the loboc River is the main things to do in Loboc Town and this clean and green river runs for about 8 kilometers and along the river are various nipa hut stations where culural dancers converge to serenade the guests and also there are various lush mangroves, palms and coconut trees along the way. you can also see snakes hanging along tree branches and the busay falls which is located at the end of the river. the cruise lasts for about 1 hour and buffet lunch or dinner is served on board the wooden rafts and the cost is 450 pesos per person.
while cruising along the famous loboc river cruise and eating sumptous buffet lunch or dinner for the 1 hour cruise, there are several stops along the lobo river where mini nipa huts have assorted local people assembled and dressed in local fiesta atmosphere singing local songs and dancing and even performing cultural dances and the famous bamboo dances (which are seen also in other parts of south east asia) and you can give donations to these people who have donation boxes distributed to the wooden rafts coming and going to the assorted points along the loboc river.
Tarsiers are primitive primates and is considered the world's smallest primate. it is endemic only to the south east asian region, of which bohol province has a good number of local tarsier populations. in loboc, at the loboc river park, there is a small tarsier sanctuary where you can view these cute and cuddly primates, but you could not touch them nor use flash when taking pictures.
according to wikipedia:
Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain. The unique cranial anatomy of the tarsier results from the need to balance their large eyes and heavy head so they are able to wait silently for nutritious prey. Tarsiers have an incredibly strong auditory sense because their auditory cortex is very distinct. Tarsiers also have very long hind limbs, due mostly to the extremely elongated tarsus bones of the feet, from which the animals get their name. The combination of their elongated tarsi and fused tibiofibulae makes them morphologically specialized for vertical clinging and leaping. The head and body range from 10 to 15 cm in length, but the hind limbs are about twice this long (including the feet), and they also have a slender tail from 20 to 25 cm long. Their fingers are also elongated, with the third finger being about the same length as the upper arm. Most of the digits have nails, but the second and third toes of the hind feet bear claws instead, which are used for grooming. Tarsiers have very soft, velvety fur, which is generally buff, beige, or ochre in color.
I visited loboc in Bohol Province 3 years ago when the famous St. Peter's Roman Catholic Loboc Church was still standing. the church was built in 1638 from limestones and corals, which were abundant at thge area at the time, and was the second oldest roman catholic Church in Bohil Province after the Baclayonb Church, both of which were destroyed by the Recent Bohol Earthquake of October 2013. The church is where the world famous Loboc Children's Choir Practices for singing.
A little overrated in my opinion but still worth a look. Entry fee P50 and unless your old you don't need a motorbike to get to the top as it is less than 10 minutes walk and not too steep. On the main road from Loboc just ask the jeepney driver to drop you off there.
The Loboc River floating restaurants slow down, then make a U-turn upon reaching Busay Falls. This is a good opportunity to take pictures of the small waterfalls which is said to be only 12 meters wide and four meters deep.
Personally, I think it's nothing great compared to the other waterfalls we've been to in the country, but its smallness amid the vast valley give it a unique character and beauty.
The locals have prepared a floating stage on the Loboc River for their cultural presentation. After their sing & dance acts, they invited tourists to go down and join them in the "tinikling" dance, or to buy some of their products. Some "balikbayans" and Japanese tourists gamely danced with them.
The hat was later passed for voluntary contributions to the performers.
Feeling sentimental? You can request your favorite song from the boat singer. River Watch had live entertainment during the cruise. He gamely obliged to song requests. Our singer even sang Japanese songs.
Loboc's rainforest is a sight to behold! It was so refreshing to see the lush greens from the riverbanks. The rainforest is said to extend to the mountains and beyond, up to the manmade Mahogany forest in Bilar.
Our family looked forward to a sumptous buffet lunch after a tiring morning tour, and made it on time for the first trip of River Watch, the most popular floating restaurant. We really targetted to have lunch on the first trip which for sure, still had lots of food ^_^.
Here is Anthony tenderly holding the Tarsier, it’s in the family of monkey’s…perhaps people say it could be the smallest very primates in the whole wide world.
Tarsier eat insects and must be alive or they would not touch it. The appearance of a Tarsier would be about 90 to about 160 in height mm or in inches about 3.5 to 6 or a bit more in inches. They are not heavy at all, about 3 to 6 ounches in weight. Now let’s talk about those big eyes. We are told that those eyes are bigger or larger than their brains. They are also more active during the nights or dark, daytime they just quite little Tarsier.
The feet of the Tarsier have two grooming claws and remember not one of them like most animals. They do have long tail and a bit of tuft hair at the tip of the tip.
I have lost count of taking the banca ride in this beautiful river. Every trip provides different experience. I have the seen the various colors of the water, from brown to a fusion of brown and green and the refershing green. The trip downstream lasts in about 30-45 minutes. it always start at any of the restaurants which line the road as you will rent the boat there. The river have some turns and the view of the mountains is simply charming. The cruise will end at the small Busay waterfalls. The boat will take a u turn and will lead you to either the Loboc Riverside Restaurant or the restaurant with caged tarsiers or where you hired the boat.
During the cruise, do not forget to wave to the other passengers of the boat you meet. Not required but sure is a friendly gesture and a polite thing to do.
How much does the cruise cost? Look at the pictures and you will know.
I wouldn't recommend making a special trip here, or even going at all if you only have a few days in Bohol (i.e. Chocolate Hills, Loboc River and Alona Beach are all much better), but if you just want to get out and walk through the forrest and not have anyone harass you, then this might be your kind of place.
note that the observation tower at the peak of the hill is destroyed, so there is no view to be had. If you climb up there just to get the view you will be sorely disappointed
This is the Loboc bridge, which as you can see clearly it's made of pieces of long bambos.
(Will write more after we download some photos for you to enjoy!