Cambuhat River Village Tour and Oyster Farm
The Cambuhat River and Village Tour is now the pride of the municipality of Buenavista. The town has bountiful natural resources that are now being tapped for eco-tourism pursuits. In Cambuhat, they have a wide and picturesque river lined with mangroves and nipa palms. Guests are treated to paddle boat rides on board native boats and go downstream, winding thru verdant mangrove and nipa palms.
Guests are then led to the established oyster farm and a small visitor’s center on the bank of the river. They will then be treated to a hearty lunch of oysters and other seafood. During the tour and while dining, the guests were imparted with the intricacies of oyster culture, the management of the river and mangroves.
A short trip up to the village follows and the Cambuhat community then show off to the guests their skills in the weaving of raffia using native looms, broom making, the weaving of saguran and mats, the making of nipa thatches, brooms, hats, baskets and many more. The tour is inclusive of air-conditioned transportation, services of professional tour guide, local community guide, community fees, lunch, boat and paddler.
The women led the pack in the Cambuhat tours. They run the tours and managed the upland resources while the men provided the boats, the boat trip and do the paddling as well as the management of the oyster farm and coastal resources. The clear definition of roles within the community united them and led to the success of their endeavors. The unified effort of the local government and the community with the help of other agencies contributed to the success of the project.
Because of the establishment of the tour, the people of Cambuhat and of the whole town benefitted. The project enabled the community to generate more income from the tour such as from tour fees, the sale of oysters and of local handicrafts. Likewise, the residents have developed a number of new skills and are into the lookout for more viable pursuits buoyed by the success in the tour project.