Cagayan de Oro, the capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines, has been tagged as the adventure capital in Mindanao due to its adventure and leisure venues that tourists can avail when in the city. It is also called “The City of Golden Friendship”.

There are so many things for you to do in Cagayan de Oro. From fun time in the beaches, to sports adventures and street parties, you can definitely experience it in this city. Cagayan de Oro is very well known as the White Water Rafting capital of the Philippines, too.

Where to Stay

There are expensive hotels and there are also budget-friendly accommodations in the city. For the most part though, the room rates are relatively inexpensive.

  • If you want to stay in a hotel within a golf estate, you should stay at Hotel Koresco. It has an 18-hole golf course located at Pueblo de Oro Golf Estate and is just 10 minutes away from the city. Rates start at $79. Phone number (+63) (88) 859 2298
  • You can also stay at a pricier place, Pryce Plaza Hotel, which is probably the most luxurious hotel in this side of the country. You get a fantastic view of the city, plus it also has the amenities of a first class hotel. Rates start at $98. Phone number (+63) (8822) 722 791
  • The Mallberry Suites would be the most strategic hotel to stay in. It is a business hotel located just beside Robinson’s Mall and Limketkai so it is very convenient. The rates are pretty fair too, starting at $43. Phone number (+63) (88) 854 9999
  • A much cheaper place to stay is the De Luxe Hotel, which offers spacious and clean rooms. Rates are quite low, starting at $17. Phone number (+63) (088) 857 2145

Fun Activities in Cagayan de Oro

White Water River Rafting

Cagayan de Oro has the best white water rafting in the Philippines, with 14 rapids stretching from Baraga Dansolihon to the city.

Cave exploration

You can go to Monigue Cave, which is probably the most popular place for spelunking in Cagayan de Oro.

Nature Tripping

You can check out Macahambus Adventure Park which is about 20 minutes away from the city. Here you will experience nature at its finest, with age old trees and a lot of greens. They also have zip lines and a sky bridge. Additionally, you can also go to Mapawa Nature Park where you can take a dip in a mini waterfall and do horse-back riding.

Recommended Food Pasalubong in Cagayan De Oro City

Pastel Bread

Though originating from Camiguin Province the pastel bread with its sweet-filled buns in different flavors has become somewhat of a CDO pasalubong fare. While Vjandep Pastels is the most common brand sought out by travelers and tourists, Missy Bon Bon now also serves its own line of pastel bread.

SLERS Chicharon

Fried pork rind, or chicharon, is a common Pinoy snack, but SLERS has taken the delicacy up a notch and turned this delicacy into a perfectly tasting and packaged pasalubong. It is so good that it can even be turned into a viand when paired with rice. It comes in traditional and spicy flavors.

Pasalubong Box from Missy Bon Bon

Missy Bon Bon has its own Pasalubong Box offered especially for tourists. You can contain your pasalubong box with ensaymada, sweet potato bread, cheesy sponge or pastel. You can visit their main shop located at Rosario Drive, Limketkai Center.

Cheding’s Peanuts

Speaking again of peanuts, this particular pasalubong actually started in Iligan City but somehow has found its way to CDO. Many Luzon travelers actually look for this brand because of its distinct flavor. This business has been in operation for 47 years and continues to produce high-quality peanut products. They offer toasted peanuts, salted peanuts, sugar-coated peanuts, crispy garlic hot peanuts, spicy peanuts, peanut brittle, peanut barquiron, and peanut butter flavor. Enough reason to count this as one of the food pasalubong in Cagayan de Oro City.

Visit Cagayan de Oro now and be amazed with the fun adventures. As you go home, do not forget to try the delicious delicacies of the city and let your love ones try them too. Get yourself ready because in Cagayan de Oro, the adventure never ends.