Travel Guide: Cagayan de Oro (CDO)

Blog Post by: Dianne

CDO: “City of Golden Friendship”

Cagayan de Oro is known as the “City of Golden Friendship” for its warm and very hospitable people. This is also the City of White Water Rafting and ICT Goldmine of the Philippines. Cagayan de Oro, the capital of Misamis Oriental Province, is the gateway in the Northern Mindanao.


How to get there:

Laguindingan Airport

Laguindingan Airport

The fastest way to get to Cagayan de Oro is by airplane. There are flights from Manila and Cebu daily through airlines: Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia. The newly open airport, Laguindingan International Airport, is approximately  45 to 60 minutes away from CDO city proper. This replaced the Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro. From here, you can reach CDO via Jeepney, Express Van, Motorcycle, Public Bus or Taxi. Refer to the below suggested ways going to CDO.

  • Ride a shuttle going to Highway (30pesos/pax), then ride a Jeepney to Cagayan (30pesos/pax), total cost of 60pesos/pax
  • Metered Taxi to or from the airport is approximately cost 500 pesos
  • Motorcycle (this depends on the negotiation with the driver)
  • Ride a shuttle or motorcycle to the Highway (30pesos/pax), then take Public bus to Cagayan (85 pesos fixed rate/pax), total cost of 115 pesos/person

Cagayan de Oro Port is a modern International seaport situated near the estuary of Cagayan de Oro River; it has an anchorage depth of 18 meters and is around 400 meters from the shoreline. There are daily ferry boat trips and fast crafts from Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, and other cities.

Buses for those who are just within Mindanao area are also available.



CDO Trycicad

CDO Trycicad

Where to stay:

There are various choices of place to stay at CDO.  We made a list of the recommended hotels in CDO based on the feedback from other travelers. See list of CDO hotels

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Where to eat:

Below are the lists of some great restaurants in City of Cagayan de Oro:

  • Lokal Grill and Seafood Bar
  • Mindy’s Restaurant
  • Bigby’s Café
  • Café Bonita
  • Grand Caprice Restaurant
  • Thai Me Up
  • Butcher’s Best Barbeque
  • Peking House
  • Joe’s Diner
  • Golden Arirang
  • Kagay-anon Restaurant
  • Dynasty Restaurant
  • Adolfo’s Ribs & Jazz 

The nightlife district in CDO is along the Corrales Avenue and Divisoria.

  • Club TILT – Velez – Hayes Streets, Cagayan de Oro
  • Pulse

Where to go:

 Cagayan de Oro Whitewater Rafting

White Water Rafting CDO

White Water Rafting CDO

The stretch from Baraga Dansolihon to the city provides you with a panoramic view of the river’s rocky walls, abundant trees, and the sight of the resting haven of unique birds and snakes. Please refer to this link for further details.

Macahambus Adventure Park

Located in the heart of the City (Barangay Lumbia and Bayanga), this is a must place to see especially to those who really love extreme adventures. There are rapelling, sipline, and SkyBridge.

Macahambus Cave

This cave was known as strategic location to several wars in the 20th century. It is a three chamber – two way cave, one end is beside the highway and the other exit is to a cliff overlooking the Cagayan de Oro River.

Monigue Cave

This is located at Barangay Mambuaya The cave has a small opening that seems too narrow to be passable, only about six inches. The cave contains a beautiful sparkling formations which is called the CALCIUM CARBONATE (CaCO3) or CALCITES. Various stalactites and stalagmites can be found here which is totally perfect for rock and nature lovers.

Rodelsa Hall

Liceo de Cagayan University’s threater with state-of-the-art acoustics and concert caliber pianos,and repository of antiques and heirlooms collected by one of the city’s oldest families.

Xavier Museum

Inside the main campus of Xavier University is the Xavier Museum which houses important historical artifacts of Cagayan de Oro, including a human skeletal remain found at Huluga Cave, calibrated by the University of california in San Diego as dated 377 AD, one of the earliest known existence in the entire Mindanao.

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