We all have a different taste of summer destination when summertime in the Philippines arrives. Some would probably go to the beach and savor what it has to offer, some would climb mountains or some would love to stay in their house while enjoying the comfort of their house has to offer. Truly, summer in the Philippines can really get swelteringly hot during summer and we invariably look for an alternative outdoor activity and a summer getaway to enjoy and find ways to reduce and be refreshed from the high temperature of a summer heat.
A sleepy town of Loon in Bohol owns a cold spring that provides a perfect place to cool off from a summer heat. Calmly snuggled in the verdant forest in Ticugan, Loon, Bohol is the inviting cold spring of Danicop Ticugan Spring, and said to be a local natural pool where most locals go here for a family and friends picnic as their way of bonding, especially during weekend. The spring has a waterfall and has a greenish cold water with a small pool formed and carved by a sturdy flowing of water when the rain pours. It is also surrounded with a perfect innate carved limestone where you get to enjoy its cold water.
Truly, It is during the summer when we feel so sticky all day and there is nothing quite like a refreshing touch, but acquires a cold bath to rejuvenate our senses. Hence, having an option of taking a dip in a cold spring, which in addition to cooling down your body or enjoying the cold flowing water from above would be a great choice this summer without hurting your pocket, since most of the cold spring are really wallet-friendly.
While on my way to Danicop spring, I was straining to figure out what the place looks like since I haven’t seen any photos about the place. I actually didn’t have plans to visit Danicop Spring, but since some locals I’ve met really want me to see the place, I couldn’t even afford to disregard it. I was riding a Motorcycle from the town proper of Loon Bohol with some of my newly met local friends going to the Spring. The minute we arrived at the jump off area, I can truly feel the welcoming fresh air coming from a green forest. We get to walk on a stone made stairs going down and trek a little bit in the umbrageous pathway going to the Spring.
As we are approaching close to the spring, I heard the voice of young guys making fun of each other like as if they were having a great time playing while drenching themselves in the cold spring. Some were actually jumping from the cliff to the greenish cold water spring of Danicop, some were just enjoying the water flowing from above as if they were just taking a shower in their home. Hence, I went close to the spring and it was indeed so tempting to douse my body in the natural spring pool.
The Danicop spring is far from any spring that you’ve probably been to, it owns a two separate waterfalls flowing directly into the deep, wide and a longitudinal natural pool that’s really a perfect haven for those who desire to escape from a summer heat. The natural spring pool is covered by green trees and hiding in the naturally carved limestone stratum, which makes the water really cold. Most locals in the area believed that soaking in the cold spring water can cure skin diseases and that submerging yourself in its coldness can really help with blood circulation. I’m not overly sure about just how accurate, these claims are, but one thing is for sure, a soak in the cold spring left me feeling refreshed and energized in the hot summer heat.
I was told to trek upstream since my local friends know that I’ll be seeing small cascades up there and I’ve actually seen cave as well, but just plain hanging on the bulwark of the limestone. There were stalagmites hanging, but sadly it seems like they were already a dead stalagmite. Yes, there were indeed a small Cascades that I’ve seen and I didn’t trek far, since I need to depart back to the Spring cause some of my local friends are waiting for me.
Barely a few meters away from the spring there is a wide open space where most locals are putting their things when visiting Danicop Spring. It is where they lay down their stuff for the fun filled picnic trip with their family and friends. Truly, the place is lovely and really worth my visit.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are two possible ways to get to Danicop Ticugan Spring in Loon, Bohol, since this is located near Tubigon and Tagbilaran and roughly one hour of travel time.
There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu to Tubigon. You can take a fast craft for less than 2 hours. From Tubigon Port, ask the locals where is the Tubigon terminal then ride a Bus going to Loon, Bohol. The fare is Php 25.00. From Loon, near the public market, hire a Motorcycle going to Danicop Spring. The fare is Php 35.00 to Php 50.00 depending on your haggling skills.
There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu to Tagbilaran. You can take a fast craft for 2 hours. From Tagbilaran City port, ask the locals where is the terminal of Jeepney (Cogon Terminal) or Ceres ( Dao Terminal ) going to Loon, Bohol. The fare is Php 25.00 if you ride Jeepney. From Loon, near the public market, hire a Motorcycle going to Danicop Spring. The fare is Php 35.00 to Php 50.00 depending on your haggling skills.
1. Going to Danicop Spring is really easy as most locals are familiar about the Spring. Travel time from Loon town proper is approximately 20-30 minutes.
2. The trek from the jump off area going to Danicop Spring is roughly around 10-15 minutes depending on the pacing.
3. Don’t swim in the natural pool spring of Danicop when the sudden rain arrives because the water can create fast currents that would result to dangerous situation.
4. Hypothermia can be a real risk. If you’re the person who’s not used of staying long in a cold water for too long, then you better wear wetsuits and pay attention to your body’s response.
5. Bring adequate water or bring food and make certain to have your stomach filled before going to the Danicop Spring since there are no store nearby.
6. Don’t forget to bring your waterproof camera, Go Pro, DSLR and make sure that the battery is full.
7. Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.
8. Above all PRAY before going to Danicop Spring for God’s guidance and protection.
POSSIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES TO PREPARE
Fare from Tagbilaran to Loon – Php 25.00
Fare from Loon to Danicop Spring ( back and forth) – Php 100.00
Food (water and snacks ) – Php 200.00
Total – Php 325.00
I would like to thank Aloysius, Daryl, Raul, Glenn and to those other guys who have joined me during this sojourn. They have made our adventure really awesome cause they are naturally very fun to be with. I as well would like to thank Kuya Eric, our guide, who really spare his time to guide us going to the beautiful Kabantihan and Piong Falls. I’ll surely go back in your town before long. To Miranda’s family in Napo, Loon, Bohol, thank you for adopting me for 4 days and 3 nights in your house. A backpacker like me who constantly go to a different place and meet new people, I’m more than blessed. I have just met them, but they open their home to welcome a stranger like me. God had truly blessed your family and you extend it to me! Thank you so much guys for everything.
Truly, Boholano’s are really kind.