How To Commute To Dahilayan Forest Park

I know the best way to get to Dahilayan Forest Park would be to have your own transportation but where’s the adventure in that? I originally had my day planned by taking the shuttle bus early in the morning but there are just some circumstances that can disrupt those said plans. In short, I MISSED THE BUS. Chill. Don’t panic. You have two options which can get you from Cagayan De Oro to Dahilayan by following these steps.

First Option. Take the Shuttle Bus

via Magnum Express
This is for those who want to opt for something stress-free. All you got to do is go to Limketkai Center and ask to be dropped off by the Magnum Express Shuttle Service. Their daily shuttle schedule is always at 9:00AM . Their rate is at 249PHP only so it’s quite affordable. This one was my personal choice. For details and reservations, contact (0999) 888 7999 or (088) 8521 999.


via Zipzone Shuttle
This is only available every Saturday. There’s a Zipzone Shuttle from Cagayan de Oro to Dahilayan Adventure Park from 8:00-8:30 AM, at Coffeworks in Divisoria. So please make sure you get there earlier than that. Their round trip fare is Php 350.00 per person. Their Dahilayan to Cagayan de Oro trip leaves on the same day at around 3 to 4 PM. For details and reservations, contact 09228801319.

Do make sure you arrive there before their said time or you will definitely miss it (which happened to me having only arrived less than 3 minutes late). Also being early is actually a plus so you won’t have to wrestle your way in fitting their seats (which often happens during their peak seasons and/or weekends). The total travel time is a about an hour and thirty minutes. Fret not, both buses are air-conditioned and the views are worth glancing.


Second Option. Take the OTHER bus, jeep or van….and a habal-habal ride!

This is the rather adventurous option. First thing you do to is to go to the Agora Bus Terminal/Market City and take either a van or jeepney ride to Brngy. Camp Philips, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The van terminal is located outside Mang Inasal while the jeep terminal is at the nearest corner. I took the bus going to Bukidnon. They had two buses you can choose from. One with a portable bathrom which costs at 120PHP while the other had none which costs at 50PHP only. Both were airconditioned, bet you knew which one I took. Yep, peed in advance and opted for the second bus.IMG_9988

Travel time was at 30-40 minutes. Also, let the driver and conductor know that you’re going to Dahilayan. They will drop you off by the highway where there’s a lot of motorcycle drivers haggling to take you to Dahilayan. Make sure that you pick out a motorcycle that’s registered because by the time you get to Camp Philips, they become stricter especially towards unregistered motorcycles (like the one I unfortunately rode) and will force you to take a detour. The Habal-habal (motorcycle) fare is around Php 150 per person, depending on your negotiation with the driver. They do offer a back and forth trip for 300PHP for one person.

Passing through a field of pineapples! This is where the Del Monte Pineapple plantation is located and yes the plantation stretch far and wide with spiky plants as far as the eye can see!IMG_0015IMG_0008

Me hugging their huge ass pineapple at Camp Phillips before a military guy told us to take the detour. Ugh. What a bittersweet moment to hug a pineapple in the middle of a roundabout. He blocked us from entering because he found out that the motorcycle we were on wasn’t registered, YET. So we had to go back and follow another road. T_T
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The  views here were breathtaking. So much mountains and the lush greenery in the area plus the weather was cold yet sunny at the same time. Tie your hair or you could get that ‘mahangin sa labas’ look. Be aware that the road could get rough and dusty in some portions of the route.IMG_0077

Me going nuts over the animal statues. If you wanna read up on where I stayed. click here!

Check out my other Dahilayan related posts:

5 Things To Do When Traveling from Iligan To Siargao


I am not here to deter anybody from doing the dreaded land travel, the question would be are you up for an estimated 17 travel hours of sitting in a bus? If yes, then do continue on! Going from Point A to Point B isn’t for those with weak knees and little patience. Here are some tips and information based on how my personal accounts and additional information from other reliable sources. Take note that there may be changes in rates, this one is for November 2015.

