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Tañon Strait | Bojo River Cruise: An Aloguinsan Eco-Cultural Trip

It was a relief that after travelling at least four hours from Bantayan Island, then a short 200 meter hike from the roadside, we were welcomed with Cebuano folk songs by the staffs of BAETAS (Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association). I may not fully understand the words but I could feel the collective liveliness from the group vocals to the energetic strums of the lone guitar. We were on the third day of our Oceana Philippines photo safari at Tañon Strait. We traveled southwest to the town of Aloguinsan to experience their Bojo River Cruise, the towns foremost attraction with activities revolving around the 1.4km river leading to Tañon Strait.

Demonstration of pandan weaving
Demonstration of pandan weaving

The cruise only took less than an hour back and forth since not everyone took a swim or snorkeled. When we came back, there were a few women who demonstrated pandan weaving and encouraged us to try and we made our own coasters to take home. There was also a 400-meter boardwalk cutting through the mangroves leading to a hill but it was currently damaged and undergoing repairs when we went there.

Path to the farmhouse
Path to the farmhouse

The Farmhouse Sidetrip

Since we took a full tour, we also had a snack at the nearby Farmhouse in Aloguinsan. It was a surprise to see an elegant Filipino-home style house turned resto with a warm earthly ambiance with a beautiful garden and organic farm. The hot tsokolate batirol was unforgetably good along with the other snacks like bread, biko and that camote and special house dip. A perfect afternoon snack to cap off this wonderful tour.

Personally, the Bojo River Cruise in Aloguinsan, Cebu isn’t as grand as the other mangrove systems I’ve been to but the effort of the community to instil the local culture and the depth of knowledge the guides have on Bojo River and its environs makes up for an enjoyable and informative experience all throughout.

Hot tsokolate and snacks at the Farmhouse
Hot tsokolate and snacks at the Farmhouse

Essential Info

For booking and inquiries contact Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS):

Phone: (6332) 583.6797
Mobile: Rudney Carcuevas: 0905.9133.055 or 0922.4798.822
Jomalyn: 0926.490.6670
Email: [email protected]
Address: Barangay Bojo, Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines

The Bojo River Cruise rates are as follow:

  • Package 1: Walk-in guests at P400/pax. Inclusion: the river cruise and swimming
  • Package 2: Full tour at P650/pax (minimum of 5 pax). Inclusion: welcome lei, welcome drinks, lunch at Bojo River, snack at the Farmhouse, handicraft demo, river cruise and swimming
  • Package 3: Students package at P650/pax (minimum of 5 pax). Inclusions: welcome lei, welcome drinks, lunch at Bojo River, snack at the Farmhouse, handicraft demo, river cruise, swimming, Baluarte Heritage Park tour, church tour, parola visit

For those who wish to swim or snorkel, they don’t rent out gears as of the time of writing so bring your own snorkeling gear.

The reception and launching area for the Bojo River Cruise
The reception and launching area for the Bojo River Cruise

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One of the outrigger boats heading back up river
One of the outrigger boats heading back up river

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