THINGS TO DO
These are the activities that our overnight guests can avail of. Please note that we are not open to day-visitors anymore, things got just too busy :)
Our main outdoor attraction is our very own dual Zipline, that is designed to match the latest safety standards. We tested each line with two adult men, which means it is strong enough to carry at least a load of 4 men. While it is only 60 meters long, it crosses a thrilling ravine and our fish ponds at about 10mapl (meters above pond level :) ) in a very picturesque jungle setting. Opposite to others, our Zipline doesn't leave you bankrupt at an affordable P50/ride, plus if you enjoy it a lot you can upgrade to an affordable flatrate (P150) and ride as often as you want. The price includes the rental of the Petzl trolley, Petzl lanyard, Petzl harness and the helmet.
Mega water slide
Wait! Aren't only swimmingpool resorts supposed to have those? There is no proper swimming pool at the pitcher plant farm, right? Who cares!? We still have one of the most thrilling water slides of the whole island here! Now, how do we get to stop you? Well, find out for yourself! Be informed that surprisingly there is a high percentage of survivors :) The slide is somewhere beyond 30 meters, and compliant with our nature theme fed by rainwater and powered without any electrical pumps. Showers are available and needed. Opposite to the pool resorts they are needed AFTER the activity :) Please make sure your water sliding outfit doesn't have any buttons or zippers.
This rather exotic sport is played with a frisbee and the goal is to hit 18 gongs situated in trees all over the farm. The rules are identical to real golf, but given our challenging terrain and natural setting, it is more exciting and with only P50/person also more down to earth. This way you will also explore every corner of our farm and if you have bad luck the neighboring lots and the fish pond, too :) Exercise and fun is guaranteed!
Volleyball, Badminton and the like...
We have volleyball and badminton gear available and also a basketball area. Our treadmill can be used for P50/hour. In the cool mountain air you will enjoy doing these sports much more than usual. We are also planning to rent mountain bikes, as we have perfect trails around our farm - just inquire if interested.
Our very own spring provides water for our fish pond. It is stocked with Tilapia and decorated with water lilies and we even have a small portuguese style dinghy (aka boat :) ) assisting our visitors interested in fishing, or serving as a playground for the kids. Live-vests are available, too.
If you take our suite or studio room, you can see the following from the convenience of your porch while resting in a comfortable deck chair: Philippine Serpent Eagle, Grey-Faced Buzzard, Brahminy Kite, Besra, Crested Goshawk (see on the right, while resting at our suite porch after a crash-landing :) ), Zebra Dove, Spotted Dove, Philippine Coucal, Philippine Scops Owl, Grass Owl, Great Eared Nightjar, Glossy Swiftlet, White Collared Kingfisher, White Throated Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, Pacific Swallow, White-Breasted Woodswallow, Pied Triller, Yellow-Vented Bulbul, Philippine Leaf Warbler, Asian Glossy Starling, Grey Streaked Fly Catcher, Pied Fantail, Brown Shrike, Olive-Backed Sunbird, Everetts White-Eye, Tree Sparrow, Chestnut Munia, Black-Naped Monarch, Coppersmith Barbet, Large-Billed Crow, Northern Shoveler, Philippine Duck, White-breasted Waterhen, Little Egret, Javan Pond Heron and most likely a few more.
If you are into horse riding, or even if not yet, Malaybalay is the place to be! For beginners and kids you can have peaceful horses led by an expert cowboy and just do some careful circles and find out if you can become friends with the animal below you :) The horse riding place is also famous for it's good meals served in Nipa huts. For a more spectacular scenery you can head to the pines view park, where there are also horses for rent. Or the adventurous ones might want to negotiate with our Carabao for a thrilling ride.
Always popular is the Malaybalay City tour. Ok, it is a small city, but the Pines View Park -also known as the Kaamulan grounds- is huge and filled with majestic pine trees. People gather here for picknic, playing soccer, frisbee, practicing dances or just hanging out. Due to the size you can have a lot of privacy - quite different from other parks in the Philippines, where you can be pestered by overly active vendors. Now combine that with relaxing temperatures and you won't want to leave. After the park you can visit the Monastry of Transfiguration in San Jose, just a few kms away. Their two churches have an incredible artistic pyramid design, with a giant lava rock serving as the altar. People from all over the country come to see it. The monks are selling organic coffee and peanut brittle. If it is raining in the afternoon you can seek refuge in the Gaisano mall.
If you like nice swimmingpools, slides and all kinds of water action, take a 90 min ride to Maramag, where there are 4 (!) exciting heavily competing water spring resorts. Namely RR Resort, Ed li Mar, MGM and Waig crystal spring, the latter featuring even a cable car.
Mega Zipline, Zorb and Rock Climbing
Need even more thrill? How about the longest ZIP line in Southeast Asia? You will find it in Dahilayan near Camp Philips. It is 830m long and they will let you fly like Superman into the valley. Further they let you roll down a hill in a Zorb ball. While you are there you should drop by Del Monte, have a look at their pineapple plantations, visit the clubhouse and try their famous steak that's supposedly the best nationwide.
White Water Rafting
Cagayan de Oro is the hotspot in the country for white water rafting. With a jeepney and the boat on the roof you will be brought to the upper Cagayan river, depending on your degree of adventure wanted to a more or less difficult section of the river. Experience then running through 14 or 24 rapids, but also enjoy quiet and scenic moments in between, while taking a swim in the river or trying a scary jump from a high cliff. As Cagayan de Oro is only 2 hours from our farm, it can be done as a daytrip or implemented in your arrival route.
If you are coming from Manila, most naturally you would book a flight to Cagayan de Oro. Our suggestion is to fly to Cagayan de Oro, but return from Davao City. This way you can explore both cities and get to know Bukidnon Province along its full range. In Davao you might want to visit the Crocodile Park, Malagos Gardens, the Philippine Eagle Conservation Center and check out the beaches of Samal Island.
Speaking of food, that's the other premium activity in Malaybalay to do. Prices are low, while there are some incredibly good restaurants and cozy coffee shops around. Given our temperatures many eating places offer nice garden settings. As our farm is not far from the city you can reach these restaurants easily, even if you don't bring a car. Our free activity map will point you to our favorite locations. If you just want to stay home in the Pitcher Plant Farm, you can bring and prepare your own dishes, as some of our rooms have kitchen appliances, or even use our outdoor kitchen. Of course we can also include you in our meals for a charge.
Rainy day activities
Now what to do, when it is raining in our nature paradise? Of course our roofed porchs allow watching the rain, witnessing the moving clouds, or sometimes even experiencing dense fog.