Bukidnon Tourist Spots and Activities to Do

Head to Northern Mindanao and go on an adventure of a lifetime in the province of Bukidnon.

By Rheinalee Casupanan
May 19, 2017

Bukidnon Tourist Spots: Worth the Trip

Bukidnon Tourist Spots
Overlooking view of the Bukidnon Province. Photo by Rose Calina

There will never be a shortage of green fields in the landlocked province of Bukidnon. Known for being the food basket of Northern Mindanao, Bukidnon has been a major producer of rice and corn in the region. Its abundant fields paved way for many farms and plantations that eventually made the province one of the country’s primary source of bananas, pineapples, and sugarcanes.

But more than being a landscape of greeneries, Bukidnon is also a wonderland bursting with rich cultural heritage, mesmerizing natural sights, and incredible adventures. It may not have the usual relaxing beach panorama that many city dwellers love, but Bukidnon is filled with breathtaking wonders where you’ll find the healthy respite you need. On top of that is calming cool weather, making it an ideal summer destination.

If your idea of a getaway is trying out exciting activities in a lovely place with the company of great people, visit Bukidnon and discover the beauty of this highland paradise in the heart of Mindanao with these amazing tourist spots and activities.

Celebrate Kaamulan Festival with the cheerful people of Bukidnon

Photo by Constantine Agustin via Flickr

Kaamulan Festival is a purposeful gathering that celebrates the customs and traditions of the tribes of the Bukidnon province, namely Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon. The festival can either be for a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving, a peace pact, or all of these put together. Having one of the most unique indigenous cultures in the country, you must attend the Kaamulan Festival if you wish to immerse yourself in the meaning and authenticity of the Bukidnon.

Take advantage of Bukidnon’s endless hiking opportunities

Bukidnon may be a shoreless area, but it surely has an astounding expanse of hills and mountain ranges that you can’t see anywhere else. It is an ideal place for trail hikers and mountain climbers thrilled for all sorts of mountaineering opportunities, regardless if the climb is easy or challenging.
Here are some of Bukidnon’s majestic mountains:

Kitanglad Mountain Range. Photo by Jojo Nicdao via Flickr

View from the peak of Mt. Dulang Dulang, the second highest mountain in the Philippines. Photo by Jairo Manera

Panimahawa Ridge at Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Photo by Jairo Manera

View from the peak of Mt. Capistrano in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Photo by Ash Senarillos

Go waterfalls-hopping

Alalum Falls in Sumilao, Bukidnon. Photo by kleo_marlo via Flickr

Dimadungawan Falls in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Photo by Jairo Manera

Instead of swimming in the pristine waters of beautiful beaches, you can take a refreshingly cool plunge in Bukidnon’s numerous waterfalls, which are all equally marvellous. Some of the must-visits falls in Bukidnon include the Kibalabag Falls in Malaybalay, Kisolon Falls and Alalum Falls in Sumilao, Gantungan, Natigbasan, and DimadungawanFalls in Impasug-ong, and Sagumata and Kimatahay Falls in Valencia.

Be one with nature with Bukidnon’s natural springs, lakes and rivers

Lake Apo in Valencia, Bukidnon. Photo by Maut Sky via Flickr

Even though Bukidnon is considered a landlocked province, it still has beautiful bodies of waters that you would want to explore. Many resorts in the area, like the RR Family Spring Resort and the MGM Mountain Resort, have natural hot springs that will give you a rejuvenating experience. There are also numerous lakes and rivers where you can soak up a relaxing vibe.

Try spelunking from one cave to another

Sumalsag Cave. Photo by Jojo Nicdao via Flickr

Truly a paradise bursting with natural wonders, there are also many caves in Bukidnon for you to explore. Many spelunkers purposely visit the province to quench their thirst for fun and adventure through caving. The Kaamulan Grounds in Malaybalay, Bluewater Caves in Quezon, and Sumalsag Caves in Manolo Fortich, are long stretches of caverns with astonishing pillars and rock formations that offers memorable experiences for the thrill-seeking travelers.

Take an exhilarating ride at Dahilayan Adventure Park’s 840-meter zipline

Asia’s longest dual zipline at Dahilayan Adventure Park. Photo from their official Facebook page

Dahilayan Adventure Park is an extreme playground made for people who want to experience the greatest adventure there is. One of their main attractions is their 840-meter zipline, the longest dual zipline in Asia. Breathtaking views that you can only find in the mountains of Dahilayan await your courageous and thrilling ride—that is if you keep your eyes open while speeding through the line.

Also at Dahilayan, experience an array of exciting adventures

Canopy Glider at Dahilayan Adventure Park. Photo from their official Facebook page

Aside from the 840-meter zipline, Dahilayan Adventure Park also offers other extreme rides for adrenaline junkies, including Flying Lizard Canopy Glider, Python Roller Zipride, and Tower of Power Ropes. Skytower Base Jump, the highest parajump platform in the country, can also be found at Dahilayan. It is best to try these and other exciting activities with your family and friends.

Ride a bicycle 600-feet above the ground at Kampo Juan

First anicycle adventure at Kampo Juan. Photo from their official Facebook page

Kampo Juan is a nine-hectare ecoadventure park located in the municipality of Manolo Fortich. It serves as the home of the Philippines’ first anicycle adventure, a bicycle ride on a cable hanging 100 feet high on a ravine that stretches to the length of 600 feet. Aside from this one-of-a-kind experience, Kampo Juan also offers variety of activities like zipline rides, rappelling, and paramotoring.

Visit the pineapple plantation at Camp Phillips

Entrance of Del Monte Philippines Plantation at Camp Phillips via Shutterstock

Covering around 9000 hectares of land, Camp Phillips in Manolo Fortich has vast fields of pineapple plantations. Even if it is privately-owned, the place is open to the public. You’ll get to see a wide landscape planted with pineapples, stretching from horizon to horizon. Make sure to buy fresh pineapple goodies while you’re there. Aside from the farm, there is also a souvenir shop, a church, and a playground inside Camp Phillips.

Reflect at the Monastery of Transfiguration

Photo by AJ Mordeno

The Monastery of Transfiguration was designed by the late National Artist, Leandro Locsin. Located in Bukidnon’s capital city, the monastery has been a popular wedding destination because of its magnificent design. But more than being a striking architectural wonder perched on a hill, this idyllic spiritual place is perfect for city-weary souls seeking for a blissful experience. Here, you can also buy Bukidnon’s best treats such as the Monk’s Peanut Butter and Monk’s Blend Coffee.

How to Get to Bukidnon

Being the landlocked province that Bukidnon is, there are no direct commercial flights to the province despite the availability of public and private airstrips there. If you wish to reach Bukidnon via air, you can get flights to Cagayan de Oro instead and travel by land from there. From Cagayan de Oro, all it takes is just an hour and a half to travel straight to Malaybalay, Bukidnon’s capital city, by bus. If you are coming from Davao City, there are also buses bound to Bukidnon via the town of Salawagan with an estimated travel time of three and a half hours. You can also hire jeepneys and vans from Cagayan de Oro or Davao if you are a huge traveling pack.

A cheaper alternative is to travel by sea. Similar to traveling by air, the closest you can get to Bukidnon is through Cagayan De Oro City. The Port of Cagayan is the closest seaport to the province. From there, you can travel by land to reach the cities and municipalities of Bukidnon. There are several ferry services that offer sea travels to Cagayan de Oro from Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, and Camiguin.

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