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.
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
- unlimited time river tour + swimming
- handicraft demo (ours was puso-making)
- 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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.