Move from one edge of a cliff 200 meters high and onto the next cliff through Danao Adventure Park’s Sky Ride and Suislide. And find out why many back out from experiencing Danao’s most extreme activity, the Plunge.
Sky Ride (Php250)
The first activity I did with my family and friends was the simplest and probably the most relaxing. The Sky Ride is a 15-minute 2-way cable car ride.
It has a maximum capacity of 6 persons. I felt safe inside the open-air cabin since there were grills to ensure passengers won’t fall off. There were cable rides I’ve experienced where I became really nervous because these didn’t have grills all around, but only a metal bar in front. Of course it’s probably just psychological.
The Sky Ride is 200 meters high and you can get a good view of the gorge and the river below. But more than that, it gave me a different angle to watch the tourists do the Plunge (read more about the Plunge, click here, and also read below).
The ride was pretty slow, which is how cable cars often function. When you reach the other side, it automatically stops and goes in reverse to bring you back to the starting point.
All nine of us in the group enjoyed the Sky Ride.
The Suislide is a zipline about 200 meters high and 480 meters long, suspended on the cliff. It’s called Suislide because “suis” is the sound you here when you “slide” during the zipline activity.
It takes 30-45 seconds to reach the other end of the cliff traversing half a kilometer. From there, you’ll have to climb up to the next platform for your “suis” back to the starting area.
Only one position here is allowed, the Superman position. You can go solo or fly with a partner.
What I liked about the Suislide’s they hang you from the cable far from the edge of the cliff so you won’t see how high you are. When you start the ride, it would take a couple of seconds before you actually go past the edge of the first cliff — that’s when I started closing my eyes.
I went double with my nephew Iggy who was so brave. His eyes were open all throughout. I peaked every now and then but there weren’t any grills anymore. It’s me exposed to everything. So I shut them back until I felt we were approaching the other cliff.
My nephew and I were released from the harness. We had to walk up to the second platform for the ride back. Then, it rained. We had to wait for a few minutes at the covered area until the raincloud passed.
When it was all clear, the facilitators strapped us to the harness. This trip back’s your chance to have your picture taken for the souvenir photo. After about 20 seconds on the way back, I opened my eyes and saw the photographer telling me and Iggy to spread our arms for the photo.
I did just that for another 20 seconds. He said pictures at the zipline looked better when arms are spread apart, like wings.
Of course, you can also do the Superman arm position…
Or simply clip your wings.
It’s my first time to do the Suislide here in Danao. Maybe next time, I can do it with eyes wide open.
All of us did the first activity. For the Suislide, one member of our group declined to go through with it. For the next activity, I was certain, more will back out.
The Plunge (Php700)
The third activity wasn’t new to me. The Plunge is a canyon swing mounted over a gorge 200 meters high and 300 meters wide. It’s a 45-meter free fall for about 5 to 8 seconds then the swinging begins.
I was terrified the first time I tried it last year, 2012 (read about it, click here). This time, I was more confident. Though the platform moved and vibrated with each step I took moving closer towards the edge, I wasn’t scared at all. Finally, I felt brave.
I even tied a digicam to my wrist to record a video of the swing. Watch the video, click here.
From the edge of the platform, they pulled the switch for the platform to go down and make a vertical position until I was hanging from the rope attached to my harness.
I was too busy adjusting the digicam that when I was released for the free fall, I was more focused on the gadget rather than being scared.
The pendulum swing for me was still the best part of this activity. It wasn’t as fast as the free fall but fast enough to enjoy wind and raindrops kiss my face. It was drizzling then.
After a few minutes, the swinging stopped and I was pulled back up. They threw a rope for me to catch and attach to my harness. But they had to swing and twirl me several times to free the other rope entangled to the cable. I had to close my eyes here. Twirling again and again 200 meters high was no joke.
And it’s done. The whole experience lasted about ten minutes.
From my group, I was the only one who enjoyed the pendulum swing the most.
