One of the perks of being a BPO employee is you get to roam around through team buildings. Our team won all of the activities for the whole quarter (not bragging, just stating plain facts here.. hehe!), and our company always provide credit to where credit is due, and what’s best was they don’t just provide certificate recognitions, they also provide “financial” rewards which the whole team can enjoy.
We decided to have a road trip to Aloguinsan, known for its beautiful beaches as well as their river cruise. Ou first stop was Bojo River.
Bojo River is naturally preserved by the local government. It’s a 15-minute hike from the main road, however, no need to worry, you won’t get lost since a tour guide will be with you while exploring the place.
The Mangrove Trail. Before we started the cruise, our guide walked us through their mangrove trail, providing us detailed information about how the different species of mangroves there is on the area, how they work and contribute to the river. Their tour guides are locals (fishermen and farmers) who were well trained by biologists from University of San Carlos. They can even distinguish every mangrove with their scientific names!
This, for me, would be the highlight of the tour! This is the place where the river and the ocean meets. Along the tour, our guide would walk us through the mangrove species, the spot where the first locals made heaps of salt for trading with other goods as a source of income, the hill behind the tale of the lost monkeys, The door to where the mystical Goddess lived — and why it was never been opened, and if you’re lucky enough, you get to experience bird watching — birds that can make 3 distinct sounds. I don’t want to get into the details since where’s the fun in that, right?
It’s best if you have a reservation 2 days from the travel date since they cater guests on a first come first serve basis. It’s 450.00 php per head for a plain tour while 600.00 php to those who want to have their lunch served after the tour. We decided to take the 450 php since we have lunch waiting at Hermit’s Cove (watch out for the next blog!)
I don’t know if you see it, but behind my good friend is a picturesque of Mt. Kanlaon. My photos are not that great and do not give justice to this amazing view. It would be best if you capture it with your own eyes.
This would sum up our first stop at this amazing river tour, next on the blog would be the ever famous Hermit’s Cove! Watch out for it! Toodles!