Agusan del Sur - En Route to Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center

I woke early on my 2nd day in Butuan City to catch the earliest bus going to Davao City. It will pass by the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur which is my destination on this day. I'm going to this town to see Lolong, the world's largest crocodile that resides in captivity at the Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center.

From my accommodation, I took a tricycle to the City terminal where buses bound for different parts Mindanao make a stop over. At around 5:00 AM, I'm already aboard a bus bound for Davao. Fare from Butuan City to Bunawan is at 215 pesos.

It was still dark outside and nothing much to see. Due to lack of sleep, I quickly took a nap as soon as the bus started to move.

After an hour and a half, we reached the town of San Francisco (popularly called San Franz by the locals) for a 20-minute stop over. Some passengers had their breakfast while the others used the toilet. I went down of the bus to take some photos.

Another stop over was at the bus station at San Francisco town proper.

Then the journey continued through the well-paved national hi-way passing through communities and crop fields.

When we reached the town Bunawan after about an hour, I quickly saw the sign leading to the Bunawan Eco-park. But air-conditioned buses are only allowed to stop on bus terminals, I wasn't able to get down.

I had to wait for the bus to make a stop at the Bunawan overland bus terminal.

From there, I need to back track. I took a public van bound for San Franz and alighted at the road that leads to the eco-park at Barangay Consuelo. Fare is at 20 pesos.

Then I took a habal-habal that brought me to the park for 50 pesos (2-way).

It was a bumpy 15 minute ride on dirt road.

Watch out for my next posts on my encounter with Lolong and seeing the falls at the ecopark.

Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center.
Address: Barangay Consuelo, Bunawan Agusan del Sur
Entrance Fee: PHP 20.00

This is part of my solo adventure in Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur last November 17-19, 2011. Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur are the 46th and 47th provinces on my list and this adventure is my 14th solo trip. Join me as I continue my journey to visit all 80 provinces in the Philippines!

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  1. i'll check your siste again while i;m on the road. dame mung alam na puntahan eh, mga never heard, asteeg! gusto ko din ma experience yan! =)

  2. We were supposed to go there when we passed by. Eh we were discouraged ng isang taga dun na hindi naman daw makikita si Lolong kasi naka-lubog parati. kainis! Pero okay lang kasi on OB kasi kami, and there was a meeting pa after the luncheon meeting. kaya hindi na kami nakapunta. Sana one of these days when I start project monitoring in the area. Hehehe.

    1. HIndi mo siya makikita kapag Monday to Friday ..makikita mo lang siya kapag Saturday at Sunday kasi yan ang araw ng pag lilinis ng kanyang kulungan ^_^

    2. Hindi mo siya makikita kapag Monday to Friday! Makikita mo lang siya sa Saturday and Sunday ka c yan ang araw ng pag lilinis ng kanyang kulungan! ^_^

  3. Mervs, ikaw na! Ikaw na ang pinaka-MAGALA! Hehehe. Malapait lang yan sa Davao pero di ko pa napupuntahan... Nasa bucketlist ko na cya though... Nice post Mervs... Ingatz sa trails...

  4. dapat talaga third quarter of this year sa mindanao na ang destination ko kc northern mindanao palang na libot ko..

  5. you write very good, comprehensive and information-filled narratives. perhaps this is your niche. Happy travels!

  6. thanks for the info! will visit this when i get there.

  7. wow --- i suddenly miss home. that bus terminal is where i take bus going to bayugan then to my hometown in esperanza, agusan del sur.

    it is sad though that i never had the chance to visit lolong during my one week homecoming last october...

    did you also go to agusan marsh?

  8. Nabitin ako dun Mervs ah:) I am going to visit Lolong tom jejeje (sure na)


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