Cagayan de Oro Travel Guide: City of Golden Friendship

Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro is the capital city of Misamis Oriental and regional hub of Northern Mindanao. This travel guide will come handy if you are heading to the city soon. Provided in this Cagayan de Oro travel guide are latest information on travel requirements, getting there, accommodation, activities, sample itinerary, budget and more.

About 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.

, 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

By Air

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 Land/Sea

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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  3. obman612

    m bound to CDO this last week of April.. any new information to share?

    1. cba


      for more adventure after white water rafting in cdo river, you can proceed to manolo fortich, bukidnon and have more adrenaline rush at dahilayan zipzone adventure!

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  10. chameronne

    heard that macahambus park is closed for 5 months now…. you have idea when it will be opened again? thank you!

  11. cba

    for chameronne,

    if i may add, normally the jeepney for the rafters will have a stop at makahambus park before proceeding to the jump off site. either in morning or afternoon run.

    1. chameronne

      Thank you so much for the reply! 😀 I love your site 😀

  12. hi! My friends will be going to CDO this December. IS white-water rafting okay this month?

    Can we de white water rafting in the morning and then zip line and canopy walk in the afternoon at Macahambus Park(?)

    How about the caving? how man hours would it take? Do you have rates for these: Zipline, Canopy Walk and Caving?

    December is a great month for whitewater rafting in CDO. Yes you can do whitewater rafting in the morning and canopy then zip line in the afternoon, but I would suggest you go with canopy/zipline first before water rafting, if the operator will allow, because white water rafting is very tiring, I bet you would prefer a massage or the comfort of your bed rather than another physically challenging activities after the rafting. Canopy or Sky Bridge + Zipline is at P300.00. Rapelling is at P300.00 also. A Canopy or Sky Bridge + Zipline + Rapelling is packaged at P500.00 per person.

    About Caving, caving in Macahambus will take an hour I guess.

  13. Thanks! that settles it then 🙂

  14. cba


    i recommend 1st rafting adventure – pioneer in cdo rafting, still P 700 for basic run.

    Yap! Yap! Take it from CBA, she’s from CDO 😀

  15. Thanks CBA for that informative reply 🙂

    If you don’t mind answering another one. Which White Water Rafting outfitter would you recommend?

    Kagay seems to be the cheapest outfitter I see online for P700pax for the Beginner’s route.

    However, some say that Dome’s more expensive services are really worth it!

    As far as we know, there are standard pricing for the four white water rafting outfitter. I haven’t tried Kagay and the other two, I availed of First White Water Rafting Adventure services on the two times I rafted in CDO, and I am satisfied with their service being the first outfitter in CDO, but I am sure the other three are also good.

  16. cba


    suggest to reach first the rafting company you planned to join with, you can make the necessary arrangements. yes, you can go direct to mambuaya*, your bags can be handled by the organizer’s jeepney, rest room is available in the area. from the airport – by taxi; from hotel/inn – arrange to be picked-up or go to meeting place which is mcdonald’s rest-divisoria.

    try sunshine guesthouse (8822)723053 or budgetel (88)8564200; 092286628555.

    *assuming basic run

    thanks for taking time to answer comments ate clau.

  17. We’re bound to Cagayan de Oro on August – however, we have a really tight schedule.

    **Is it possible/sane(?!) to go straight from the airport to a white-water rafting place?
    – Can we leave our bags of clothes somewhere there?
    – Can we change our clothes there?
    – How will get there (where is “there” in the first place LOL) from the airport/from hotel/inn?
    – Do you have a specific recommendation on where to stay while in CDO? (Like your recommendation of Paguia’s Cottages in Camiguin?)

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions 🙂

    See cba’s reply below! Thanks cba.

  18. I would suggest to try out the advanced rafting course! It’s fun! Lalo na pag rainy seasons mas maraming white waters talaga na makikita, mas maeenjoy yung whole rafting adventure!


  19. denz

    Hinde na sila nag jump off sa bridge, sa isang malaking bato na lang! Haha!

    Wow! Talaga? Hehehe! Buti na lang natry ko yung pagtalon from the bridge. 😀

  20. Why are people jumping off the bridge? Umm is that supposed to be fun? LOL

    It is uber FUN! Hehehe! Oh well, for someone who has a suicidal tendency (like me), it is FUN! 😛

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