A Guest post by: Pons Joseph Ligutom of Dumaguete City, Philippines
With the rise in zip line popularity here in the Philippines and all over the world, Dakak Park and Beach Resort has just opened its new zip line facility and is the new home of the longest zip line in Asia.
I was so excited to experience and conquer the longest dual zip-line facility in the entire Asian continent with a total length of 1,364 meters (1.3 Km), especially that it is located in Dakak, that I had to be there in time of the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. It was around 9 o’clock in the morning when I and my colleagues, with our acrophobias set aside, headed to Dakak zip line with the goal to defeat our fear of heights. It was a quiet 30-45 minute ride from the city proper to the resort. Arriving at Dakak and seeing the very steep dirt roads leading towards the launch point which is 300 meters above sea level my heart started to pump faster as I was getting anxious. Due to our Nissan van’s lack of torque power we were fetched by military type jeep that would transport us to the launch point. It was a rough ride but the jeep made it look easy. Finally, we arrived and had the chance to catch our breath but not for long, after the short ceremony it was time for the moment of truth.
Stepping into the launch platform I could see the very beautiful panoramic view of Dakak and so is the endpoint of the zip line which is barely visible due to its distance. I had mixed feelings of fear, anxiety and excitement. At first I was hesitant on whether to do it or not having the paranoia that the cables would snap. But what the heck, thinking that I am already here why not do it anyway; it was a onetime chance of having the title of conquering the longest in Asia. So the crew started to put on my harness and a few minutes later, it was time to fly! I was trying the superman position so that I could imagine that I was flying like superman.
As I was getting ready for take-off my heart again started to beat faster, 1..2..3 and I was released, the feeling of fear disappeared after just 4 to 5 seconds, it started with a steep dive that gradually straightens out as it nears the end. Traversing or should I say flying across the beautiful landscape & seascape with the air kissing my face at high speeds of Dakak zip line was the most exhilarating 50 seconds of my entire life. Though the ride lasted under a minute, it felt like eternity and it was the closest thing I could get to flying.
Dakak Zip line, the longest in Asia, should definitely be in your itinerary when visiting Dapitan City.
Zip-lining! Definitely more fun in Dapitan!…
About the Author: Pons Joseph Julian L. Ligutom is a blogger and content writer from Dumaguete City and currently working in a Travel and Tour Operator based in Dapitan City as an Internet Marketing Staff.
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