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Loboc River Bohol Reviews
over rated tourist attraction Jul 12, 2012
In my opinion this is quite an over rated tourist attraction and yet, it has some good points also. The cost for the tour was PhP450.00 (US$11.50) but that was last year. And quite pricey for the quality of the tour.
The cruise includes a buffet lunch of Filipino native dishes like “pancit” (sautéed noodles with chicken & veggies), chicken adobo, broiled fish, and few more dishes I can no longer remember. Steamed and fried rice were also served. For desserts they have tropical fruits and some native cakes. The lunch is average, nothing fancy. I wish there is a (cheaper) tour package in which lunch is not included.
While you eat lunch a live music is performed by non-professional singers who have different types of handicap. The guy who sang in our cruise is blind. I think the city government encourages them to be part of the tourism industry so that these folks will feel more productive and useful to community. I think this is a plus factor to the tour! However, their performance could have been better if the sound system came across nicely and distinct!
Along the cruise is a stop every five minutes for some cultural or folk dances performed by school kids in green colored regional costumes. This part of the cruise is quite entertaining and educational.
As far as the river view is concern I wasn’t very impressed. I did not like the color of the river which is murky and too brownish. The tropical forest surrounding the river though is lush and very green.
At the end of the cruise just before the boat turned around, there are two tiny water falls.
If I had the choice whether or not to try this experience, I’d probably say, “I’ll pass…”
Part of the BOHOL PHILIPPINES 2012 travel blog
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Eat, relax, dance or just enjoy the live band along the river cruise Mar 15, 2011
Another must do when in Cebu. Loboc River is located within a island called Bohol. A 1.5 or so hour ferry ride from Mactan Port. The cruise includes an all you can eat lunch (or eat as much as you can before it's gone). Once you stuff yourself with the satisfying local food you will start to head up the river. Here you will relish the unspoilt beauty of nature with pleasing songs being played by a live band. The boat may even stop over to let you watch locals perform. All in all i found it to be relieving. A good change of scenery when in a busy city like Cebu.
- Most tourist stay in Bohol for at least a day but if you're just going to do a day trip make sure you get the earliest ferry to go to Bohol and catch the last or second last ferry because there is a lot to do and see there.
- If you can arrange to travel with atleast 6 people. This is so you save on the car hire while at Bohol. If you go by yourself you will still need to pay as if there was 6 of you.
- Upon arrival in Bohol. You will be bombarded with tour guides offering you their service. Don't be scared to get a price from all of them and bargain with them. Expect to pay around P2000.
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