THE UNCHARTERED ISLAND
The island of Bohol is known for its uncanny brown hills, and tiny wide-eyed small primates, but it doesn't stop there. This little province situated beside its more popular sister, Cebu, offers so much more if you're keen to explore beyond Tagbilaran City.
Aside from that, I've never encountered any Boholanos who wouldn't exchange smiles and would treat you as a stranger. It really felt like I was at home.
Another thing that's so special about this trip is that this is my first out-of-town trip with Lester! He wasn't the type of person interested in traveling, ...
Push! Don't forget to push!
That was our guide Rey reminding us of the right way to paddle. I sank the blade into the water and gently pulled back on my side, while the other arm followed with a push. Then, the other side, I sank the blade again, and pulled, and pushed. Chicken! It was an easy left-right-left-right routine, all I needed was to balance on the kayak, keep the rhythm in working the blades, and cross fingers that the guide won't stop paddling or the kayak won't move upstream.
The location: the Abatan River in Maribojoc, about 10 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City. For the ...
Deep in the silent forest in Bohol, beside the river stands this majestic tree that is unbelievably glowing in the dark. You may call this unreal, but its super real! There is actually a growing in the dark tree in Bohol.
You can watch it, you can take pictures of it (flash is prohibited), but you can never go into it because you will disturb the tree and it won't glow in one area anymore.
Just like in the movies, this destination is so magical.
The reason why this tree, the "Pagat-pat" tree is glowing is that, there are actually hundreds or thousand of fireflies flying around and res ...
Loboc is not the only river town in Bohol. The island province, home to the chocolate hills and the tiny primates, tarsiers, have four major rivers intersecting through the island. Up northwest is the Inabanga River, the largest on the island and Ipil River up north. Utilized for eco-tourism is Loboc River coming from the center of the island down to the southeastern coast and recently, the Abatan River flowing to the southwestern coast. Our adventure guide, Buzzy Budlong, found excellent paddling opportunities on the latter and set-up shop along with the town's RiverLife tours to offer someth ...
The Abatan River Life Tour is one of the newest eco-tourism attractions in Bohol. It started out in 2008 as an initiative by the Abatan River Development Management Council (ARDMC). The objective of the group is to boost not only the tourist spots in the area but also to generate jobs and income to the entire province.
The Abatan River Life is one of the last projects of Ace Durano when he was still a Tourism Secretary. The project costs about P7 million and is one of the biggest ecotourism projects financed and supported by his Department.
The History of the River
Abatan River serves ...
Considered as one of the newest eco-tourism attractions in Bohol, the Abatan RiverLife boasts itself as the next 'Loboc River' – but in a different idea. It is an initiative by the ARDMC (Abatan River Development Management Council) to improve not only the tourist destinations in the area but also to add more jobs and income to this beautiful province.
The Abatan RiverLife has been enhanced to uphold the sustainable administration of the Abatan River and at the same time encourage neighborhood involvement in the protection, maintenance and management of the surroundings and defend the cul ...