Cebu is blessed with numerous natural wonders whose beauty have captivated the imagination of residents and visitors alike. One of these natural wonders is the Bojo River in the municipality of Aloguinsan.
Aloguinsan is a fourth-class municipality in western Cebu. Formerly a barrio of the town of Pinamungajan, a Royal Decree of the Kingdom of Spain converted it into a town in 1886. The town is blessed with a number of natural wonders, including the Bojo River, which is currently being promoted as one of the eco-tourism destinations by town officials.
The Bojo River is a 1.4-kilometer waterway located in the Bojo River Nature Reserve, which is protected and maintained by the Bojo Aloguinsan Eco-Tourism Association. It is home to around 70 bird species and native flora. The word “bojo” has two meanings depending on the language used. In Spanish, it means “river ceiling” while in the Visayan language, it means “hole,” which is logical since the river essentially ends up as “a hole” leading to the sea.
The Bojo River Cruise & Eco-Cultural Tour is among the most popular tourist attractions of the town. And it is not a simply river cruise where you only get to admire the beauty of nature since the guides are knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the area. The guides will also share the history of the association taking care of the river and its surroundings. So, the river cruise on the Bojo River will not only be a fun activity, it will also allow guests to learn something new about nature. The limestone rocks close to the mouth of the river are similar to the ones found in El Nido or Coron in Palawan. The river cruise will take around three hours to finish and guests have the option to take a dip on the clear waters at the mouth of the river.
While walk-ins are welcome, there are a number of packages available for the Bojo River Cruise. The package rates start at PHP 800 per person for one to five guests up to PHP 450 per person for thirty to fifty guests. These packages typically include morning snacks, lunch, and the river tour, among others. The walk-in rate is PHP 400, but it only includes the river tour.
Getting To Aloguinsan
Getting to the town of Aloguinsan will require you to take at least two rides from the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Hop on a bus headed for Carcar where you have to take another ride to the town of Aloguinsan itself. You can also rent a van to take you directly to the town.
It should be noted that all tours are already centralized at the tourism office of the town, which means it is necessary to coordinate with the tourism office to manage the entry of guests and ensure their safety and comfort when they tour the river. You can get in touch with the tourism office through (+6332) 469-9041 for more information about the Bojo River Cruise & Eco-Cultural Tour.
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