Floating Resto Bar in Camaligan

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Ever since some of my friends started posting about the Floating Restaurant Bar in Camaligan, I’ve already ‘pencil-booked’ it in my head to go and check it out.  I started seeing their posts in the 1st week of February but only had the chance to go there last week because of schedule conflicts and because the resto bar has always been fully-booked (you need to book in advance with them).

So here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Floating Resto Bar:

How much?

It’s P500 per head inclusive of snacks and dinner (and of course the 4-hour river cruise)

Other than eating what else can we do on the cruise?

You can sing along or choose your own song at their videoke; there is also a live band on board depending on their schedule. You can explore your skills at photography (phone or camera) as the light changes as you explore on the river.

Is there a washroom (‘comfort room’) on board?

Yep! There’s one decent washroom on board. So you don’t have to worry about doing number 1 and even number 2. 😀 (will insert a sports-cam shot at the end of this post)

How do I get there?

If you have your own car, drive up to the Camaligan basketball court. The wharf is just across it (just behind the Rural Health Unit of Camaligan).

If you will take the public transportation, head unto the terminal of Camaligan Tricycle a few meters at the back of Master Square and get off the Camaligan basketball court, cross the street and head to the wharf behind the rural health unit.

Camaligueños are very friendly people and would be much willing to point you to the Water Park. Just make sure that you reach the Camaligan Basketball Court and you’ll be fine. There are many municipal employees in that area.

What time should we be there?

The floating resto bar leaves at 4.30pm but passengers would have to register first on the manifesto. So, it’s best to be there by 4pm.

What time does it return to the galley?

It comes back at around 8:30pm.

What is the route?

From the wharf, it cruises towards the area of Barangay Dugcal and Sua of Camaligan and turns and goes back to the opposite side up until the area under Tabuco Bridge and then returns to the wharf.

Do they accept walk-ins?

Based on our experience, we had to book with them in advance as their slots were always full.  We planned to experience the 4-hour cruise as early as the 3rd or last week of February but were only booked by March 1, 2019.  Also, one must in advance to secure our slots.

How do we contact them?

You may contact Ms Kiks Veracruz at 09774455899 or Ms. Joy at 09175500034.

Do they have packages if we want to reserve the whole resto bar?

Yes, they have other packages depending on your activity/event.  Please refer to the uploaded photo of their packages below.

Any other tips?

Yes, wear sunblock (at least on your face) as during the early part of the ride, the sun would really be up in your face.  It’s not as scorching as in the early parts of the day but you know what they say (and what I’m learning just recently) skin care is life 😀 . Also, bring a light jacket or anything for the cold depending on how sensitive you are, it gets a bit chilly when the sun has set.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Camaligan River Park after docking.  It’s really hard to miss. Just follow the lights.

Overall, it was indeed a unique and laid-back experience for me and my friends. It was a refreshing break from the daily hustle of the city and a nice and short mini-getaway without really going away. 

You can bring your family or your barkada with you (or both).  You can also choose to bring a special someone with you for an intimate dinner date. Or you can book the cruise for yourself only, to just relax and meditate as you enjoy the sceneries and/or be amused by the other guests on board.  You may even get to make new friends as the setting is quite intimate.  There would only be around 30 guests per ride. 

On the night that we booked, we were the only ‘yuppies’ on board and majority of the guests were ‘golden girls’ and above who’d regularly meet up for a zumba session at the Naga City Plaza.  They were such a treat of high energy, laughter, congeniality and entertainment on board.  We even had some pictures together (I hope they get to read this 😀 as I will include some below 🙂 ).

This is a really nice move on the part of the LGU of Camaligan in promoting their town and the talents and skills of Camaligueños. So go and check it out guys and get some sweet sunshine on your face by the Camaligan River.

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