Monday, November 29, 2010

Part2: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day1 - Ultralight Flying Plane Gecko Adventure in Del Monte Pineapple Farm!

Roadtrip to Bukidnon

Our first day started on our roadtrip to Bukidnon. We left the airport at 6am and arrived in Bukidnon's Del Monte pineapple farm around 7:30am.  If you're going to commute, I guess it will take you about 2hrs of travel, but because we avail Kuya Boyet's service (check part 1 of this blog for his car service information - ) we reached it much faster.

on our way to bukidnon

Our Bukidnon trip will only be half of the day, the other half would be consumed by our white water rafting in Cagayan De Oro City.  Our first plan is to try ultralight flying plane gecko then on to Dahilayan for zipline adventures. But the question is, did our plans succeed?

Del Monte Pineapple Farm

I am so proud to know that Del Monte's pineapple farm in Bukidnon, is the largest pineapple farm in the whole world. With thousand of hectares of land , it occupies a large percentage of Bukidnon,  ("bukid" means mountain in Mindanao).  The actual design of  farm is created manually by farmers long time ago. Yes, everything is made by hands.

Upon reaching the runway at the heart of pineapple farm, there are few persons currently in queue for the adventure so we just enjoyed taking pictures around.

The Flying Experience

One of the best experience i had is actually here in Bukidnon! When i first saw this in the net, I asked myself, can I really survived this adventure?!

A low powered ultralight plane or what they called Flying Gecko will let you fly up into the air for 15minutes.  It is owned by Carl Frias, a Filipino retired from the U.S., bought this plane, lived here in Bukidnon, and flew it as a hobby. The story was, he is flying, and everybody wants to fly too, people will pay for the gas, and he doesn't mind flying with other people, so why not?  He started sharing the experience to some friends and relatives, and luckily, it was opened to public just last year.  It is becoming famous nowadays, so he's planning to buy a new one. 

Mr. Carl Frias - the pilot
Kuya Jun - Sir Carl's assistance
Camp 3, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon - the location

What's up in the air?

You'll see the whole Del Monte pineapple farm, the falls and a lot more! Check the video too! The plane can only take one passenger at a time. 

Let's go up!

fly high bukidnon!

amazing pineapple farm!

the falls!

the view up above

Check this short video of our adventure!

Our Contact Person:
Gina of lamontana tours

Contact Number: +63(920) 960.01.92
Email Address:

Php950 per person (rate may change without prior notice)
Includes: 15-minute flight over Manolo Fortich and Libona

Gina and Boyet
How to get here?

Flying Gecko's runway is here in the middle of pineapple farm in Camp 3, Manolo Fortich, unfortunately it cannot be reach via commute. You may contact Kuya Boyet for his service as he already knew how to get here or contact Ms. Gina as she also offers transpo service.

runway at the heart of pineapple farm
 Note: It is closed for now for maintenance/technical dificulties but hoping it will be back flying again next year hopefully in January 2011.

What happened next? We finished the adventure around 10:30am and Dahilayan will take us 30minutes more to reach it so we decided to skip it. We missed the longest zipline in the Philippines, nevertheless, I believe this adventure beats it all in the air.  :)

TIP: If you're not coming from the airport, go to Bukidnon as early as 6am, flyin gecko starts at 6am so if you're the first one to do it, you still got time for Dahilayan zipline adventure. :)

Next: Our roadtrip back to CDO for our White Water Rafting!

Check These Out!

Part1: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day1 - Landing at Cagayan De Oro City
Part3: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day1 - White Water Rafting in Cagayan De Oro City
Part4: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day1 - D' Morvie Suites and Plaza Divisoria in Cagayan De Oro
Part5: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day2 - Maria Cristina Falls and NPC Nature's Park in Iligan
Part6: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day2 - Lechon, Macaraeg-Macapagal Ancestral House and Tinago Fallls in Iligan City
Part7: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day2 - Timoga Spring Pools in Iligan
Part8: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day3 - Camiguin Transportation and Ferry Schedules
Part9: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day3 - Pabua Cottages and Half Day Camiguin Tour
Part10: Bukidnon-CDO-Iligan-Camiguin Trip Day4 - White Island, and other tours in Camiguin


Pinoy Boy Journals said...

i love that this is so out of the way. bookmarked this entry,, i wanna fly too! never knew this existed up until i read your blog! good job and happy travels to you!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

gosh, i wanna do this as well! so affordable. thanks for sharing!

