Adventures and Sports
Defy Gravity & Fly High: New Paragliding Site Opens In Cagayan de Oro
Ida Damo | Jun 09, 2017
When I first tried paragliding in 2014, I got high on the adrenaline that rushed through my body as I glided off a cliff and flew like a bird on the mercy of the wind. It was exhilarating and fulfilling to have conquered the fear of not knowing how it was to glide and looking at the beautiful scenery from a bird’s perspective. Since then, I got hooked on aero adventures.
It’s a good thing that Mindanao now offers 3 flying adventures for the aero enthusiasts—Ultralight, Paraglide, and Paramotor. The most recent aero adventure in the island is the sightseeing and aerobatics tour of Camiguin with Captain Sean Clarke of Camiguin Aviation.
Paragliding is the only one amongst all the air adventures I have done that does not use any machine and relies solely on the wind and the pilot’s expertise. It was an experience I was willing to go through again and again. Good thing that on a recent trip to Cagayan de Oro, I discovered that Sierra del Oro in Indahag now offered paragliding.
Even better news is that my pilots from Sarangani, Carlaa, Titoy, and Darvin of Taklobo were also going to be the pilots in Sierra del Oro plus they have brought with them the Paraboys from Sarangani. (The Paraboys would assist in every step of the ride from pre-flight to landing and are in training to become pilots). So I was very confident I would have a safe and enjoyable flight.
So it was gear up, stand up, limber up, and wait for the wind to be up and it was going to be wing up, up, and away!
With the Cagayan de Oro bloggers leading the way, my pilot Titoy and I lined up for our turn. When he said that the wind was just right for me, we immediately prepared for flight. But… the wind was blowing strong for a few minutes and then weak again.
So we gave way for the others to take a chance on the wind and enjoy their first flight over the green hills of Indahag from the vast estate of Sierra del Oro.
It is true that your heart skips a beat when you finally take flight but as soon as you sit on the harness while flying, it slows down to normal and you get to enjoy the view and the ride.
Maia Poblete of CdeO.ph even got her turn to pilot as International Paragliding Champion and Paragliding Organizer Buco, allowed her to take the reins. It was one unforgettable flight for Maia.
So if you want a new adventure in Cagayan de Oro, try Paragliding at Sierra del Oro. An 8-15 minute ride would cost PhP 2,500. To inquire and reserve for one great trip, contact 0917-7094417 or 0906-0853999.
Thank you, Cagayan de Oro bloggers for letting me tag along and Yzabel of Sierra del Oro!
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Cagayan de Oro City from Manila, Cebu and Davao.
From Laguindingan airport, take the LAX Express Shuttle to bring you to Centrio Mall for only Php 150. Contact 0917-7094417 or 0906-0853999 for inquiries to Sierra del Oro and to arrange for transportation to the area.
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