Fourth stop of our Bohol Countryside Tour, Day 2 in Bohol (January 29 - 31, 2010).
From the Sipatan Hanging Bridge, it was just a short drive to the Loboc river cruise terminal. Before getting off the van, our driver had already recommended the River Watch Floating Restaurant so we went straight to their ticketing booth as soon as we got off the van. After paying Php 350 for the buffet (I think we paid Php 150 for my son's meal), we were given postcards that also served as our ticket/food stub. When we arrived, the boat had just left and it gave us more than 30 minutes to freshen up and visit the restroom. I had the chance to check my e-mails and my social networks because of the free Wi-Fi connection in the airconditioned waiting area. Rap had fun watching cartoons with the other kids present. Then, we heard the voice over announcement advising us to go the the boarding area and in less than 10 minutes we were on the boat.
It was lunchtime and our boat was filled to its maximum capacity. Each table in the floating restaurant accommodate 10 people so 4 other passengers shared a table with me and my family. Once the buffet table was filled, people were asked to line up in batches.
We were entertained by the in-house band while we had our lunch. My dad was actually happier to hear the band singing Visayan songs. I, on the other hand, enjoyed seeing the people and houses that lined the riverbank. After a while, our boat stopped beside a floating bamboo raft where the locals, children and adults alike, serenaded us with music strummed on guitars and bandurrias. Some guests even danced along with the small children. My boys and I had the chance to have photos taken with the children.
The whole trip lasted for an hour, just enough for us to have our fill of the dishes served in the buffet table.
It would be best if you experience the Loboc River Cruise as part of a van rental package. We got ours at Php 3,500 for 8 hours. There are also buses and jeeps that go there from the Dao bus terminal in Tagbilaran City.
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