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5 Must Know About Bohol’s Floating Restaurant

5 Must Know About Bohol Floating Restaurant

One of the top tourist spot in Bohol that a lot of tourists look forward to, is the Bohol’s floating restaurant, the Rio Verde Floating Resto.

I was in Bohol once upon a time when I was still little but then we never get to try this, or maybe it didn’t exist before. So, I was actually excited to finally try this out myself. Luckily, Exotic Philippines was sent by WithLocals to Bohol to meet with a host and get the chance to experience the restaurant.

If you’re planning to try it yourself too, then here’s six (6) things that you might want to know about the famous floating restaurant in Bohol.

The Restaurant Location

The floating restaurant can be found at Loboc River, that’s where you’ll cruise why you eat along with other tourists in a boat which is about 30 minutes away from the main city of Bohol, the Tagbilaran City.

The Boat Designs 

The floating restaurant is supported by two (2) boats, where the restaurant is set and complete with tables, chairs, and buffet.

Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

Another boat that is separated with the restaurant which will push the restaurant to move around the river and tour you around while you eat.

Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

There are different designs available of their boat, and their latest is the “Kalamay” boat which is round shape like the Bohol’s famous delicacy the Kalamay - which I was not able to take a photo.

Another one is the Pawikan (turtle), which as of the moment (that I was there) they only have one.

Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

The cool thing about the Pawikan boat is that the head of the turtle moves from left to right while you’re cruising.

The Boat Stops

The floating restaurant got two (2) stops for their customers which are the following:

The Harana

I call them the “Harana” (I really don’t know what they do call them) because they’re a group of men and women that plays a song for you with guitar. It’s a quick stop, you don’t have get off from the restaurant. Continue eating and listen to their music.

The Ati Tribe

I didn’t know that I can meet these people here, I’ve seen them on YouTube before and I was actually wondering where and how to get there. The stop at the Ati Tribe is included in the whole experience, so that’s a plus to the experience.

Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

The Eat All You Can Menu

I actually took a photo of the menu but it may not look clear for you so I decided to type it in for you since I can zoom in and out to see what’s really in there.

You can choose between two (2) types of restaurants that you might want to ride on and eat.

The Menu
Regular
Pawikan/High End
Soup
Corn Soup
Tinulang Manok (Chicken Stew)
Salad Bar
Guso Salad (Seaweed Salad), Atsal/Puso Salad (Banana Bud Salad), Manga with Bagoong (Green Mango with Shrimp Paste)
Guso Salad (Seaweed Salad), Potato Salad, Lettuce Salad, Manga with Bagoong (Green Mango with Shrimp Paste)
Main Course
Plain Rice, Pancit Special, Sautéed Squid, Pork Barbecue, Buttered Chicken, Garlic Kangkong, Fish Fillet in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Ginataang Langka (Jack Fruit in Coco Milk)
Plain Rice, Red Crabs, Grilled Fish, Sautéed Squid, Pork Barbecue, Pancit Special, Camaron Rebosado, Chopsuey Guisado, Buttered Chicken, Hot and Sour Mussels, Lechon Kawali (Pan Roasted Pork)
Dessert
Bibingka Special (Rice Cake), Puto Kutsinta (Brown Rice Cake), Camote with Latik (Sweet Potato), Puto Special (Steamed Rice Muffin), Banana Turon (Fried Banana Fruit with Caramel Sauce)
Maja Blanca, Malagkit (Glutinous Rice), Puto Kutsinta (Brown Rice Cake), Camote with Latik (Sweet Potato), Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Muffin with Cheese), Banana Turon (Fried Banana Fruit with Caramel Sauce)
Fruits in Season
Watermelon, Banana, Pineapple
Watermelon, Banana, Pineapple
Cost
Php 392/head
Php 500/head

Food Rating

Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

I’d be honest, their food is not that delicious and I won’t even recommend it if you’re looking for the best food in Bohol. The floating restaurant is just well-known because it’s unique (floating) and has a bit of a tour around the river.

They can totally get and hire a better cook. Surely, there are surely other restaurants in Bohol that is a lot cheaper and the food will be a lot way better. If you ask my food rating of the restaurant, I’d say it’s a 1 out of 5 stars, even it’s an eat all you can buffet.

It’s one of the top tourist destinations in Bohol Philippines, sure! But if you want to eat somewhere that will satisfy your taste buds, it’s not the place. Will I return? Maybe, I want to try the high end, maybe the food there is a lot better than the regular one.

What I really like about it though is that it’s refreshing, with a great view, plus a staff will play a guitar and sing songs for you in different languages.

Want to find out more about my 1 day trip in Bohol or how about just visit my WithLocals hosts in Bohol Philippines experience at the WithLocals website to find out more.


Exotic Philippines Tips:

* The restaurant is only open at around 11:00am to 2:00pm. So if you want to try the high end restaurant, be there before 12nn because the high end one only have limited trips.


Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

* Bring some coins if you want to leave a tip for the presenters in the Ati Tribe since they kids holding the animals will not and are not shy to ask for a tip.


Loboc River Rio Verde Floating Restaurant Bohol Philippines

* Pay first before boarding. You need to pay the fee first before boarding the floating restaurant.



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