Create an itinerary
Nothing beats planning where you’re going and what you’re supposed to do. If you’re the impulsively spontaneous “let’s wing it” type then I daresay you are one brave individual with no internet connection! What is an itinerary? It’s a detailed plan for a journey, especially a list of places to visit; plan of travel. It is a great idea to plan out and ask around friends who have been or live there on how they made their travels. It doesn’t matter how short or long your travel duration may be, an itinerary will always be a lifesaver and a confidence boost.

Prepare yourself financially, mentally and physically
Physically, you’ll be sitting most of the time which can take a toll on your back. I suggest you do simple sitting exercises to help the circulation and then sleeping it off on between which I conveniently did. One must have a positive mindset as well! There were three of us going to Siargao, so we had to switch around our seating for every bus route to keep ourselves in a good mood and for some little talks in between while we were awake.

BY LAND: From Iligan, take the 2 hour bus ride to Cagayan de Oro. Once you arrive, get a jeep or taxi to Agora Bus Terminal and take the bus to Butuan, the travel time is at about 6 hours. Upon arriving one then takes the 4 hour bus to Surigao City. From Surigao City you can take a RoRo to Dapa Port, Siargao. Tip: Travel time is faster when you’re traveling in the evening.

Travel duration: 17 hours (including stopovers)

Rate Location Duration
95php (Bus w/AC) Iligan: Tambo Integrated Terminal to CDO: Bulua Bus Terminal 2 hours
12php (Jeep) CDO: Bulua Bus Terminal to CDO: Agora Bus Terminal 15 minutes
350php (Bus w/AC) Iligan: CDO: Agora Bus Terminal to Butuan Bus Terminal 6 hours
250php (Bus w/AC) Butuan Bus Terminal to Surigao Bus Terminal 4 hours
10php (Tricycle) Surigao Bus Terminal to Port 20 minutes
180php (RoRo) Port to Dapa Port 3 hours

Check for schedules, and current fare at
RoRo Ferry: Fare Range: 200 – 300 PhP/Pax First Trip: 5:30 AM (Surigao – Dapa, Siargao)
Last Trip 12:00 NM (Surigao – Dapa, Siargao)

BY SEA: Take a Ferry to Cebu and from there get another ferry to Surigao City. The latter travels daily at 7PM, except on Sundays. Monday to Saturday via Cokaliong Shipping Lines
Travel Duration: ~26 hours (Iligan to Cebu is at 14hrs and Cebu to Surigao is at 12hrs)

BY AIR: By far the most convenient and efficient way to get to Siargao is to take a flight from Cebu City to Sayak Airport at Del Carmen, Siargao. There are also alternatives if you can not get a direct flight to Siargao, try getting one to Butuan City or Surigao City.
Travel Duration: 45 minutes

Bring snacks…and other stuff
It is of utmost importance to the picky eater to bring snacks of their own. But if you’ve got some spare change then migght I suggest you buy snacks for every stopover which constantly happens (adding to a longer travel time). They mostly sell peanuts, water, bibingka, eggs, chips, mangoes and many delicacies. You can also do a pit stop during stopovers, they usually have a fee of about 2-3php. I would also like to stress out to bring wet wipes and keep them at the most convenient part of your bag next to the alcohol! They serve as a refresher when you get the icky feel :3

Be friendly
There will be many stopovers therefore people will come and go at some point in your bustrip including your transient busmate. Take back the awkward eye contact with a smile. You can even strike up a friendly conversation if you and your busmate are bored and in the mood for more awkward eye contact. There are times when I use my bag as a prop so that no can sit beside me (it’s a bad idea when you want to pee so bad and you have to bring all your stuff with you). I find it comforting to sit beside middle aged women with a motherly aura. They are ever so nice.

Ask when in doubt
Life is full of questions especially when you’re on the road. Ask and you shall be answered when it comes to directions and whatnot.