An ecopark for new adventures

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By Danny B. Dangcalan

A Walk in the Park

Saturday, May 3, 2014

IF YOU’RE looking for a new adventure this summer—such as wakeboarding and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail—you don’t have to go far from Bacolod. In fact, it’s just a 15-minute drive from the city proper.

Welcome to the Pahanocoy Eco Adventure Park—a 3.5-hectare of exciting outdoor activities, lush mangrove plantation, good food, and more.

Greeting the guests upon entrance is the ATV trail, a half-hectare beginner’s ride track. It is the first ATV trail in Bacolod that’s open to the public for rent.


The ATV trail is a joint venture of Aris Sorbito, owner of Pahanocoy Eco Adventure Park, and his friend Cloyd Uy.

ATV trail enthusiasts can choose from six ATVs, two pocket ATVs (for children) and one UTV (for 2 persons). Riders will enjoy a 10 to 15-minute bumpy ride with obstacles like sand area, wood, drench, hill, and bridge. Introductory rate for ATV is P150 per round.

Up ahead is the twin-wakeboarding lakes—considered the first in Negros Occidental and in Western Visayas, according to Aris.

The smaller lake, measuring 80 meters long and 20 meters wide, is for beginner wakeboarders, while the larger one, measuring 145 meters long and 30 meters wide, is for professional wakeboarders.

The larger one, with a depth of seven feet, has obstacle challenges with which wakeboarders have to maneuver. Between the two lakes is the center island where the viewing deck is located. Wakeboarding fee is P200 per slot.

Beside the wakeboarding areas is an outdoor bar, where guests can order coffee and drinks.

The lakes used to be the fishpond of formerly the Pahanocoy Beach Resort, which ceased operating 10 years ago.

Aris started developing the place into an adventure park only last January. “It’s a work in progress,” he says.

After enjoying the wakeboarding and ATV trail, it’s time for you to enjoy the food in their restaurant, located a few meters from the wakeboarding lakes.

Resident Chef Nilo serves popular local dishes with a new twist. Try squash herb soup and spareribs, and for desserts, try banana brown barrel ala mode, decadence, or fried ibus with mangoes.
Chef Nilo makes sure to surprise guests with a new dish everyday that is not in the menu list.

While dining, enjoy the cool breeze and the lush mangrove plantation that has been there for more than 35 years.

Fronting the restaurant is a Fish Feeding Area, about 150 sq. meters wide, for children who want to enjoy feeding the fishes.

A wide lagoon beside the mangroves will soon be developed into a Zorb Lake, where guests are inside a giant inflatable hamster ball and trying to run around on the water.

For guests who want to stay overnight, the park has so far four cottages. Rate is P1,200 with breakfast.

Pahanocoy Eco Adventure Park officially opens today, May 3, at 3 p.m. Gracing the opening day are Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, councilors, tourism officials, and wakeboarding and ATV enthusiasts.

The park opens daily, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance fee is P50.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 03, 2014.


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