“Don’t look down.” That was what I repeatedly told myself while I was pedaling slowly on a bike in mid-air. With a white-knuckled grip on the handlebars, I pondered if it was best to go faster while trying hard not to let my knees shake. Granted I was in a harness, and the bike is also secured, the 150-feet drop still scared the life out of me. Even more so when I realized that this 550-meter long bike zip was round-trip.
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park Bohol
CHAP is Bohol’s latest eco-tourism adventure park. The adventure park boasts of different challenging activities for its visitors. Located in Barangay Buenos Aires in Carmen, you will pass by CHAP even before you get to the old chocolate hills viewpoint. It is just right after the arch.
The entrance ticket counter is situated right after the parking area and visitors are to go on foot from here. We passed by a garden and a pond before we reached the main lobby. The staff greeted us warmly and explained the activities that the park offers. Luckily, when we visited, there is a Christmas promo ongoing until January 30, 2016.
We originally just wanted to do the Bike Zip, but because of the promo, we decided to also avail of the Snake Ladder Package (at 50% off!).
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Tree Top Challenges
By this time, my palms were already sweating and my heart skipping a beat. That’s how much of a scaredy-cat I am when confronted with the thought of heights. The hanging bridges were easy enough, albeit very wobbly.
Next up was Island in the Sky, which was a bit like a hanging bridge minus a lot of planks, and the ropes you can hold on to. Come to think of it, it looks more like a train track suspended in the air. Being vertically challenged, stepping on the 36 planks to get to the other side seemed like forever. Tall people definitely had it easy, I thought. They don’t have to exert much effort just to step on the next plank. I was already tired halfway through and wanted to just quit. But R was cheering me on, and of course, my pride couldn’t take it if I really did quit.
After begging the staff to let me rest for a few minutes, Burma Loops was up next. This time, the challenge is to balance on a single rope suspended from 2 cables by 2 ropes in V-formation. I actually thought this was easier than the Island in the Sky. But I quickly changed my mind after my right foot almost slipped. I took it slow from then on, and told myself that there would probably be no more tightrope walking in my future, so I just have to make the most out of this.
I was sweaty and jelly legs by the time I finished and got to the Mini-zip line station. The sitting zip line was in fact quite short and was the most enjoyable of all the challenges I did so far. Haha. Thankfully there was no time limit for each challenge. And I was allowed to take my time because I was certainly no American Ninja Warrior.
Biking in mid-air
By this time, I was already regretting not buying that action camera before this trip. Since they don’t allow any hand-held cameras. Only mounted action cameras are permitted. They do have an on-site photographer, though, who will take your picture on the way back. One printed picture costs Php 100.00 along with the soft copy of the rest of your shots.
The way back was definitely faster and easier as I was now more used to the bike and because of the wind propelling me on. Having your photo taken while doing your best not to fall off the bike was definitely awkward, though. Definitely, no “smizing” to be found in my pictures.
We did enjoy our time in the park though. And I would definitely recommend this for visitors looking for thrill and adventure amidst the beauty of nature. There are lots of other activities that one can enjoy in the park aside from the Bike Zip and Tree Top Challenges. They also offer chicken and fish feeding, fishing, campsite, serpentarium, eco-trail, Zorb Ball, Body Ball, Sumo Wrestling, and wall climbing. Rates can be found on their website. Their effort to label the trees and plants found in the area is also admirable.
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP)
Entrance Fee: Php 60.00 per person
Bike Zip: Php 450.00 per person
Snake Ladder Package: Php 300.00