1. Go there early. As always, the early bird gets the early worm too. My group arrived there by noon already, and we barely had time to try the other activities.
Ours was a different case though. We got delayed in leaving Tagbilaran City because of . . . because of . . . me. Nope, it's not because I got out of bed late. Not this time.
We were originally set to leave Tagbilaran City at 9am that Sunday but since I failed to get a chance passenger slot in the earliest fastcraft trip to leave Cebu City, I had no choice but to take the next trip which was already at 8:30am. If we were able to leave on time, we would have arrived at Danao, Bohol by mid-day and we would have enough time then to try most, if not all of the activities. I was glad and thankful that my friends never blamed me for the delay and were patient enough to wait for me to arrive from Cebu City.
2. Bring your own food. If possible, bring your own food and drinks. They have a Welcome Center there for guests. They offer some dishes there too but you may be craving for something even better or something even more delicious. So bring yourself some lunch, (you can order something for take-out at McDonald's or Jollibee, or better yet, you can ask your Manang to cook and pack your favorite dishes for you) and some snacks which would come in handy while you are going there and after you cross the zipline, or after you climb, crawl, and swim in the waters of the caves.
3. Bring enough clothes. This is important if you plan to go caving. I tell you, you will really get wet, whether you like it or not. I actually did not expect this but I was lucky that Ingrid allowed me to use one of her short shorts. It was also good that I decided to bring my cycling shorts along or else I'd be giving a free view of my underwear while climbing the cave walls. So it is important that you change your attire when you go caving, to something that you would allow to get wet. For the girls, make sure your caving attire is not so revealing. Make sure it is comfortable enough since you will be doing a lot of work inside the cave. I mean climbing, crawling, and swimming too. One may also wear knee pads to protect your knees from being scratched against the rocks.
Footwear too is very important too. It's better to wear flip-flops but I am not really sure if your Havaianas will survive the roughness of the the rocks inside the caves. I don't think they could give your feet "a good grip" of the rocky ground when they are wet. You don't want to go barefoot during most of your caving time because your slipper snapped, or worse, slip over the wet stone formations. The Welcome Center has slippers for rent at Php 20.00 per pair or you can bring your reliable flip-flops. The staff will advise you though if your shoes or slippers are safe for use inside the caves or not.
4. Bring enough batteries for your cameras and mobile phones. You would need these to document your adventure. Capture the moment and relive the adrenaline rush as you play your videos and browse through your pics over and over again. The guides have a dry bag where you can deposit your gadgets. They bring the dry bags with them during the entire caving activity so you wouldn't have to worry about your stuff.
Now you're finally set. Lastly, just a reminder: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, waste nothing but time. Respect mother nature. During this adventure, I realized that if we do respect mother nature, it gives back so much in return. And for the part where we waste time, probably nature tripping is one of the best ways to waste your time. For me, probably a close second to sleeping, and waking up and getting out of bed late. :-) Enjoy!