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Bukidnon - In Transit : Cagayan De Oro to Dahilayan Adventure Park


It's day 3 of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure! And I'm going to try the zip lines at Dahilayan Adventure Park. Woohoo! I woke early to catch the first trip to Libona, Bukidnon. These jeepneys pass by Camp Phillips in the town of Manolo Fortich - the jump-off point for Dahilayan Adventure Park. From my hostel, I took a cab going to Gusa terminal (PHP 70) where jeepneys bound for Libona are stationed. I arrived an hour ahead of the first trip which is at 6:30 AM. So to kill some time, I had coffee and some biscuits for breakfast in a nearby eatery.

Tweet: I'm here at Gusa Terminal,waiting for the jeepney going to Camp Phillips in Bukidnon... 1st trip is at 6.30am... Good morning Adventuristas!!!


At 6:30 AM, the jeepney is only half full, but it went ahead anyway. I paid 50 pesos, told the driver that I will get off at Camp Phillips and quickly dozed off. After about 30 minutes, I woke up and got frustrated because the jeepney hasn't really gone far as I expected it. It stopped in a market and waited for so long to get full. Haizt! The driver didn't leave until he stuffed us inside the jeepney that seems to be a can of sardines.


This is one important thing you have to take into consideration when taking public transport in the provinces. The waiting time for a bus or jeepney to arrive and to get full will definitely take a toll on your time. So, better make some adjustments in your itinerary.

What can I do? I can't rent a van that would bring me directly to Dahilayan. Poor me, I had to go there the hard but cheaper way! Huhuhu!!!


About 2 hours later, I finally reached Camp Phillips. You would know that you're already there if you see this giant pineapple at the roundabout. I got off to take a photo and then walked towards the terminal where I found habal-habal drivers that will bring me to the adventure park.


I made a deal with the driver (Bibot Sanchez - 09162864637) for a roundtrip fare of 300 pesos. He's a good driver and guide as he would also give you some information about the place as you travel along the vast pineapple plantations on our way to Dahilayan. He even offered me to taste the pineapple, but I had to beg off as I just had biscuits for breakfast.



The trail to Dahilayan is rough, dusty and sometimes muddy, but the view is definitely stunning. Mountains, pineapple plantations and more! The weather is cold as we climb up the mountain. Despite the sunny day, the air was cool. Good thing I wore my jacket.



Navigating with a motorcycle through up and down slopes was fun, especially when you’re breathing fresh air and surrounded by breathtaking sceneries. The ride itself was truly an adventure!



After about 30 minutes, we reached Dahilayan Adventure Park. Yahoo!


Watch out for my adventures at Dahilayan's Zip Zone on my next post.

NOTE: I do not highly recommend taking the jeepney in going to Dahilayan. I later found out that there are vans that ply the CDO-Camp Phillips route in Agora Market Terminal. I believe it's faster compared to taking a jeepney.



This is part of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure that happened last August 6-8, 2011. Bukidnon is the 33rd province on my list and this Northern Mindanao adventure is my 7th solo trip.
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36 comments :

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

its nice to know you had a great time in my home province mervs!

Biboy Ordinario said...

Very nice :) I'll be waiting for your next post :)

Biboy Fotograpiya
www.biboyordinario.tk

Islandvacations said...

I'll be in Davao via the CDO-Buda route by the last week of this month and have a side trip at this adventure park. Am really excited for your next post.

Ka-Swak said...

one of the places i love most.

sarap ng hangin sa bukidnon tsaka malinis.

i remember when i was taking up my masteral degree travelling from iligan to bukidnon every saturday...

hayzzz sarap ng lugar na yan

Chyng said...

i can imagine the dust! grabe. literal na kumain ng alikabok on the way to dahilayan. well, that's part of the adventure!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) - yeah, kahit saglit lang ako dun, na-enjoy ko talaga cya... thanks Earl! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Biboy Ordinario - salamat Biboy... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Islandvacations - thanks a lot po.. sana magawa ko na cya... hehehe!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ka-Swak - yeah, very fresh air... salamat po... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Chyng - oh yeah, may part naman na mud naman ang dadaanan nyo.. hehehe!!! thanks Chyng! :)

Ding said...

mukhang exciting! will wait for the next posts. ngayon lang ako nakaka-blog hop. been too busy lately.

