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Friday, May 02, 2014

Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental: The Adventure Of A Lifetime

Are you the type of traveler who's in dire of extreme activities? The kind of wanderer that has no limitations, no fears, and no hesitations? Then Cagayan De Oro City and its neighboring provinces will definitely satisfy your adrenaline demands with the variety of intense adventures it offers!

The City of Cagayan De Oro or CDO is the capital of the Province of Misamis Oriental. It is known to all as the "City Of Golden Friendship" and it is clearly reflected by the warmth and friendly welcome of its people. I don't know exactly why I felt light and relaxed in Cagayan De Oro, probably because of the rural feel that the luscious trees on the roadside bring.

In terms of popularity, Cagayan De Oro is still far from Davao City, but I believe that it is in the right track to progress. I'm actually quite surprised that there are already a number of high-rise buildings around the city center, particularly the Limketkai Building, and for me, that is one sign of positive development towards urbanization.

Northern Mindanao Provinces - CDO
Where To in Northern Mindanao?

TRAVEL TIP: Majority of the people in CDO are Christians, which is another surprise, as we usually stereotype Mindanao provinces as a Muslim-dominated society. In terms of the dialect widely-spoken, Hiligaynon, Ilonggo, and Cebuano are the ones commonly used.

Transportation-wise, it is relatively easier to commute around the metro and the main mode of transpo is still the jeepney. By reading the jeepney route and signboards carefully, I bet you won't get lost traveling around the city. Plus points to their local government as there are already numerous traffic lights found in every road intersections, and in effect less traffic. Oh another thing, the roads are clean too!

Van Services at CDO Airport
Van Services at Laguindingan Airport

What's good with CDO is its proximity with the other two provinces of Bukidnon and Camiguin which also sports some fun and extreme to-do things. Of course Bukidnon has been famous for its pineapple plantation and ziplines and dropzone, and Camiguin on the other hand for the Mt. Hibok Hibok and White Island. That's the major reason why most of the travel itineraries to Northern Mindanao has these three provinces always included on the list. A 4D/3N Travel Itinerary should be enough I guess!

When in Cagayan De Oro, never miss trying their famous White Water Rafting! It's an experience of a lifetime and one of the best 4-hour boat ride of your life. Many tour packages are being offered, particularly by Dahilayan Adventure Park Tour, when it comes to White Water Rafting so booking and reserving a schedule online wouldn't be much of a concern. Be wary though that several bookings are usually done during peak seasons (January to June) so better to reserve your slots beforehand.

White Water Rafting in Cagayan De Oro
White Water Rafting Experience
White Water Rafting in CDO

Traveling with a tight budget? It's also not a concern because hotel and overnight room accommodations around Cagayan De Oro are cheaper compared to other popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. Having PHP 400 on your pocket can accommodate you into a nice single bed pension house. A decent one I mean :)

CDO White Water Rafting Adventure

Tick down Cagayan De Oro City on your travel list before sunny season ends. Rafting adventures are safer and more enjoyable during the sunny seasons. In rainy seasons the water get more challenging and dangerous, which many would prefer,  but sometimes they cancel rafting tours to avoid weather-related accidents.

CDO Extreme Adventure with good friends
CDO Extreme Adventure with good friends!

I surely have no second thoughts in my mind visiting CDO again and do the water rafting, perhaps next time a notch higher by trying the Expert course, because as what most say "life's sweeter and better the second time around!".

Keep Traveling!

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  1. CDO really is the gateway to the beauty of Mindanao.I really recommend my friends to start their Mindanao adventure in CDO. It's close to Illigan, Bukidnon and Camiguin. It offers falls, nature parks and adventure trails, plus the whitewater rafting!

  2. Yes, ang saya saya namin. We got a package from tata rabe. No hazzle. And we really enjoyed our trip. Thanks tata rabe for the wonderful tour namin.

    As usual, the best ka pa rin... Kahit saan.

    Good luck girl... Sa vigan kami next time..

    Her number pala 09999902353 or 09173061568 globe.. Subukan lang ninyo.




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