While on the road as we travel back to Manticao from Mambuntan Falls in Naawan. We were at the back of Mitsubishi Strada, since we were all wet. We all have seen the fogs covering the road and the mountain range of Naawan while enjoying the jouncy ride. In the middle of our busy chit-chat, one of Aloysius friends suggested to drop by at the fish farm to experience fish spa. I instantly agree with the suggestion and made me really excited.
True enough, we made it to the fish farm. The place wasn’t really that big and wide, but they have fish ponds, which is the perfect place for fishing and of course a perfect paradise for the tiring feet to experience fish spa. We immediately took off our sleepers and wash our feet before we can actually soak our feet in the concreted tub with hundreds of fish. I think of my very first fish spa experienced in Siquijor, it was really great and relaxing. At the back of my mind, I figure out how would I react this time since my first spa experience was 5 years ago. As I was nearly to soak my feet, I heard the vociferating laugh on the other tub. It was Aloysius brothers and his friends as they didn’t stop laughing every time they feel that tickling feeling.
At that time, I was also smiling while taking heed to them, thinking that it may be their first time as I was behaving the same thing before during my first spa experience. And so I slowly gather some courage to soak my feet in the tub full of small fish in a cold water, probably because it was raining that time and that makes the water really cold. At first, I feel so uncomfortable. Then the struggle begins, every time I feel that tickling feeling, I wanted to just pull out my feet and just wear my slippers back and walk away. I don’t know how I feel that moment, I thought that I won’t have to adjust as I had experienced it before, only I still behave like it was my first time again.
As we continue soaking our feet in the tub with hundreds of fish, we slowly experience the relaxing feeling. I could just douse my feet for an hour and probably would fall into a deep slumber. The moment I was used to to the tickling feeling made by the small fishes, I transferred to the other tub that has a medium size fish. At first, it was scary, I was imagining that the fish might eat my whole feet. But as I continue soaking my feet, I feel so relaxed and I genuinely have enjoyed it.
While enjoying my fish spa moment, a lady wearing boots is coming closer to us as we are just facing near the other ponds. She was feeding the freshwater bullhead catfish and other fishes in the ponds. I was given a chance to speak to her and she told me that she was working with South East Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in Guimaras, which is an organization that is responsible for Development of breeding and Hatchery. After her long service with SEAFDEC, she decided to begin her own backyard fish farming and that’s where Rito’s Farm started.
The Rito’s Farm is a perfect place for bonding and a great spot to unwind with family, friends, and your special someone while enjoying fish catching activity and foot spa. You can go fishing in the pond and you can cook them as well, since their cottages are designed for comfort and ease for fishing and dining. You will certainly enjoy the ambiance of farm life without hurting your pocket.
The Rito Farm is located at Purok 7 A, Brgy Poblacion, Naawan, Misamis Oriental. You can as well check their FB page for the location map.
For more info and for reservations of the cottages, you can text or call them at 09173304428.
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HOW TO GET TO RITO’S FARM
There are daily flights from Manila and Cebu via major Airlines to Cagayan De Oro City. From Laguindingan Airport, Ride a bus from the National Highway bound for Iligan City, and drop by at Poblacion Naawan, travel time is less than an hour. From Naawan Proper, ride a motorcycle going to Rito’s Farm. The fare is less than Php 50.00
You can take the Cokaliong Shipping Lines at 7:00 PM then you will arrive at Cagayan De Oro City port the next day at 6 AM or 7AM. From the port area, ride a tricycle going to the bus terminal. From there ride a Bus bound for Iligan and drop by in Poblacion, Naawan, travel time is more than an hour. From Naawan Proper, ride a motorcycle going to Rito’sFarm. The fare is less than Php 50.00
- Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of the place. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.
- Be kind with other visitors.
- Fish Spa for one hour is Php 50.00 and for unlimited fish spa is only less than Php 100.00
- Business schedule is from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM from Monday to Friday. 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM during Saturday and Sunday.
ITINERARY FOR THE WHOLE TRIP
DAY 1 New Year Eve’s Preparation
07:00 AM ETA Cagayan De Oro City
08:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Depart for Manticao
11:30 AM ETA Manticao
12:30 PM Rest (Sleep)
03:00 PM Prepare for New Year’s Eve
07:00 PM Dinner
12:01 AM New Year’s Celebration
DAY 2 Mambuntan Falls & Rito Farm
01:00 PM Depart for Naawan
01:30 PM ETA Naawan
01:35 PM Depart for Mambuntan Falls
02:25 PM ETA Mambuntan Jump Off area
02:30 PM Trek to Mambuntan Falls
02:40 PM ETA Mambuntan Falls (Picture taking & Swimming)
03:30 PM Natural Pool (Picture taking & Swimming)
04:30 PM Depart for Rito’s Farm
05:10 PM ETA Rito’s Farm
05:15 PM Fish Spa
05:45 PM Depart for Manticao
06:00 PM ETA Manticao
08:00 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Lights off (Sleep)
DAY 3 Tinago Falls & Maria Cristina Falls
08:00 AM Depart for Tinago Falls
09:30 AM ETA Tinago Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
10:40 AM Depart for Maria Cristina Falls
11:10 AM ETA Maria Cristina Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
11:50 AM Depart for Iligan Proper
12:10 PM Iligan City
12:30 PM Buying Pastel for take out & Pasalubong
01:00 PM Depart for Manticao
02:00 PM ETA Manticao
02:30 PM Late Lunch
03:00 PM Depart for Cagayan De Oro City
05:00 PM ETA Cagayan De Oro City
06:00 PM Dinner
07:00 PM Depart for Tagbilaran, Bohol
DAY 4 Tagbilaran City, Bohol
05:00 AM ETA Tagbilaran City, Bohol
07:00 AM Breakfast
09:00 AM Ambling around Tagbilaran City
02:00 PM Late Lunch
03:30 PM Depart for Cebu
05:30 PM ETA Cebu
06:30 PM Home sweet Home
10:00 PM Rest (Sleep)