Bohol surely packs a punch. Its mind-boggling mix of adventures, landscapes, tropical beaches and heritage sites beckons repeat visits. And this is why I made time to return early this year, to experience the activities I missed. But I’ll tell you a secret. I have not tried the iconic Bohol River Cruise on my first visit, which many tourists finds unforgivable. This is understandable, because it is one of the top things to do when visiting this island province.
5a43468110245fd50ef76dda511656a9A cruise boat winds its way through the palm-fringed Loboc River.
Like a painting that comes to life, Bohol’s countryside is vivid, fringed with forest-clad hills and vast pastoral lands. And the Loboc River Cruise is a pleasant way to observe the local way of life. Together with a group of foreign tourists, I hopped on the cruise boat made of two adjoining boats with a mini restaurant brilliantly attached to a platform.  The floating vessel is propelled by a smaller boat. Like the rest, I was given a number where I need to sit. Chairs and tables were neatly arranged, and a long table at the back offered a sampling of local Filipino food. As you might have surmised, the food and drinks were included in the river cruise package. Plus a free entertainment came with it – on board singers and guitarists serenaded the tourists.
8631f3362427fc3327df1f76e878ffa8Locals satisfied with their catch for the day!
The Loboc River Cruise wound its way through shamrock green river for about an hour. The placid water is fringed by towering coconut trees and punctuated by unassuming nipa houses. Occasionally, we saw see locals going about their everyday lives – doing their laundry, trawling for fish and children frolicking in the placid water.



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