Let me start off by saying, I am not afraid of heights, I just don’t like looking down the ground when I am high up there. LOL! I was adamant on taking the zip at NPC Nature’s Park having done so before. I, regretfully, left my shoes at home as I packed, unpacked,and then repacked my stuff after thinking what to bring (a routine I’ll, one day, share to you).

You see, NPC Nature’s Park Zipline has strict rules about the proper footwear — close fitting shoes, and I was wearing open shoes then.. So, after everyone has decided to take a zip — I went along with them. We signed on a waiver, rented gloves and close fitting shoes they have available. After everyone was prep up for the zip, we then took a short walk to the bottom of the trail that leads to the first station of the zipline. 
The walk up the trail is steep but the concrete stairs with metal railings makes it easier to climb up. Pace yourself when you get to this part, since it is steep and that it might take few breaths out of you. This area is covered by trees and shrubs at both sides, you can tell that you’re ascending at a side of a hill slope.

You will then hit a stop-over rest point. The climb up the stairs is 5-8minutes short but it will leave you panting if you’re not used to it. The guide will the ask you to remain standing 2-3mins. before sitting down for another 2-3mins at this rest point. The guide was stern, aptly saying, “Para dli ka makuyapan” (So that you won’t faint). The rest point has tables and sitting, it could hold a large company of adventure seekers if you’re planning to come in large groups.

After a few minutes rest, we set of ~2mins. walk to the first station. The zip station landings securely sits on large and very old trees. The guides would hook our harnesses on the beams or safety wires on the trees for safety purposes. If you’ve visited the first time the ziplines opened, you might want to go back for another visit. Their landing standing stations are already made in metal and you can actually see what is below your foot.
The first cable line was a 2 person zip. I came in third to take it, with me is another visitor from Zamboanga and is studying at MSU-IIT, who wanted to try out the NPC Nature’s Park Zipline.

The second landing station was on top of the tree. Kinda gives you a glimpse of Tarzan’s life on the tree tops — minus the harnesses ofcourse. Since the landing is made of mesh metal, you can actually see the ground through it.
The tree would sway when a gush of wind blows at it. Looking down below you would see miniature vehicles and people on the ground. The view of the waterfall at this standpoint is amazing.

The second cable line, you get to zip on it alone. I couldn’t help but look down at people walking around. When nearing the landing, lift or flex your legs up to avoid hitting them on a the landing pad. You should also lean back a little, to avoid hitting your face on your arms or the harness when you’re brought to a halt.

By the time you to the third landing and cable line, you get the hang of it already. On this line, you get to cross the stream to the other side of the bank passing by the rapids.
When you get to fourth station, you have to climb down at the lower level of the station to get ready for the fourth and last zip. On this station, I was asked to jump off by myself, I on the other hand had doubts about that. I wasn’t brave enough to jump on the zip line. So I ask if it’s okay to take a small jump — more like a little bunny hop off the station. LOL!

On the last cable line, Richard had a way with it. Crossing the stream back to the main bank, he executed maneuvers — talk about flexibility and dare-devilness.

Thank you NPC Nature’s Park Zipline crew for accommodating us. We had fun zipping on the lines. We hope to see more of adventure sport facilities in the future. And yes, you might see us back there.

PINAY TRAVELISTA TRAVEL NOTES:
+ Wear close-fitting shoes. The crew are strict with that.
+ You can rent close shoes there for a fee, fingers-crossed they have one in your size.
+ Leave cellphones and other stuff that might accidentally fall from you hands or pockets
+ It is best to bring compact cameras. But SLR’s are also good since the view from the stations are great. Make sure you sling them up at you back to prevent it being hit or sandwiched by your harness and body
+ Lift up or flex your legs when you get near the landing pads to avoid hitting your legs on them.
+ Lean slightly back or the other side of your hands/arms and the harness to avoid hitting your face on them when you hit the stop pads they have on the line.

DIRECTIONS/HOW TO GET THERE: (Map: HERE)
*****Fares may change depending on approved rates (Post Date: Aug 2011)
1] Take a Public Utility Jeepney: Buruun line ( Fare Rate: 11Php, Travel Time: ~10minutes)
—> Ask the driver to drop you off at the NPC or Mabuhay Vinyl
2] Private Vehicle
—> Take the Macapagal Avenue, just after the bridge turn left. You won’t miss it.
3] Taxi
—> NO metered taxi in Iligan City
—> Passenger-driver agreement on Fare Rate

NPC Nature’s Park Entrance and Service Fees:
*****Fares may change depending on approved rates (Post Date: Aug 2011)
Operational Time: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. (daily)
Zipline Close for Maintenance: Every Tuesday
Entrance Fee: Children/Senior: 20Php
Regular (Adult): 30Php
Shuttle Bus (for visitors without vehicles): +10Php
Zipline: 200Php/pax
+ Closed Shoe Rental: 50Php
+ Gloves Rental: 10Php
Canteen Table Usage Fee (if you’re not a customer): 20Php/table

Check out more of the TOURISM TRIANGLE IN A DAY SERIES.

Photo Credits: Adventures In Life, Explore Iligan 9200, Iligan Inquisitor, Simply Francis &; Travel Jams

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“Life is either a great adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller
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  • great post lai! i'm almost done with mine…. hehehe…

    it's obvious we had so much fun!

  • Your fantastic pictures and description of the great time you had on the Zipline at NPC indicate that this attraction is gaining in popularity. It appears there have been upgrades and improvements to it since I went on it last year. You have a good point about the improved platforms are now " See Through ". I am glad they had the wooden ones when I went on it LOL !

    I do not remember any specific " Rest Area " for the stairway uphill except for a table or two at the top near the take off platform so this may be another upgrade ! From what I can see in your pics this may have all changed for the better.

    When I read the original specifications for the Zipline each cable run was stated as being less than 60 seconds each. Like you, maybe I am not afraid of heights but I just don't like looking down either. I thought 60 seconds or less per cable run I should be able to do that. Surprise Surprise, I never knew about that " momentary pause " on the first cable LOL. My eyes were glued to the back of the helmet of one of my Iliganon friends ahead of me on that one.

    After my departure from the third platform to cross the Agus River I felt more at ease and really began to enjoy it. In this video clip it may look like the platform attendant had to pry my hand off of the turnbuckle on the cable but I was really checking out the Hardware ! LOL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyOB4qglD8c

    The Zipline Experiece is another unforgetable experience for me in Iligan, thanks for bringing back the fun in my memory when reading your blog about your recent Zip with IBS.

    Iligan City & NPC Zipline

    Simply Amazing !

  • @LOVETTE JAM:
    We did!I just read your post too.. It's plain obvious talaga how much fun we had then.. LOL!

    @BOB NEW YORK:
    Hello Bob! I'm really happy too see that you already got a G.Account.. It'll make it easier for you to follow and make comments to the blogs and their posts..

    Yes! the tree tops tour of the NPC Zipline has been developed and improved. The last time I did the zip was still with the wood platform.. I guess it's high time to use metal landings instead.. It doesn't wear off faster than wood does..

    About the short stop at the midsection of Cable line 1 takes the air out of you.. But i did look down looking for ate Arlene on the ground.. LOL..

    I saw the zip line video you had.. Congratulations for going on it.. Not everyone is brave enough to challenge themselves to it!

    Best regards BobNY

  • I'm from Iligan City and it's my first time to hear of such an adventure. Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to go hear when I come back to Iligan. 🙂

  • Hello Josiah,

    There have been a lot of tourism attraction additions in Iligan City.. September might as well be knocking on the doors since daming events lined up for the Diyandi Festival next month.. Drop a holler when you're in town..