Prepare yourself to be bombarded with pictures of Danasan Eco Adventure Park.
I won’t hold back this time! They’re too good not to share. 😀
To be honest with you, I never traveled around the Philippines before until I got invited for a press trip in Cebu. (Sucks, I know and I’m planning to change that. I look forward to seeing more of our beautiful country soon.) This was the perfect opportunity to spend my first trip outside of Manila and even better, I was allowed to bring friends along.
But first, let me share with you a bit about Danasan Eco Park.
“This one-stop adventure park is the brainchild of a Cebuano family, who had been trying for years to come up with the best way to make use of their property. Ever an adventurous bunch, the idea of building an adventure park on this particular property took hold of the members of the family during one exciting escapade on the other side of the world. What they first planned as a simple zip line and mini recreation center had blossomed into a full-blown adventure and nature park. They had plenty of room to explore and utilize, so why not offer more activities for people to enjoy? Danasan Eco Adventure Park also provides the perfect chance to promote tourism in the Cebu province, as well as supply plenty of employment opportunities to the local community. For this family, this is their way of sharing their grand adventures with the world.”
Going to Danasan Eco Adventure Park is quite a drive from Cebu City (if you enjoy road trips, here’s a fun fact: it takes 2 hours to get there) since it’s located on a remote mountain. That would also mean you’ll have little to no signal or reception when you’re up there. If you’re looking to unplug, this is the place to go. But if you can’t completely go cold turkey (even just for a few days) then I suggest buying a Smart sim card beforehand. It’s the only provider that kind of works there. It will go wonky, but at least, you’ll be able to catch up on updates on Facebook and use Messenger.
Also, be prepared for a bumpy ride. The road up going up there is long, winding, and narrow. My heart skipped a beat every time we passed by roads that were lacking guardrails, but trust me, it’s going to be all worth it. Danasan is packed with extreme adventures and recreational activities! You will love it. They offer shuttle services that will take you to Danasan Eco Adventure Park by the way. You don’t have to worry as to how you’ll get your arse up there because you can reserve a seat beforehand and choose if you want to be picked up at Parkmall Mandaue or Jollibee Sands Danao.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Here’s the thing: It’s an eco-park. While it serves as a place of leisure and recreation for us wonderful human creatures, it also aims to protect the ecosystem at the same time.
I don’t understand why there are bad reviews online complaining about the place. Of course, there will be gray areas and that’s to be expected. They are untouched because they want to preserve and protect the land and every single organism living there. Why would they change something that is already naturally beautiful? It doesn’t mean that I’m against the idea of improving the place to make it safer for their guests. Of course, I’d want that as well. I’m just saying that it shouldn’t come as a surprise if not all the roads there are paved and will smell good (as they let the horses, carabaos, and goats run freely).
ADVENTURES AND ACTIVITIES
Now comes the fun part – the exciting adventures and fun-filled activities they so kindly lined up for us. We were given an itinerary to follow and that got us all pumped. I don’t know how my friends managed to do everything in 2 days without getting sore (my body was already aching the second day). 😀
Anyway, I’m glad to have brought the right people with me on this trip. Shoutout to Priscilla, Toni and Myla! 🙂
DAY 1: ACTIVITIES
Zipline & Horseback Riding (Php 380.00 per head)
Skybike (Php 380.00 per head)
Skydrop (Php 500.00 per head)
Speedway (Php 380.00 per head)
ATV (Php 500.00 per head)
Swimming (Php 100.00 per head)
DAY 2: ADVENTURE
Hike at Danasan Peak (Free)
Rappelling (Php 500.00 per head)
Wall Climbing (Php 500.00 per head)
High Cable Traverse (Php 500.00 per head)
Waterfalls (Php 380.00 per head)
Wakeboarding (Php 380.00 per head)
For sure there will be buwis-buhay moments when you will find yourself asking “is this really worth it?” and you’d immediately know the answer to that is “Yes.” 😀 Well, at least for me, that’s the case lol.
