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Cebu | Bojo River Cruise in Aloguinsan

One fine Saturday of January, I embarked on a journey which made me realize that nature indeed has a lot to offer most especially when it is willfully protected and carefully preserved. Aloguinsan River is wonderfully a great example. A group of local fisher folks and their families guided by the Local Government Unit (LGU) is actively preserving and protecting the beautiful Bojo River in Aloguinsan while they earn concurrently. It is indeed an awesome Saturday of journey towards ecology and culture ̶ an exploration that is not only brimming with beauty and wonders but is also loaded with knowledge and enlightenment. You will surely come out of the journey with your mind and heart filled deeper with love and understanding of the Mother Nature.

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

To start with, Bojo River Cruise is a part of Aloguinsan River Eco-cultural Tour. Bojo River is a long, sea-green trail snaking through the mangrove-filled land until it opens into the wide blue sea. As one might have guessed, you certainly will not be tedious during the trip for you will be enraptured with all the beauty that nature brings around you while the tour guide/s knowledgeably fills you in about what you are seeing.

Bojo River of Aloguinsan


How To Get There

From Cebu City
  • From Cebu City South Bus Terminal, ride in a bus or van bound to Aloguinsan.
From Bacolod City/San Carlos City Negros Occidental
  • Ride in a bus bound to San Carlos City. 
  • Roro/fast craft ride from San Carlos City to Toledo City, then;
From Toledo City (or if you are from this city)
  • Hire a multicab (if in group, it’s cheaper). I recommend Manong Toting─ 09276477087, or;
  • Hire a habal─ habal that will directly bring you to the spot, or;
  • Ride in public utility jeepney bound to Aloguinsan (much cheaper but you have to wait for other passengers),
From Aloguinsan Terminal
  • Hire a habal─ habal (single motorcycle) that will take you to the jump─ off point (less than 10 minutes travel).

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan
a short walk going to the registration area

Bojo River of Aloguinsan
orientation before the river cruise

Travel Notes
  • For those who would like to avail their buffet snack and lunch, a 2 days reservation (with advance deposit) is required. Menu includes ampalaya salad, humba, sikwate and other local dishes. Healthily, ingredients are all─ organic and sourced from their own demo farm. 
  • Aloguinsan Eco─ cultural River Cruise is open from Mondays to Sundays, 8:00Am to 5:00PM. Better check and refer to a Chinese calendar (for low and high tide schedules) since river cruise is available only during high tide.
  • February to May is the best season for snorkeling.

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

The River Cruise

We were introduced to the mangrove trees of various species and their vital functions in the environment. They certainly have numbers of important roles for the ecosystem but one that was greatly emphasized is its function as a marine life protector. With the life it promotes, both the government and non-government environmental organizations met and took the initiative to implement policies and laws concerning the preservation of such lives. In here, you will discover that the true beauty of these mangrove trees lies not in the lush green leaves or the strong wooden trunks but on the protection they partake in the intricate workings of nature ̶ where everything is interconnected.

Of course, with hundreds of healthy trees in the place which making sure that the waters are teeming with life, you may also imagine the birds flapping their wings around and above you! It has been identified that there are around sixty-one (61) bird species within the area. To better appreciate the whole trip, you can bring additional materials with you, say binoculars, cameras, and such.

The lengthy river cruise lasts for approximately 3 hours of amazement while learning in enjoyment!

Bojo River of Aloguinsan


Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Bojo River of Aloguinsan


Thinking about your stomach or the foods maybe? You may want to bring some snacks with you, in case you get hungry but this will hardly be a problem at all. This cruise palatably prepares snacks and buffet lunch that await you! Seriously, you really cannot miss this one!

With the scenery close to perfection, the protection, preservation and maintenance is utmost necessary, thus, the proceeds from this cruise packages are used to fund such local community’s wildlife protection projects. Moreover, the whole river cruise is not just about introducing it to people, encouraging them to proactively care for the nature and educating them with the importance of nurturing and protecting the environment but purposively providing livelihood and earnings for the local families. Can anything be more beautiful than this? 

Hence, you are taking a big step forward in helping the environment just by participating in the Bojo River Cruise. Spread the word and help the movement in the name of Mother Nature. See you there!


CONTACT DETAILS
Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association
Address: Barangay Bojo, Aloguinsan, Cebu City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (+63) 32-583-6797
Email: baetas@aloguinsan.gov.ph

Aloguinsan Tourism Office
Telephone Numbers: 032-469-9042; 0933-120-9480
Mobile Phone Number: 0997-371-5698
Email: aloguinsantourism@gmail.com




PS: I would like to say thank you to Mira, Rodel, Joyce, Sol, Alice, Felchie, Dionel, Ivan, Airen, Mary Joy, Carlo and Renalyn for joining me in this weekend adventure! 

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13 comments:

  1. It's good that the LGU has standardized and advertised the rates; it keeps unscrupulous people from taking advantage of visitors. Cruising the Bojo River was one of our first adventures in Adrenaline Romance, and one of the most scenic tours that we've ever experienced.

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    1. I agree, it's also one of the most scenic tours I've experienced. Thanks for dropping here!

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  2. Kuya jeff this one is amazing! Im happy that the LGU is doing all they can to preserve this. Im going to Cebu on Nov and i will consider this.

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    1. Ping me! Medyo maalon nung nagpunta kami- i want to experience yung calm ang weather - sobrang clear lalo siguro ng water

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  3. It would be a challenge for me to visit the place as I don't like rivers. I don't like murky water. I have Potamophobia. I just fear there might be Crocs lurking in the river.

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  4. Kapangalan ko pala yang river na yan haha, anyway ang ganda ng views at dagdag dahilan para bumalik sa Cebu :D

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    1. hahaha oo na ikaw na ang may-ari ng BoJO RIVER :)

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  5. I don't think I have been on a river cruise before so I will keep this in mind when I visit other parts of Cebu (I've only been to the city for both times I visited huhu). Better reserve for that buffet too para less worries :)

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    1. at hindi crowded Ms Dems. Thanks for dropping here!

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  6. This would a really scenic way to explore the rivers and have lunch. I'll check this cruiese next time I get to Cebu.

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    1. really scenic bro! Thanks for dropping here

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  7. Our Independence guest speaker spoke about the importance of natural resources preservation through environment education. And I have noticed that this particular river is being taken care of the local government to preserve it. For I believe as what our speaker told us is the "source of life."

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