Located in the Southern part of Cebu in the quite town of Aloguinsan is a tranquil under rated paradise. Boho River is a protected site that implements strict rules on conservation of the mangroves and marine ecosystem. With the joint effort of the community and the local government, Bojo River Cruise has gained local and international awards for sustainable destination.
How to Get There by Bus or Van:
From Cebu City South Terminal you have two options. You can take a bus to Toledo for 70.00 or a public van for 100.00. From Toledo City, take a multicab to Aluguinsan Public Market. – Fare 35.00 and then take a habal-habal to Bojo River from the market. – Fare 20.00
Where to Stay:
Tauhai Garden Beach Resort & Spa
It was an impulsive trip to Aloguinsan that we drove in the middle of the night. We were thinking of getting an accommodation somewhere in Hidden Grove but since we didn’t have enough time to look for better place to spend the night, we found ourselves checked in at Tauhai garden Beach Resort and Spa. For 1200 we had a little hut for ourselves. It was an air-conditioned room with basic accommodation necessities provided. The resort itself was a good with a swimming pool and cottages, but seriously staying in that small hut where we stayed is not recommended especially if you are as tall or taller than me. It doesn’t have enough space and mosquitoes are everywhere. Quite disappointing but we booked it at the very last-minute so we can’t complain.
The River Cruise:
River Cruise Fee: 400.00 per person
We left for Bojo River after breakfast. The resort where we stayed was more or less 30 minutes away from the river’s location. The surrounding area and the entrance was a regular neighborhood with sari-sari stores around and dog chilling in the middle of the road not minding motorists.
We walked few meters to the entrance from the parking area. We were greeted with warm welcome and smiles from the locals caretakers. The Bojo River Cruise is a government project to help the local fishermen have an alternative source of income.
Before the cruise started, a 15-min introduction about the projections and the goals of the project were discussed. They also provided a locker for safe keeping of our valuables.
Guests are required to wear life jackets while on the cruise for safety. The cruise takes more or less 45 mins. The most impressive part for me was not the cruise actually, but the brilliant local boatmen. They are very familiar on how the flora and fauna of the surrounding environment works.
We enjoyed the scenery and the cool water of the river while listening to the boatman’s talk about Bojo River, as well as entertained as he shared the local folk story of a nymph who lives somewhere near the brackish waters of the river.
Truthfully, the river cruise fee was quite expensive for budget travelers. However, I was glad knowing that part of the 400.00 pesos that I paid will put food on their tables. The amount will be split between the local government for the preservation of the protected area and the locals who are working hard to make your visit pleasant.