Hop Down To The South: Exciting Things Do In Cagayan de Oro City

Want to take a break from the busy streets in the cities? Then, hop down to the south and experience unforgettable moments at various CDO travel destinations. Known for being a “city of golden friendship”, Cagayan de Oro has never failed to reach people’s hearts with thrills and lovable interactions with the locals.

Cagayan de Oro, the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental, is one of the most progressive cities in the country. Highly considered to be urbanized, it was able to sustain its majestic sceneries, culture, art, and history. Its distinguished culinary scene is also one of the treats to delve into while you’re in CDO.

From the mountains of Bukidnon, grand waterfalls of Agusan del Norte, to the striking seascape of Camiguin, Cagayan offers no less in your stay. Don’t wait too long! Here is a list of the best things to do to make the most out of your Cagayan de Oro trip. 

White Water Rafting


Cagayan de Oro is well-known for its white water rafting adventure. Even if you don’t know how to swim or are not inclined to sports, everyone can enjoy this thrilling escapade. The whirlpools and waves in Cagayan de Oro river will take you for a ride you won’t forget. With the competent guidelines of the instructors, it will not threaten your safety as long as you pay attention. You can choose from different courses, starting from beginners to the extreme to satisfy your taste of adventure. Save at least half your day, as it will take about four hours to complete the course.

Exploring Cagayan de Oro Tourist Spots


How can you complete your tour without visiting landmarks that hone CDO’s rich history? Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral boasts its gothic style architecture and is the home of the stained glass from the New York Sacred Heart Chapel. You can learn the history of Northern Mindanao by visiting the Museum of Three Cultures and the City Museum of Cagayan de Oro. If you fancy a stroll at night, you can visit Gaston Park, Vicente de Lara Park, and Plaza Divisoria. The city lights partnered with music in your ears as you walk these monuments will take you to a nostalgic night of your life.   

Visiting Neighboring Provinces And Cities


Cagayan de Oro opens many opportunities for visitors to cherish its neighboring cities and provinces. Some of the popular regions to visit are Bukidnon, Iligan, and Camiguin. Camiguin Island offers a breathtaking view and photogenic places, so get your cameras ready! There, you can visit the infamous White Island, Sto Niño Cold Spring, or the Ardent Hot Springs. If you’re an outdoor traveler, Bukidnon and Iligan offer you a trip with nature and vibrant natural waterfalls.

Experience Cagayan de Oro’s Uplands


Your trip won’t be complete if you don’t visit the places that can take you to the spectacular overlooking view of the town. Visit High Ridge or Hugo Sky Lounge to feel the fresh air and peaceful view of CDO. After taking in the beautiful sunset, you can later witness the bright city lights resembling the night stars. You can enjoy music and delicious cuisine as well while you rest your mind in the lowland panoramas of Cagayan de Oro.

Discover Cagayan de Oro’s Renowned Cuisine


When you’re traveling, it’s almost a crime not to allow yourself to taste authentic food. Kagay-anons are known to prepare warm and soothing dishes full of flavors popular in the South. You can try to indulge yourself with Sinuglaw, their unique spin on kinilaw. It’s a grilled pork belly mixed with Suwa and tabon-tabon, a tropical fruit that resembles chico. If you have a liking for rice cakes, you can savor CDO’s famous Binaki or Puto Maya. Visit CDO’s popular restaurants while you’re at it. Kagay-Anon Restaurant, Cucina Higala, o Boy Sugba menu will never disappoint. You can also purchase pastel and roasted cashew nuts as pasalubong.

Enjoy Heart Pumping Adventures


If you’re an adventure enthusiast, CDO is the perfect destination for you. You can dare the Cagayan River rapids on your kayak or ride round tubes instead. You can also tour Macahambus Adventure Park’s Cave and Gorge, which is only a few minutes away from the airport. You can try to finish the canopy walk of the hanging bridge, which is 120 feet high while looking at stalking century-old trees. If you desire more thrills, you may repel or slide for your life along the 120-meter zip line on your way down. The Paraglide in Sierra del Oro CDO gives you a fascinating sight of the city and Macajalar Bay. 

How To Get To Cagayan De Oro

By plane

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer flights regularly from Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga, and Davao to Cagayan de Oro Airport. Most notably, Cagayan is accessible through the Laguindingan Airport. Take a shuttle from the Cagayan de Oro Airport to go from the different downtown CDO travel destinations. If you’re planning to go from Cagayan de Oro to Manila, you can also opt to fly via the Laguindingan Airport.

By bus/ ferry

For approximately 42 hours of travel time, there are bus terminals that offer regular trips from Cubao or Pasay to Cagayan de Oro. There are also daily bus trips from various cities and towns in Mindanao. For around 30 hours of travel time, there’s also a regular ferry schedule for Cagayan de Oro City. If you’re going to go back from Cagayan de Oro to Manila, you can also ride a bus or ferry.  

Where To Stay In Cagayan de Oro City

If you want convenient places to stay where you can maximize your time in CDO, here are some of the recommended hotels you can stay in.

The VIP Hotel


There are many Cagayan de Oro hotels you can choose from. But if you want a place near to different CDO travel destinations, then staying in The VIP Hotel will be best for you. It only takes 3 minutes to go to Plaza Divisoria and is also near to the Macabalan Ferry Terminal. Being near a terminal will make it easier for you to travel around CDO. You can also reach the infamous Gaston Park in just 9 minutes and check out celebrated restaurants there. The hotel rooms are also modern and cozy with wifi and cable television.

N Hotel


Cagayan de Oro hotels are famous for its laid back sensibilities with typical modern facilities, and N Hotel offers you precisely that. It’s 32 kilometers away from the Cagayan de Oro Airport and has nearby shops and famous food hubs. You can also visit many CDO travel stops such as Museo de Oro and Plaza Divisoria. The hotel rooms are comfortable, and guests like you can enjoy an extensive pool.


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