Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dahilayan Forest Park

"Located at Barangay Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon, Dahilayan Forest Park is nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 ft. above sea level. Forest Park was built with the vision of helping develop the tourism industry in Bukidnon and the whole Philippines as well." - http://www.dahilayanforestpark.com/
My second time at Dahilayan definitely tastes much sweeter the 2nd time around and it's even better now than before because they've added the Dahilayan Forest Park. Beside it's sister company, Dahilayan Adventure Park which boasts of its longest Dual Zipline(840m) in Asia!

Even though the road to Dahilayan was roughly 1 & 1/2 hr away from Cagayan de Oro City, I can never seem to get enough of it. Probably because of  the beautiful landscapes that will surely take one's breath away, it’s like the country side of England not that I’ve been there but that’s exactly what I see in movies. It's my own vision of HEAVEN. It's that beautiful! You’re sure to enjoy the lush green sceneries and beautiful flowers along the mountain sides and what I love even more about Dahilayan is its cool and crisp atmosphere with a bit of cozy feel to it.





The Philippines is truly a blessed country with wonderful and beautiful God-given natural resources, we’ll just have to make the most of it. If you want white sand beaches, we have it. If you want beautiful landscapes and mountains, we have it. If you want disarming, friendly and fun-loving people, we have them. If you want delicious fruits and delicacies, we have it. It’s amazing how much this small yet beautiful country has to offer. The only sad part is that, there are also a lot of poor people and people of higher places who abuse their positions and take more than what they deserve in exchange leaving their people less then what they deserve. It’s so sad that we see our country as somewhat poor and un-progressive compared to other Asian countries which is really the case though. What’s even more sad is that we don’t have great leaders like David who could give glory back to this beautiful and yet poor country. Such a shame. We are so blessed by God yet we don’t see it and we don’t make the most out of what God has lend us. But enough with that, let’s continue talking about how great and awesome Dahilayan is. I could live here. Seriously.


You can read about our first Dahilayan trip right here where we tried ziplining.





There are a lot of fun activities you can try at this awesome park like Zorbit. Say hello to the whirling and twirling of the ball whilst being inside it. It was scary yet very fun. I felt like crying and I just couldn’t stop screaming from all the adrenaline rush welling up inside me. It was as though I was being thrown in a cliff. Now I know what it’s like to be a little hamster inside its plastic bubble, it was crazy.

You can also have fun in their playground and release the child in you. Complete with their monkey bars, seesaw, slides, posing with their totems, teepee, concrete replica of wild animals and Indians!



They also have a Cafe inside the Park where you enjoy enjoy sipping hot chocolate while wandering around, smelling the scents of the pines, feeling the cool air kissing your cheeks or you can feed the fishes in the ponds and make them even fatter than they already are! It's as though they could burst any moment out of fatness.

The owner, Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, also added a new thrill to his park. Presenting... The Drop Zone!!


Will you take the plunge?!


Can you imagine yourself falling from the tip of the 4th floor building, It’s that scary! Super! When I was being hoisted 120ft. above the ground, I felt a pang of terror and a sudden vision of me dying was whirling in my mind. I was staring out at the ground with a mixture of fear and dread. Feeling as though spiders were crawling up and down my back but after 5,4,3,2..1 

you get to pull the string and walla you're falling head-first and find yourself swinging like a pendulum. In hindsight, I felt like I had mini heart attaches back then as though I forgot to breath. It was the craziest ride ever! But you'll feel a swell of relief afterwards and you'll feel braver and tougher like you're one mean strong thing! You'll feel proud that you actually did it! 

For one thing, it was one experience that I would relish for the rest of my life as well as listing it in my lists of what not to do ever again in the future. One ride was enough for me, I guess. I'm not really looking forward to try it one more time in the future. For another thing, it can really pump up your adrenaline. Dropzone!! FTW!

My tip: you should go for the tandem (php750) as the swing would take longer, it's much cheaper and less scarier.

They're even planning to add a roller coaster and cable car soon! So watch this space!






They also have accommodations if you want to stay in for the night. Plus you can avail 10% off on all rides!

Room Rates:

Standard  - Php 2,800 per night
3 rooms available. Good for 3 persons. You may add 1 extra foam for Php 300.00


Twin - Php 2,800 per night
Good for 2 persons with its own lounge area. You may add 1 extra foam for Php 300.00



Deluxe - Php 3,200 per night
Good for 4 persons. You may add 1 extra foam for Php 300.00

Barkada - Php 400 per head
Minimum of 10, maximum of 30 persons

Family Suites - Php 5,000 per night
4 rooms available. Good for 6 persons. You may add 1 extra foam for Php 300.00

If you’re planning to escape from the stresses of life, having an overnight stay in Dahilayan while trying their rides, is actually a brilliant idea. It's very refreshing and soul-invigorating. It's all worth it.


The park also has a picnic ground where you can bring your own food play (or take pictures) with the wild animal replicas while being surrounded by numerous pine trees. Oh, did I mention that it fogs very often here. The place really gives off this rejuvenating feel. It’s the perfect place to escape from the problems of this chaotic world and everything is just cool and perfect! If world war III would break out (knock on wood that it won’t happen) at least now I’ve finally found the perfect place to hide from it all. 

If you’ve reached this far and managed not to get bored while reading my posts, congratulations! Forgive me if you got bored but this is just an outlet where I can release my thoughts as well as lighten and lift my spirit up.Thank you for reading about how I never get enough of Dahilayan. I could come back here for the nth time yet still not get enough of it. I love the mountains you see much more than I love the beaches. It’s so beautiful and lush I could die. This world is truly a beautiful place to live in. 

Questions: 

1.  Now, how do we get to this awesome place you're talking about?

- Simple, There are regular flights and ships from Manila and Cebu to Cagay de Oro (CDO). From CDO take BuDa (Bukidnon-Davao) Highway then turn right on the Alae Junction (which is about a kilometer past the quarantine stop). Go straight passing through Camp Phillips, through their soccer field to your right and through the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation. Just continue until you reach Dahilayan Forest Park. You will see several directional signs along the way to guide you or asking the locals will also seem like a pretty good idea. -howtogettoDahilayanForestPark

2. Is there an entrance fee to the Forest Park?

- As a matter of fact, there is.
Weekend rate: Php 100/head
On Weekdays: Php 50/head

3. Thanks for the information, I really appreciate it but how much are their activity rates?

- here you go:

Bungee Bounce - Php 150 for 15 minutes.

Zorbit - Php 150/pax.

Atv (all-terain vehicle) - Php 500.00

*You must be at least 16 yrs. old for you to enjoy the atv.
*You must be wearing closed shoes.

Buggy (good for two) - Php 800.00

Horse-back riding - Php 200.00 

Drop Zone Skyswing:

  Single- Php 500.00
  Tandem- Php 750.00

Forest Park Luge - Php 850.00 with free round of mini golf at forest putt.

4. Wow! That sounds egzoiting!! Do we have to pay for the tables in the picnic grounds?

- Well, as long as you've paid the entrance fee then you have all access to the picnic grounds for free and enjoy eating their with your baons.

5. So, what are their digits if we ever plan to make a reservation?


Dahilayan Forest Park
Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich
Bukidnon, Philippines

Contact numbers: (+63) 917-715-4399
                             (088) 855-5346
 
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dahilayan-Forest-Park/118070744942445

Website: http://www.dahilayanforestpark.com/

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