If you are a tourist and have traveled to Bohol City, I guess you never missed eating your lunch or dinner while traversing Loboc River on a boat. Well, there is a local version of this rdining innovation, they aptly called it, the Balsa River Cruise. The idea is the same - to serve unlimited food to customer while riding an improvised boat (“boat” in local dialect means “balsa”), but the sights of lush greeneries, birds and the clean waters of Ilog River are what make this place different.
Advanced Booking is Required
Tourists are required to book in advance because the boat can accommodate around 50 passengers. They do not allow walk-ins probably because they will prepare food for those with confirmed bookings to avoid unnecessary food wastage. Two Booking booths are available, one is at the take-off station in Malabong, Ilog and another one in Kabankalan City. One may also book online by visiting their FB Page - https://www.facebook.com/balsarivercruise.com/
Accessible and Clean Location
The place is a 10-minute drive away from Kabankalan City, whether by private car or tricycle, the only public vehicle plying this route. It has a spacious and clean waiting area with a 50-meter Led TV set to keep the guests from not getting impatient while waiting for their scheduled trip. It serves light snacks to go with the TV entertainment.
|This picturesque view greets tourists upon entry to the lounge area|
Wide Selection of Seafood and Native Delicacies
Diners are served with around 7 to 10 kinds of seafood such as garlic shrimp dunked in sweet sauce, steamed crab,and talaba, steak bangus, adobong pusit, chicken and pork adobo, fish kinilaw and jackfruit ensalada. They also serve pancit guisado, native products such as maja blanca, camote delight, suman and others. Drinks and coffee are overflowing too.
|All -you-can-eat seafood and meat dishes are served generously.|
|Fruits and native delicacies are plenty|
|The buffet table is strategically placed on the center aisle to facilitate smooth flow of foot traffic|
Live Acoustic Music
While eating and cruising along the river, guests are treated to a local acoustic band which sings soft music that will make you love your spouse more. The singers accommodate request for songs, or they may even sing birthday songs for birthday celebrants.
Amazing Sights along the River Banks
The beautiful scenery makes tourists feel refreshed and relaxed. There are plenty of lush vegetation along the riverbank which protect the area from soil erosion and balance the ecosystem.
There are birds of different species flying above or near the river bank. I learned that the river is becoming a breeding ground for some of the birds. This is a rare sight for someone who is living in the city who have limited open spaces and green initiatives are placed on the sidelight.
The boat ride takes around 1 to 2 hours, covering around 7 kilometers of the river with clean water. The river bank is devoid of any waste materials, and birds make food by catching fish.
If you are good in finding the right angle, there are nice views that you can photograph inside the “balsa” with the clouds or water as the backdrop.
|A refreshing view for someone who lives in the concrete jungle, we call home.|
|This Ilog river is home to some bird species, balancing the ecosystem in the area.|
The boat ride experience is never complete without the friendly and helpful staff. They make you feel really important and they have what you need in an instant, such as toothpick, extra glass, etc.
Our Balsa River Cruise Experience is one for the book. It allows me and wife to enjoy good food, while listening to soft music and at the same time appreciate how generous God is by gifting us with these blessings.
|The couple enjoying good food, mellow music and wonderful sights.|
You may book your reservation online at telephone no. 09101886420 for P450.00 per pax (roughly around USD$ 9.00)