Punta Cruz Watch Tower

By December 8, 2014 Bohol Ecotourism No Comments

Explore and Discover Maribojoc Eco-Cultural Destination
Bohol History & Culture Circuit

The Punta Cruz Watchtower was built to help guards keep watch for approaching invaders during the pre-hispanic era. Built in 1796, this perfect isosceles triangle watchtower (the only structure so formed in the country) was built to watch the coast of Bohol Strait and the neighboring island of Cebu from possible marauders.

The word Punta Cruz was coined from the word “cruz” meaning cross, which was planted on the watchtower to scare the marauders. It was part of a wider defense net built along the Visayan coast to protect local settlers from approaching invaders such as Moro (or Muslim) pirates, who at that time were a threat to the people of Bohol.

It was also believed that the wooden cross which stands in a rock clip that sticks out into the sea was mysterious. Townsfolk believed that a glaring light emanates from the wooden cross everytime a marauder tries to attack the province to defend the island from incoming pirates or raiders. Legend has it that light from the wooden cross causes fear and difficulties for the pirates to sight the land keeping them off the shoreline of Maribojoc.

Today, while the Punta Cruz watchtower no longer serves as a high, safe place from which a guard can keep watch for approaching invaders. It still provides an excellent view. It is still one of the favored tourist attractions in the island, especially among historians.

Information of eco-tour

AddressPunta Cruz, Maribojoc, Bohol
How to Get ThereFor Bus and Jeep – from Tagbilaran to Punta Cruz, Php 20.00/paxFor Private Car/Car for hire – from Tagbilaran to Punta Cruz, Php 500.00
ScheduleFriday or Weekends only, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tour feeP 5.00
What is included in the Price?Only Entrance Fee
Precaution statementNo specific age of tourists of the eco-tourMaximum of 50 tourists is allowedTourists can stay for maximum of 45 minutes
What to wear?Comfortable clothes, rubber shoes, and t-shirts
What to bring?Camera, umbrella, mineral water
Souvenir itemsBanana chips@10.00Per packs/t-shirt @150.00/hats @ 25.00 /mineral water @20.00
Other Important Information:
Does the eco-tour accept bookings?Yes, thru Tourism Office
Contact person
Virgilia Alindajao

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