Cagayan de Oro: Travel Guide, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Activities & Other Tips!

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Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro City is the capital of the Province of Misamis Oriental. Dubbed as the “City of Golden Friendship”, it is one of the safest and most progressive cities in this part of the Philippines. A place where adventure, nature and city living intersect in a rich blend of diverse culture and art.

Cagayan de Oro, popularly called Cagayan or CDO, is home to more than half a million inhabitants. It is the white water rafting capital of the country, and a shopping, educational and economic hub of the region.

Cagayan de Oro
Macahambus Adventure Park

Cagayan de Oro also serves as hub and gateway to Northern Mindanao, a region filled with unparalleled natural wonders! From the vivid seascape of Camiguin to the highlands of Bukidnon or the majestic waterfalls of Agusan del Norte, Cagayan sits at the center of it all.

Feel the rapids of mighty Cagayan de Oro River, spend a day in Mapawa Nature Park, visit the eco-tourism village of the Garden of Malasag, appreciate nature, go on an adventure and feel the vibe of the vibrant city in blossom, bloom and boom! Ali na sa Cagayan de Oro!

Cagayan de Oro
White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro River

How to Get to Cagayan de Oro City


Cagayan de Oro City is accessible via Laguindingan Airport. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have regular flights daily from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga and Davao to Laguindingan Airport.

From Laguindingan Airport, ride a shuttle (Magnum Shuttle or LAX Van at P199.00 per person as of November 2017) to various points in downtown Cagayan de Oro City.


By bus, Philtranco has daily trip from Pasay or Cubao to Cagayan de Oro for an approximately 42 hours travel time. By ferry, 2Go Travel has regular schedule to Cagayan de Oro City for around 30 hours travel time.

There are also regular bus trips from Iligan City, Butuan, Balingoan, Davao and various cities and towns in Mindanao.

Duka Bay of Medina

Where to Stay in Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro being one of the frequently visited place by tourists in Mindanao has a lot of resorts and hotels that cater to all type of travelers.

Top-Rated Hotels in Cagayan de Oro

Seda Centrio

Seda Centrio
C.M. Recto and Corrales Streets
Starts at 3,500 PHP


Limketkai Luxe

Limketkai Luxe Hotel
Limketkai Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City
Starts at 4,000 PHP


Top-Rated Mid-Range Accommodation in Cagayan de Oro

Red Planet Cagayan de Oro

Red Planet Hotel
C.M. Recto Avenue, Cagayan de Oro
Starts at 1,300 PHP


New Dawn Pensionne

New Dawn Pensionne
Velez & Macahambus Streets
Starts at 1,100 PHP


Top-Rated Budet Accommodation in Cagayan de Oro

The Urban Pod

The Urban Pod
Corrales Street, Cagayan de Oro
Starts at 300 PHP


St. Nicolas Inn

St. Nicolas Inn
Cogon, Cagayan de Oro
Starts at 500 PHP


Agutayan Island
Agutayan Island of Jasaan

What to Do in Cagayan de Oro

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, food 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
  • Experience the eco-tourism village of the Garden of Malasag
  • Swim, snorkel or dive in the nearby towns of Opol, Medina and Balingoan
  • Food trip in Divisoria, Corrales or Limketkai Mall
  • Taste the famous Pastel, a yummy yema filled bun
  • Visit Catanico Falls, Mintugsok Falls, Manlumot Falls, Sinulom Falls in the boundary of Cagayan and Bukidnon, Sagpulon Falls of Jasaan or the other waterfalls of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental or Agusan del Norte
  • Spend a day or two in the nearby province of Camiguin, Bukidnon or Iligan City
Alalum Falls of Sumilao, Bukidnon

Sample Itinerary (Camiguin – Bukidnon – Cagayan de Oro)

Day 1: Camiguin En Route and Sand Bar Sunset

0300H – 0410H: Assembly in the Airport / Check-in
0410H – 0600H: Manila to Cagayan de Oro Flight
0650H – 0630H: Assembly / Baggage Check-in
0630H – 0800H: Laguindingan Airport to Agora Terminal / Proceed to Bus
0800H – 1100H: Agora Terminal to Balingoan Port
1100H – 1200H: Lunch
1200H – 1315H: Balingoan to Benoni Port, Camiguin
1315H – 1400H: Benoni to Hotel
1400H – 1500H: Check-in / Fix-up / Rest
1500H – 1800H: Camiguin to White Sandbar (by boat) / Sunset at White Sand Bar / Back to Mainland Camiguin
1800H – 1900H: Wash-up Fix-up
1900H – onwards: Dinner / Socials / Lights off

Day 2: Camiguin on a Day

0600H – 0800H: Call Time / Breakfast
0800H – 1300H: Multicab Tour: Ol Vocano Station of the Cross / Sunken Cemetery / Gui-ob Church Ruins/ Sto. Niño Cold Springs
1300H – 1400H: Lunch
1400H – 1800H: Katibawasan Falls / Ardent Hot Springs
1800H – 1900H: Wash-up / Fix-up
1900H – onwards: Dinner / Socials / Lights off

White Sandbar of Camiguin

Day 3: Zip Cagayan de Oro

0600H – 0645H: Call Time / Breakfast / Proceed to Benoni Port
0700H – 0800H: Benoni Port to Balingoan
0800H – 1200H: Balingoan to Cagayan de Oro
1200H – 1400H: Proceed to Hotel / Check-in New Lunch
1400H – 1700H: Free Time: Option to go to Garden of Malasag, Mapawa Nature Park or Macahambus
1700H – 1800H: Return to hotel
1800H – 1900H: Wash-up / fix-up
1900H – onwards: Dinner / Socials / Buy pasalubongs

Day 4: Wild Water Ride
0500H – 0600H: Call Time / Breakfast
0600H – 0700H: Travel Time to White Water Rafting Jumpoff
0700H – 1400H: White Water Rafting!!!! (Buffet Lunch included)
1400H – 1500H: Return to hotel
1500H – 1800H: Wash-up / fix-up / rest
1800H – onwards: Dinner / socials

Day 5: Return to Manila

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40 thoughts on “Cagayan de Oro: Travel Guide, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Activities & Other Tips!

  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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