Bukidnon comprises half of the Northern Mindanao. Its capital is Malaybalay City. Most of its land is used for producing several products like rice and corn. There are several plantations found in the province producing pineapples, bananas, and sugarcane. There are no seaports or airport in Bukidnon. To be able to reach the province, you can either travel from Cagayan de Oro or Davao City.
Dahilayan Adventure Park
One of the major tourist attraction in Bukidnon is the Dahilayan Adventure Park. The place is famous for being the longest dual zipline in Asia. Also, there are several adventure activities in the park like Dropzone, karting, flying lizard, and ropes courses.
How to get there
After our white water rafting in CDO, we went directly for Dahilayan Adventure Park. You can reach it via several options. First, you can ride a jeepney to Libona at Gusa Terminal for Php 50. You should ask the driver to drop you off at Camp Phillips and then ride a habal-habal for around Php 500 for two. Second and better option is to rent a van to go directly to Dahilayan. We were able to get a cheaper van at Php 2500..
The travel duration is around 1-2 hours and it is around 40 kilometers from CDO.
When we arrived at the park, we went directly to get out tickets. I took the zipline package which is Php 600. This includes the 840 meters zipline, 320 meters and 150 meters. If you want to get the 840 meters only, you can pay Php 500. I thought Php 100 is not bad for another two rides and so I took the zipline package.
After payment, you will still ride a multicab going to the high area of the park where the zipline starts. The guide will then instruct and guide you the basic reminders during the flight. My tip is to spread your arms during the flight to make it slower to enjoy better the scenery. Since this is my first zipline ride, I was so afraid to open my eyes during the entire flight and I missed some of the spectacular views during the ride! One more thing, don’t forget to take a good pose when you are almost at the end for a good photo. =)
At the end of the 840m zipline, you just have to transfer to the 320m zipline nearby. Since I was still at shock, I gave the remaining rides to Dianne. The other two rides is easier since you are only sitting. At the end of the two rides is the Dropzone area.
This is the scariest rides I did so far in my life! We bought a ticket for a pair at Php 750. For single, you can have it for Php 500. I thought this is just a zipline riding on a pair but it’s not. At the end of the 150m zipline is the start of the Dropzone.
In here, they will tie you up and pull you at a height of 120 ft! At the count of 3, you need to pull a rope at the side to release. You will then freefall to a manmade lake and swoop to within feet of the water surface. I was shocked that I forgot to close my eyes during the freefall. For sure, adrenaline will be rushing through your blood. This is not for a weak heart. And do not forget to scream! It helps, really.
There are other activities that we did not try. Flying Lizard cost Php 250. It is a canopy glider that lets you explore the park while you pedal. Another good activity is the ropes courses which cost Php 250 also. This is perfect for teambuilding.
The park also has a hotel which is the Pinegrove Mountain Lodge. The cheapest rate is Php 2800 for a standard room. This already includes a set of breakfast. You can avail 20% discount on rides if you stay here in Pinegrove.