For Day 3, of our 3-day stay at Bohol, we were planning to do activities at the E.A.T. Danao Bohol.
E.A.T. Danao is an adventure activity facilitator in Bohol were they offer activities like tubbing, river treking, spelunking, zipline, etc.
Prior to our visit at Bohol, I was already asking the EAT Danao people on the how, what, where and when of their services. I posted inquiries on their official website, multiply page, through email, through text. And very often, they would reply in very minimal explanation, so I would reply back in a yes or no question, as I’m getting the sense they might be too busy to answer inquiries.
They are quite slow in returning response, and our trip to Bohol is getting near. I want to get all the answers on my remaining queries asap. So I decided to call them up, through the number they posted on their respective sites.
Every time I attempted to call, the other line would drop the call. I tried twice calling them, and since I’m getting no answer, I decided to text them, and told them to text me the best time to call them. Again, I thought they were just busy, or something. I immediately got the response on my text from the other line saying “Text na lang” – Tsk!
I felt that the person receiving my calls and texts was very unprofessional. He publicly posted a cell number, and as a business, I think he/she should expect calls, and should answer them promptly.
The Query – How to go to Danao
So what was that unanswered, all too important query of mine.
The thing is I wanted to know how to commute to EAT Danao. We didn’t want to get their packaged tours, because their rates are too pricey for our budgeted tour, and there’s a minimum of 5 person for the package. I was with my boyfriend only.
I got an answer to this on their website, but again, it was incomplete, the site says there are scheduled bus routes going to EAT Danao, but after that..
Where do you get off?
Is there another vehicle to ride after that? a habal perhaps?
How long is the travel time from Tagbilaran/Panglao to Danao?
I never got the answer to these queries, so we depended on the locals for some answer. Unfortunately, E.A.T. Danao was very new to them, and almost all of them dont know what that is.
First of all, there’s a Danao town in Panglao, which confused some of the people we asked, as they thought we were referring to that nearby town.
We got the info on how to go there through our boat man, Kuya Allan. He said by car, the ride would take about 3 hours, one way for a minimum rate of 2000 pesos. On a bus, he doesn’t know. He believes it’s much longer since it would be making stops. And, if you took a bus, you have to ride a habal-habal because after that, it’s all rough road. Kuya Allan also said that the road going there from Tagbilaran is not safe, especially at night.
Once we got this info, I texted the EAT Danao crew if we can hire their pick up service. Their rate was 3K pick up and drop off. And I even got a cold reply from them, telling me why didn’t I inquire sooner. Geez!
I decided we’ll just go ahead and commute, but Kuya Allan and her wife, caretaker of the resort we stayed advised us not to go. The only trip from Danao, returning to Tagbilaran is 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm. None of the people we asked knows if this is accurate. They were a bit worried that we might get lost, since they themselves don’t know where that is.
Since E.A.T. Danao is a fairly new tourist attraction. I have to give them a chance. I hope this review would reach them and put some people on the other line who knows how to reply and accommodate would-be goers there.
It was a disappointment since we had to scrap that part of our tour. I would still like to try it though, given I want to waste almost 4000 pesos in one day.