Giant Panda in Macau

What do you think you can do to your 60 pesos (10 MOP) when in Macau?

Aside from going to Casinos and hotel hopping, do you know that for a very small amount you can buy a ticket to visit the two Giant Pandas in Macau? Yep! That’s true. There are pandas in Macau. Thanks to the guy (a fellow Filipino) we met when my friends and I were buying pasalubong. He told us that there’s a park in Coloane where we can see those furry black and white bears.

Apparently, Coloane is far from where we are staying so I had to convince my friends to go with me. And lucky me they agreed! I will never let a chance to see panda in real life. NEVER!

Here, I listed 7 things I learned about Giant Pandas in Macau:

1. The two pandas living in the Giant Panda Pavilion are Kai Kai and Xin Xin. They are gifts from Mainland Chinese government to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Macau’s reunification with China.

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2. Pandas don’t have specific spots for sleeping; they simply fall asleep wherever they happen to be. Just like this cutie pie, he wasn’t able to finish eating his food and fall asleep just like that.

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3. In a panda’s typical day, it spends half its time on eating and the other half on sleeping. Oooh! Can I just be a panda? 😛

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4. Giant pandas move very slowly because bamboo doesn’t provide much energy for them. They can’t do activities that require much energy. But they have toys inside their cage so they can play around, eat and sleep. What a life!

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5. Preserved Giant Panda’s poops look likes a cassava. hihi 😛

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6. Giant Pandas are considered national treasure in China.

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7. There are only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild and they are classified as endangered. If you want to be part of saving them you may visit World Wide Fund website to learn more on how you can make donation or adopt a panda.

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  • Schedule of the show starts from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm. Last admission is until 4:45 pm. According to their website, the park is close on Mondays, and Tuesday only if Monday is a public holiday.
  • The best time to go there is around 2 pm so that you can see these babies eat their favorite bamboos and play around.
  • Admission fee is only 10 MOP and it is free for children 12 and below and for seniors 65 and above.
  • For those who love to collect souvenir items they have a souvenir shop near the exit gate.  They sell panda shirt, panda toys and other panda stuffs.
  • There are other animals inside the park you can also check them out.
  • Don’t forget to bring your jacket. The cold temperate in Coloane will bother you in any way. Hehe 😛

HOW TO GET THERE?

Address: Avenida de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau

We ride on bus number 26A to get there. But you can also take any bus as long as it’s going to Coloane Island. Bus stop is just next to the main entrance and across the Oasis Hotel you can see the park (Parque de Seac Pai Van).

This was another unplanned trip for me and I can say it’s a great experience. I’m hoping that you can also make a time to visit these pandas when you’re in Macau. Happy Travels!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawahariel Nehru

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5 Reasons why swimming with the Butanding is the best thing to do in Cebu

Whale shark or Butanding (commonly known in Filipino) is a slow-moving filter-feeding animal that is considered as the largest fish in the sea, measuring 40 feet or more.  These sharks have very wide mouths which can reach nearly 5 ft. wide and can contain up to 350 rows of teeth. The head is flat and the eyes are located near the front of its head. While these sharks aren’t known to attack humans some speculate that a human could get caught in its large mouth, however even if this were to occur the throat of a whale shark is fairly small and it would be impossible for the shark to consume a person. These shark has even been said to be fairly friendly and playful with divers and may even let a diver hold on for a ride. (facts from whalefacts.org)

Here in the Philippines, there are several places you can go to-to experience whale shark watching/swimming.

So when I planned my Cebu and Bohol trip last June, I made sure to include this in my itinerary. I didn’t regret to do so cause it became the highlight of my Cebuhol Adventure.

Overwhelmed by my experience, I decided to write my top 5 reasons why swimming with the gentle giants is the best thing to do when you go to Cebu.

1) Whale sharks are completely harmless so there’s no need to be afraid of them. They are filter feeders meaning they consume food by swimming towards it with their mouth open engulfing the prey that enters their mouth. Plus, they don’t eat humans!

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2) Gentle giants are truly gentle and friendly. Swimming and snorkeling with them is an amazing experience. Again, no need to be scared of these creatures. But, if you are too afraid of the giant fish then you can still watch them from the boat.

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3) You’ll enjoy it even if you’re not a professional swimmer. Besides the boatmen will guide you and will even help you to have that instagram-worthy photo with the whale shark.

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4) Swimming with the Butanding makes me appreciate more the beauty of the underwater world. For me oceans are deep and magical and there are still a lot of things we need to see and discover.

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5) It is one of a kind experience that you shouldn’t miss! An adventure you wouldn’t forget and definitely worthy of your bucket list.

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Hopefully, these 5 reasons will inspire you to try this adventure when you visit Cebu.

Sharing with you my #niknakztraveltips when swimming with the whale sharks.

  • I would suggest to go there early to avoid the crowd. It is open from 6 AM to 12:30 PM.
  • You have to pay P500 for 30 minutes encounter with the whale shark and P300 for whale shark watching. Foreigners have to pay for a higher rate. Snorkeling gear is free.
  • But, if you have your own gear then you better bring that with you if you don’t want to use snorkeling gear that has been used by others.
  • Whale shark watching is well organized by the local town people. Listen very carefully to the do’s and don’ts when swimming with the whale sharks. Compliance is a must.
  • Don’t bother to put sunscreen when you go there, you’ll end up removing it because it is not allowed to put sunblock when you swim with the whale shark.
  • You can rent an underwater camera if you don’t have one.
  • Enjoy the moment! It is really scary at first but once you’re in there you will feel amused and amazed by the gentle giants.

How to get there?

  • Book a plane ticket to Mactan, Cebu with Air Asia, Cebu Pacific or PAL.
  • From Cebu City, go to South Bus Terminal and take a Ceres bus going to Oslob.
  • In our case, we stayed in Seafari Resort in Oslob and they take us to whale shark watching area. Only 5 minutes boat ride from our resort.

Thank you for spending your time reading my first entry here in my blog. Happy Travels!

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carrolll, Alice in Wonderland