HOW TO GET THERE
From Cagayan de Oro City Airport to City Center
Taxis are available at the airport, it will cost you around 250 to 300 PHP going to the city center. But if you are on a tight budget, Carmen bound jeepneys are available outside the airport. For only 17 PHP, this is the cheapest way to the city center. Travel time is about 30 minutes.
From Carmen to Plaza Divisoria
Take a jeepney bound for Bonbon and tell the driver to drop you off at Plaza Divisoria. Travel time is about 15 minutes. Fare is 7 PHP.
From the City Center to Cagayan de Oro City Airport
Take a jeepney bound for Carmen and get off at KSY, fare is 7 PHP. From there, take a Lumbia bound jeepney which passes by the airport, fare is about 18 PHP and travel time is around 30 minutes.
Since Cagayan de Oro is a bustling city, there are several modes of transportation available. Take a jeepney or a motorella when going around the city or take a bus when going to Camiguin, Bukidnon, Butuan, Iligan or as far as Ozamiz, Pagadian and Dipolog.
There are three integrated bus and jeepney terminals in the City:
Agora Market City Bus Terminal offers regular land trips to and from Davao City, Malaybalay and Valencia City, Kabacan, Butuan, Gingoog City and Balingoan.
Bulua-Westbound Bus Terminal offers regular land trips to and from Western towns of Misamis Oriental, Iligan City, Marawi City, Tangub and Ozamiz City, Pagadian, Zamboanga and Dipolog City.
Gusa-Eastbound Jeepney Terminal offers regular land trips to and from Eastern towns of Misamis Oriental, Camp Philips, Manolo Fortich, Libona, Valencia and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
There are a number of accommodations available in the City, from expensive hotels and resorts to cheap and affordable hostels, guest houses, inns and lodging facilities. The cheapest that I was able to find was King Lawrence Inn, a single room is only 200 PHP a night.
King Lawrence Inn
Address: Capistrano Street, Cagayan de Oro City
Room Rates: starts at 200 pesos per night for a non air-conditioned single room
Contact Details: (088) 857-3728
Notes: Near Plaza Divisoria and Save More. The room and common toilet and bath are clean. I highly recommend this hostel when you stay in Cagayan de Oro City.
Here's my suggested itinerary for a 3-day northern Mindanao Adventure.
06:00 AM – ETA Cagayan de Oro City
07:00 AM – Breakfast
08:00 AM – ETD for Dahilayan Adventure Park
09:00 AM – ETA in Dahilayan
09:15 AM - Start exploring the park / ziplining
11:30 PM - Lunch
12:30 PM - ETD for CDO City
01:30 PM - ETA CDO City / Check in
02:00 PM - ETA White Water Rafting site
05:00 PM – Back in the City Proper
07:00 PM – Dinner at Divisoria Night Café and Market
05:30 AM - ETD CDO - Balingoan
07:30 AM - ETA at Balingoan Ferry Terminal
08:00 AM - ETD for Camiguin
09:00 AM - ETA in Camiguin
09:30 AM - Start, part 1 of the tour
10:00 AM - Cantaan Giant Clams
11:00 AM - Old Catarman Church Ruins
11:30 AM - Via Crosses, Old Volcano Trail
12:00 NN - Sunken Cemetery
12:30 PM - LUNCH
12:45 PM - Resume, part 2 of the tour
01:30 PM - White Island
03:00 PM - Catheral and Capitol
03:30 PM - Katibawasan Falls
04:30 PM - ETD for Benoni Port
05:00 PM - ETD for Balingoan Port
06:00 PM - ETA in Balingoan
08:00 PM - ETA in Cagayan de Oro City
08:00 AM – Breakfast
09:00 AM – Cagayan de Oro City Tour
11:00 NN – Lunch
12:00 NN – Check-out of the hotel
01:00 PM – Souvenir Shopping
03:00 PM - ETD for Lumbia Airport
03:45 PM - ETA Airport
If you have more time, you can visit other tourist spots such as:
- MacArthur Memorial Marker
- San Agustin Cathedral
- Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
- Vicente de Lara Park
- Gaston Park
- Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park)
- Macahambus Hill, Cave and Gorge
- Museo de Oro
- Cagayan de Oro Tourism Showhouse
- La Castilla Museum
- Museum of Three Cultures
- Catanico Falls
- Kagay-an Resort
- High Ridge
- Monigue Cave
- Macahambus Adventure Park
- Plaza de Los Heroes
- Mc. Arthur Marker
- Xavier University Museum
- Rodelsa Hall
- Pueblo De Oro Golf & Country Club
- Mapawa Nature Park
This is a part of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure that happened last August 6-8, 2011. Misamis Occidental is the 31st province on my list and a part my 7th solo trip.
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