How do you make a lunchtime meal romantic? How about dining while floating lazily across a river during a calm afternoon. And what’s a great way to top off that river-bound meal? Watching (and maybe even performing) an energetic dance that weaves to the beat of two clacking bamboo poles.
The Loboc River cruise and meal has been a long-standing attraction for the people of Bohol, leading tourists through a relaxing boat ride while serving some of the choicest of local meals in the area. The trip follows along the path laid out by the river’s flow, passing through abandoned cottages, enticing swimming areas and all kinds of fun little surprises you might or might not expect. Aside from a fine meal enjoyed along the chill vibe of the river, some musical entertainment float along with you on your boat ride. True to the accommodating and friendly fashion of the Filipino’s these musical guests can sometimes sing in multiple languages for your enjoyment.
One of the main stops during this quaint river trip is the floating stage house of the nearby locals, where they dance and sing to greet guests who have come to embark on this little tour. One of the dances that really aims to entertain is the tinikling, a fast-paced dance that has the performers jump in and out of two bamboo poles that are opened and closed in a rhythm. This is one of the Philippine’s most entertaining dances and tourists themselves can’t help but try to jump in and try their best not to get caught with a misstep.
Both the Loboc River and the tinikling dances are island attractions found in Bohol with a uniquely Filipino feel to them. It’s hard to replicate the chill atmosphere of a rustic river escapewith a savory meal and an exciting, local dance that has you jumping in and out the toe-tapping tunes of clacking bamboo.