A week before the lockdowns caused by COVID-19 Pandemic, we went for a summer trip to Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Bukidnon. There wasn’t much preparation for this trip— no hotel reservations, no transportation arrangements, nor the list of activities.
This was my first visit to Cagayan de Oro and this was her third. Our flight from Cebu City was through Cebu Pacific at 4:45 in the morning and we arrived in Languindingan Airport (CDO) an hour later. From Laguindingan Airport, there are several inexpensive means of transport going to Cagayan de Oro City. Alternatively, Grab Cars and taxis are available directly if money is not a matter of concern.
We were in a rush to catch Whitewater Rafting at 7:30 in the morning, so we looked for a passenger van (aka V-Hire) that was almost loaded for Cagayan de Oro City. While in the van, we took the chance to book our hotel and the Whitewater Rafting adventure.
“City of Golden Friendship”
Cagayan de Oro City is not only known for its exceptionally prosperous and hospitable people but is also regarded as the home of the Philippines’ white water rafting adventure. The truth is, one would never have been to CDO if they hadn’t tried to navigate their inhospitable whitewater rapids.
In this post, we’d like to share our 2 Days & 1 Night itinerary in Cagayan de Oro plus Bukidnon.
Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro
Whitewater rafting has been CDO’s biggest tourist draw ever since. This activity is the one you should not miss while in the region. Personally, we went to CDO for this recreation.
To experience rafting adventure, you need to hire a professionally-trained guide and acquire the right equipment. But you don’t have to worry, there are tons of rafting outfitters that offer basic to advanced courses which also includes the required gears. Based on our experience, we’re going to recommend Kagay Outdoors. Check out their prices below.
Currently, they are offering two (2) schedules of Whitewater Rafting activity every day. One in the morning, at 7:30 a.m. and in the afternoon at 12 noon.
We completed the rafting course at 11 in the morning and were able to return to the city at 12 noon. After that, we picked up our luggage at the Kagay Outdoors office. We were already starving, so we hurried to the hotel and dropped our stuff at the reception and finally had our lunch.
We have wrote a separate article for our Detailed Whitewater Rafting Experience in Cagayan de Oro.
As much as we wanted to maximize our time in CDO, we can’t help but rest the entire afternoon after the energy-draining fast rides that morning. After, we went to The Warehouse nearby for a dine and chill, which they also had their grand opening. Search the place online if nightlife is your thing.
Pineapple Plantation and Dual Zipline in Bukidnon
The next day, we wanted to go to Bukidnon since our flight back to Cebu was still at 4 in the afternoon. We woke up early, of course, given the fact that we were sleep-deprived. After getting breakfast at the nearest food chain, we turned around and searched for a bus in Libona Bus Terminal.
It was Sunday, and it is anticipated that bus departures will be delayed due to a shortage of passengers. Since we’re in a rush, we decided to make it easier, instead, we called a cab. Our only destination was Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon— and, of course, we were haggling at the initial price.
We were in child-like awe as we landed at the Plantation. The entire stretch of the road with pineapple crops on both sides gave us a Texas-like impression. At that time, just a few pineapple crops bared fruit, as it was already been harvested. Nonetheless, to us, the place is jaw-dropping.
We then searched for a restaurant nearby, since it was already eleven in the morning. Our driver recommended the Del Monte Golf Course & Country Club where we had a salad and a smoothie, while a heavy beef meal treats for our tour guide.
When we were in the Country Club, we were debating about going to Dahilayan Adventure Park, which happens to be only 30 minutes away. Later, after filling our tanks, we eventually agreed to leave for Dahilayan Adventure Park because we still had enough time before our flight back to Cebu.
The 840-meter long zip line of Dahilayan Adventure Park was named as Asia’s First Longest Dual Zipline. The coaster was shaking the fuck out of me. It has a drop of 100 meters and I got a Superman-like flying experience that lasted 60 seconds (depending on the rider’s weight).
Trust us, it was a very spine-chilling experience, and you had to fight your emotions. I overcame it by shutting my eyes for a moment, and then gradually opened it when I got my composure. What kind of strategy do you have?
Below is a rundown of the things you can take advantage of at the park (with their prices):
You can also check the Dahilayan Adventure Park website for up-to-date information.
At the completion of the tour, we paid more to our guide since we had more destinations than previously agreed. We also asked him to take us to the airport, pick up stuff from the hotel, and a stopover at Vjandep Bakeshop.
Flights to Cagayan de Oro
Languindingan Airport is the first international airport in the country and, unfortunately, there are no international flights to CDO as of this writing. However, domestic flights are available from selected cities in the Philippines, including Cebu and Manila.
For your convenience, we’ve listed the rest of the cities where you can take commercial flights operated by major airlines to Laguindingan Airport (CDO).
- Angeles City
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia
Cebu Pacific, AirAsia
- Cebu (Mactan International Airport)
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia
- Davao City
- General Santos City
Where to Stay in Cagayan de Oro
There is a range of decent hotels or inns with positive ratings in CDO. We just have to look for the one that better fits our taste and our budget.
On this trip, we stayed at the Newdawn Hotel Plus with an executive room— there were no standard rooms available at that time. Newdawn Hotel Plus is conveniently located in the heart of the Cagayan de Oro City, surrounded by fine restaurants.
We wanted to give you the best deal for your next hotel room, please feel free to click on the following links:
- Red Planet
C.M. Recto Avenue
- De Luxe Hotel
Capt. Vicente Roa Street
- The Loft Inn
Velez Corner J.R Borja St.
- Limketkai Luxe Hotel
- Mallberry Suites Business Hotel
Beside Robinsons Mall Limketkai Center
- The VIP Hotel
Don Apolinar Velez – J.R. Borja Streets
- N Hotel
- Seda Centrio – Cagayan De Oro
C.M. Recto Corner Corrales Ave.
- Newdawn Hotel Plus
Apolinar Velez corner Macahambus street
Cagayan de Oro – Bukidnon Itinerary and Breakdown of Expenses
Clearly, we haven’t had a lot of time to explore the Cagayan de Oro region. We wished we could spend more days and venture out more destinations like the Seven Seas Waterpark—without having to think about home or workplace responsibilities.
How about you? Have you been to Cagayan de Oro or Bukidnon? What was the best experience you had?