Danao Bohol’s Adventure Park is a great place for adventure-seekers. There are lots of activities that surely would give you the adrenaline rush – ranging from getting wet and wild, to shrieking and shouting like a child!
Some of the activities are scheduled to accommodate guests in different intervals. When we went there, There was a scheduled 1 PM spelunking activity.
Thus we tried spelunking!
I felt the excitement, enthusiasm, and pride of our guides Prose and Jimmy. They told us that there is an adventure ahead of us: we’ll be wet, submerge underwater, climb over big rocks, and much more. They wanted us to see for ourselves than tell us when I wanted them to elaborate more.
The beginning of this adventure is just a small hole on a wall. You’ll have to climb the wall and grasp the roots, then carefully descend by clinging on to a rope.
After going down from the entrance, a few steps ahead would be your literal baptismal of the place: you’ll have to submerge, take a step or two before you can go out of the water. The water is cool, you might be tempted to stay a moment longer, like what I did.
There were several interesting formation you would see. AND lots of water everywhere. You swim, wade, or crawl on your fours. It drips off from stalactites too, and some were like fountain so we drank off of it. A blessing, we didn’t bring bottled water.
The cave has no other passage-way; the entrance is also the exit. Despite this disadvantage, this was used as shelter of the guerrillas during the Japanese occupation. Way back in history, this was used by Dagohoy and his men in the struggle against Spain. Now it is named as Ka Mira cave as the last people who used this for insurgent activities was led by Ka Mira of the New People’s Army.
It usually takes about two hours for this activity, but as we were in a hurry we did it a little over an hour. It’s the picture taking that would eat your time, and we minimized it.
Afterwards, we headed out and ascended the little hill where the other activities were.
Cable Car Ride
We wanted to chill first as the spelunking was a bit strenuous, so we decided to chill in the cable car ride!
Suspended 200 meters above the gorge is really scary. As the cable car makes its way across and back for about 15 minutes, I couldn’t help but feel my gonads in my neck. Being inside the cable car with metal railings and 4 cable wires couldn’t assure yourself so much that you would want it to end very soon. But if you like the thrill, you might just like it.
How about spending 50 seconds of your life closest to flying? Sliding across the canyon at a fast speed can trick you to think you are actually flying.
You’ll feel the strong wind as you accelerate over the gorge; sometimes there are wind gusts too! But you don’t have to worry. Just enjoy the scenery as you leave the cliff. Look at the trees and the rivers below, look at those crazy guys jumping off the plunge, and just marvel at the great creation that’s just right before your eyes. So don’t close them eyes in fear, you’ll be missing a lot.
Going across, I was with my travel buddy Lauren of epicpotato as they said it’s faster if you go by two’s. Going back though we went one by one.
The descent was so cool, I took my pace. On the face of the cliff, there were some interesting crevices. I stopped by and tried to stay there for a while, but then remembered I had a bus to catch. So I went down hurriedly and let go of the controlling rope.
The ascent was slow, about 3 minutes, but it scared the hell out of me. You’ll be hitched to a pulling machine and all you have to do is make sure you don’t bump into rocks. I was so scared because the winch sometimes makes out of sync sounds. I asked the operator later on and he assured me it’s nothing. Its maximum capacity is 3 tons, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Nothing could prepare you for this. Not even a near-death experience.
Walking down the metal jump-off point sent shivers down my spine. It’s like walking almost to the certainty of death. But you have to do it. You have to try it. You’ve come all the way from wherever you are, and now is not the time to chicken out.
Gathering your courage, bolstered by your partner’s mixed fear and excitement, you can walk on the platform but your knees would start to shake. Then, they hook you up with the ropes, lower you down to about a meter, and counts down from three to one.
And you suddenly fall, like the feeling of falling off from your bed but a thousand times longer. The wind rushes to your face and you can’t help it but shriek in fear.
Down, down, down, you go cursing and wishing it to stop. Then it hits its apex then it swings you like a pendulum.
It’s really fun, if you are a daredevil.
It would be a fitting climax for any of the activities you have had previously.
So what are you waiting for? Summer is almost here, plan your adventure vacation in E.A.T. (Eco-Adventure Tour) Danao! Head out to their website: http://www.eatdanao.com/ for more details about prices, packages, and contact information.