Crocolandia: Must-Visit Cebu Jurassic Park without the Dinos

The entrance to Crocolandia is reminiscent of Jurassic Park, giving visitors a sense of mystery and curiosity.

Crocodiles are said to have walked the earth long before the dinosaurs did. Their reptilian features have brought nightmares to youths worldwide, but they need to be preserved. That is what Crocolandia hopes to accomplish, by keeping these cold-blooded animals in a safe environment. This Talisay City tourist spot is a very popular field trip destination, but its impact does not only affect young students.

Crocolandia is a wildlife conservation center for some of the world’s biggest crocs — not the slippers, but ponds of real-life crocodiles swimming in the murky water and crawling in the muddy grass as the center’s main attractions.

It’s scary, but this is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss. Face your fears as you clear out some common misconceptions about these fascinating creatures.


As you enter the premises, you are welcomed by two cardboard crocs, introducing you to the wildlife conservation center.

Aside from Ocean Park and Safari, this is one tourist spot where you can see wild animals up close, especially since the Cebu zoo was closed in 2017. Crocolandia has been in business way before the aforementioned two even started construction, terrifying and amazing Cebuanos for more than a decade.

Safety precautions must be followed to prevent any accidents. You are not allowed to enter the ponds (and who would even want to?) and feed the animals in Crocolandia. The ponds are barricaded in order to protect visitors from the crocodiles, and vice versa. It’s certainly overwhelming to enter a facility housing these cold-blooded predators, but they are well taken care of.

These are a few of the crocodiles staying at the Crocolandia Conservation Park.

Crocolandia holds many of the largest crocodile species in all of the Philippines. From freshwater and saltwater crocs to crocs from other countries, you will be able to gather basic information about these magnificent crawlers.

The most important of these reptiles has to be the Lapu-Lapu, with no relation to the famous Filipino hero.

Lapu-Lapu is the largest saltwater crocodile in the sanctuary. He is basically a celebrity. More than 60 years old and 17 feet long, he is also one of the biggest in captivity in the whole country.

Contending for the title of being the largest croc is another saltwater crocodile called Papa Dave, and the largest ever recorded, the now deceased Lolong.

Safety precautions must be followed to prevent any accidents. You are not allowed to enter the ponds (and who would even want to?) and feed the animals in Crocolandia. The ponds are barricaded in order to protect visitors from the crocodiles, and vice versa. It’s certainly overwhelming to enter a facility housing these cold-blooded predators, but they are well taken care of.

This is Lapu-Lapu, the largest saltwater crocodile in the sanctuary, at over 17 feet long.

As you can see in the photo of Lapu-Lapu’s pond, the saltwater crocodile has some of the most valuable skin out of all the species. They may be at low risk for extinction, but they are being hunted due to their reputation as carnivorous predators. They are also said to have an average lifespan of 70 years in the wild.

Every Sunday, one of the biggest things to look forward to is crocodile feeding. The personnel in charge feed the crocs with a chicken hanging from a stick. Visitors may stay to watch, but are advised to follow strict safety protocols.

Sea turtles swim around separate ponds in the nature park.

Crocolandia doesn’t just hold crocs, though. This nature park houses many more species of animals such as sea turtles and fishes. There are also cages of different birds like Thornbills, Herons, and Parakeets chirping and flying freely.

The famous crocodile sanctuary in Talisay City is also home to several breeds of birds.

You can even get up close and personal with an ostrich, one of the world’s fastest animals, and a tortoise, one of the slowest. Be amazed as you witness a peacock’s feathers and laugh at the monkey’s shenanigans. They even have a Nature Center where you can snap photos of long snakes and other reptiles.

This fascinating nature park offers a spot where you can interact with the fastest bipedal animal, the ostrich.

Crocolandia also preserves some endemic Filipino animals. One of the first you’ll notice is the Philippine Eagle Owl. Its huge eyes stare at you as you pass by, and its head turns and follows when you move away. They also have the Philippine Mouse Deer and Wild Boar.

There are also several native animals in this famous Talisay City zoo, like the Philippine Eagle Owl and Philippine Mouse Deer.

They even have a small playground for the children to play in. If you want to bring something home from your trip, they also have a gift shop. You can even have a quick meal at their bar, the Croco Dine Grill, which serves breakfast meals and heavy snacks.

To get there, you can use a private vehicle since there is parking space available. Taxi drivers are also familiar with this place, so this could be another valuable option. You can find one under the Tabunok Flyover to get a cheaper fare. There are also many habal-habal drivers that will charge 50 to get you to the park.

On the way home, there are several tricycle drivers waiting outside that can drop you off on the main highway, where you can ride a bus or another taxi and take the city route via South Road Properties.