Ben loved the free fall. It was his first time to actually experience real free fall and he said it was priceless.
Migz also enjoyed the free fall but became uneasy during the pendulum swing.
Keechee relished everything about the Plunge except for the twirling part when she was pulled back to the platform.
Jolo was at first undecided if he should push through. He was paranoid the cable would break. But after seeing me, Ben and Migz who are heavier than him go through with it, he gave in to our encouragement. It was the most thrilling activity he’s ever experienced.
As expected, many from our group didn’t go through with the Plunge. That’s okay. The last time I was here for the travel show I host “I Love Pinas,” many backed out too. It’s a given, after all, the Plunge is the most extreme activity in Danao.
Five members out of nine from our group went through the Plunge. Not bad. That’s still majority.
(note: As of September 2014, based on my communication with Rey Donaire, in charge of Danao Adventure Park’s tourism, the Plunge is no longer available after it was damaged by the earthqueake)
The long bumpy road trip going to Danao Adventure Park and the three activities we did worked up an appetite. Good thing I informed Danao Adventure Park ahead of time that we’re eating there so lunch was readily available.
And eat we did. Their chicken soup was soothing and I liked that they used bell peppers for this.
They served chopsuey or stir-fried vegetables with pork, squid and shrimps.
Their stir-fried noodles or what we call pancit canton was excellent.
The shrimps were fantastic and cooked with chili peppers.
But the best for me was their lechon kawali which is deep fried crunchy pork belly.
After lunch we were ready for the afternoon activities — trekking and root climbing. Read about it here.
So far I’ve done the Plunge, Off Road Buggy, and Ultralight Wahig River Air Tour for my first visit to Danao which you can read about by clicking here. The first visit couldn’t cover everything that’s why I had to come back.
Still, I haven’t experienced many of their attractions. So I believe here are my reasons to go back: Caving, Ziplet, River Trekking, River Tubing, Village Tour and Cliff Rappelling.
Know the rates for the activities, click here.
Are you planning a trip to Danao? Contact them first and make reservations for the particular activities you want to experience, tell them the number of persons in your group and if you want snacks or meals prepared.
If you plan to take a day trip to Danao Adventure Park and go back to the resort or hotel you’re staying at, I suggest you rent a van (Php4,000 with a capacity of 11 persons). Leave early for the two-hour ride to Danao, between 6am and 8am. Leave Danao by 4pm while there’s still sunlight. You definitely won’t be able to do all the activities, so I suggest you prioritze. I recommend the Suislide, the Plunge and Cliff Rappelling in the morning, have lunch, then go Trekking and Root Climbing.
To get the most of Danao Adventure Park, you’ll have to stay here for two days. Renting a van with a driver would be expensive, but renting one would be more comfortable (Php8,000++ for two days). If you’re okay with public transportation to go to Danao for day one and leave on day two, click here for instructions.
Many tourists only take the Danao day trip because most of the resorts and hotels are located in other towns 2-3 hours away. But you may want to stay for the night. Danao Adventure Park offers modest accommodations. They have very affordable rates but limited rooms. You will have to book ahead of time and deposit 50% of the full amount. Know the room rates and booking instructions, click here.
Danao Adventure Park
Address: Barangay Magtangtang, Danao Municipality, Bohol
(72 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City)
Please book ahead of time, activities are on a first come first served basis unless early reservations are made.
Tel. Nos.: (038) 412-2338 local 6111 / (038) 510-0050
Booking Officer: Ma. Wiena Saguid 0921-7594403
Sky Ride (Php250)
The Plunge (Php700)
Van Rental (for 11 persons): Php4,000
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Full Disclosure: The rides and activities in Danao Adventure Park including meals were all complimentary as part of an exchange deal and ad placement for this travel website.
The pictures were taken by: Danao Adventure Park Staff, Tina Casayuran, Ben Rodriguez, Jolo Trabajo, Miguel Ramirez, Iggy Lorenzo, Keechee Lorenzo, Baby Lorenzo and myself.