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Loboc River Cruise
Romantic Loboc River Cruise | Bohol’s Floating Restaurant
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Loboc river is one of the cleanest in the Philippines and one of the tourist spot you don’t want to miss during your Bohol Tours . Make sure you add it in your itinerary when visiting Bohol…its something you wont want to miss…
We went on the day cruise as it was part of a package tour. Next time I am going to make sure we try the night cruise as I do think it would have a lovely romantic vibe about it. The Loboc river cruise was definitely a highlight for me.
When visiting the town of Loboc you can experience cruising by their unique and famous floating restaurant. It will not only fill your tummy, but the lush trees along the serene river in the cruise will surely make you feel relaxed.
The Loboc River Dinner Cruise starts by the Loay Bridge at the Loboc town proper where you can choose from a variety of river cruising vessels. It usually runs for an hour or so back and forth. Near the Loay bridge, you can witness the local kids use the railings as a diving board of sorts.
Romantic Loboc River Cruise | Bohol’s Floating Restaurant
Landing on the River’s Dock floating restaurants was quite serious. First of all, you need to buy a ticket for a specific time. Landing starts 30 minutes before departure. There are some companies offering tours on floating restaurants. As soon as you aboard, waitress offer you drinks and guide you to the table. Food is served as a buffet. After 5 minutes, they open it, so guests can eat before the trip starts. Well, it makes sense because the journey on the river is rather short in time, about more or less one hour o back and forth. During this time you want to look around and take some photos, talk with other people without any rush.
What sets the Filipino food experience in Loboc apart from dining in other restaurants and food joints in this list is that in Loboc, you get to eat Filipino food like Chicken Adobo, Lechon, Pansit Guisado, vegetables, fruits, desserts. Everything is quite tasty, you definitely can find something for yourself. So the price is reasonable. You spend money on ticket instead of restaurant but save time which is always important in travel.
Dining at Loboc River Cruise is on a first come, first served basis. Some guests prefer to reserve slots ahead with their tour guides or tour operators to avoid waiting too long. If you can come earlier to reserve a slot, then you may not have to wait an hour or two past your lunch time.
The river is picturesque. Green jungle leaning over the green waters. Just life in all its glory. Rare houses on shore and fishing boats complete this landscape. This is what I expected and it was more pleasant than I imagined. But I definitely didn’t imagine Busay waterfalls at the end of the route. It was so unexpected and so beautiful!
The journey on the river is rather short in time, about half an hour one way. During this time you want to look around and take some photos, talk with other people without any rush.
Another pleasant surprise is a hut full of native Filipino’s dressed in costumes. Their musical performance is pretty well even though it’s not well synchronized and organized. You’ll heart will melt because the performance was full of children’s joy and spontaneity. And then they called everyone to join: play musical instruments, sing, dance and jump over bamboo stems.
They looked very nice and touching. Even their dogs where amazing because they entertain tourist. In general, it was very fun and provocatively. Souvenir items and bottles of honey are also sold on the raft, and there are donation boxes available for those who want to give tips.
FLOATING RESTAURANT RATES
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
Prices and Schedules:
P350.00 – River Cruise and Lunch
P100.00 – Maintenance, Safety and Security Charges
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Youth Ambassador Band Concert
Friday & Saturday – 6:30 PM
Friday & Saturday – 7:30 PM
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.
How to get to Loboc River
Buses and jeepneys are available at the Tagbilaran City Dao Integrated Bus Terminal. Ride a jeepney or bus going to Loboc or Carmen. It takes approximately one hour travel by public transportation from the city, and around 40 minutes travel by private transportation. Loboc town is located approximately 24 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. Get off near the Loboc Church and cross the bridge over the river to find floating restaurants.
Address: Poblacion Loay Bridge, Loboc Municipality, Bohol Province
Telephone Number: (038) – 537 – 9460