Loboc, a municipality in the province of Bohol, 24 kilometers from the capital Tagbilaran City is among the popular tourist destinations in the province. This town is famous for its floating restaurants that traverse through the Loboc River all the way to the Busay Falls. Tourists also get a chance to cross a traditional hanging bridge made of bamboo and interact with the tarsiers which are among the world’s smallest primates, a nocturnal animal with large eyes and in the brink of extinction as listed among the endangered species in the planet.
Being an old Spanish town, it is a site of an old historic St. Peters Church, a museum and a bell tower. the church was built in 1602 by the Jesuits. While in here, you will also notice a partly completed bridge, which is a monumental engineering blunder of the 1980’s because it would require the old church to be destroyed if completed.
Loboc, a rising tourist spot of Bohol is also home to the world famous Loboc Children’s Choir who won numerous local and international awards, including the Grand Prize in the “2003 Europe and its Songs 6th International Folksong Choir Festival” held in Barcelona, Spain.
How to Get There
Loboc, Bohol can be reached by plane via Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air have flights to Tagbilaran from Manila. From Tagbilaran, ride a jeepney, mini-bus or a habal-habal to Loboc or Carmen, a 40-minute ride for less than P30.00 (~$0.60). Cebu is also a near jump off point to Tagbilaran. If you are coming from Cebu, you can take a 25-minute flight, a one and a half hour speedboat trip or a 4-hour regular ferry ride to Tagbilaran City.
(Though Lakwatsero haven’t try these means of transportation yet, one can possibly reach Tagbilaran ferry rides. These alternatives are relatively cheaper than air travel though quite strenuous.)
- SuperFerry has ferry direct to Tagbilaran from Manila and Dumaguete
- Sulpicio Lines has ferry bound to Tagbilaran from Manila, Dipolog and Iligan.
- Trans-Asia Shipping Lines has ferries to Tagbilaran from Cebu and Cagayan de Oro
- Cokaliong Shipping Lines sails daily from Cebu en route to Tagbilaran.
- If you are coming there via Jagna, Bohol, Cebu Ferries and Sulpicio Lines have ferries to Jagna from Cagayan de Oro and Nasipit
- Fastcrafts Super Cat, Ocean Jet and Weesamexpress have ferries to Tagbilaran from Cebu, Dumaguete, Siquijor and Dapitan
For the schedule and fare you may visit the links above of the individual company or refer to this collective information from the official site of Tagbilaran City.
Where to Stay in Loboc
Nuts Huts right in the bank of Loboc River offers a very relaxing environment. Room rates are for as low as P450 for standard rooms and P600 for VIP rooms. Dorm rooms are available from P250 to P350. However, most tourists stay in the nearby Tagbilaran City and Panglao Island and just do a daytour of Loboc. For the list of resorts, hotels, lodging houses, inns and pension houses in Tagbilaran and Panglao Island please click here.
- Visit the old St. Peter’s Church, museum and bell tower of Loboc
- Dine in the floating restaurants of Loboc River (P250.00 per person)
- See the small Busay Falls at the end of the river
- Pose for a photo in the traditional hanging bridge
- See the unfinished bridge near the church
- Hear the Loboc Children’s Choir during a mass at St. Peter’s Church
- See the tarsiers, one of the the world’s smallest primate
- Go to the nearby Chocolate Hills, Hinagdanan Cave, man made forest and Blood Compact Shrine
- Visit other old churches in Baclayon and other towns of Bohol
- Swim in the white sand beaches of Panglao Island
- Dive and snorkel in the nearby diving sites of Anda, Pamilacan, Cabilao, Panglao and Balicasag