Danao Adventure Park, Bohol
Bohol may be best known for the famous Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, century-old churches, and the iconic tarsier, but a small town within this pristine province proves that it goes beyond the typical must-sees listed in travel guidebooks.
“Evident here are the lessons of tourism development,” Durano shared, citing it is “important to start with the natural and cultural assets you have. You can never be what you are not; and in our country are troves of natural treasures. These blessings, coupled with local initiative and strong leadership, always spell success in terms of sustainable community-based tourism. “
From the initial investment of P20 million, the adventure park now generates revenue of P1 million monthly, Durano added.
The adventure park boasts of scenic view of the Wahig River, mountains and rolling hills, among which is the historical Dagohoy Hill, the very spot where Francisco Dagohoy started the longest revolution against the Spaniards.
Trekking, wall-climbing, rappelling, and root-climbing also await adventurous travelers, as well as kayaking, river tubing, and rock bouldering, in the river downstream. Spelunking in the mystical Kamira Cave is also a highlight. Community interaction and organic farm visits likewise invite eco-travelers to immerse in the unspoilt, undiscovered surroundings and Danao culture.
“This is among the region’s best-kept secrets, holding a treasure of promise. It is only natural for people to truly come back for more, and spread the good word about it,” Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions said.
“We have seen the positive contribution of LGU-initiated ecotourism efforts, where the whole community benefits. Here in Danao, the agricultural produce harvested from their organic farms will supply the growing number of tourists coming to the area, along with the general employment this eco-adventure park has generated,” Jarque added.
Rolando Cañizal, Director for Tourism Planning and Promotions, noted, “The Department is continuously active in tapping this huge potential in community-based tourism, unlocking unique strengths from the locals, allowing for capacity-building measures, that further translate to economic growth.”
Press Release from the Department of Tourism – DOT