Paddleboarding the Loboc RiverBohol, Philippines
Green is usually reserved for thinking about Ireland, or salads, or traffic lights.
But get lost were on Bohol Island, Philippines recently, and whenever we think of the colour green from here on in, we think we'll be thinking of the stunning Loboc River, which flows gently from the village of Carmen and into the Bohol Sea.
The vividness of the emerald green water, reflecting its jungle surrounds, makes for a surreal paddle downstream on a stand up paddleboard, which is surely made for this sort of journey. Alone except for occasionally floating past villagers doing a spot of fishing, this river is a spot tranquility, where you can get a work out as well. Pop in for a refreshing dip in the humid climate, or jump off one of many rope swings dotted along the river. Paddle as far and as fast, or as cruisey as you like.
Consider this your green light to go to the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific Air has restarted their Manila direct from Melbourne flights, as well as Dubai and other Asian cities, with connections to Bohol.
Fox and the Firefly Cottages are the place to go to organise a paddleboard tour.
These guys offer budget stays, but also gear and chill guides to lead you downstream.
They offer a range of water activities, including night Paddleboard tours led only by the light of fireflies buzzing in the sky above.