Anonymous said...

thanks...im planning to visit there

Anonymous said...

very helpful blog! thanks

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

Mas okey ata yang van. Walang bang derecho sa Dahilayan Park from CDO na public transport? :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Pinoy Travel Freak - based on what I know, walang diretsong public transpo... merong Van pero every Saturdays lang yun..., you can contact Dahilayan Adventure Park for the transport arrangements.. thanks gabz!

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

@Pinoy Adventurista

Thanks Mervs! I called them up sabi nila meron din daw van to Camp Phillips from Gusa terminal kung saan ka sumakay ng jeep :) Tapos P100/person (one way) lang yung habal-habal papuntang park.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Pinoy Travel Freak - alternatively, you can go to Agora terminal for the vans bound for Camp Phillips. riding the habal-habal costed me 300 pesos since i'm alone, if i'm with someone it will really just cost 100 pesos each. Since a habal-habal can accommodate up to 2 persons, you have to wait for another passenger going to Dahilayan if you really want to pay 100 pesos only per way. if you will not wait for another passenger and if one way costs 100 per peron, it means the driver might charge you 400 pesos for renting the habal-habal.


Be sure to tell the habal-habal driver to wait for you or might end up waiting for a habal-habal for you to go down.

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

@Pinoy Adventurista

Ok gets ko na. Thanks for the info Mervs!

BuhayAbroad said...

Nice adventure. I like the place..

Anonymous said...

this blog is super informative =) wanna do the same adventure. some more tips =) dunno how to go to dahilayan from airport... help.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Anonymous - from the airport, you could take a cab to agora terminal then take a van to manolo fortich and habal-habal to dahilayan. alternatively, from the airport, you could take a jeepney to carmen then another jeepney to agora terminal and so on...

Anonymous said...

i really like your blog because you are not selfish with tips and photos that could make my trip easier. hope you will stay generous...

bill said...

galeng and nice man!!

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I and my wife will be coming to Cagayan De Oro on July 04, 2012.


From there we plan to go to Bukidnon and Camiguin.

We would like to seek your assistance on which should we take first.

Which one is farther, is it Bukidnon or Camiguin?

Which do you recommend that we should go first?


How we can go to the park from the city proper of Malaybalay City?

Approximately, how long will it take us to roam around and enjoy the whole park?

Thank you.


Chad

Pinoy Adventurista said...

Hi Chad! I think pareho lang ang layo ng Camiguin at Bukidnon from CDO. Going to Camiguin will take about 3 hours. Going to Bukidnon would take about 2-3 hours, depending kung saan. What I did is I went to Camiguin first then Bukidnon on my last day, since sa Dahilayan lang naman yung destination ko, which is about 1-1.5 hours away from CDO. I spent the whole morning roaming around the park.

Princess said...

Saan po yung paradahan ng motorcycle para pa Dahilayan?

Princess said...

Saan po yung paradahan ng motorcycles pa Dahilayan?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

nasa terminal sa may Camp Phillips... malapit dun sa malaking pineapple..

Princess said...

Thank you po. God bless!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I really love your blog. I bookmarked it. Haha. :) Very informative. I just wanna ask if you know some good buget-hotel around CDO and what advise can you give us, I mean, for things to do around the place. :) Because we're bound for CDO on the 25th of next month. And I'd want to know if the airport is near Agora terminal? Plus can we go to Agora terminal via jeepney from the airport?

Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Kuya ilang rides needed para makarating sa DAP? Email me here merilazze@yahoo.com thanks po

Pinoy Adventurista said...

you could check this travel guide http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2011/09/3-day-northern-mindanao-adventure.html

Anonymous said...

Excuse me po, ilang rides yung sasakyan papuntang dahilayan?

Anonymous said...

i will go there soon camp Philips, manolo fortich where i was born

Blesilda Panlaqui said...

hi, pano po kami makaka punta from divisoria going to dahilayan? Thanks

Anonymous said...

pano po kami maka punta sa dahilayan from divisoria cdo? Thanks!

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