It’s probably more mystical than magical. But magical nonetheless!
I love kayaking and upon knowing about Kayakasia Philippines‘ offerings at Abatan river Bohol, I know I must try it out.
That day started on a not-so-good weather as it was raining. Our kayaking adventure will start at 4 PM so we were hoping for the weather to clear by then. If not, we’ll still do it rain or shine.
And luckily it did!
They have several options by the way. if you’re in Panglao Island, you can do island or coastal kayaking.
In Abatan River, You can do firefly kayaking which is a breathtaking experience seeing hundreds of fireflies sparkling or you can do mangrove kayaking which was what I did with my friends!
The thing is, I miss kayaking and I just wanted to do kayaking that weekend, little did I know I was getting more.
I loved this experience a lot and it is something everyone must try!
Let me give you 5 reasons why I loved this kayaking experience:
1. Amazing view
The stretch of the river with its nipa trees and mangroves, the green river, the sunset and some wildlife. That was the view package that met us when we did our paddling.
One of the highlights for me was going through a mangrove forest where some of the trees are century old. We even saw cool birds!
2. You will learn a lot
Our guide gave us stories and interesting facts about the river, mangroves and other things around it. We even talked about his life story! It was good conversation indeed.
If you are not familiar with correct paddling, the guide will give a briefing before you start exploring!
Even if it was a long paddling and was a good arm workout — it was relaxing. Of course the view, the sound of nature and fresh air helped with that!
4. Support locals
Doing kayaking via Kayakasia also means helping student scholars they are supporting to finish college degrees. These scholars also acts as guide for them like our guide (below), is currently studying Tourism Management in a local university.
5. Eco friendly
Since kayaks leave little noise and zero pollution, it is safe to the surrounding environment. In comparison to motor boats, which disturbs and sometimes frighten away inhabitants in the area like fireflies.
How to Get there?
The area is just more or less 15 minutes away from the center of Tagbilaran City. If you want to go there on commute, easiest is through Cogon Market where jeeps going that way are parked. Fare would be less than 20 pesos.
Best option is to have own vehicle with you since you will end up late, and public transport to the city is limited and expensive.
It is also very easy to locate as it is right at the end of Abatan Bridge.
- Bring change of clothes – it will be wet and … wild? if you are wild.
- Prepare your arms – as I said it will be an arm workout! That is if you want to do it yourselves. You can choose to have a guide to paddle for you.
- Waterproof – this is for your gadgets because, no picture then i didn’t happen right?
Contact below for enquiries and bookings!
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone # – +63932 855 2928
Enjoy your trip!
like I did with mine!