Bamboo88 said...

Sir, Del Monte is not just 42's thousands of hectares...It stretches 13 Municipalities in Bukidnon...It covers around 20,000 hectares in the entire province....and it is growing because they are renting more lands...

Another correction Sir, Bukidnon means "Mountain People"...It is a name of a tribe in the Province...In Mindanao, BUKID means Mountain. It is not a tagalog term which means Farm...

I hope you can invite your friends to visit here again....Thanks:)

adventurousfeet said...

Thanks bamboo88 i'll correct it at once!

adventurousfeet said...

yes, hopefully I can visit Bukidnon again, to explore its beauty! :)

Bamboo88 said...

Thanks Sir:)

Grace said...

Want to try this out next year, CA! Hehehe!

adventurousfeet said...

@grace you should!!! :)

aaron say said...

hi. Do you have Ms. Gina's contact number/s? I can't find any contact info from their multiply site.. I really am excited to try that flying gekko this february! :) thanks! :)

adventurousfeet said...

Hi Aaron,

Sure, try this one, 09209600192. You can also message her multiply account and she'll surely reply to it. :)


Marco said...

Wow! I wanna try this stuff? P950 ba ito?

adventurousfeet said...

yup! for 15 mins

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

Fantastic photos from up above. I live in Bukidnon yet I haven't tried this.Another must-do item added to my bucket list.

adventurousfeet said...

yup, bukidnon has a lot to offer too, wish i could explore more someday :)

Toni said...

2 kame pupunta sa Bukidnon. so take turns ba kame sa pagsakay dyan o dapat isa lang sa grupo ang pwede sumakay? hindi talaga pwede 2? hehehe

adventurousfeet said...

one at a time lang po..if you can see the pics wala na pong lulugaran ang third person.

virgo itinerary said...

i studied in bukidnon,i've been to camp philips but i didnt know na meron ganyang aircraft.i wanna try it.nakakamiss ang bukidnon its actually one of the most beautiful provinces in the country

Kriza @ cagayan de Oro Philippines said...

I love it. Wish I could ride one of those days. Thanks for sharing mate. Great adventure. Keep on blogging. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, do you have a direct contact other than a multiply account for the reservation of the Flying Gecko? Thanks!

adventurousfeet said...

hi, I add the number in this post, please check above. I heard its closed again for the meantime due to lack of imported parts. Kindly contact Ms. Gina to check its availability. Thanks for dropping by :)

adventurousfeet said...

@virgo itinerary
i wanna go back to bukidnon again, haven't seen much so I'll be excited if ever I'll visit the province again :)

adventurousfeet said...


chino said...

gusto ko rin ma try yung fly fly na ganyan . makita yung pineapple farm...

JeffZ said...

Oh my gulay!.. one of my life-long dreams is to fly one of that.. 950? not bad.. makapagpabook na nga papuntang bukidnon.. lol :)

Ian | GoingRoamingWandering said...

wow nice view of the pineapple field and other scenes up in the air!

Lifeisacelebration said...

Just viewed the video. Sounds and seems unsteady for i think you were soooo brave to go for a ride. I'd likely chicken out . lol

Anonymous said...

gd evening, pls give me more info about the ultralight flying,regarding the fees and how to get there,im from davao. you can send through this email or send it through my cp 09083642806.
iam very much interested on ultralight flying, and hoping that you will send me the said information asap, so that i can make an arrangement.
Thank you,
edgar chiongson

Gina C. Amador said...

Hello! Kindly inform your readers that the FLYING GECKO AERIAL ADVENTURE has been recently cancelled due to the non-availability of proper spare parts. If or when it will be reactivated, I will let you know. Thank you for being a very reliable source of information!

Gina C. Amador (

doi said...

huhuhu. gusto ko pa naman sana itry ang flying gecko when i go to CDO this month =(
but thanks for sharing this CA! the best adventure to! :D

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