“I never thought I would love the province of Bukidnon” That’s the first thing that comes to mind after visiting my 61st province in the Philippines. You might rarely see people sharing Bukidnon travel guide or story. I believe that it is still not yet on the radar of many travelers, but once you get here, you will look forward to seeing it again.
Located in the highlands of the Philippines’ Northern region, Bukidnon offers a year-round refreshing cool climate. If you love the vibes of Baguio or the Mountain province in the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines. Consider a trip to Bukidnon to enjoy its chill vibe. I promise that the view and experience will not disappoint you.
Bukidnon is famous for being the home of one of the World’s biggest pineapple plantations; its breathtaking mountain ranges remind me of my trip to Kalinga from Bontoc in the Mountain province. The province has a vast plantation of fruits and trees which I enjoyed seeing as I travelled from Davao to Malaybalay.
If you are planning to visit Bukidnon soon, continue reading for my Bukidnon travel guide and know how to get here, what to see,and where to stay.
How to get to Bukidnon
No commercial flights are going directly to the province of Bukidnon. The nearest airport is the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, catering to domestic flights from Manila and Cebu. From Cagayan de Oro City, a journey by land must be taken to reach Bukidnon.
Taking the bus is one of the convenient ways to reach Bukidnon by land. From CDO Agora bus terminal, you may get to Malaybalay in approximately one hour and a half of land travel. The capital city of Bukidnon could also be reached from Davao City from the Ecoland Bus terminal. This is the route that I took to Bukidnon. Travel time was around 5 hours, and the fare was P460 or $8.
What to see in Bukidnon
- Dahilayan Adventure Park & Pine Forest is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Bukidnon, but due to a conflict in my schedule and their rooms were already fully booked during my trip, I was unable to visit. Their fame started when they operated the 840-meter dual zipline claiming to be the longest dual zipline in Asia at some time.
- Monastery of the Transfiguration is an iconic pyramid-shaped chapel designed by Leandro Locsin—the architect behind the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Folk Arts Theater. This is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Bukidnon.
- Del Monte Pineapple Plantation – home of one of the most extensive pineapple plantations in the World.
- Mt Dulang-Dulang – You probably saw that magical mossy forest in Mindanao on your IG or FB feed at some point. Most likely, it’s the Mt. Dulang-Dulang, popularly known as D2 for mountaineers; it is the second-highest mountain in the Philippines and possesses one of the most impressive forests in the country.
- Panimahawa Ridge– For those planning to trek in Bukidnon, this marvellous landscape is something you shouldn’t miss from your Bukidnon tourist spots list.
Now that you have idea on how to get here and what to see, continue reading this Bukidnon travel guide to know where to book you stay.
Where to stay in Bukidnon
I’m not a mountain person since I spend most of my travel outside Manila on the beach, but my camping experience in Bukidnon is probably one of my most unforgettable experiences in Mindanao. Looking for a nice place to stay in Bukidnon was challenging as only a few were available to book online.
I only have one goal in looking for accommodation on this trip. I just want a place where I can have a mental break. A place where I can be disconnected, surrounded by nature, and quiet.
I kept browsing accommodations online until I decided to booked my stay at Pine Ridge Bukidnon. I was hesitant to book it since it’s just a simple tent accommodation and I can’t remember the last time I slept in a tent. The place doesn’t have electricity, no signal, no restaurant, and just a shared toilet without a heater.
For P2,200 or $40 per night, everything was basic—a tent, 2 pillows, a single thin mattress, a table and chairs, a few kitchen utensils, a gas stove and 1 gallon of mineral water. But despite that, It was the experience, the vibes, the tranquillity of the surrounding, and the view that made me fall in love with the place and in Bukidnon in general.
The moment I arrived in Malaybalay, the first thing that I did was to buy a grocery since there was no restaurant at the camping site. To get to Pine Ridge from the centre of Malaybalay, tell the tricycle driver to bring you to The Garden Suites; a few meters away, you will see a line of Habal-Habal drivers that can bring you to Pine Ridge.
Travel time is approximately 15 mins. Please note that you have to arrange the pickup date and time with the driver since there is no signal at Pine Ridge to contact them. For booking and inquiries, you can contact Pine Ridge via their FB page
If you just want to have a day tour trekking and still want to stay in the city. There are still decent accommodations you can find in Bukidnon. Here are my recommendations below:
Double M Hotel is located in Poblacion of Valencia City. This chic, classy, and very affordable hotel is one of the best you can find in the city. Their average rate per night is P2,800++ or $50++. Click this link to book a discounted rate.
Uno Business Hotel is located at P17 Sayre Highway, Hagcol, Valencia City. Known for having a very friendly and helpful staff. You will love your stay at Uno Business Hotel since their rate comes with a nice free breakfast. Their family room is good for 4. Their average rate per night is P4,300++ or $78++. Click this link to book a discounted rate.
Hotel Valencia is located at Sayre Highway, Valencia City, is the perfect place for you if you are on a budget. They are praised for having a very clean room and accommodating staff. Their rate starts at P950++ or $17++. Click this link to book a discounted rate.
Indeed, my short visit to Bukidnon was not enough to discover so many spots to explore in this province. Even though I couldn’t climb a mountain to see the best parts of Bukidnon. The view of the mountain range that I saw travelling from Davao, the pine forest view from my tent, and the calm vibes of Bukidnon were enough for me to love this province.
I hope this Bukidnon travel guide gave you some helpful tips and excites you to visit Mindanao’s food basket region.