According to Wikipedia, Zorbing is a recreation of rolling downhill in an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorb is one ball inside another with an air-layer between that acts as the shock absorber. Inside, there are harnesses to hold two (2) riders in place.
I once saw this activity in Sports Unlimited, a local show in the Philippines about sports and physical recreations. They featured the one in Boracay so I told myself that I’d definitely try it out when I go there.
Fortunately, while I was doing my research for our itinerary, I saw that Davao has their version of Zorbing, too. I immediately listed it down under our ‘Must Try’ activities.
I was really excited to try this because for (1), it’s included in my bucket list and (2), it seems fun to be rolling down the hill, face-to-face with your partner, and seeing each other’s expressions. It’s going to be HILARIOUS for sure. And I was right!!
The location was already adorned. From the photos I saw last year, there were only bamboo railings and soil. Now, most of the surrounding area has plants on it and there are already waiting sheds and benches for tourists. Be careful when you go uphill, though, as there is still no ladder or stairs to get you to the “take-off” area.
There are two (2) people who assisted us before, during, and after the ride. They reminded us to remove personal belongings in our pockets as it may fall out, and made sure the harnesses are tight and secured. Shoes and slippers are also not allowed inside the ball.
Ge and I were the last to try in our group. I was covered with sweat when it was our turn to go in the zorb. Apart from feeling shaky, there isn’t much air inside the ball so claustrophobics are not allowed here.
The scariest part was the first fall. I usually close my eyes when I’m scared but since I know that this isn’t gonna last long, I braved it. It was my first time, I really don’t know what to expect. But right when we’re just rolling down, OOH LALA, I just can’t stop laughing. Hahaha!
It’s fun taking before and after pictures from how we were nervous and anxious at first. Then, crazily laughing our lungs out after the ride — mostly because of our partner’s facial expressions. WUHAHAHA!
Now I know what hamsters feel when we put them inside hamster balls and play with them. They must be happy little animals. Because me? I enjoyed every roll! :)
Zorbing at Zorb Park
Davao Crocodile Park Complex, Diversion Road, Ma-a, Davao City
Contact #s: (082) 286-8883 / (082) 221-7749
Duration: < 1 minute Fee: Php 200 (including Walk ‘n Waterball Pond)