After years of just hearing stories about Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City, Cebu, Philippines, I finally had the chance to experience Danasan first-hand when a training client decided to hold their team building event there last June 20, 2015. Since I was coming straight from facilitating another team building program in Bantayan Island the day before, I could not join the group in the service van as they travel from Mandaue City to Danasan. My bus ride from Hagnaya to Danao City took an unusually long 3-hours so I again missed the van at Danao City proper. I had no other option but to take a habal-habal motorcycle and paid PHP 200 to get to Danasan Eco Park from the Danao City national highway. I was lucky, I hailed one with a driver that was good-natured, skilled, and familiar with the road and terrain. I was lucky too, there wasn't too much rain that day and the day before so the road wasn't dangerously slippery. The narrow road was paved with a few rough stretches and alternating uphill and downhill slopes. The 27-kilometer journey took one hour to complete. I couldn't feel my butt and legs when I disembarked from the vehicle. Thank goodness, I had a seat reserved in the resort's service vehicle on the return to Mandaue City. So along with my co-facilitator Honfred Maza, we facilitated the team building program of iLife CMS on the afternoon of 20 June 2015. We then had the chance to explore some of Danasan Eco Park's exciting activities the next day. Here's what we did:
I didn't know what I was thinking but I first decided to go through the ropes course. It was too late to back out when I realized I had fear of heights as I was already on the second part of the course when the idea sunk in. I have always had that fear of uncertainty when not one of my feet is firmly planted on something solid. That is why, for a time, I always feared swimming. Upon the prodding of my good friend and the marshals, I pushed through. Yet, I was 2 obstacles away from completing the course. The non-completion wasn't no longer because I still had fears, but it was more so because my arm were just to fatigued to continue.
|Part of the ropes course at Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City, Cebu, Philippines|
ATV Ride. Well, nothing unique really since we have this in a lot of other places. But Danasan's ATV trail is cool, a truly off-road experience. Mud pools, humps, rocky terrain, uphill climbs, and downhill slopes. It can get one really dirty after the experience.
|All-terrain vehicle at Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City, Cebu, Philippines|
Honfred did some wakeboarding at the beginner lake and had a lot of fun doing it.
|Wakeboarding at Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City, Cebu, Philippines|
Before the day ended, we took a dip at their little swimming pool which was less than 5 feet at it's deepest. It's not the best swimming pool I've been to, but it was a good way to cool down.
There's still much to explore in Danasan Eco Adventure Park, activities I hope to try on the next opportunity I can visit. There are a lot more activities to try on the next visit: caving, waterfall trek, sky drop, drift kart, zipline.
How to Get to Danasan Eco Park
The easiest way to get to Danasan Eco Adventure Park is to ride their service shuttle at the Parkmall in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. Danasan Eco Adventure Park's marketing office is in Parkmall. The shuttle leaves Parkmall for Danasan as early as 7:00 in the morning or catch it at Danao at around 9:30 in the morning. Round trip shuttle fare is at PHP 400 per person.
An alternative is to hire a habal-habal motorcycle where you see the Danasan sign board from the highway. Normally, drivers charge between PHP 150-PHP 200 per person but that can be less when you have good haggling skills.
Danasan Eco Adventure Park's marketing office is at Parkmall in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. They may be reached through phone numbers (032) 239 5653 and (032) 239 5654 and mobile numbers 0917 301 3171 (Globe) or 0922 865 5779 (Sun Cellular).