So yes, when you do visit this place, pay the fees, eat there, and experience the life of the locals in Aloguinsan, the people who work there who are locals of Aloguinsan and the members of the BAETAS (Bojo Aloguinsan Eco-Tourism Association), plus the whole community, town, and neighboring towns due to their local activities and budget that is set aside to help the locals there who badly needed help. Other than helping the locals, you’re also educating yourself, and helping the Bojo River itself.
The people who worked there are used to be farmers and fishermen, who were trained by the local government to preserve the Bojo River and help them find another source of income or living. So yes, the Bojo River is being ran by people’s association.
And as a Cebu travel blogger, I was looking forward to try it out myself. But really, people thought I was back in El Nido again because of this view.
The Bojo RiverBojo is called Bojo because the water is from a “tubod”, wherein in English, it means spring, or ooze. The river is about 1.4km and near the station, during high tide it’s 3 meters deep.
As for the mangroves, there are 22 different kinds of mangroves that you’ll be able to see during your cruise, or even on the board walk, like the “Nypa” mangrove which is used by the locals to make their houses (I’m guessing the roof of their houses).
The Bojo river’s mouth have at most 8 deep, but we stayed in the area that is almost just knee high.
There are a lot of things you’ll find out about the river, the mangroves, nature itself through out the tour but I won’t be sharing it here. I might just kill the excitement. So instead, just go there. It’s different when you actually see things and experience it, or let’s say taste it.
The Bojo River CruiseDon’t worry about the boat, though it’s small, you shouldn’t be afraid about being taken by the wave because there’s no wave in the river, there might be some near the mouth of the river but not that really strong.
There’s an assigned guide that will be taking care of moving the boat to the mouth of the river. The guide will be the one sharing some information about the Bojo river, the mangroves, and even stories that they’ve experienced there itself – no worries, it’s all safe.
Now, I know you want to know what to expect there, or what you can get out of the tour. Luckily, I now have a GoPro Hero 4 Silver, and I was able to catch everything in it. I still suck at video editing though, so apologies in advance for that.
Here’s the video for my vlog, please do SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL!
Elroy's Bojo River Eco-TourElroy's experience posted at WithLocals.com just includes the transportation, he will be your personal driver and guide. So you have to pay the fees for the Bojo River tour itself. He can take a maximum of 4 in his car, he can actually take 6 but if you're a foreigner I think you won't like the back of the car, less leg room.
The Bojo River Rules and RegulationWhen going or joining the Bojo river cruise, here are some important rules that you should follow:
- Keep your conversations low at all times.
- Never throw your garbage anywhere. If you have one on the boat, please bring them back at the station.
- Don’t touch the bird’s nests but you may take pictures.
When’s the best time to Visit Bojo River?During summer, because it’s usually high tide season, and it’s best if you’re visiting during a high tide. So it’s best to call them before going there so you’d be able to get the best experience and not wasting your 3 hours trip from the main city.
That’s pretty much it! But please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or anything to add and leave it as a comment below to serve you better as your Cebu travel blog!