I couldn’t help but giggle my way through Skydrop (as you can see) which is why it was the highlight for me on our first day in Danasan. It’s similar to Nevis Swing, however, ours was done on a much smaller scale. You can choose if you want to swing by yourself or with a friend. I did it with Toni – that girl is just so fearless!
It takes the machine about 3 minutes to carry you all the way up and reach the peak (120 ft.). Once you’ve reached the pinnacle, you get a birds-eye view of the mountains of Asturias. Take your time to let that view sink in real good because the next thing you know, you’ll be swinging back and forth like a pendulum. The drop was absolutely exhilarating (and not to mention, terrifying!). It took me a while to get my floating soul back on the ground. But would I do it again? Absolutely!
For Day 2, it was the waterfalls. Please don’t mind us penguins. We’re just sunbathing lol. Anyway, I almost gave up on this one! I was extremely exhausted and did not have the energy anymore to trek for 2 hours. So, what changed my mind? The thought that I might not get another chance like this. My friends were very encouraging too so that helped. 😉
Also, I’ve never trekked before in my life so I prepared for the worst (since I’m both clumsy and clueless). I made sure that I wore proper clothing and shoes. Sadly, I still kept on slipping during the trek. Good thing that the guide was there to pull me up every time I needed help. I actually felt bad since he was already carrying something heavy – which I later realized was our safety harness for our Rappelling and Tyrolean experience – but he still managed to save me every time. I’m still amazed (to this day) how he did all that wearing just flipflops. It’s not easy, but he made it look like it!
Another activity that made a mark on me was All-terrain vehicle (ATV) trailing. Man, I really enjoyed this one! I clearly remember it was right after we did Skydrop. When we got there, we were immediately asked to gear up and they gave us a quick rundown on how to drive the ATV.
It was quite simple but the steering wheel was so hard to control! You need to apply some strength for you to get a good hold of it. It was challenging most especially on the muddy parts of the ATV trail. In fact, I almost ran over my leg because I mistakenly tried putting my foot down on the ground to stop the ATV from moving forward.
Lastly, the small but quaint infinity pool – it’s the best way to cap your night off when in Danasan Eco Park! 😀
You will see fireflies in the air (I swear I’m not making this up!) and because it’s less polluted up in the mountains, you get a clear view of the moon and the stars in the sky. It was just beautiful! The long trip going to Danasan was definitely worth it. 🙂
Here’s a collage of ALL THE OTHER WONDERFUL THINGS we did at Danasan Eco Adventure Park.
Oh yeah, we also hiked at Danasan Peak at 5 in the morning (to see the sunrise) which only took 30 minutes – 15 minutes on paved road, and the other on rugged terrain. How’s the view, you ask? See for yourself. Again, SO WORTH IT. 🙂
OUR ACCOMMODATION: CAIDA
We honestly thought we were going to sleep in a nipa hut so I packed plenty of OFF! lotion, but we were pleasantly surprised to be given a Caida room. They let us stay in an air-conditioned room with 2 queen beds, a private bathroom, refrigerator and cable television. That was good enough for us. Seriously. We were happy with that.
And outside our room, you’ll find a balcony with Rattan lounger chairs where guests can unwind and do away with the extra hours. We took a relaxing nap in the afternoon and chilled in peace. No internet, no distractions. I certainly needed that 2-day social media detox.
The room costs Php 2,200 per night, and it already comes with breakfast. Plus you’re given free access to their infinity pool. It’s good for 4 people, but there will be an additional charge for the excess person upon check-in. They have other rooms if you want to get a bigger accommodation. 🙂
Here’s the list of all the activities you can do at Danasan Eco Park!
Thank you Danasan Eco Adventure Park for sponsoring this trip, especially to Hannah Mae Lawas who made it possible for us to see this beautiful place. We’re truly grateful for the experience. Looking forward to more trips in 2018. Happy New Year friends! 😉