Dahilayan Forest Adventure
by Danny Tariman
It was a rainy Saturday. The storm is approaching northern Mindanao. And yet, here we are, braving the rains and continued with our tour. This time, going to the mountains of Bukidnon. Our destination is the Dinahilayan Forest Park, which is famous for its 850-meter dual zip-line. It used to be the longest in the country 2 or 3 years ago.
Bukidnon is known for its vast pineapple plantations. Most of its fields in the valleys are planted with the fruit for Del Monte. I hear that huge plantations are company-owned while some are owned and planted by contract-growers for this same company.
It was a rainy drive. The vision was quite hazy. But I can still see the silhouette of the vast pineapple plantation as we drive. It was about 2 hours, initially uphill drive from Cagayan de Oro City. Maybe if it was not raining, it would been just an hour-and-a-half. Half of the road to the Dinahilayan Forest Park is smooth, maybe the next 40% of the way had asphalt with some potholes, and another 3-4km of rough road.
When we reached the park, it was really drenched in rain. The views were hazy and blurry. We can’t take good photo shots of the resort, even as a backdrop for us family. [See photos below].
Despite the heavy rain, our children enjoyed the zip lines! It has 3 stages. And the longest and the most exciting is the 850-meter dual zip-line which used to hold the record as the country’s longest zip line.
I and my wife initially thought of riding the zip line too, but at the last minute, we canceled our plan. We instead, took an easier ride – the go-cart. The cart has no engine, just break pedal to stop and control the speed. The starting line of this ride is at the top of the resort, then we go down the zigzag trail by gravity, until we reach the foot of the ravine, or valley as you may call it. It was also an exhilarating experience, as the cart can go down really fast if you will not step on the break!
To go to the go-cart riding spot, we had to cross a gorge – a deep ravine – through a hanging bridge. We had some photos in this area, but it was quite hazy due to intense rains. We were both, as well as the rest of the riding guests, wearing raincoats given free by the resort.
The resort has very nice, upscale facilities – coffee shops, full-dining restaurant, themed mini-parks inside, souvenir shops, room accommodation, and others.
A “must visit” place when in, or near, Cagayan de Oro City!
Thank you Aunt Cedeng and Doc Vivs for your warm hospitality, and for the 4×4 vehicle!