Exploring Northern Cebu: Durano Eco Farm & Spring Resort
My adventure around Northern Cebu continues. This time I am setting foot in one of the spring resorts in Carmen: the Durano Eco Park and Spring Resort.
Durano Eco Farm and Spring Resort is located in Baranggay Corte in Carmen, Cebu. It is a 2-hour drive from Cebu City. It is a few meters ahead Mt. Uragay Mountain Spring and Resort. Originally, this resort was only exclusive to the Durano family and their friends. It was only opened to the public 3 years ago, January 3, 2012.
Getting there is a bit tricky. You see, from the highway, there is no billboard or makers.
If you are going there using a public vehicle, you can ride a mini bus from the North Bus Terminal and asked to be dropped off in Carmen Public Market. From there, you can ride a habal-habal or a tricycle. If you opt to use your private vehicle, watch out for Carmen National High School (side of the road: going to Cebu City), it is 3 blocks away from Carmen Public Market (side of the road: going North). From the National High School, turn left and drive all the way up until you see the resort’s signage. It is approximately 5 km drive from the National Highway, about 20-minute drive.
I am not so sure that an average traveler will find this place without some help from the locals. So don’t hesitate to ask locals.
The resort is located in the mountains so expect that roads decrease in size and some parts are still muddy. The road is winding and a bit bumpy. Also you will encounter split roads like the picture below. In this case, follow the red arrow.
Few meters more and you’ll reach the resort. Don’t worry there is free parking inside. If you went here using public transportation , you can tell the driver to pick you up at a certain time.
Entrance fee is Php 60.
Notice the sacks of cement at the back? Yep, the resort is still a work in progress.
The place is huge. Getting in there is like entering a mini rainforest. All you can hear are people laughing, and the chirping of the birds. The rustling sound of the tree branches as it danced in the breeze will surely calm your crazy, city nerves.
Heads up: From the entrance of the resort, you will walk down to the pool area. There are about 100 stairsteps (I lost count) so if you are bringing ice coolers or have a lot of baggage, you can pay someone to carry your stuffs around for you.
These tree houses are rented for those who want to have an overnight accommodation. Price ranges from Php 1500 to Php 1600, and the check-out time is 10 am.
They also rent camping tents, good for 2 persons for the price of Php 450.
For day trips, they have bamboo cottages with prices ranging from Php 650 to Php 1500 with capacity of 8 to 40 persons, or you can rent out tables which will cost you Php 300.
The resort boasts cool, chlorine-free pools with varying depths. All natural, no MCWD since they are using the water from the spring for their swimming pools. The deepest pool in the resort is 12 feet. Don’t worry, your kids can also enjoy this piece of paradise since they also have shallow kiddie pools.
FUN FACT: Durano Eco Farm and Nature’s Spring Drinking water uses the same spring water source.
I wasnt able to take a picture of Pool # 4 because there were a lot of people.
The free flowing spring water is clear, clean, and cool enough to refresh you on a hot and humid day in this tropical country.
This is my favorite pool! This is the one that measures 12 feet.
The river in Barangay Corte of Carmen, Cebu. The origin of the water source of the river is the cave around 300 meters from the resort.
Aside from the relaxing pool area, the farm also features a team building area, a tropical garden, and a nursery. These area house the various species of plants especially fruit trees, and ornamental and flowering plants. When I went there, the kind attendant at the entrance told me that their dragon fruit is in season and is bearing fruits. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see it.
The Sonia Fern Collection
I’ve always been curious about this red, curtain-like plant. Initially, I thought it is the roots of the tree, but looking at it up close, and seeing that it is on the different trees in the garden, I just have to ask the attendant about it!
Locally it is called “Buhok ni Maria“, internationally it is known as Princess Vine, Millionaire Vine, and Curtain Ivy. It’s scientific name Cissus Sicyoides. Yes, I researched about it. he he he he!
Anyway, I think it’s very pretty. Just look at the picture below, and imagine that it has small, lighted bulbs hanging on the tree, and then bam! you can do your romantic pictorial with your special someone, or you can do it solo as well. Hey! Do it with fairy wings! That’d be so adorbs!!
All in all, I can say that Durano Eco Farm and Spring Resort is a perfect place for friends, family gatherings, and even team buildings! This place is a perfect get away, far away from the city, tall buildings, noisy cars, polluted air, and the busy city life. I would definitely visit again and I’m hoping that the next time I do so, I can show you what’s inside the tree houses and I could see more improvements especially in the garden.
- Bring insect repellent as this is a tropical area.
- They sell food in the stall where you can rent tables but it’s very limited, so bring your own food. Or you can buy from Carmen Public Market before heading to the resort. No corkage charge.
- I went there during off-season (June), so don’t expect that what you see in my photos will be the same during peak season like summer or holidays. I heard that it can be really crowded.
- Get more detailed information about the resort’s facilities and service:
- Duran0 Eco Farm and Spring Resort
- Facebook: Durano Eco Farm
- Address: Brgy. Corte, Carmen, Cebu
- Contact #: 09155600572 || 09394736658
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