If you like cold weather in the middle of a hot summer then Bukidnon is the best place for you. This province is the home of the best pineapples in the Philippines. On our journey to Bukidnon, we had a different activity in mind - to explore Dahilayan, Adventure Park. Zipline, ATVs, Buggy Cars, Zorb Balls, Bungy Bounce, Tree Top Adventure - name it they have it!
Going to Dahilayan is roughly 2 hours ride from Cagayan De Oro City. You would know if your are already near the park if you start seeing the long stretch of pineapple farm owned by Del Monte, Philippines. Expect a bumpy ride as the roads are not yet paved but you will be amazed how rich the agriculture in Bukidnon with the variety of crops along the way. I was able to see corn, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas and of course the never ending site of pineapples. I wanted to step down the vehicle and pick some but it was strictly prohibited, even to take pictures of the farm was not allowed. Well, I had no choice but to respect the rules so I'm leaving that for your own discovery.
|The foggy road going to Forest Park (12 noon)|
It was raining pretty hard when we arrived at the park so it was the perfect time to eat lunch and wait until the rain subside.The park's restaurant is spacious and surrounded by pine trees with a great view of the park.
Despite the rain, I still roamed around take pictures and was interested of the life-size Indian statues placed around the park's playground. Being heartbroken by the gloomy afternoon, I went to the souvenir shop to interview some of the staffs and it was then when I found out that afternoon rains in Bukidnon are normal due to its high altitude. So that explains, why most of the souvenirs they sell are raincoats, jackets and the likes.
We were very fortunate that the rain stopped after lunch so it was the signal to start the fun! The first thing we tried is the Zorb Ball. You'll have go inside the huge inflated ball with hands and feet strapped while the ball rolls down the park. Surely, you will scream from the adrenaline feeling!
|"Zorbitero" - person who operates the Zorb Ball|
After the head bouncing zorb experience, we tried next the ATVs! It was the most awesome ATV experience I've had. If you want to experience the real deal, you must try this! The puddle of water, mud, fog, steep downhills and rain are the elements that will define this extreme ride.
|After the ATV ride. My feet covered with mud!|
Dahilayan, Adventure Park is also the home of the longest dual cable zipline in Asia - ZipZone. The zipline can carry two people at the speed of up to 100kph and 840 meters long. In addtion, they also offer shorter ziplines of 320 and 150 meters.
Going back to Cagayan De Oro City, we had dinner at Fiesta sa Bala Sugbahan where I enjoyed the local dish sinugba.
Useful information I was able to note down:
Entrance fees (Weekdays):
Adult: Php.50.00 (note: if you will be riding the ATV/ Buggy Cars entrance is already free)
Bungy Bounce: Php200.00
Tree Top Adventure:Php250.00
320m + 150m: Php250.00
All Rides (840+320+150): Php600.00
Our Driver: 09272360022 (Kuya Adonis)
Until the next destination,