Stand Up Paddling (mis)adventures in Loay!

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Loboc river, though technically named after the famous town in bohol, actually spans 8.75km and crosses two towns, one in Loboc and the other is Loay. We already posted our initial adventure to the source of Loboc River and because we signed up for the whole day stand up paddling tour, we all got on our paddle boards after a hearty lunch at Fox and the Firefly Resort.

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The first part is more popular as the floating restaurants also use the route for tourists to ply the loboc river, but we felt that the second half heading to Loay is more scenic, and definitely more relaxing even though it is technically 5km as we were going down stream.

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People assume that the water is murky or dirty, just because it is colored green, but in reality it is the moss at the bottom that gives it that emerald sheen. The water going to Loay is very clean as it also had less of the floating restaurants that go through that path.

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Along the way, we saw the trees that were filled with fireflies when we did the night tour (which is another magical post) as well as the clump of palm and coconut trees where the white cranes roosted at night, far from human pests ha ha ha.

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Along the way we came across a landscaped eden, a man made resting spot that sold coconuts to weary tourists and a set of weird and strange looking sculptures that included an ape skull cave complete with fake vodoo interiors, a couple of tied up iguana and monitor lizards who gave us a scare as we didn’t even know they were ties to a coconut tree and came slithering when they saw us, a man-turtle, a giant crab that can literally go toe to toe with godzilla. We half expected godzilla or some natives to show up and tie us up for some native ceremony, perfect for a huge cooking pot where two people can fit in. Hmmmmm.

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Apparently it is owned by an architect who decided to put it up for the Loay floating restaurant route, a pit stop for tourists, it is a popular place for pictures and adults who want to act like kids. We felt like we owned the whole place as it was deserted except for the four of us.

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The only time the tour gave me some sort of uneasy feeling was near the mouth of the river as i wasn’t sure if the meeting sea and river current can cause a tide pool that can sweep us to open sea. But hey, it was actually cool, with the fishing boats and some yachts tied to the port as qe made our way to the ramp where our van from the resort waited for us.

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We hardly felt the tiredness, but it sure hit us when we got home, literally zombie like tired after the 12.5km paddling tour that spanned one river, two towns, a hundred and one sights, and one lovely experience!

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the opinions expressed by the pandas is neither an endorsement or an official review of a place, establishment or service. the Pandas are just very opinionated.

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