Here are the 12 Things to do in Cagayan de Oro, the city of the golden friendship.

  1. 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.

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Photo from Mapawa Nature Park site

  1. 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


  1. 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).

Click here, for more reviews of the place.

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  1. 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.


  1. 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.

For Reservation, email: rverguide@yahoo.com

Mobile: 0917-712-1990; 0933-423-7647;3108226

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Photo Credits to Dingdans Arañez Aban/www.cdopedia.com

  1. 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

  1. Xavier Museum

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

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  1. Pastel

A bun filled with fresh custard is one must try when in Cagayan de Oro.


  1. 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.

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  1. 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.


  1. 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.



  1. 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.

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  1. I loved the bukidnon part. looks like cool 😀

    Also, interested in discovering the cave…

  2. I want to try everything, especially, the no.10!! The rafting part, not so much, I’m scared of any activity that deals with water hehehe…Yeah, I am baduy! Looks fun, though!

  3. Sounds like this place is interesting to visit. May I ask why is it called the city of the golden friendship? I’ve only been to two provinces in PH. I wanna try the Water Rafting.

    I shall explore more when we stay for a long time in PH.

  4. My BFF is from CDO and we’re looking forward to visiting the place with them soon. Thanks for sharing, I shall bug her about doing these things when we finally take that trip. 🙂

  5. Of all the things to do, I would like to do the water rafting. I think it will be the most enjoyable activity to do!!!

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    michelle co-huertas

    I have tried that rafting when i was there in CDO back in 2008..tiring but overwhelming.

  7. Pastel! I so love those. I’m currently planning my trips next year and I’m considering CDO

  8. I’ve been to Garden of Malasag years back and really love the place. I hope to try out white water rafting soon.

  9. White Water Rafting is one of the things I would like to experience someday. I’m just a bit scared cause I don’t know how to swim.

  10. Oh my! Just seeing your to-do list makes me want to pack my things and go there right away to experience CDO. I would really love to try the water rafting.

  11. There are so many things you can do in CDO. I would like to visit it someday.

  12. I missed my beloved home town so badly 🙁 It has been three years since I visited her. Thank you for featuring.

  13. Ang dami palang tourist site sa CDO.

  14. I have not gone white water rafting in EONS – And I think I need to change this…. I mean, I have never been to Cagayan De Oro either so… Perhaps I should put that on the TO DO list as well!

  15. I never heard about this place before. It look amazing. I will love to visit it some day.

  16. Sharing our great Experience for a group of 6 persons from Manila, we thought na nakakatakot dahil may Martial law sa Mindanao but so amazing napaka safe pala sa Mindanao because of check points and courteous naman sila. we grab the opportunity of the CDO-Bukidnon and Camiguin tour package. I try nyo mag enjoy talaga kayo contact this number 09173107085 mura lang pero sulit siya.

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