King The Explorer: Goes Bojo River in Aloguinsan, Cebu
- 2月 16 2016 – 火曜日
Palawan? You’re definitely wrong! This is Bojo River Cruise & Eco-Cultural Tour in Aloguinsan, Cebu.
Bojo River Cruise & Eco-Cultural Tour is one of the most popular attractions in the Municipality of Aloguinsan in Cebu. This eco-cultural tour at Bojo River provides you not only fun time and ride on an outrigger boat but also an environmentally enlightening experience.
About my trip
A small town located on the western seaboard of Cebu, Aloguinsan is gaining renown for its nature tours that advocate sustainable and responsible tourism. One of the notable activities for town visitors is a downstream ride on a small baroto (wooden boat) along the Bojo River as fishermen guide point out mangrove and other flora as well as bird species.
Aside from the river cruise, the town also offers a culinary treat at its organic farm and exploration of a cove that was once home to a hermit more than a hundred years ago.
The town, which faces the island of Negros, is 72 kilometers via Toledo and 58 kilometers via Carcar from Cebu City. It is reachable by vans for hire or buses via Toledo City. Those with their own transport may take the Carcar City or Toledo City route going to Aloguinsan.
Going from the entrance of Bojo River would be a 220 meters walk, but going there is very amusing though. you can how the locals take good care of their nature.
A 400-meter long boardwalk that cuts across the mangrove forest provides the option of going on a trek along the river. The bamboo boardwalk connects to a 150-step natural trail carved on a hillside that leads to a gazebo overlooking the river landscape.
Upon taking the tour, you need to pay 400 pesos this already includes a boat for your tour, guide and a life vest. A briefing was held before we were asked to wear our lifevests and get on our assigned banca.
As we drifted along the river, our guide pointed to different types of mangroves and their scientific names. Half my brain absorbed the scene unfolding in front of me, and the other half struggled to register all the names of mangroves and other information the guide had painstakingly memorized. I commend him for going through months of study and training, just to educate us, but, unfortunately, this student is of the rotten bunch and would only pay attention to the interesting stories and funny jokes he injected in between.
The guide also told us that a many years ago, this river was used to hide from the enemy in World War II, also when we reach on a big limestone he told us that that area were used to have many monkeys leaving with their goddess. The locals asked from the goddess for some things for their fiestas but they abused it and made the goddess angry. That is why the entrance was forcely closed.
At the inlet, you can see a lots of corals due to its clear blue sea. you can also find at the left side the Hermit’s Cove. it is also a popular destination here in Aloguinsan.
Near the mouth of the cave, guest can snorkel and discover the pristine reef lining the cliffs extending 1km wide across the coastline. It was unfortunate I left my snorkeling gear at our van but one of our companions did snorkel.
We were given time to jump into the water and swim around. If not for other groups waiting, we would have spent hours in the water, not caring if our fingers turned like raisins—all wrinkled. But time’s up, we musn’t be selfish, there were other groups to teach and it was their turn to get the Bojo River education.
When there are no guests to ferry along the river, the Bojo River tour guides work as fishermen. Tour proceeds go to the fishermen and their families, and to community projects. If you feel that Php 400 is too much for a short tour (about an hour), think of it as a way of helping the community.