Bojo River Tour

This is my second time to visit Bojo River, and, if I was impressed the first time, I was more impressed the second time. I was with my team mates and there is, indeed, more fun in the numbers. We availed of the tour package (P650 per head) and it was actually beyond what I expected. Read on for more details.

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The P650 per person package includes:

  • welcome lei
  • welcome drinks (fresh buko juice)
  • welcome song
  • short orientation on the history of the group and where your money goes
  • snacks
  • unlimited time river tour + swimming
  • boardwalk
  • handicraft demo (ours was puso-making)
  • lunch
  • free unlimited water (hot and cold)
  • Visayan songs while having lunch
  • free use of showers and comfort rooms (walk-in guests pay P10.00)
  • The Farmhouse tour
  • Baluarte tour

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Snacks menu — boiled camote (sweet potato), boiled banana, salbaro (a native bread), sikwate (tsokolate), and pancit bam-i. The original menu included biko but because I informed the personnel ahead that we are arriving earlier, they changed the biko to bam-i. We loved that there was also buko juice (that you can have opened so you can eat the meat). There was also free unlimited hot and cold water. For walk-in guests, there is a charge for the water.

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Lunch menu — rice, ampalaya salad, humba, tinolang manok bisaya, grilled fish, mangoes and camote tops juice. One of my team mates commented that the humba tasted like the humba my mother cooks. And I agree. The fish was very fresh and also very big. The tinolang manok had ample pieces of chicken and the soup was delicious. We were so full after our lunch that I was so drowsy I slept at the entrance of Hermit’s Cove. Haha…

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There was one thing I did during this trip that I have never done in my whole life, ever. I swam in deep waters. With life vest, of course. But still, there’s always a first time. And I enjoyed it.13898431_10204833343872560_1015264664_o13898566_10204831836154868_1317634350_o13902046_10204833344472575_1680277244_o

I could not, honestly, say anything bad against the Bojo River tour. But here are a few things to take note of:

  • The entrance to the river is about 10 minutes from the municipal hall. You will have to trek a barangay road, which means it is a one-lane road. The time we visited there was a road expansion project going on.
  • The boats are not PWD-friendly. The walkways may also be difficult for wheelchairs.
  • If you do not have a vehicle, you will travel through habal-habal (motorcycle).

I still think it is one of the best private-public partnerships that I have ever encountered in the country and I am full of admiration of the people who initiated this project and the people who are running it. During our first visit, I was impressed that the local fishermen knew the scientific names of the plants and birds thriving in the area. During this visit, I am impressed by their commitment to protect the environment because it gives them life. I am impressed by the fact that they never built anything that would destroy what is natural. I am impressed by the mere fact that they are still there, after seven years, and, winning international awards.

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Where to stay in Aloguinsan? You may try Hidden Beach Resort.

Other places to see in Aloguinsan? The Farmhouse is a small organic farm located at the main road in Aloguinsan.

Some photos by Joel Lopez.

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