Located about 16km South of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, the Watch Tower at Punta Cruz, Barangay Maribojoc is well worth a visit.
Constructed by the Spanish in the 1796, this strategic location offers an excellent view of the surrounding sea (Cebu, Siquijor and Mindanao can be seen from the Tower).
The purpose of the tower was to defend the town and Barangay of Maribojoc against pirates and Muslim marauders. The prominent position of the tower giving advanced warning of incoming vessels, allowing the locals to plan their defense.
The site has a small shop selling ice cream, cold drinks, various snacks and souvenirs. Several picnic tables give you a place to sit, all offering a view of the sea. Its possible to swim here as well, so pack your swimsuits. There are Toilets but don’t forget to bring your own tissue.
I recommend a visit to Punta Cruz, its clean, tranquil and not really that far from Tagbilaran City. Like many places along this side of Bohol it is often left out of the normal day tour packages.
Punta Cruz is situated around 7-8 km outside of Maribojoc Town proper and can be easily reached using public transport from Tagbilaran City and Maribajoc itself. The Watch Tower is located at the end of a well constructed road and is around a 500m walk from the main highway.
The road leading to the Watch Tower is downhill but the gradient not very steep. If you have difficulty walking or are in a wheelchair then it would be best to arrange your own transport to the site.
Buses, V-Hires and Jeepneys heading towards Tubigon will all pass Punta Cruz, just ask the driver to drop you off.
I find this a great place to spend a quite hour or so enjoying the view and tranquility. You can have a family day out, swimming, exploring the tower and seashore. Bring your lunch (not sure if there is a corkage charge) and enjoy a wonderful Picnic at the Watch Tower, Punta Cruz, Bohol.