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Danao Adventure Park Bohol, Philippines


A Once in a Lifetime Experience


E.A.T Danao Adventure Park — also known as Eco, Educational, Extreme Adventure Tour —is an adventure you don't want to miss in the municipality of Danao. Located in the beautiful province of Bohol, Philippines, the park is at Barangay Magtangtang, around 72 kilometres away from the capital of Bohol, Tagbilaran City. Let's go!


How to get there (by air or by sea): Updated 2019

By Air

For locals: Book a domestic flight bound for Bohol.  There are direct flights to Bohol from most parts of the country. 

For foreigners: Some airlines offer direct flights too.  If you can't find a flight to Bohol, you can stopover in Cebu (Mactan-Cebu International Airport) then book a domestic flight to Bohol.

Another alternative: if you want to save some money, you can take a ferry from Cebu Pier to Tagbilaran Port, Bohol.  See "By Sea" below.


From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:
You can take a cab going to Pier 1, Cebu Pier Area.  Estimated fare is 250 PHP – 350 PHP, depending on traffic.  

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation. 


If you have any luggage, have your cab enter the ferry terminal for a fee of 10 PHP.  Take note the ticketing office is outside the ferry terminal gates.



By Sea

I personally trust Oceanjet and Supercat ferry operators.  Both have daily trips.
The two ports are Tagbilaran Port and Tubigon Port.  Save your worries and take the Tagbilaran Port.

Option 1. Ferry from Cebu Pier to Tagbilaran Port:

Boat Fare: 500 – 1,200 PHP
Travel time: 2 – 3 hours

Option 2Ferry from Cebu Pier to Tubigon Port:
Boat Fare: 200 – 300 PHP
Travel time: 2 – 3 hours

Then from Tubigon Port to Tagbilaran City by Van: 90 – 120 PHP
Travel time: 1 hour

Terminal Fee: 25 PHP


Prices may have changed.  Please check the ferry operators for more information.

If you like, you can book a city tour.
Van tours: 2,500 – 3,500 PHP


Once you're ready to move on, take a cab or van to Panglao Island
Cab fare: 300 – 1,000 PHP
Tricycle fare: 250 – 350 PHP
Motorcycle fare: 150 – 250 PHP

Travel time: 20 – 45 minutes


Tips
Power outlets: are commonly type A, with standard voltage 220 V and frequency 60 Hz.  Be sure to bring a universal plug adapter!
Money matters:  We recommend getting your currency exchanged via Western Union (WU) since you'll get a better rate than at the airport.  You can send your travel budget to yourself and pick up the exchanged amount at the local WU.
Convenient phone apps:  Grab for transportation.


Suvival Terms
CR is the term for the toilet
Salamat means "thank you"


I had heard about Danao's adventure park three years ago and always dreamed of bungee jumping.  When we were still planning our Bohol trip, I already had butterflies and dragonflies in my stomach thinking about how close I was to that bungee experience.  It made me feel so alive and I immediately get this silly grin on my face.  My friends and I would text each other about when we planned to do it, and that time was now!

On our first day, I asked our van tour guide if we could rent a van going to Danao.  He offered 4,000 PHP for a round-trip from Danao to Tagbilaran City.  If you want to do it cheaper, then do it the traveler’s way.


From Tagbilaran City: 
Take the tricycle/jeepney and head straight to Dao Integrated Bus Terminal.  It's near the Island City Mall.


Bus Fare: 70 – 100 PHP (starts at 6AM, hourly bus service)
Travel time: 2 – 3 hours

V-Hire Fare: 100 – 150 PHP (starts at 11:30AM, hourly van service)
Travel time: 1 – 2 hours


From Danao Terminal
Motorcycle fare to the park: 120 – 150 PHP (one-way)


If you take the bus, expect a longer travel time as there will be more stopovers from different municipalities.  Before taking the bus, consider the amount of passengers as well.  We chose the van because we took a lot of time eating breakfast at the pension house.

