I’ve been to Cagayan De Oro countless times and I must say that the city have improved since then. I’ve been to few areas in Mindanao like Iligan, Marawi, Camiguin and Bukidnon. Apart from my love for Camiguin because of their hot and cold springs, I consider Bukidnon as a must getaway destination.
In Bukidnon, you will see the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation, but on the other hand, it’s not just about pineapple and all but they have this newly built attraction and that is Dahilayan Adventure Park. If you are a thrill seeker, loves adventure and wants some adrenalin rush or simply you just want to unwind, away from the hustle bustle city life then head out to Dahilayan Forest Park located in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
It was my first time and I must say I fell in love with the place the moment I got there. The pine trees welcome us and I felt like I am in another country because it was fogging at that time plus the country style look of the entire place. I then went to their information area to check out the amenities. I was surprised when I saw the list that I can’t believe they have lots of adventures to offer for all visitors.
My husband who is an adrenalin junkie insisted that we should try the Drop Zone Sky Swing. Imagine a 120-ft free fall wherein you will be suspended in the air for a few seconds and once you release the drop button, prepare to scream at the top of your lungs. Once you’re on top, there’s no going back but to experience being dropped. I admit, I am not fond of extreme rides or adventures but I lost my momentum in a split second by the time the button was released.
The harness were safe and so is the entire area for landing. The staff made sure that all ropes and locks are secured. They would even tell you that it wasn’t that scary, just to ease your tension. Maybe for them but for me, it was terrifying. The price for single is PhP 500.00 and they also have for pairs/tandem for a low price of PhP 750.00. I find it a bit expensive for an adventure of less than 5 minutes but the experience is worth it!
If you prefer the not-so-adrenalin-rush-adventure, then Zip line is worth a try. They claim that they are the Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline. You can either fly like Superman or sit like a Queen, but I tell you, this one shouldn’t be missed. We tried the Superman zip and it was pretty fast. It felt like I’m about to fall but the view is splendid. At that time, they have promo for Zipline + Drop Zone. As far as I remember, it costs around Php900 per person, not bad for those who can afford but still a bit pricey for me since it will only lasts for a couple of minutes, maximum is 5 minutes per ride, I guess.
On top of their famous Drop Zone and Zip line, we planned to try their ATV and Buggy trail adventure but too bad, the rain started to pour in the late afternoon and the trail was wet thus it is not advisable to take a ride. So what we did, instead of waiting for the rain to stop, we stayed in their Forest Cafe and went inside their Forest Animals and Playground with an entrance of PhP 50.00/per person. There you will see life-size animals of all kinds and simply the breathtaking view that will comfort you in your stay.
Forest Luge is another new attraction added but since I spent more than 2K already for the rides alone, I decided to just skip it. Zorbit looks fun but a bit pricey, same as the Bungee Bounce and the Treetop Adventure. Though I skipped most of the attraction/rides there except for the main ones, at least I have another reason to go back because of it.
Honestly, the prices are quite expensive but they said, you are not paying for the rides but for the experience! They also have room accommodations suited for couples, family and barkada’s plus if you book a room, you can avail 20% off on all rides and free entrance. A delightful treat! But since it was just a day tour, and home is just few miles away, we then decided to just go home. Besides, it offers the same comfort.
Overall, the view is amazing, the staff and crew are friendly and accommodating, the amenities are great, plus the experience is very memorable. An A-lister for a vacation getaway! So what are you waiting for? Take your day to the extreme and enjoy Dahilayan Adventure Park, Cagayan De Oro’s favorite destination.