The winding Loboc-Loay River brings a delightful encounter with local culture, beautiful scenery and delicious food.
The Loboc River Cruise is one the most popular tourist destinations in Bohol. Visitors who want to feel the magic of the area firsthand would have to undergo the ride upriver. There are available small motorized bancas but those who want the luxury of getting their share of the experience while dining may take the floating restaurants which can easily accommodate up to fifty people. These gliding halls are wooden platforms mounted on two large outrigger boats. Live bands play music to the clients as they cruise along this majestic waterway. Each boat features a different kind of music from the others. Various Filipino cuisine and indigenous delicacies are meticulously prepared by the crew and the sumptuous buffet commences as the boats shove off.
During the one-hour upstream trip, the tourists behold verdant vegetation of the tropics like bananas, bamboos, coconut trees, palms and bushes. Resident children also provide additional entertainment as they daringly undertake the 10 foot plunge from the leaning coconut trees to the water. A cottage onboard a raft houses members of a home-grown rondalla band who amuse with rondalla music. There are also ukulele players who give a rendition of native Boholano songs while other colleagues perform a dance. To really get a grasp of the traditional dances, guests are encouraged to join in on the revelry.
Visit Busay Falls
The more complicated and challenging dances include the Kuradang and the Tinikling. At the end of the voyage, the sightseers may enjoy a refreshing bath under the one-and-a-half-meter Busay Falls for a few minutes before the boat embarks upon the return journey.
Nighttime incursion is also recommended for those who want to feel the peace and tranquility of the place. The absence of traffic and noise in the canal in the evening grants the vital serenity one seeks when communing with nature. Lights positioned along the riverside provide the essential illumination and added appeal.
Aside form the Loboc River Cruise, the historical town of Loboc also prides itself of having historical sites worth inspecting. These are the stone parish church and the attached three-storey convent which houses the Museo de Loboc, a museum of antique statues and other artifacts. They also have their own tarsier sanctuary. An unfinished bridge that sits right next to the church also serves to attract tourists for its being a statement of blatant corruption of some government officials who will not think twice at destroying an old religious structure as long as they could profit it.