Once you arrive in Danao Terminal, you will then take a motorcycle ride — also known as "habal-habal" — for 30 minutes.  You can ask the driver to take you all the way to E.A.T Danao Adventure Park.  He only made us pay an additional 20 PHP, making our one-way fare 120 PHP.  It's really a good thing to build rapport with the local drivers.  But if you're staying overnight, it's better to have a van service pick you up after your activities.

We made arrangements with the same motorcycle driver to pick us up later that afternoon with the same deal and fare.  Budget fare from Tagbilaran to the Danao Adventure Park round-trip was only 240 PHP each, compared to 800 PHP each (5 passengers in the group) for the rented van — that's what we call savings, man!  Hooray!


We arrived before 2PM so we hadlimited time.  If you're planning to do all the activities in the park, be at the bus terminal before 6AM to catch the first bus service.  In our case, we — myself, my friend and my two brothers — wanted to do The Plunge while my mum wanted to zip-line.

Park Entrance Fee (includes terminal fee): 25 PHP
Plunge: 700 PHP
Zip-line/Suislide: 350 PHP

The guys at The Plunge were really accommodating and funny, which made everyone feel relaxed — if that even applies to fear management.  I was the first one to go — wait, let me rephrase that — I volunteered to go first.  Yes, I am crazy.



This time the feeling was different compared to all my zip-line experience.  Maybe because it's more extreme with a double dose of the life-threatening factor.  When I stepped on the platform, it wasn't fear anymore.  My heart was pounding for a different reason.  I was still nervous, of course; it's a normal human feeling when you know that you might lose your human body in the process. I had anticipated this feeling way before we arrived in Bohol and maybe, because of that, my brain was able to absorb and handle the fear properly.


Reminders
- when you step on the platform, make sure right away that you have your harness attached to your back.  The staff will be there to assist you, but it's better to double-check yourself
- it's normal to have limped knees and thundering heart beats.  A prerequisite factor so when you fall, all your worries go away.  Let the adrenaline take over and shout your lungs out all throughout the drop

Hold on! Say your last prayer!

A Last Will should be made before trying out this activity.  Make sure to spell my name correctly.  I accept cash, card and checks — just kidding.

Everyone was teasing each other before they got harnessed.  I asked my brothers to take care of our dog and my little brother said out loud that he wanted my camera.

Once the cable lets go, a few seconds of your life will pause — a sweet silence before the laws of physics abruptly bump you away and down you go, bouncing!  Then adrenaline starts pumping and you can shout to your heart's (fear's?) content.

This is actually called base jumping.  It's like bungee jumping but the latter is dependent on your free will to jump over the edge while holding you by your ankles.


You'll be hanging like a pendulum, your survival instinct telling you to hold on tight.  But don't listen and just let it go and feel the wind.  After you have survived the free fall, it's time to head back to reality, snap!  There goes gravity.  The guy will throw down a rope which you will have to catch with shaky hands and attach it to your harness.  Keep in mind to attach it properly.



Afterward, I hurried to my mom and forgot to take some shots.  Good thing my brother was able to get these pictures while my mom and I tried the Zip-line/Suislide.  I got a free zip-line ride!  Weehoo!  I don't know if I'm allowed to share that, but I guess it was my lucky day!  And actually it was my birthday celebration trip as well, so thank you, guys! A memorable day it was, indeed.


Check out other Bohol Tourist spots:
• River Cruise w/ Buffet Lunch and Harana, Entrance Fee: 50 + 350 (buffet) = 400 PHP
• Ati Tribe Entrance Fee: Free, but they'll appreciate tips/donations
• Python Sanctuary, Albur, Entrance Fee: 10 PHP
• Sagbyan Peak


Have fun and be safe ^__^

 


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare, why not go to Panglao Island and have a relaxing weekend by the beach?

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to the Land of Smiles and that's none other than the Amazing Thailand.


3 comments:

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  2. I guess its better you explore Bohol by Motors! Its COOL!

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