Travel Guide: Cagayan de Oro

Categories Mindanao, Travel Guide
Camiguin, CDO, Bukidnon Itinerary

Cagayan de Oro City, the capital of Misamis Oriental, is the gateway to Northern Mindanao. It is one of the places in the Philippines where I want to live. A place where adventure, nature and city living intersect in a rich blend of diverse culture and art.

CDO as what this city is popularly called, is home to half a million inhabitants. This typhoon-free city is the regional and shopping capital of Northern Mindanao, with a very active and vibrant nightlife. The Night Cafe and Market is a must experience, where locals and tourists gather in the streets of Divisoria on weekends to enjoy music, beer, barbecues and great bargains.

Cagayan de Oro

The place is also popular to white water rafting enthusiasts, with class III and IV rapids of  Cagayan de Oro River stretching from Barangay Dansolihon to the city proper.

Experience the hospitality of its people, the endless smiles in the City of Golden Friendship, the city in bloom, blossom and boom. Ali na sa Cagayan de Oro.

How to Get There:

By Air

To get to Cagayan de Oro, Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Lumbia Airport of Cagayan de Oro City.

By Land and Water

(Though Lakwatsero haven’t try these means of transportation yet, one can possibly reach Cagayan de Oro by bus and/or ferry rides from Manila. These alternatives are relatively cheaper than air travel though quite strenous.)

Where to Stay:

Cagayan de Oro being one of the frequently visited place by tourists in Mindanao has a lot of resorts and hotels. For the list of hotels and resorts in the city, click here.


From adventure to nature, shopping to night life, you will surely love Cagayan de Oro. While in here, don’t miss the following activities, places to visit, foods to eat and things to do:

  • Feel the rapids of the mighty Cagayan de Oro River in White Water Rafting/Kayaking/River Tubing
  • Visit Plaza del Heroes, Vicente de Lara Park, Gaston Park and Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Horseback riding, biking, zipline and nature trekking in Mapawa Nature Park
  • Try the Canopy Walk and zipline in Macahambus Cave and Gorge
  • Shop and dine in Limketkai Mall
  • Experience the eco-tourism village of the Garden of Malasag
  • Enjoy music, beer, barbecues and great bargains at Night Cafe and Market at Divisoria
  • Drop by to Catanico Falls
  • Swim in the beaches of Cugman and nearby towns of Opol, Medina and Balingoan
  • Taste the famous Pastel, a yummy yema filled bun
  • Spend a day or two in the nearby province of Camiguin, Bukidnon or Iligan City


Cagayan de Oro[1] Lim Ket Kai mall.
Cagayan de Oro[2] Macahambus Adventure Park.
Cagayan de Oro[3] Canopy walk at Macahambus Adventure park.
Cagayan de Oro[4] Zipline at Macahambus Adventure Park.
Cagayan de Oro[5] River rafting at Cagayan de Oro River.
Cagayan de Oro[6] Jumping off the bridge at CDO River.

Lakwatsero Experience: Lakwatsero has been to Cagayan de Oro in 2004. Watch out for the narrative and itinerary of his CDO adventure in “My Travels”.

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40 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Cagayan de Oro

  1. Hi there.
    Im fixing our itenirary for trip to camiguin and im not sure if all port going there have schedules. Hope to get response fr anyone who has idea… Im assuming ferry trip have trip anytime. Thanks

  2. May number po ba kayo ng Malasag Ecotourism? Malasag Garden? wala po ako makita sa internet. kung meron man, hindi naman po macontact. salamat po.

  3. Hey Angel,
    I am a volunteer in Cagayan de Oro since 3,5 month. I expirienced Cagayan de Oro from a very different side – the dumping side. It`s nice for me to read that you expirienced so many good sides of CDO, for me it was until now just a hot, crowded, dirty city full of streetkids. Some of my expiriences you can find on my blog.
    Have a wunderful livetrip, Julia

  4. We had visited Cagayan de Oro City last week with my family and we tried water rafting. So nervous at first but it’s an extraordinary experience to remember. I so love CDO.

  5. Summer’s near and I can’t wait to spend my vacation in Cagayan de Oro. I’ve got to experience that white water rafting so that I can test whether it’s really challenging. I think it’d be a better idea to bring my family. See you soon CDO!

  6. Tamang-tama ang panahon na magpunta dito sa Cagayan de Oro at subukan ang White Water Rafting, bisitahin ang Mapawa Nature Park at Malasag Gradens. Para sa mga nagtapos na ng kanilang pag-aaral sa kolehiyo, oras niyo namang magpakasaya’t makisama sa kalikasan. Sa mga magbabakasyon lalo na’t panahon na naman ng tag-init, dito na sa Cagayan de Oro!

    1. Hi there kaibigan. These are the schedule from CDO-Camiguin daily trip. You’ll surely have a comfortable ride with this ferry. I hope it’ll help you.

      Monday to Sunday
      8:30 AM – 10:30 AM : CDO Macabalan Port to Benoni Port (Camiguin)
      4:00 PM – 6:00 PM : Benoni Port (Camiguin) to CDO Macabalan Port

      1. Hi! I’ll be visiting Cagayan de Oro City by next week. Can you suggest some rafting guide with excellent knowledge and equipped skills for this kind of adventure?

      2. Wala bang Camiguin to CDO early morning and then CDO to CAmiguin sa hapon na ferry? Do you know of any van or multicab for hire na mura? Good for six people lang.

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