Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon is famous for its dual zipline which is said to be the longest in Asia at 840 meters long. So when we decided to take a trip down in Northern Mindanao, we made sure to include it in our list of must-do activities. I'm actually not a fan of ziplines simply because I have a fear of heights but the little daredevil in me said that I should do it. Besides, I didn't want to go home as a loser without trying the Asia's longest!
On our second day, we met with the tour guide of Red Rafts, one of the companies in CDO that offers whitewater rafting and other tours, which we DON'T recommend. Out of the tour companies we called up prior to the trip, they were the only one who accommodated us for a combo tour of whitewater rafting and zipline in Dahilayan Adventure Park in one day. Combo tour is normally offered to groups with minimum of 6 guests. Since we're only two persons, we thought we're lucky to be confirmed by them.
Before we left for Bukidnon, they surprised us with a bad news that there would be no whitewater rafting activity later that day. Long story short, they lied to us and didn't deliver what they promised. Definitely we were disappointed simply because our itinerary would be mess up -- again. First, our Iligan City trip got canceled the previous day and now this one. We had already readjusted our itinerary to squeeze the Iligan City trip in our last day which means the more that we needed to do both activities on the same day.
Getting to Dahilayan Adventure Park
Dahilayan Adventure Park is located at the town of Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon which is about two hours drive from the city of Cagayan de Oro. Since we're on a private van (together with a group of 3 guests Red Rafts had at that time), we arrived at Dahilayan Adventure Park in only about 1.5 hours.
What I liked about Bukidnon is its cool and invigorating climate which is reminiscent of Baguio or Tagaytay. I also enjoyed the breathtaking countryside and mountain views along the way. Before getting to the park, we passed by Camp Phillips where the very huge pineapple plantation of Del Monte is located.
Upon arriving at the site, we excitedly headed to ZipZone for the zipline adventures. Despite what happened earlier, we managed to move on and still get excited for this trip. We will deal with it later, I said. :)
Dahilayan Adventure Park offers two types of dual zipline with the following rates: the combination of mid-zip 350 meters + 150 meters (P250) and the longest at 840 meters (P500). You can do all rides at P600 only. The first two rides are training ziplines that are perfect for kids or those who are teeny bit scared of heights. They also serve as warm-up rides before taking the 840m, which was a good thing for first timers like me. I must admit that the first two rides were a little easy because you ride in a sitting position and the height is not to the point that I'll get a heart attack anytime soon. LOL.
As for the final zipline, we had to be transported by a 4WD Safari Cruiser up to the launching point at 4,500 feet above sea level. While the staff was putting on the harness and other safety gears, my level of excitement started to dwindle and my knees started shaking. Haha!
The 840m zipline has a drop of 100 meters which for me was pretty scary. Unlike the first two ziplines, riders are strapped in a face-down position, Superman-style. What I did was to shout my lungs out while having that extreme adrenaline while sliding down the zipline. You can watch the video below taken by my friend who was on the other cable. The ride took about a minute from the launching point to the other end.
Was the experience worth it? Definitely! Indeed, there's no other way to overcome your fear than to face it.
This wasn't actually part of our itinerary so Red Rafts were charging us an additional P100 per head. They later changed their mind, probably after seeing how pissed we were about the non-existent whitewater rafting activity, and did not charge us for this side trip. Anyway, we've moved on and decided to do the whitewater rafting on our fourth day, basically squeezing it with Iligan City trip on the same day. Sounds impossible? And did we avail Red Rafts' whitewater rafting tours? More things to happen on my upcoming posts. :)
If there's one thing we learned that day, it's that part of the adventure is expecting the unexpected. We had fun on our second day despite the odds and couldn't wait for the next day for our trip to Camiguin. :)
How to Get to Dahilayan Adventure Park from CDO:
ZipZone shuttle (airconditioned mini-bus):
Every Saturdays only. Rate is P350.00 per head back and forth. 8:00 to 8:30 am at Coffeeworks Divisoria. They also offer packaged tours that include round trip transportation. Contact them for details.
Go to Agora Integrated Bus Terminal and take a van bound for Camp Phillips. Another option is to go to Gusa Eastbound Terminal and take a jeepney or van bound for Camp Phillips. From Camp Phillips, take a habal-habal (single motorcycle) for P100 per person for one way and should be minimum of two passengers. If you're solo or don't want to wait for other passenger, you can hire it by yourself for P300 (round trip).
From Cagayan de oro, take the Davao-Bukidnon Highway, right on the Alae Junction, proceed 25 kms to Brgy. Dahilayan past Camp Phillips and the pineapple fields via Mampayag. Source
Dahilayan Adventure Park
Zipzone Dahilayan – 0922-880-1319
Pinegrove Mountain Lodge – 0917-622-3204
Mobile No.: +639177154399
Read more about my Northern Mindanao trip:
- Part 1 - First Time and (Mis)adventures in Mindanao
- Part 2 - Braving Asia's Longest Dual Zipline at Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon
- Part 3 - Divisoria Night Market: Food Trip and Ukay-ukay in Cagayan de Oro City
- Part 4 - Getting from CDO to Camiguin via Balingoan Port