koko & everything else

koko & everything else

Monday, December 20, 2010


Subic is known for its beaches, for the safari and even for the monkeys. But who knew, Subic can be an adventure-seeker destination for a thrilling nature escapade.

Tree Top Adventure, located at Jest Area in Subic is the spot. At first glance, it was like being in the set of “Avatar” with tall trees invading the rest of the forest. Then looking closely, you’ll notice metal platforms and bridges connecting one tree to another. It was like having a city on top of the trees, seeing people walking and running here and there instead of Avatars or monkeys.

The adventure started with a simple briefing courtesy of the friendly TREE TOP staff. He immediately introduced all sorts of activities in the place.

Starting off with the trekking and jungle survival demo, which would involve hiking through the trail at the forest. It would take 30 to 45 minutes to go around the forest and would involve a basic workshop on jungle survival. It would be a good activity for the nature lover as you would be exploring and discovering different tree and animal species along the way.

Another way to explore the forest would be from the top by means of the “Canopy Ride” which we preferred to take because we were too lazy to walk. It involves chairs hanging on cables way above the trees. It was like seeing the forest in a bird’s eye view. It’s actually pretty amazing to explore the forest while different birds and insects are joining the expedition. It would feel like you are a part of the Tomb Raider journey, or if you are like myself, I felt like I was Lara Croft.

Next would be the famous “Interactive Free Fall”. Groups are teamed up in three’s according to individual weights. The ride would consist of a metal structure where in you will be harnessed to a horizontal pole around the waist area, and then you will be holding on to a rail just above your head and standing on a slim beam. If that is not enough to make your heart bounce out of your chest, the ride would go up and down about eight times as if you’re endlessly being thrown up and falling down over and over. After that ride’s over, do expect to get weak in the knees.

Next stop, “Superman Ride”! It is actually like that of the usual zipline set-up. You will be strapped on cables in a superman-like position. The only difference is the ride would start by pulling you backwards above the taunting trees that felt so tiny if you’re way up then pulling you again, this time facing ahead. Somehow, it felt like the ride should have been called “Slingshot Ride” because it really felt like that.

But the thrill and scare doesn’t end there, because for the finale, we went on for the “Tree Drop” wherein you will literally be dropped from the top of the tree, with harness of course. But the feeling was beyond imaginable. For a second or two, you will experience what it feels like falling without control. It was way exciting and scarier than riding a roller coaster. Because this time, you will be facing the ground, with just a harness on your waist just like in the movie, “Mission Impossible”. The difference is this involves a quick drop that ranges from two to three seconds maxed. And facing downward, it was like you will be face flat on the ground. But then, around 5 feet off the ground, the drop will smoothly end, it kind of made me feel like praying for gratitude for my second life.

But if you feel like this is too much for you, you could opt for the “Silver Surfer Ride” where in you will hang from a structure that goes left and right, swinging you a few times. It was like surfing without water and high above the ground.

Subic really did evolve from that US Military base we once knew. At present, it is a nearby available destination for families and friends whether you’re looking for thrills or just plain fun. The good news is, it wouldn’t cost much and would not burn a hole in your pockets. Packages at Tree Top Adventure starts at around P500.00 only and the complete package would be around P1,500.00.

For more information on Tree Top Adventure, log in to http://www.treetopadventuresubic.com or call (047) 252-9427.

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