While the service vehicle we were riding was cruising the national highway from Bancasi Airport to Butuan City in Mindanao Island, Philippines, my daughter Aliyah Eimereen chanced upon a roadside signage showing the way to Delta Discovery Park, offering among other services, dual zipline, horseback riding and others. Exciting to know what are in store to be discovered in the place and how does it fare with the more popular Dahilayan Adventure Park, I acceded to the plea of my daughter to visit the spot.
Upon reaching the Butuan City Sports Complex, we turned right on a paved road leading to Barangay Bonbon. We were having a smooth travel then until we reached the gravelled road, majority portion of which were turned into wallowing mud courtesy of ten-wheeler trucks plying the area en route to and from the gravel quarry site. After an approximately 4-kilometer bumpy ride, we finally reached this area . . .
The reception staff then showed us the menu of the adventures available at the Delta Discovery Park with the staff acknowledging that such menu needs updating as the 1.3-kilometer single zipline for a fee of PhP 650.00 was not yet included . . .
As I and my wife had already gone ziplining at Dahilayan Adventure Park, we just let our daughter Aliyah and son Ranjick to try the 400-meter dual zipline. After paying the fee of PhP 400.00 per head, we proceeded to the stairway leading to the zipline launch and holding area . . .
After hurdling the uphill stairway climb, you will be engulfed with the feeling of fulfillment as you could witness a panoramic mountain view with both the 400-meter dual zipline launch and holding area, on the left side portion, as well as the 1.3-kilometer dual zipline holding area on the right side portion conveniently sitting at the hilltop summit at the heart of the Delta Discovery Park . . .
Affixing your name, signature and ride preference (super man, sitting and others) at the registration booth is a must for zipline riders . . .
After wearing the proper gears, you will then be subjected to in-depth ziplining orientation. . .
After which, you will be ushered by expert staff for the zipline launch . . .
Nothing beats the feeling of being on top of the world as you fly by wire. . .
A victory jump was then held at the foot of the stairway to celebrate the wire flying triumph of our two children . . .
As we were heading back to the Reception Center, my son told me that he saw a tiny falls and a swimming pool on the ground while flying by wire. Instantly, the waterfalls fanaticism in me had came out as I hurriedly inquired from the reception staff where the area being referred to by my son was located and we were told to head this way . . .
After a few minutes ride, we reached a place so close to my heart: a pond teeming with colorful fishes with a cerenderia and private cottages lining on its side. A few steps walk and my eyes were glued to this very serene spot . . .
We never lost time to pose for souvenir shots . . .
After which I took one of the most beautiful photographs I have had taken in my entire life . . .
Delta Discovery Park – Final Thoughts
Delta Discovery Park is still relatively unknown, the fact that their longest single zip line in Asia, having a length of 1.3 kilometers, was just opened in September 18, 2011 while their 400-meter dual zip line was launched in May 2011. But it was not only the zipline that endeared the park to first time visitors like me but its hidden secret: the dainty swimming pool, whose serenity is only disturbed by the gentle splash of waters oozing out of a mad-made tree branch. Candidly, the beauty of the pool and the tranquility of its vicinity had stimulated my senses and rejuvenated my soul. The Delta Discovery Park is on its sure way to become the primary thrill seekers and adventure lovers destination in Caraga Region.