If you’re planning to go on a vacation in Mindanao during the upcoming holidays, consider visiting Bukidnon. Although not as famous as Davao or Zamboanga, Bukidnon has plenty of tourist destinations for visiting digital nomads working with Remote Staff.
Also known as the watershed of Mindanao, Bukidnon occupies a plateau in north-central Mindanao. Due to its agriculture-based economy, Bukidnon is also the region’s breadbasket. That is why another nickname for this province is the pineapple capital of the Philippines.
Due to its location, there are plenty of mountains and other natural tourist spots in Bukidnon. It’s the perfect place for those who want to reconnect with nature while working up a sweat.
If it’s your first time visiting Bukidnon, here are five of the best places to visit.
Dahilayan Adventure Park.
Dubbed “Mindanao’s favorite extreme playground,” the Dahilayan Adventure park is perfect for tourists looking for plenty of outdoor activities.
This outdoor park boasts Asia’s longest dual zipline at eight-hundred forty meters. Its launching point is four thousand seven hundred feet high and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding forest.
Besides its breathtaking zipline, there are many more outdoor activities here that you and your loved ones will enjoy.
These include the Philippines’ first alpine mountain coaster, a one-hundred-twenty-foot freefall into an artificial lake, and an inflatable boot camp for kids.
The park is open from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon. The entrance fee is one-hundred-thirty pesos (Php 130) for adults and eighty pesos (Php 80) for ten-year-olds and below.
Mt. Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad.
Up for a challenge? If you’re an avid nature lover and mountaineer, then the two peaks of Mt. Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad should be on your travel list.
These two peaks are the second and fourth-highest peaks in the country, respectively. They also boast breathtaking scenery, flora, and fauna you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the country.
Let’s start with Mt. Dulang-Dulang, also known as “D2” to Filipino mountaineers. At 2,941 meters (9,649 feet), it is the second-tallest mountain in the country and is home to the Talaandig tribe. When climbing this mountain, one should follow the tribe’s customs and rules.
Mt. Dulang-Dulang is also abundant with moss, ferns, and trees. Because of this, some climbers compare the Mountain’s forest to an elven forest. The mountain’s summit also provides a rewarding and majestic view to those who can conquer it.
Although not as tall as D2 at just 2,899 meters (9,511 feet), Mt. Kitanglad offers both a beautiful sight and a remarkable challenge to those willing to climb it. It is home to rare flora and fauna like the rafflesia and the Philippine eagle. Although there are well-established trails here, it can still be challenging for beginners.
Monastery of the Transfiguration.
If you’re religious, one place you wouldn’t want to miss is the Monastery of the Transfiguration. The monastery’s design was the brainchild of national artist for architecture, Leandro Locsin, and features a pyramid-like structure.
This monastery is home to Benedictine monks and is a popular pilgrimage site in Bukidnon, especially during Holy Week. It is the perfect place to seek peace and solace in your daily life and commune with the Lord.
The monastery is also home to a two-story museum housing the vestment collection of Fr. Dom Martin Gomez. Fr. Gomez is a famous couturier who designed clothes for several well-known Filipino personalities, including former first lady Imelda Marcos.
Del Monte Pineapple Plantation.
Do you love pineapples? Then why not visit the largest pineapple plantation in the Far East and one of the biggest in the world, right here in Bukidnon?
The Del Monte Pineapple plantation comprises twenty-five thousand hectares of farms, production facilities, and employee housing. In addition, this plantation is also one of the historical places in Bukidnon, whose history stretches back to the nineteen twenties.
Besides seeing the many pineapples grown here, visitors can also see how they’re treated and prepared for packaging. You can also visit the souvenir shop to buy something to remind you of your trip here.
Another place in Bukidnon you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re looking for peace and tranquility is Kaamulan Park. Located in Malaybalay City, this park consists of recreational, educational, and even historical and scientific attractions for adults and children.
It features a zoo, horseback riding, and a kids’ playground. For adults, the park offers a place for quick meditation and a skate park where you can practice your skateboarding and biking skills.
Additionally, there are traditional wooden houses in Kaamulan Park that you can use to take some beautiful pictures. Combine this with being surrounded by tall trees, and it feels like you’ve stepped back in time.
Come See the Pineapple Capital of the Philippines Today!
If one has to sum up the experience in Bukidnon, it would probably be somewhere along the lines of “natural paradise.” Scenic parks, breathtaking mountains, and a tranquil atmosphere await you during your visit here. And the best part? It’s not as crowded as the more popular tourist destinations in the country.
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