Crocolandia is a staple of many student field trips, but their personal animal kingdom makes it a great place to visit for all ages. This is a perfect place to conquer your fears and gain some much needed clarification regarding some of these creatures. You might consider bringing your family members to this great tourist spot to witness some of the country’s greatest crocs. All things considered, it’s a Cebu experience like no other.

Share this:

Other posts

Charlie's Cup, the Newest Balamban Tourist Spot

Charlie’s Cup, the Newest Balamban Tourist Spot to Visit!

Charlie’s Cup is a cafe in Cebu that offers a cool and refreshing vibe thanks to its cliffside location. The Cebu Transcentral Highway (TCH) has become one of the island’s best spots to check out the newest and most interesting cafes and restaurants with breathtaking views. The long, winding road makes it an ideal expedition

Read More
SM Seaside shopping mall’s famous cube

Where to Go for the Ultimate Shopping Experience in Cebu

Enjoy shopping in Cebu on your next visit. Shopping in Cebu is at another level. Anywhere you are in the metropolis, make no mistake that a shopping mall is just around the corner. Whether you are looking to buy souvenirs, shirts, accessories, or food, shopping malls in Cebu have it all. Cebu is a prime

Read More
The Cebu City Hall, the venue for the celebration of the Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City Charter Day commemorates another year of Cebu being considered a city. While the world recognizes February for Valentine’s Day and different concepts of love, Cebu City, the Visayan region’s Queen City of the South, embraces its cityhood, heritage, people, and economic growth within the same month. The 24th of February calls for a

Read More
Sinigang, a popular Filipino comfort food

Discovering Filipino Comfort Food

Try any of these Filipino comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather. When you’re feeling down in the dumps or a little under the weather, there is always that one dish that your mother makes that would always perk you up. There are also those types of meals and delicacies in Philippine food culture.

Read More
Bisaya phrases

Bisaya Phrases You Should Learn and Know

There are many Bisaya phrases you can use when traveling to Cebu. You may have plans to go to Cebu for a trip. A local comes up to you and asks for help. You barely know any Cebuano, what do you do? You may speak to them in English since most Cebuanos understand the English

Read More
Places to visit in Cebu for jogging enthusiasts

Places to Visit in Cebu for Health Junkies on a Budget

These are the best places in Cebu to jog in a budget! Gym memberships can be expensive. The equipment, the trainer, and maybe the diet plan you invested in can all leave a big dent in your wallet. However, you don’t really need a treadmill or thousands of pounds in weights to get ripped. Just

Read More

Best of Cebu Videos

Seeking to learn more about Cebuano culture, or wanting to know what to do once you arrive, Cebu Insights is the travel guide for you in Cebu!

Contact Us

See other Articles

Mactan Cheers for the Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu Festival 2022

Contingents from Lapu-Lapu City celebrated their pride and culture at the Mactan Newtown. For two years, the Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu festival was canceled. The 2020 event was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the 2021 celebration broadcasted a pre-recorded show online. However, in 2022, the Historic Resort City finally

Sophisticated ESL Schools in Cebu | CIA Mactan

Most ESL schools in Cebu are not as high-end as the Cebu International Academy. Want to learn English as a second language (ESL)? There are many ESL schools in Cebu because of the proficiency in English among Cebuanos. While most ESL teachers hold lessons online, a few allow face-to-face classes

Enjoy the Soothing Garden and Outdoor Setup at Nimo Brew

This coffee shop in Cebu has an impressive outdoor setup. Welcome to Nimo Brew, a coffee shop that entices customers with its relaxing outdoor atmosphere. This cabin-style cafe radiates a peaceful aura through its cleverly hidden location and spacious outdoor garden. Nimo Brew is more than just a place for

How to Get a Philippine Passport in Cebu

Take note of the requirements for a passport application and book a schedule ahead of time. A passport is a document issued by a government to its citizens for the purpose of international travel and identification. It’s the most reliable document accepted by airlines, immigration officials, and airport authorities. If

Museums in Cebu Light up the Night | Gabii sa Kabilin

Cebuanos flocked to the museums of Cebu for the yearly heritage walk known as Gabii sa Kabilin. Gabii sa Kabilin is the perfect way to learn more about the history of Cebu. Every year, this heritage walk promotes some of the top landmarks and museums in Cebu by giving participants

Ride-Hailing Apps in Cebu You Should Have On Your Phone

Travel around Cebu with ease by using these helpful ride-hailing apps. If you don’t know it already, ride-hailing apps are a must-have on your smartphone. When regular transportation disappoints, these software programs will come to the rescue, allowing you to book a ride to your desired destination. For years these

Scroll to Top