It’s March and summer is coming! You may not feel it now because it keeps on raining, but eventually nature’s weather clock changes the season and you’ll be sweating out the heat. So, with summer comes a lot of summer activities, and many love to try what they couldn’t do last year. But this year, there are three hot new and distinct activities in Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and in the city that you might want to try because they’re different, and because the sheer adventure and fun will always leave great memories behind to look back to.
Helicopter Rental Ride – Dahilayan Forest Park
If you haven’t ridden in a helicopter before, perhaps now is your chance since Dahilayan Forest Park is now offering helicopter rental tours. This was first unveiled in December of last year and is only now picking up in popularity. The ride involves taking a guide aerial tour of Dahilayan and the surrounding areas on a Robinson R44 helicopter, including an aerial view of the Kitanglad Mountain Range. The tour package is only P2,000 per person, and 3 guests can be accommodated per tour.
The tour takes about 5 minutes. The helicopter tour is a partnership between Dahilayan and Lion Air Inc. The Robinson R44 is a four-seat light helicopter, and the current model being used by the Philippine National Police for paramilitary and light utility duties. Lion Air Inc. is the leading helicopter and executive jet charter service company in the Philippines. The R44 constitutes its biggest number of helicopters in its fleet. Dahilayan Forest Park is an hour’s drive to Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, from the city center.
Parasailing – Blu Sands Beach Resort
Blu Sands Beach Resort in Initao, Misamis Oriental will soon be offering parasailing as one of its summer fun activities. The parasailing will be priced at P800 per head and will be complete with safety equipment and helmet. Parasailing or parakiting is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a speed boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that is similar to a parachute, or parasail wing.
Parasailing should not be confused with paragliding as the former is always attached to the boat using a tow rope. If you want to check out this activity and the resort, the entrance fee is P150 during weekdays and P200 on weekends. This entrance fee is waived for guests that check-in at the hotel and for children below 3 years old.
Racing Line Karting – Limketkai Center Mall
Racing Line Karting just opened at the second level of the Limketkai Mall, beside World of Fun and Cinemas 3 and 4. It’s kart racing fun inside an air-conditioned mall. There’s no age limit so anyone can ride and race on the small go-carts. The track is somewhat short but you’ll be surprised how hard it is to navigate such a small vehicle. Safety is still a priority so all riders will be required to wear a helmet. This is the fourth branch for Racing Line Karting, the other three are located at the NCCC Mall and Abreeza Mall in Davao, and SM Seaside City in Cebu.
This mini-motor sports activity is owned and managed by Racing Line TV from Davao City. They only opened in Limketkai Mall last March 2, but during the weekend people were lining up to try out the ride. Kart racing is not to be confused with the Go Cart Racing in SM City Mall, since the latter is a much bigger vehicle and seats the driver comfortably like a formula race car driver. Kart racing or karting is the variant of the go-cart open-wheel. It is smaller, more open, and with four wheels with no gearbox shifter, the kart’s speed depending on how the speed pedal is pushed down using one foot. So if you have a need for speed but don’t have a driver’s license, the next best thing from a video game simulator is the Racing Line Karting.