The Cebu Safari and Adventure Park have officially opened their gates to the public for their soft opening. As soon as we found out about this Safari we booked a ticket right away for Cebu. My whole family reached Cebu with hopes of seeing animals up close and personal. Pre-opening days are on Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. They are open from 8 am up to 5 pm but the last entry or ticket selling is up to 2 pm only since the tour requires at least 3 hours to complete. Knowing that we will be coming in on a weekend we called in to book ticket reservations to assure our slots. Admission is P800/head, kids 2-3ft are 50% off while kids below 2ft are free of charge, they will measure your kids as soon as you get there. Senior Citizen and PWD discounts are available as long as you have the proper documents. Admission includes Birdshow. The Cebu Safari and Adventure Park is located in Carmen, a province of Cebu, Philippines.
Things You Need to Know before going to Cebu Safari and Adventure Park:
- It is 2 hours away from the Cebu City- the province of Carmen is a small part of Cebu. It is 2 hours away from the main city of Cebu which means you will have to either ride a bus, van or hire a vehicle to bring you to Cebu Safari and Adventure Park. We rented a van to take us to Carmen since we did not know anyone who could bring us there on the day. The van rental costs us 4,000 pesos, I know it’s quite pricey but we booked last minute and got the first number we saw online. If you are traveling in your private car, I suggest using a car that won’t have a hard time driving on uphill slopes because the ride going to the park can be very high.
- Reserve your tickets- the park only allows a number of people a day in order for the animals do not feel crowded. Be sure to reserve your tickets especially during peak seasons such as weekends, holidays and summer vacation. The park is open from Wednesday to Sunday, opens at 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and the last entry to buy tickets is at 2:00 PM. The reservation process can be found on their website here.
- Bring bug spray- the park was created in consideration to its natural life surrounding the area. You can really see that the owners of the park did not want to ruin the natural forest because it would be best for the animals living in them. They did not destroy a huge part of the forest which makes the whole vibe perfect. With this, it is very common to have mosquitos and bugs all around and it is always better to be safe. Don’t skip the bug spray because we cannot be too careful about our child’s health.
- Wear light clothing- I have never understood why people come to parks wearing thick denim jeans and jackets. The Philippines is a tropical country and considering that you will be walking around for hours would mean temperatures will rise during the day. Wear comfortable clothing and avoid anything too hot inside the park. With this, one should wear comfortable shoes, preferably running shoes because the self-guided tours will entail a lot of walking up and downhill.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen- the park has a lot of cottages and covered spaces to be cool and away from the sun but during some hikes to the different parts of the park, it is inevitable to be under the harmful rays of the sun. It is always best to wear sunscreen to avoid too much skin exposure from the sun. There is no need to bring your own umbrella because the park offers an umbrella in every cottage they have.
- Bring a portable electric fan- it was very hot when we visited the park and because we were traveling with kids, they get cranky as soon as they get uncomfortable. The only thing that helped us survive from tantrums was our portable mini electric fan. It kept my son cool while I was babywearing him around the park.
- Change of clothes (not just for the kids!)- after a full day of walking and exploring under the hot you would want to have clean and fresh clothes on the ride back to Cebu City. Make sure to pack extra clothes in case rain falls and kids get soaked. This does not apply only to kids, but to adults as well.
- Water bottles are not allowed- Packed lunch or any food storage is not allowed inside the park. They will require you to deposit food and water in the entrance but this is not entirely a problem because the park is equipped with restaurants and food canteens for lunch and snacks. Keep kids hydrated by buying a bottle of water inside the park as soon as you come in.
- Have a heavy breakfast- the travel to Carmen took 2 hours and once we got inside the Safari park everything was fast paced that we almost forgot to eat lunch! We were so entertained and occupied with the animals that we lost track of time. To avoid the kids being cranky during the trip, eat a heavy breakfast that will keep them full for a good number of hours before it is time to eat.
- Trolleys- the park does not have any trolley rentals for children and we learned that this is because there are a few parts where requires people to climb up the stairs such as the place for all the crocodiles. We were worried about this at first because we didn’t want to carry Travis along with us the whole day, but it’s a good thing I packed my Tula Baby Carrier with me and carried my son around with me on my back. This was a safe and comfortable way to walk around the park. My son was very much entertained because he got to have a better view of the place.
Here’s a copy of the area so you’ll have an idea of what to expect at Cebu Safari and Adventure Park. Enjoy!
That’s it! That’s all you need to know before going on a vacation to Cebu Safari and Adventure Park. Hope you found this blog helpful on your next safari trip.