Are you up for a heart-pounding yet breath-taking adventure? Why not test your limits as you put your life “on the line” by sliding through a cable wire?
Considered an extreme activity, riding a zip line has become popular in the Philippines in the recent years satisfying Filipino thrill-seekers who crave for more excitement and adventure.
As they say, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” So whether you’re seeking for an adventure or just an easy zip line ride, here’s my list of 5 amazing zip lines in the Philippines.
Dahilayan Adventure ParkManolo Fortich, Bukidnon
Dahilayan Adventure Park is one of the very first adventure parks in the Philippines. Since its opening in September 2009, it has been a favorite among fearless travelers looking for an exciting ride.
Located in Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon, it is just about 40 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City. It offers zip line rides from a launch point of 1,400 meters (4,700 feet) above sea level and with speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (56 mph).
Imagine flying like Superman through the lush greenery of pine trees and the picturesque landscape of the mountains of Dahilayan! You’ll certainly feel the adrenaline rush and the soothing cool breeze of the air blowing hard against your body when riding their zip lines. Definitely a ride you won’t forget!
The ride costs ₱600 for the 840 meter, 320 meter, and 150 meter zip line package. If you wish to stay overnight at the park, you may check out their hotel, the Pine Grove Mountain Lodge. It is a ski chalet-inspired Manor with a 180-degree view of the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park.
How to get to Dahilayan Adventure Park:
From Manila, take a direct flight to Laguindingan Airport and make your way to Cagayan de Oro City proper. In Cagayan de Oro City, there are passenger vans that will take you to Camp Phillips in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. From there, you may take a habal-habal (single motorcycle) to Dahilayan Adventure Park. An alternative is to take Dahilayan Adventure Park’s shuttle service. You may contact them at +63 922 880 1319 for arrangements.
Seven Falls Zip LineLake Sebu, South Cotabato
Tucked in the highlands of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, the Seven Falls Zip Line is one of the most scenic and highest zip lines in the country. It offers guests with a breathtaking view of the 7 waterfalls as well as the majestic greeneries and terrains of Lake Sebu.
It has a 740-meter (2,400 feet) ride from Falls No. 1 to Falls No. 5 and a 400-meter (1,300 feet) ride passing through Falls No. 5 to Falls No. 2 parking area. If you could do just one zip line in your life, do it in Lake Sebu! It will certainly be the best and most memorable ride of your life.
Entrance Fees to the park are ₱20 (Adults), ₱10 (Students with ID), ₱15 (Senior Citizens) and ₱5 (Children 12 years old and below). Zip line ride costs ₱250 on weekdays and ₱300 during weekends.
How to get to Seven Falls Zip Line:
The most convenient way to get to Lake Sebu is to fly from Manila to General Santos City. From the airport, make your way to Bulaong Bus Terminal and take a non-stop bus bound for Koronadal City (also known as Marbel).
Fare is about ₱80 – ₱100 pesos and travel time is around 1 hour. Upon reaching Koronadal City Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Surallah, travel time is about 30 minutes and fare is around ₱25. From Surallah terminal, take a van or jeepney going to Lake Sebu. Travel time is about 45 minutes and fare is around ₱40 – ₱50 pesos. At Lake Sebu, you can get to the Seven Falls Zip Line Eco-Park by taking a habal-habal (single motorcycle) for ₱50 per person.
Zip Southern LeyteSogod, Southern Leyte
Zip Southern Leyte opened in April 2011 as the first dual zip line in Eastern Visayas Region. This means two people can ride the zip line simultaneously – you can race against a friend or a family member or if you’re a bit nervous, get that extra support you may need.
Located in the town of Sogod in the province of Southern Leyte, it is also where you can find the Agas-Agas Bridge – the tallest bridge in the Philippines.
Zip Southern Leyte offers an 880-meter (2,900 feet) dual zip line with a steep angle of descent which makes the ride fast enough for you to shout at top of your lungs.
The average ride duration is a fleeting 30 seconds (depending on the rider’s body weight) and the speed reaches up to 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph). This will surely give any daring visitor a thrilling experience of a heart-stopping zip line adventure. The zip line ride costs around ₱300.
How to get to Zip Southern Leyte:
Take a 1-hour plane ride from Manila to Tacloban City. Then take a van bound for Maasin, Southern Leyte and tell the driver to drop you off at Mahaplag crossing. Travel time is 1.5 – 2 hours. From there, hire a habal-habal (single motorcycle) going to the Agas-Agas Bridge. Travel time is around 30 minutes.
Delta Discovery ParkButuan City, Agusan del Norte
If the first three ziplines are not enough to satisfy or perhaps scare you, fly to Butuan City and experience a crazy long 1.3 kilometer zip line ride at Delta Discovery Park, along the mountainous side of the city (Purok 7, Brgy. Bonbon). Opened in May 2011, they take pride in their 1.3 kilometer zip line as well as the 400-meter (1,300 feet) dual zip.
The zip line offers every rider a fast and scenic ride through the mountainous terrain and lush greeneries of the adventure park. It costs ₱350 per head for the 400 meters and ₱650 per head for their 1.3 kilometer zip line.
Aside from the zip line, you can also enjoy their all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to explore the park, try horseback riding, swim in their swimming pool, visit the Aviary Park, or have a guided forest trek. They also have private and dormitory rooms if you wish to stay overnight. You definitely won’t run out of things to do in Delta Discovery Park.
How to get to Delta Discovery Park:
From Manila, take a 1.5 hour flight to Butuan City. From the city center, take a jeepney bound for Libertad and tell the driver to drop you off at the corner of the road leading to Delta Discovery Park at Brgy. Bonbon. If you’re coming from the city center, it is on the left side, before Sto. Niño Church. Travel time is about 10 minutes and fare is about ₱10. From there, hire a habal-habal (single motorcycle) or take a pre-arranged vehicle from Delta Discovery Park that will take you inside the park.
Lignon Hill Nature ParkLegazpi City, Albay
How about zip lining with the majestic Mayon Volcano as your backdrop? Head to Lignon Hill Nature Park in Legazpi City where you can experience an exhilarating ride with their 360-meter (1,180 feet) zip line that rises at around 160 meters (525 feet) from the ground.
It may not be as long, steep, or fast as the zip lines in Mindanao but the stunning and lovely view of the Mayon Volcano sure makes up for it. This is highly recommended for newbies who want to try riding a zip line. It costs around ₱200 which includes 1 printed photo from the zip line operator.
How to get to Lignon Hill Zipline:
From Manila, you may take a 1-hour flight or a 12-hour bus ride to Legazpi City. Upon, reaching the city, take a tricycle to Lignon Hill Nature Park.
These are just some of the many zip lines in the country. Have you tried any of them? Which one is your favorite zip line in the Philippines?