Attractions of Loon Town
From its captivating natural resources complimented by its imposing centuries-old structures and a rich cultural heritage, as well as its preserved cultural traditions and its warm-hearted people, Loon prides itself of its already booming tourism industry.
Loon, aptly called the emerging giant of Bohol’s eco-cultural tourism industry, has been blessed with the pristine beauty and bounty of the town’s terrestrial and marine resources.
A natural lake, waterfalls than can pacify weary souls, unusual mangrove gardens, caverns that evoke both mystery and excitement, a heritage that shows history’s significance, dive sites that can compete with the best of the world – these are some of the finest which the town of Loon can offer.
Packed with these potentials for tourism, Loon is confident enough that they can venture into business and that they will be able to explore limitless boundaries that other places were able to.
Tubig-Loon Spring is found at the barangay of Napo. This is an abundant source of spring water and is frequently visited by quiet a large number of migratory birds together with the nearby fishponds and mangrove areas. The town’s name, Loon, was taken from the water gushing from that said spring.
Cabilao Island is an island of Loon which lies on the West of the main island of Bohol, facing Cebu Island. One of its best attractions is the Lake Lanao, Bohol’s only natural lake found at the heart of the island, which is frequently visited by migratory birds. The island is also visited by tourists because of its best dive sites where they can enjoy diving on some of the wonderful reefs that surround the island. Cabilao is also famous of its shoal of hammerhead sharks.
Caves abound the town which makes it a spelunker’s paradise. 30 caves is reported in the barangay of Cantam-is Baslay alone just recently.
White Beaches line along the coastline part of the town. The barangays of Napo, Basdacu, Basdio, Mocpoc, Pantudlan, Looc and Cambaquiz offers the most frequented beaches in the town.
Waterfalls and Springs. Two of the best waterfalls in the town are the hidden Piong Falls and the newly discovered Kabantian Falls. Piong Falls is located between Cantaongon and Canmaag which is mostly enjoyed by the locals. Kabantian Falls looks like a water stairway as it drops six times before reaching a lagoon. Water also flows from springs in some upland barangays. Some of the folks makes use of this by developing their own bathing and washing areas.
Mountains. Mount Canmanoc and Mount Tan-awan are some of the known mountains in the town. Mount Canmanoc is considered a potential tourist destination. It offers a stunning view of the sea, the town center and its neighboring mountains. Native trees grow on its slopes. Mount Tan-awan is considered the highest point of Loon. It offers a good view of Bohol at different angles as well as the nearby Cebu Island.
Green Footprint Lagoon is also located in the island of Cabilao. This smaller lake in Looc, a recent discovery, is shaped like a giant’s footprint. It is locally known as “imbawan”.
Moalong River and Cliff. The Moalong River is the meandering river that divides the Municipality of Loon into two almost equal parts. The moalong cliff and river both served as mute witnesses to the most successful ambush by the Boholano guerillas against Japanese assailants during the Second World War. The cliff provides a good view of the wide expanse of mangroves.
Mangrove Gardens. One of Loon’s islands, Sandingan, offers a beautiful view of the mangroves and the lofty mountains of Loon. It can be reached through a man-made causeway that traverses through a breathtaking panorama of mangroves on the Tajang Pass.
Danicop Hidden Valley and Springs. Its main features are the rock formations on cliffs, the onrushing waters the locals call "Lungkajab", and springs that flow from the mountainside.
Hanging Gardens. On the shorelines of Napo and Lintuan endemic plants and natural bonsais grow on rocky overhangs that also protect picnickers and shell gleaners from the heat of the sun or a heavy rain.
Cabacongan Fish Sanctuary. A protected area also found in Cabilao Island. It offers a majestic view of its mainland, Bohol.
Endemic Animals. In addition to the hammerhead shark, pygmy seahorse, monkeys and exotic birds mentioned earlier, other animals like the “mamag” (tarsier), “kagwang” (a lemur-like species), “tinggawong” (bearcat) and “tambaloslos” (although believed to be legendary) have been sighted in Loon.