The Loco-in-Bukidnon: DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK

Need a dose of adrenaline rush? Bukidnon’s Dahilayan Adventure Park has a lot of heart racing and fear facing rides from pendulum swings that will drop you from 120-feet high to Asia’s longest dual zip line.

Bukidnon is in the Northern Mindanao region of The Philippines and its name stands for “highlander”. Expect a lot of great landscapes and cool breeze (17-24 degrees) being 915-meters high—in short, it’s in a mountain.

There’s no direct flight going to Bukidnon but you can drive going there from either Cagayan de Oro (CDO) or Davao City. The nearest airport is in Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro; hence, CDO is the easiest and fastest way to get there.

Having good friends in both CDO and Bukidnon, transportation wasn’t an issue. So, to get to Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, it’s as easy breezy as the mountain breeze to get there with a private car.

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From CDO, take the Bukdinon-Davao highway and make a right turn on the Alae Junction. Straight on, you’d pass by Camp Phillips and the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in Manolo Fortich.

Let’s pause for a minute there.

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You have to try the steak in the Del Monte clubhouse. It’s not the best steak I’ve tasted but it’s good steak and they’re generous with their serving too—it’s huge and good for sharing.

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They used to have 20 pesos (~$0.45) unlimited pineapple juice too back in 2012 but when I visited again last March 2015, they took it out of the menu already. From unlimited fresh pineapple juice to canned juice. sigh. I’ll have a cup of coffee instead, please!

OK, back on the road.

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Just go straight and oh, enjoy the view! The pineapple plantation goes on as far as your eyes can see and that’s all you’ll be seeing for a while.

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Soon enough, you’ll see signs leading to Dahilayan Adventure Park and hooray! You have arrived..after 2 hours!

No car? No problem!

Dahilayan has a zip zone shuttle you can take for 350 pesos per head, roundtrip. Service is only on Saturdays at 8-8:30am, meet up at Coffeeworks, Divisoria. Can’t on a Saturday? There are buses you can take – just head on to the Agora bus terminal.

It was my second time to visit Dahilayan and with more friends and more time, I was more than ready to take on the most adventurous rides.. helmets, on!

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On my first visit, since my best friends and I arrived late (an hour before closing time), we only got to ride the ATV at the Dahilayan Forest Park.

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The forest trail is 3.5km long and you’re led into a rough terrain and steep hills. Don’t get too distracted by the beautiful scenery though. Keep your eyes on the dirt road.

Don’t get this confused with the adventure park though—I’ll get there, hold on!

THE DAHILAYAN FOREST PARK

has numerous activities you can choose from—more kid-friendly too!

There’s a huge playground where you can leave your kids to play while you go on your adventure.

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Family time, you say? There are picnic grounds too with life-size animal statues and you can rent a table for 100 pesos on weekdays and 200 on weekends.

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Here are the other activities you can try:

BARREL TRAIN – P100/head (~$2.26)

HANGING BRIDGE – P100/head (~$2.26)

BUNGEE BOUNCE – P150/head (~$3.40)

NET TRAMPOLINE – P50/head (~$1.13)

TREE TOP ADVENTURE – P250/head (~$5.60)

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV) – P650/head (~$14.70)

BUGGY RIDE – P1000 per vehicle (~$22.60)

MINI GOLF – P150/head (~$3.40)

ZORBIT -P250/head (~$5.60)

JACUZZI ( Min 10 pax) – P300/head (~$6.80)

LUGE RIDE – P600/head (~$13.60)

GAME ROOM – P100/hour (~$2.26)

Entrance:

Weekend/Holiday/Peakday: Adult = P100 (~$2.26), Kids = P50 (~$1.13)

Weekday: Adult – P50 (~$1.13), Kids – P20 (~$0.45)

THE DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK

Oh yes! Let’s go to the extremes!

We got the ZipXtreme package worth P1,200 and this includes the longest zipline, the Python zipride, Ropes Course, and the Drop Zone.

There are other packages you can choose from.

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First up! The Zipline.

Known as Asia’s longest dual zipline at 840 meters, it takes about a minute to get from point A to point B. Fly above thousands of trees with a friend! 

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Being above a forest, trees are pretty much all you will see. I’ve gone on numerous zipline rides and Zipline Chiang Mai in Thailand still tops my list when it comes to the view. None of it was even as close to how long Dahilayan’s zipline is though!

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What do you get when you marry a zipline and a kiddie rollercoaster?

THE PYTHON ZIPRIDE!

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Like a snake in a forest, slither through a 500-meter trail whilst completely surrounded by pine trees. Get ready for a lot of twists, dips, and curves as you make your way down the forest and on to your next ride!

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By now, you’d probably think that you’re used to heights already. Oh, the adventure gets better!

THE ROPES COURSE

is a 2-level obstacle course where you have to go through rope challenges. You would have to harness yourself all throughout the activity and you’re on your own, bud!

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It very scary at first since you’re still trying to get the hang of the rope challenges and the height but once you get used to it, you get over the fear and just start having fun! That also served as our workout for the day!

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And finally, the most anticipated ride of the day:

THE DROP ZONE

It’s a giant pendulum swing ride where you slowly get lifted 120-feet up in the air and at your own will, you pull the string, fall, and swing high over the lake.

Ride solo or with a friend. I tried it with Rian and having a friend there is definitely the perfect distraction–it’s less scary and more hilarious.

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To wrap up our adventure day, we went to the Pine Grove Lodge and got the table with a bonfire in the middle—SMORES TIME! 

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Dahilayan Adventure Park is a playground for all ages. Whether relaxed or pumped up for some action, the park will definitely have an activity to suit your mood!

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