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The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017

The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross)

Location: Cruz Daku, Loboc (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

Loboc-Sikatuna-Loboc with Juan
I'd been commuting on a bike, but no hard riding...until Loboc. My landlord, Juan, is a biker but a little out of shape. With the presence of a riding buddy (me!), he finds new vigor to be back on the saddle. On my first day, we did a 24km gentle ride from Loboc-Sikatuna-Loboc. Nice to do a long ride again.

Cruz Daku
The following day, Juan invited me to ride the summit for the cross looming over Loboc - Cruz Daku! Cruz Daku is a giant 80-foot white cross erected in 1986 on top of Loboc's highest mountain. It hovers above Loboc along the horizon with an imposing presence. During Lent, devotees flock in numbers for their annual pilgrimage.

The Ascent
From the town base, the mostly-paved trail goes 3 kms on a steep climb - it was brutal. At the outset, the road just went north with very little reprieve. It took us 75 minutes until we got to the top with a few dismounts. There were a few sections of dirt trail but the tail-end leading to the peak was pure dirt riding. Parts of the road were mossy and slippery. The dirt road was gravely with very little traction. It felt exhilarating to be on top in full view of the water and the town of Loboc. Loboc River appeared like a huge serpent snaking its way through the forest.

The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross)
thigh-numbing climb

The Descent
It was hammer-time on the way down along curving roads along a hilly slope. Highlight were some switchbacks where you don't see what's up ahead and you're banking on the turn at speed hoping there's no one on the other side counterflowing. Some dirt section had loose stones and rocks on rutted water ways which made for technical riding. It was all good by the time we reached town.

Ending Thoughts
After the ride, Juan talked about a few more trails known only by the locals - waterfalls, the Virgin of Guadalupe, single tracks, river bank trails, etc. Already, another ride has been scheduled the following day. Hmmm...I'm beginning to see why I ended up in Loboc.

--- TheLoneRider

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Reader Comments:

Aileen TeAileen Te
(Oct 13, 2017) kamusta ang ride? we walked going there

(Oct 13, 2017) it was a brutal climb but sweet downhill :)

Kins AppearsKins Appears
(Oct 13, 2017) Try trekking from Cruz Dako to Morning Hills. I haven't done that but must be interesting.

(Oct 13, 2017) Morning Hills? I'll look it up :) Thanks Kins

Next stop: Virgen de Guadalupe of Loboc

Google Map Loboc, Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Cruz Daku Cruz Daku - 80-foot white cross erected in 1986 on top of Loboc's highest mountain
  • Virgen de Guadalupe Virgen de Guadalupe - giant statue of the Black Madonna perched on a Loboc summit
  • Loboc Floating Restaurant River Cruise - river cruise on a floating restaurant serving lunch with cultural presentation
  • Busay Falls Busay Falls - accessible only through the river cruise
  • Loktob Spring Loktob Spring - cold water spring, free admission, huts for rent
restaurant in Loboc restaurant
Villagio's Pizza Villagio's Pizza - wood burning oven, hand-tossed pizza
    Loboc Town Plaza, Loboc, Bohol

Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Loboc
  10. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  11. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  12. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  13. Back Road Ride to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  14. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  15. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  16. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  17. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  18. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  19. Panglao
  20. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  21. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  22. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  23. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  24. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  25. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  26. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  27. Tagbilaran
  28. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  29. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  30. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  31. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  32. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  33. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  34. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  35. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  36. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  37. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  38. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  39. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  40. Ubay
  41. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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