Cagayan de Oro City is located in Misamis Oriental but has an independent government distinct from the province. This chartered city is the commercial and transportation hub of Region 10. It is also a jump-off point to other destinations such as Camiguin and Bukidnon. This bustling metropolis has plenty to offer those who want to explore it. It is also accessible because there are direct flights to and from Manila.
If you’re thinking of visiting this city, here are some of the things to do and places to visit during your trip.
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Ride the Rapids of the Cagayan de Oro River
Many make the trip to CDO to try whitewater rafting. This adrenaline-pumping activity is a must as a day trip from the city. Get on a boat and feel every bump and crash as your boatman takes you through the river. Hold on tight so you won’t get thrown out during the trip. The activity lasts for approximately three hours. You will still have plenty of time left to explore the other attractions after this rafting experience.
Chill and Dine at High Ridge
Get overlooking views of the city with lunch, dinner, drinks or snacks at High Ridge. They serve delicious local dishes that will fill your belly and tease your taste buds. Take plenty of photos of the sweeping vistas with your family and friends.
Visit the Macahambus Adventure Park
Get your adrenaline pumping with a visit to this park where you can try different extreme sports. Follow the different trails and immerse in nature’s wonders. Walk under the shade of ancient trees and soak in the rugged, but stunning landscape.
Try the 120m long zip line that lets you fly over the park and get sweeping bird’s eye views. Cross the Sky Bridge that is 150-feet high to see the jaw-dropping gorge. You have the option to rappel down the cliff and see the gorge from a different point of view. Take plenty of photos and videos of your adventure.
Go on a Day Trip to Camiguin
Camiguin is already a different province but is a viable day destination because of its accessibility from the city. Many visitors make the trip to this tropical getaway from CDO. Have a chill day sunbathing and swimming on White Island. Soak in the views of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Cool off in the cold waters of Katibawasan Falls’ natural pool. Take pictures of its rugged beauty and enjoy the idyllic ambiance. There are other attractions for those who have more time. If you plan to make a day trip, start early to catch the first bus and boat out to Camiguin.
Say a Prayer at the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral
This ancient church dates back to the 1620s and is a relic of the city’s colonial past. Since its completion, it has undergone several renovations and reconstructions over the centuries. It has survived World War II and natural disasters. Go inside and feel the serene atmosphere before lighting a candle and saying a prayer.
Hang Out at the Parks
CDO is a big concrete jungle, take it slow, enjoy street food and get the chance to starts a conversation with locals in the parks. Just a short walk away from the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral is Gaston Park. Pass by the stalls and carts to sample the local street food. Make your way to Duaw Kagayan Park where you can get views of the river and the trees. Drop by MacArthur Park to get some shade and rest before getting your meal.
Scour for Bargains at the Night Market
Plaza Divisoria is just like any plaza during the day, but the area transforms during Friday and Saturday nights. These are the days when people set up shops and stalls to sell their products to would-be shoppers. Find discounted clothes, plants, and other items when you go shopping.
Mapawa Nature Park
Nature lovers should go to Mapawa Nature Park in Malasag. This sustainable and sprawling green destination has stunning waterfalls, trails and beautiful views of the surroundings. Your group can get a package for canyoneering or river trekking during your visit. Slide on a waterfall, jump off a cliff or go rappelling. Your trip here will surely be full of adventures and thrilling memories.
Where to Stay in Cagayan de Oro City
Cagayan de Oro City is the biggest and most developed metropolitan area in the region. There are malls, fast food chains, and local restaurants. Find a place near the city center for convenient travel to and from the places in your itinerary. In this part, you will easily find places to dine and shop after your day trips. If you can’t find accommodations near the center within your budget, look for one near a mall or bus station. This makes it easy to access and leave from when you decide to go out.
Here are the top recommendations according to Agoda users as of January 2018, in no particular order.
- Limketkai Luxe Hotel. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- Seda Centrio – Cagayan De Oro. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- New Dawn Plus. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- 1A Express Hotel. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY