Bojo River Cruisin

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Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

It’s always a good idea to visit eco-tourism parks because it teaches you so many things. It teaches you how the environment can be used as a source of income without having to destroy it. It teaches you to appreciate even the little beautiful things around you. It teaches you to take care of the place that we live in because it is but a finite earth.

In the Philippines, there certainly isn’t a scarcity in eco-parks to visit. When a place starts getting popular because of its natural wonders, the local government immediately seeks to protect the place while still allowing guests to come and visit.

One of these many eco-parks in the country is the Bojo River located in the southern town of Aloguinsan in Cebu.

Yummy, yummy lunch!

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

When my fellow travel bloggers and I arrived at Bojo River, we were immediately pampered and given a refreshing buko juice. Whew. The 3-hour trip from Cebu City to Aloguinsan was immediately rewarded. It was a little before lunch so the crew there started preparing our delicious buffet. They also served kamote juice, which to my very picky taste was surprisingly good.

The Bojo River Cruise

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

Previously, the locals in the area cut the mangroves (about 22 different species can be found here) around the river to sell as firewood. However, they soon realised that it was not a sustainable activity and, if they were not careful, they would soon run out of mangrove trees and a source of income. Fortunately, the local government decided to convert the area into an eco-tourism park and trained the farmers and fishermen to handle guests.

The Bojo River is about 1.4 kilometers long from the visitor center to the river mouth. During high tide, some parts go as deep as 3 meters while the river mouth area can go up to 8 meters deep. Bojo, which means hole in the Visayan dialect, probably refers to the river mouth where the river water spills into the big sea.

The cruise along the Bojo River is done by riding on a small boat manually paddled by the tour guide. It definitely sounds like a lot of work for the guide but it also gives a peaceful and quiet time for the guests, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Everyone is required to wear a life vest, especially when wading in the waters.

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

The waters near the river mouth got pretty rough (it was a huge sea) and no one of us dared to swim there. We just settled a little farther away from the mouth and pretended to swim in thigh-deep waters.

The Boardwalk

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

If wading the waters is not an option for you, you can always decide to walk along the Boardwalk. This bamboo ramp ends up in a gazebo on top of a hill, which overlooks the river. I was able to visit it with my family a few years ago but, this time around, half of the ramp was still under construction so we weren’t able to move on farther.

Getting in touch with the locals

The Bojo River tour isn’t just limited to the actual cruising down the river — you also get to know the locals a little bit more. One of the things they showed us is how to make banig or the native mats. It was an interesting but also a confusing activity; it took us about an hour to create a tiny square mat.

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

Snacks!

And of course, the tour doesn’t end there because you also get to taste a few local delicacies.

We went to The Farmhouse nearby and the first thing that was given to us were cold, damp towels. It was the most refreshing thing we received all day long. Traveling in the Philippines is hot!

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

We were also given a cold glass of lemongrass with lemon juice, which was again surprisingly good even for my picky tongue! We even asked for the ingredients (which I already forgot). Then, we headed and ate biko, native bread and many more.

Tour Packages

Bojo River Cruisin' in Aloguinsan, Cebu | Weekend Sojourns

If you want to experience the tour yourself, here are some details:

FULL TOUR PACKAGE (Php 650 per head; minimum of 5 people)

Includes:

  • Welcome lei
  • Welcome drinks
  • Lunch at Bojo River
  • Snacks at The Farmhouse
  • Handicraft Demo
  • River cruise and swimming

STUDENT PACKAGE (Php 850 per head; minimum of 5 people)

Includes:

  • Welcome lei
  • Welcome drinks
  • Lunch at Bojo River
  • Snacks at The Farmhouse
  • Handicraft Demo
  • River cruise and swimming
  • Baluarte (Heritage Park)
  • Church tour
  • Parola

Make sure two book at least two days in advance.

Call the Tourism Office at 032-469-9042 or Jamaila at 0926-324-4279 or 0922-656-0094. Or visit the Aloguinsan River Eco-Cultural Tour Facebook Page.

Hoping to see you around Cebu — and Aloguinsan!

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