Here are the 12 Things to do in Cagayan de Oro, the city of the golden friendship.
White Water Rafting
One of the best activities I did enjoy the last time I visited Cagayan de Oro. Lay on your rash guard and feel the thrill of white water rafting in the beautiful and spectacular Cagayan de Oro River, and give away the thrill of nature at its wildest! They offer rafting trips ranging from the beginner’s class – which covers class 1-2 rapids – to advance tracks, which comprehend the more difficult class 3-4 rapids. And these trips are provided throughout the yr.
Nearly all hotels and Inns in Cagayan de Oro can connect you with the companies offering this natural process.
Photo from Mapawa Nature Park site
Mapawa Nature Park
The Mapawa nature park is located away in the mountains of Malasag, Cagayan de Oro. Part of a 2,500-hectare property that is protected. The Mapawa Nature Park is conserved and sustainably managed.
30 minutes off from the city proper, the Mapawa Nature Park offers breathtaking waterfalls, exquisite views, and lush of flora and fauna. Whether you are a nature buff, an adventure seeker, someone who requires a respite from the flurry and hustle of the urban center, an individual, a household or a large group, Mapawa Nature Park has something for you to see and relish.
While in Mapawa Nature Park, you can avail of River Trek and Canyoneering Package at Mapawa Nature Adventure Park. River trekking may require you to wear the right active attire, hiking shoes or sandals. You will also be asked to put on the life vest and protective helmets all the time.
Experience sliding on the 20-foot waterfalls which end down a river; jumping to a 25-foot cliff beside a waterfall; rappelling at the 65-foot waterfall; rubber tubing. Indeed, Mapawa Nature Adventure Park offers you the thrill of a lifetime, amidst its natural landscape.
Address: Malasag, Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao 9000, Philippines
Phone Number: 9177067206
Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
Only 20 minutes from the city proper you can arrive at the Gardens of Malasag Eco tourism Village. Located in City Malasag, Cugman, the Gardens of Malasag is standing on an undulating terrain on the slopes of reforestation area. The Gardens of Malasag is a cultural village in a botanical garden setting, it showcases some sculptures which depict the tribal practices & crafts of Mindanao tribes. The village also serves as the learning center for ecotourism, ethnic arts, flora, and fauna endemic to Northern Mindanao while at the same time generate revenues and livelihood for the tribal groups. The village has a souvenir shop of ethnic products; Ethnic Museum; tribal houses of the Talaandigs, Higao-non, Subanon, Maranaos, and Ifugaos. It features rows of cozy guest cottages; campground, swimming pond, picnic shed, orchidarium, mini garden, native restaurant, butterfly garden, multi-purpose hall. It provides the view of Macabalan Bay and hills of Malasag. The Garden of Malasag can be reached through jeepneys, taxis and motorcycles (habal-habal).
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Macahambus Hill Cave
Macahambus Cave is situated just about 4 km south of Cagayan de Oro city’s airport, this cave was a strategic location to several wars in the 20th C. It is a three chamber – two way cave, one end is beside the highway and the other exit is on a cliff overlooking the Cagayan de Oro River.
Macahambus Adventure Park
The Macahambus Adventure Park is planned to be an alternative park catering to extreme sports enthusiasts. While at the park, you can immerse in the full glory of nature, walk in the midst of gigantic century-old trees and swing from the summit of a deep, narrow passage with steep rocky sides, giving you a different perspective of the majestic Macahambus gorge. For a thrilling experience of the entire gorge in full, take a deep breath and cross the Sky Bridge, which extends for 135 meters across a height of 150 feet, which affords you the most commanding view of the gorge in all its resplendence. If you’re attending for more adventure, why not try rappelling down the gorge itself for that once-in-a-lifetime rush; experience the thrill of slowly making your room downward into the woodland floor and facing upwards to the canopy of trees from a completely fresh position.
For that ultimate, heart-thumping, adrenaline-laced thrill, the 120-meter Zip Line (slide-for-life) is the proper thing for you. The thrill of hanging from a heavy-duty cable at an elevation of 150 feet is incomparable – but sliding through the same line across the two edges of a gorge is nothing short of stimulating.
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Mobile: 0917-712-1990; 0933-423-7647;3108226
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Cagayan De Oro Museum
The Cagayan de Oro Museum used to be a water reservoir when Cagayan de Oro was still a small city. Artifacts being used by the masses during the early days, old pictures of the city display inside the museum.
Address: in front of Gaston Park, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Located inside one of the prestigious schools in Cagayan de Oro City, Museo de Oro has been built to hold the greatest treasures of the city. The museum features some remnants of the pre-colonial settlers that survived in the caves of Cagayan de Oro, e.g. the Huluga Cave. In order to enter the facility, visitors should pay an entrance fee of 50 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for students. Simply travel to Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) and ask for the directions.
Address: Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines
Telephone Number: + 63 88 723 116
A bun filled with fresh custard is one must try when in Cagayan de Oro.
Roasted Cashew Nuts
Originating from Barangay Lumbia—which abounds with cashew trees—roasted cashew nuts are another favorite treat from the City of Golden Friendship.
Jamon de Cagayan
Cagayan de Oro is known for its delicious leg hams, which go through a lengthy process of natural smoking and salt curing. Jamon de Cagayan is usually packed in a recycled katcha bag.
Side trip to Del Monte Pineapple Farm, Bukidnon
The Del Monte pineapple plantation is 15 kilometers uphill Cagayan de Oro, in Camp Philips, Bukidnon. Manolo Fortich, is the boundary town of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. It’s 30 minutes out by coach or Van from Cagayan de Oro City proper. It is nice to take photos with Camp Phillips’ American style housing project. This was made by the Americans (former owners of Del Monte) for Del Monte employees. The giant pineapple figure built along the road junction is a preferred spot for pictorials. No demand to seek permission from Del Monte. The pineapples are just on the road and stretches until to the skyline. Do not forget to visit Del Monte Golf Course and Country Club in Kawayanon, which is not far from Camp Phillips.
Side Trip to Dahilayan
Conquer your fear with the Dahilayan Adventure Park’s Zip Line. Their dual zip line still has the record of Asia’s longest dual zip line. Other activities you may enjoy in the place include ATV riding, The Zorbit, Luge Kart Driving, Horseback Riding, Giant Wet Slide, Tree House, and many more. The Dahilayan Forest Park is located 4,700 feet above sea level and is about a 1½ hour drive from Cagayan de Oro City.
Getting to Dahilayan
From CDO take the BuDa (Bukidnon-Davao) Highway then turn right on the Alae Junction (which is about a kilometer past the quarantine stop). Go straight passing through Camp Phillips, through their soccer field to your right and through the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation. Just continue until you reach Dahilayan Forest Park. You will see several directional signs on the way to guide you. You can hire a car from Cagayan de Oro City to easily hit the station.
Getting To Cagayan de Oro
The quickest mode to go to Cagayan de Oro is by airplane. There are flights from Manila and Cebu daily through airlines: Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Philippine Airlines and other airlines such as Asian Spirit that have small planes. On that point are also ferry boat trips and fast crafts from Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, and other urban centers. Buses for those who are barely within the Mindanao area are likewise usable.