Friday, September 21, 2012

A Close Encounter with Lolong - The Longest Captive Crocodile in the World

I did not of  plan of this trip to Agusan del Sur. It was in fact a spur of the moment decision. My curiosity brought me to the place of the longest and the biggest croc in the world - Lolong. 


 
It was an almost 3 hour bus ride from Tagum City.I took an airconditioned bus to save some time as the stops were limited. I arrived at Bunawan, Agusan del Sur bus terminal and immediately asked the tricycle driver if he could drop me to the ecopark where Lolong was held. He told me that it's a bit far so he will charge me P200. I was hesitant because I thought it was overpriced. So I walked back to the main road and waited for motorcycle who would be willing to drop me off to Lolong. Luckily, after about 15 minutes of waiting under the heat of the sun, a motorcycle driver approached me and said he can drop me to Lolong for P50. So he drived me for about 20 minutes to Lolong. 

The road going to the Ecopark from the national highway

The Ecopark was small and has very basic amenities.  There was a TV screen near the entrance that showed documentary clips about crocodiles. I wasn't really impress by the place but then again it wasn't really the place I was wanting to see and experience - it was Lolong. 





   
Itinerary & Expenses
Time
Activities
Expenses
12nn
Departure at Tagum Overland Terminal via Bachelor Express
P190
2:40PM
Arrival at Bunawan Bus Terminal - Agusan del Sur

2:45PM
Motorcycle ride from Bunawan Terminal to the Ecopark
P50
3:05PM
Arrival at the Ecopark

3:05-4PM
Photo Ops and a little rest while it was raining

4PM
Departure from the park back to the bus terminal
P50
4:20PM
Arrival at the Bunawan Bus Terminal

4:35PM
Left Bunawan Bus terminal going back to Tagum City
P190
7:10PM
Arrival at Tagum City

7:30PM
Home Sweet Home




Pasalubong
Assorted Fruits (Marang, Lanzones, Rambutan)
P200
Snacks

P50
Entrance
Ecopark
P20




Total Expenses
P750

*If you are coming from Davao City or any other part of the Philippines. From Davao airport, take a cab or walk to the main road. From there, you will be able to see north bound buses. Take a bachelor express going to Butuan City and ask the driver to drop you off at Bunawan, Agusan del Sur (make sure you to mention Agusan del Sur, as there is also a place called Bunawan in Davao City). Alternatively, you can go to Ecoland bus terminal and take the bus from there.

Click here to download a printable itinerary and expenses of this trip. 
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