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After the flurry of a hectic weekday, we were agog to visit ALOGUINSAN for the much awaited Bojo River eco-tour, gawk at the diverse flora and fauna, listen to the enchanting stories of the boatman recounting tales about the “bojo” or coastal trading between the natives and Spanish conquistadores, the rawdy treasure hunters who blasted the rock wall in search of the Yamashita Treasure, the vanishing playful monkeys and the kind-hearted fairy who lent items in reply to the supplication of the natives, and appreciate the diverse coral and marine life.
This is enchanting Bojo River, spanning 1.5 km where the river water meets those of Tañon Strait, 8 meters deep at the river mouth. Its cool, clear water is soothing massage to our tired muscles – so says officemates Marifil and Jing.
The town of Aloguinsan is 73 kms southwest of Cebu City. It is bounded by Barili at the south, Pinamungajan by the North, San Fernando & Carcar at the East, and Tañon Strait at the west. We reached there via Ceres Bus in an hour and a half, and got to Boho after two transfers.
Here are the options, to get there :
|Origin||Destination||Transport Mode||Amount (in Pesos)|
-City Link Terminal
|-Direct to Aloguinsan||Non aircon Bus||80|
|-via Toledo Town or
|Non aircon Bus
Non Aircon Bus
Non Aircon Bus
|60 ( 100 for
aircon V Hire)
|-From Toledo Town
– From Carcar
|To Aloguinsan Town
To Aloguinsan Town
Direct to Bojo
|Jeep or Multicab
Jeep or Multicab
From Aloguinsan Town Terminal
The Bojo eco-tourism is a source of income to the fishing community as coordinated by Mr. Rudney Carcuevas and organized by the Local Government of Aloguinsan. This was launched on 14th June 2009, when about 300 fisherfolks were trained as guides but with the tedious daily trainings and seminars, only 32 folks stayed on. While the men navigate/ guide guests in their bancas, women prepare food and other delicacies for the guests’ return.
Pegged at Php 775 per pax, the river tour includes lunch, snacks, welcome leis and drinks, serenade, use of the banca with the navigator/guide. Rates are discounted as group members increase. For walk-in guests, cost is Ph P400 covering only the river tour with guide. Use of kayak is Php 200.
Guests get their wildlife lecture prior to boarding. Briefing include how the BAETA’s eco tourism endeavor has encouraged them preserving the place, the trainings they received for a scientific insight on the biodiversity, the inventory of the fauna and flora of the place.
About 100 species of plants, 22 species of mangroves, i.e. among them are local names “pagatpat”, “bakhaw” and “tungog”-
(the Philippines has about 50 species) abound the place ; while 61 species of birds call Bojo River their home.
Under renovation is the 400 meter-long board walk which when completed, shall sport a gazebo with 115 steps, as vantage point for bird watching. Docking vicinity is 3 meters deep, while the river mouth has a depth of 8 meters.
For your river tour reservations, p-lease call BOHOL ALOGUINSAN ECOTOURISM ASSOCIATION (BAETAS), through its President Mr. Rudney Carcuelas with Mobile 0905 – 913 – 3055.
Take a dip, then !
Another unexpected cool treat for the day was a plunge at CANTABOGON WHITE SAND BEACH, just 3 kilometers off from Bojo River.
We took another motorcycle ride, commissioning the driver to wait for an hour at Php 200 per pax. Cantabogon Beach is still not much explored, hence, clean with powdery sand. The way to the beach was not smooth as it was hilly, rocks were paved off for passage at some stretch. As gathered, an alternate easier route, with staircase, is being developed.
There are no cabanas or rest huts yet, so you can bring your tent and stay overnight.
Entrance fee is Php 100 per pax, security fee for Barangay Tanod is Php 150 while power/light is charged at Php 50 for overnight stay.
The beach is maintained by Cantabogan Eco-Tourism Association and one can request its Vice President Ms. Rosana Suelto (with mobile 0929-190-8575) for home cooking of the freshest/ juiciest catch, at P500 per pax .
What a relaxing day !