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Abatan RiverLife Tour

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Abatan River Visitor Center | National Highway, Cortes, Philippines
0917 010 599
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Definitely NOT to be missed!

I would recommend this tour operator to anyone who plans to go on a firefly trip. They are... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
CCinSingapore
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Singapore
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Amazing

We went as a group of 3 and had such a great time! When you arrive they put out tables and chairs... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Dilla S
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Experience a unique cultural adventure into natural sceneries of the Abatan River in Bohol. Board a traditional bandong and head up river where your guide will delight you with traditional stories and folklore of the region. Each village offers a different experience from basket weaving workshops, tasty native snacks, family adventure activities and cultural performances of river life expressed through song and dance.Whether you've got one hour to spare or a whole day, a choice of tours offers you the flexibility to create your own cultural experience along this beautiful river environment. There is also the opportunity to hire kayaks from the Abatan River Visitor Centre to explore this beautiful river at your leisure. In the evening experience the popular firefly tour. a) Rates: Actually, the rates depends on the number of guests. 2 pax - PhP800 per person 3-5 pax - PhP600 per person 6-10 pax - PhP500 per person 11-15 pax - PhP400 per person You may join with the other groups or you want exclusive among your group. b) Schedule: Daily except heavy rains c) Re: Fireflies during Moonlight Even if it's full moon, the fireflies are still there and it won't lessen the density. However, fireflies are very clear and of course, very visible when there's no moonlight. d) You may go to the Abatan Main Village Center, Salvador, Cortes, Bohol either by taxi, rent a car or any available service vehicle of the resort or hotel you are staying with. e) The dinner served are basically seafoods. However, we are open for some food restrictions. Below is the usual menu: Grilled fish A choice of shrimp or squid Shell soup Vege salad Rice Fruits Drinks ( A choice of bottled water, fresh buko or softdrinks) f) Dinner should be ordered at least a day before the scheduled tour.
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“mangroves” (3 reviews)
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Abatan River Visitor Center | National Highway, Cortes, Philippines
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0917 010 599
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

I would recommend this tour operator to anyone who plans to go on a firefly trip. They are responsive to emails - thanks Emmie! We had a group of 15 pax & Emmie arranged for hotel pick up & drop off plus a sumptuous dinner...More

Thank CCinSingapore
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We went as a group of 3 and had such a great time! When you arrive they put out tables and chairs and a few min later you are handed a freshly opened coconuts and a straw to drink with. Really nice experience on its...More

Thank Dilla S
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I visited here as part of a large group. When we arrived they had laid out a long table for us, with each seat having a fresh Buko drink (Baby coconut), luckily when we arrived there was a boat ready and waiting for us, so...More

Thank William G
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I loved this tour! The package comes with a fresh coconut drink which you can enjoy before or after the cruise. The cruise becomes cheaper if there were more of you in a group. Although, if there are only a few of you, there might...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We bought from a guide on Alona Beach, supposedly certified and all, who told us it would be 30min to go and 30min to go back, and that we'd have dinner over there. It took us 1 hour and 15min, and when we arrived there...More

1  Thank Sophie B
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Although supposedly run by government, there was none in sight when we went there. Only some of the (usual) Boat chauffeurs offering "special trips" for 3000 php without any program.

1  Thank Guenther V
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I very highly recommend anyone capable of kayaking to go and see the fireflies. Our guides were incredible, it was pitch black and we kayaked down the river with ease and not before long there they were. A tree lit up by thousands of flies....More

Thank miniaust
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Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

We did a firefly tour in the mangroves of the area. I was kind of hesitant to get my hopes up too much, but it was great. The phosphorescence in the water due to plankton reminded me of Life of Pi. Some of the trees...More

Thank Dolf A
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Reviewed 26 February 2016

The river is clean, mangroves are healthy and the place is, all in all, wonderful. We had to wait for 6PM for us to start the tour so an insect repellent lotion would have helped! When it started to get dark, we boarded the tiny...More

Thank Mizh_C
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

you just NEED to do this at one point in your life. be prepared to pay about 1,300 each for the motorized boat if it's just you and your friend. the price becomes lower if more guests sign up for the tour. For a cheaper...More

Thank Abbey C
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