enjoy an unforgettable musical cruise down the river while indulging in a lavishing meal.
The river cruise in Bohol reaches a stopover point that brings its passengers to another unique musical experience by the riverbank. Guests will be able to enjoy a musical performance by a rondalla group with a sheltered floating cottage as its stage. The rondalla band plays Bohalano folk songs and other Filipino novelty songs mostly in Tagalog and Cebuano.
The great thing about the river cruise is that passengers will be able to notice how full of life the Loboc River is during the trip. Locals riding on small bancas flash their wide smiles to the passengers on board as they go about their usual activities. Brave children climb up surrounding palm trees and plunge into the river, often demonstrating rather impressive stunts. The floating restaurant definitely provides a good glimpse of how much the river provides to the daily life of the people of Loboc.
Loboc offers daytime and nighttime cruises which are equally spectacular in experience. There is no doubt that the Loboc River Cruise in Bohol provides a wonderful time to travelers who want something to look forward to when visiting the region.