Today I’m taking a break and will be sharing with you an out of the kitchen post. More than that, I would like to share a little background about me, where I am originally from, and more about my home country and our culture. Today I am going to share with you one of the activity that we did when I visited my home country Philippines.
If you don’t know yet, I am a Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines. I love cooking, baking and traveling and among these 3, cooking was the only one that I did when I was in the Philippines. Baking and traveling were something that I was able to do quite a lot only when I move here in Canada. I left Philippines few years ago and moved to Canada for good. Every now and then, I visit my family in the Philippines and we plan a short out of town vacation for few weeks. Philippines have a lot of interesting and fun attractions. There’s just so many places but so little time to explore all of them. In this post, I will share with you the Loboc River Buffet Lunch Cruise that we did when we visited Bohol city. This is one of the top tourist attractions, and a relaxing way to to relax while cruising the river and enjoying Filipino food.
Loboc River Lunch Cruise
The Loboc River is a river in the Bohol province of the Philippines. It is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol, particularly the Loboc River Lunch Cruise. The cruise offers lunch buffet showcasing variety of traditional Filipino foods. The Loboc River cruise usually runs for an hour or so back and forth, with onboard music entertainment and a short stop to watch a cultural show where locals dance the Tinikling.
Price: Lunch 450 Pesos (PHP); Dinner 200 - 350 Pesos (Depending in time and day) Duration: About 1 hour (return)
How to Buy Loboc River Lunch Cruise
Tickets for Loboc River Lunch or Dinner Buffet cruise can be bought online either in the website of the company offering it, or via a tour company like Expedia or Viator. You can also buy the ticket onsite but be prepared for the long wait and line up. If you want to save time, it is highly recommended to book the ticket in advance, however you choose to purchase it. Another option is to ask your tour guide to buy it for you instead of lining up yourself. Most often than not, these tour guides have priority when buying tickets, they can secure the ticket shorter than when you line up yourself.
What to Expect from Loboc River Lunch Cruise
You will start by boarding a motorized banca or a wooden boat. There is a buffet table in the middle and scattered tables for people to sit during the cruise. The cruise is about 1 hour (return) and there is a live music entertainment on board, and a few minutes stop to watch a short cultural show where locals dance the Tinikling (a traditional Filipino folk dance). The food are mostly traditional Filipino food, a variety of meat and vegetables dishes, plus few dessert and drinks. Do not expect for extravagant food as you will be disappointed. The food are very basic, nothing special and extra-ordinary. If you set your expectation right, then maybe you won’t be disappointed. A lot of comments I read have something to do with the quality of food, and I have to say I agree to some of them. It could have been much better, but it is the experience that counts.
Cultural Show – Tinikling Dance
Tinikling is a traditional Philippine folk dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. The dance involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance (Source: Wikipedia)
Is it Worth It?
This is a common question asked by tourist planning to visit Bohol. People who have done this have mix feedback. Some people like it while other people did not enjoy it as much. Here are some feedback from random people who have done the cruise. Please note that there is a huge possibility that these people took the cruise from different tour operators.
- Great lunch buffet on a MOVING flat surface made of Bamboo pushed by a motorized boat along the river.
- Great views of locboc River, but very average food
- Cool experience – good food!
- Refreshing but nothing spectacular
As per my personal experience, it was just ok. Maybe not the best, as there are a lot of things that can be improved to make the experience better. Nonetheless, it was a memorable trip because I was with my family. It is the company that counts more than anything else.
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