Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu


Just this afternoon my wife and I finally decided to visit Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu here in the Philippines. We’ve heard a lot of good comments about this mini zoo and we want to see it ourselves. Crocolandia is a 45 minutes to 1 hour travel from Cebu City, found in a semi-secluded area in Biasong, Talisay City. We went there by motorcycle and we had a hard time reaching the place as there are less signs, advertisements or pointers that led to the area. We tried asking several people and gladly one woman told us the correct location. If by taxi/cab the estimated fare is P180 from Cebu City Proper. If you want to ride a jeepney, you can take the Talisay route jeepney at a minimum P12/head fare and once you reach the Main Market of the City, you can take a Tricycle to reach there at a minimum price of P20/head. The tricycle can only accommodate up to 6 people.

Crocolandia, Talisay City, Cebu

Crocolandia, Talisay City, Cebu

The story of Crocolandia

Crocolandia was committed to propagating and conserving the natural resources and its wildlife. It is intentionally designed to serve as a place where man can be one with nature in the most intimate way possible.

A long time ago, this piece of land in Talisay City was a turtle farm, until one fateful day it became home for Magellan. Magellan is a four foot, five year old crocodile who later lay an egg, revealing her true gender, which dramatically surprised everyone. A family of animal lovers made Magellan as a pet and was quickly given a boy playmate by the name, Lapulapu. From then on Magellan and Lapulapu produced many healthy offspring that later made families of their own, increasing the population of their kind.

Crocolandia Nature Center

Crocolandia Nature Center

Later on, other animals, such as monitor lizards, snakes, owls, birds and the like were brought to the farm, where they have been kept well and taken care of. These animals became felicitous creatures of nature, living in their own little private world with TLC (Tender, Loving, Care).

The successful growth of the farm’s population was significant and inspiring. This made the owner of the farm, Mr. Go Ching Hai, his family and friends decided to share their love for animals with the rest of Cebu, Philippines and they named it Crocolandia.

The Crocolandia Foundation

Crocolandia Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to its mission in providing a shelter for nature’s neglected animals. The Foundation endeavors to enlighten the community through awareness and information of important facts about nature which will eventually help them preserve and conserve the environment.

Crocolandia is a showcase of proper care and attention that animals and plants needs to have. Crocolandia believes that the planet earth is meant to be shared with these living things, which are GOD’s creations as well.

Crocodile at Crocolandia

Crocodile at Crocolandia

Guidelines for Membership Applications

1. One single copy of the form is needed for the Processing.
2. Upon submission of the accomplished application form applicants should submit or comply the following.
a. Two 1×1 ID pictures.
b. Present any valid I.D. for verification of data stated in the Application Form.
3. Crocolandia Foundation Inc. will contact you as soon as the application is approved.
4. The Membership I.D. and free souvenir item/s can be picked-up at the park, care off the Cashier.

Membership Package for a Single Member = P1,000 per year
Membership Package for *Family = P2,000 per year

*Family – comprising of 2 adults and 2 children below 18 years old.

Membership Benefits

– The membership package will allow the members unlimited entry into the park for one year.
– Guest accompanied by members will be given a 20% discount on the park entrance fee.
– Holders of a package will be issued a membership card which is non-transferable.
– Package for a single membership card includes one Crocolandia Souvenir Item.
– Package for a family membership card includes two Crocolandia Souvenir Items.

Lisa and I had a great time watching the crocodiles, birds, snakes, turtles, iguanas, fishes and a lot more. I believe some of the animals there are already endangered species and sad to say Crocolandia is not supported by Government.

The entrance fee of P80 per adult and P40 per children below 12 years old is fair enough for the very wonderful experience you will get when you’re inside this world-class Filipino zoo. They give a 25% discount if you’re a group of 25 people and up.

For reservations please call +63 32 273-1842

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  1. -lira- says:

    the crocodiles are terrifying yet they seem like plastics…

  2. Silvano Ivan Baylon says:

    Good morning Mr. Maranga. On behalf of the Crcolaandia family, I would like to extend our thanks for publishing our facility in your website. It is such a great help for our facility. We would also like to invite you again here in Crocolandia for free as thank you for what you’va done you will see the big change in our place and also you can update your pictures especially since we have the biggest crocodile in Cebu. Bring your family along. Again thank you and God speed!!!

