You’ll never run out of adventures to embark on in the Philippines. Another region that you should add to your travel bucket list? Northern Mindanao. Nature abounds in the region, with more than 60% of its total land area classified as forest land. But more than that, there’s a wide variety of adventures to be had, because Northern Mindanao is not only nature’s haven, it’s also an adventurer’s heaven!
If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure—may it be on land, in water, or even up in the sky—Northern Mindanao is where you want to book your next trip. And we have the perfect destinations for you!
Fly high in Bukidnon’s Dahilayan Adventure Park
You can begin your nature adventure in Bukidnon’s Dahilayan Adventure Park. Here, you won’t be among the trees, you’ll be floating on top of them! The park boasts of several adrenaline-pumping attractions, including the Skytower Base Jump, an eight-story parajumping platform that is considered as the highest in the country. You can also fly like Superman in Asia’s longest dual zipline, where you’ll be launched at 4,700 feet above sea level and at the speeds of up to 90kph! These activities may not be for the faint of heart, but the scenery and the experience are unquestionably remarkable.
Get wet in Cagayan De Oro’s Mapawa Nature Park and Cagayan River
After enjoying the lush woodlands of Bukidnon, you can head over to Cagayan De Oro for amazing aquatic adventures! In the Mapawa Nature Park, you can go trekking, slide or rappel down waterfalls, or if you want a quicker way to get down from the steep heights, you can go cliff jumping into the water!
In the Cagayan River, the longest river in the Philippines (it spans four provinces!), whitewater rafting is the one activity that you should—or MUST—try. Also known as the Rio Grande de Cagayan, the river is also the largest in the country (based on its discharge of water/water flow), which is why it’s ideal for an activity that allows you to go with the flow! And if you’ve never tried whitewater rafting before, there’s no need to worry since the river boasts of areas that cater to both the newbies and the more adventurous.
Fall in love with Iligan’s Tinago Falls and Maria Cristina Falls
The last stop in your nature-adventure trip could be when you’ll really fall in love. Iligan is known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls, and the Maria Cristina Falls leads the list. Also referred to as the “twin falls,” this natural beauty also powers several hydroelectric power plants, which makes it vital to its surrounding areas. While it remains as breathtaking as ever, Napocor has barred trekking near the falls. Nevertheless, you can still see its magnificence through a view deck.
Iligan’s Tinago Falls, as the name implies, is hidden within a deep ravine, and you’ll have to traverse roughly 500 steps to get to it. But the trek is more than worth it, as you’ll find yourself in a blue lagoon that’s guaranteed to be one of the most stunning sights you’ll see in the country.
If you’re looking for lodging during this trip, Go Hotels Iligan is one of your best options. The hotel that’s referred to as “A Place for Every Juan” is budget-friendly but at the same time offers utmost comfort and convenience. Its perks include transport access, free Wi-Fi, and other top-quality comforts and services. And if you book through gohotels.ph, you can enjoy even more exclusive perks!
Now, have you decided if you’re going on a Northern Mindanao nature adventure? If you still need a bit of convincing, watch out for Lakwatsero Vlog’s Northern Mindanao episode! A new Lakwatsero Vlog episode is available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6PM on the ABS-CBN News Facebook Page, so be sure to stay tuned for that!
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