  3. travel pod says:

    Thanks for sharing, I will add this on my travel list, will visit Cebu city next month. ^_^

  4. mayeth says:

    hello there, how much do we pay if we are going to visit the said farm? or the crocolandia? please let me know

  5. Francis says:

    Just came back home from Crocolandia and we had a great family time there. We ate at the cafeteria, kids played at the playground under our close supervision. The place is clean and the Cr’s are neat. Is amazing how these personel have been able to keep this place so clean and neat. i was so blessed to meet Ivan, one of the guys in charge, and he voluntarily gave me and my son a tour and we had such a great conversation about conservation education to help us all to learn to love and care for all these unique creatures. Ivan was so knowledgeable and took his time without rush with us. Kudos to Ivan, thanks buddy for your time and knowledge, hope to be there again with my family. A must place to visit..Francis from Puerto rico..

    • Silvano Ivan Baylon says:

      Im now just a volunteer in crocolandia… I changed jobs just recently… but I still find time to visit crocolandia during my off days… Just today i visited the place and luckily had 2 German couple looking for me… They told me that they saw my name in a blog… I gave them a tour of course… they even saw the feeding of the biggest crocodile… Thanks for the recognition Francis, I surely hope we can meet again… God Bless you and your family…

  6. Rema says:

    thanks Mark for this information…we will be visiting this place then when we will be back in my beloved Cebu

  7. Rudolf says:

    I visited Crocolandia in 2007 when i was in Cebu. I took some relatives with me and we had a nice time. What strikes me as a european is that the government (Talisay) doesnt
    support or subsidize this Crocolandia . Economicly the Philippines finally realised that tourism is a good way to get the necessary foreign currencies in.But whats nice about a beachresort if theres nothing or not enough in the area to visit as a tourist? A city like Talisay would be well off if more tourists would visit Crocolandia cause those people dont only support Crocolandia as such but will most likely also spend their money on other things in Talisay (like the swimmingpool and malls). In short ,i do belief that the city of Talisay should show more interest in enterprices like Crocolandia by supporting them financially and/or by recommending it as to be supported by the whole of Cebu (provencial government).
    One thing Crocolandia could do itself for example is, to introduce themselves more or better to the local hotels in Cebu city so those hotels list Crocolandia also in their websites as a good place to visit.This would be also a benefit to those hotels for their own guests. This way its always a win/win situation.
    Regards.

  8. Jessica says:

    Hi Mark,

    I would like to know if you will be able recommend a tour package in Cebu? Just read your blog about Kuya Dodong from Bohol and I hope we find his counterpart in Cebu :)

    Thanks!

    • Jessica,

      Green Earth Travel and Tours is a good option. Email the owner, Mr. Tony Araneta, at gett.inc@gmail.com. Or you can also try Sun Travel and Tours Corp through my good friend Roxanne Pasaol. You can email her at roxanne_pasaol2000@yahoo.com or call her at landline number +63 32 233-4527.

      If you want, you can tell them that I’m the one (through my website) who told you about their tour service.

  9. Lullaby says:

    On Sale,

    Monitor Lizard/ Bayawak

    Yellow Spotted – about 4 ft. including it’s tail…

    # 09394275412… Cebu Area,

    Ibaligya namu kay namatay iyang pares, nya xa nlng usa…

  10. Raymond says:

    Informations 03/19/2013

    – The entrance fee is P 100 for Adults / P for 50 Kids
    – The animals looks well, despite I think some could need
    bigger cages + more toys
    – The food is very OK and affordable there!
    – The staff is friendly and guiding. Thank you! :-)
    – The park has many high trees, so the place is shadowed and not so hot,
    even at noon / early afternoon if its sunny.
    – Bad news for smokers: Smoking is not aloud everywhere inside,
    so you have to go outside for a “break”.
    – Best you got there by taking a Tricycad and ask for pickup
    within 2 hours (2.5 hours if you have lunch there).
    – The souvenirs they sell are expensive.
    – In all the visit is VERY recommendable!

  11. Joy says:

    do we need to have a reservation before going to the place? do they entertain walk-in visitors?

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