TRAVEL Guide : Cagayan de Oro City

Important things you need to know about Cagayan de Oro City : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Things to Do and How to Get There.

Cagayan De Oro City is populary dubbed as the City of Golden Friendship and is one of the Adventure Destinations in the Philippines. It is located along the central coast of Northern Mindanao and is bordered with the province of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte. It is famous for its white water rafting which is being widely promoted by the City Tourism Office.

Where to Stay In Cagayan de Oro City

There are a number of hotels and inns in CDO which caters to both budget and leisure travelers. Some of the recommended hotels are:

Recommended hotels to stay in Cagayan de Oro City. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.

  1. Red Planet Cagayan de Oro City
  2. Grand City Hotel
  3. GC Suites
  4. Rich Manor Pension House
  5. SEDA Centrio
Tune Hotels Cagayan de Oro City
Tune Hotel CDO is strategically located at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City. It is located at CM Recto Avenue just about 5 minutes walk from Centrio Ayala Mall and about 10 minutes walk from LimKetKai Mall. It offers affordable and comfortable accommodation ideal for budget-conscious travelers.

Tune Hotel – Cagayan De Oro
Address: C.M. Recto Avenue, Cagayan De Oro City Cagayan De Oro
Facebook Page: Tune Hotels Philippines
Twitter: @tunehotelsPH
Instagram: @tunehotels

DDD Habitat Pension House
DDH Habitat Pension house is situated at corner of Ysalina bridge in the Carmen side. They have comfortable rooms with tribal motifs at very affordable prices.

Address: J. Serina Street Corner Vamenta Boulevard
Carmen, Cagayan de Oro 9000 
Phone Number: (088) 858 5101

Mallberry Suites Business Hotel
Mallberry Suites Business Hotel provides chic accommodation and mdern amenities at affordable rates ideal for business and leisure travelers. It is located at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City right next to major shopping malls. 

D’Morvie Suites
D’Morvie Suites is ideal for backpackers who’s looking for a place to stay at night nad leave the next morning. The rooms are small but it has its own restroom, a single/double bed and a flat screen TV. The rate usually starts at P250 for 12 hours stay. There’s nothing fancy in this inn.

Where to Eat in Cagayan de Oro City

There are a lot of restaurants and food stalls in Cagayan de Oro City where you can satisfy your gastronomic cravings. Here are some recommended restaurants to eat in CDO.

Chub’s Diner
Chubs Diner is known for its giant, juicy and tasty burgers. The place is relatively small and it is usually packed with people. This only goes to show that people life their food especially their burgers and cheesy fries.

Photo grabbed from Chub’s Diner Official FB Page

Address: Corrales Avenue (across Xavier University Gym), 9000 Cagayan de Oro City
Telephone Number: (088) 310 2039
Facebook Page: Chub’s Diner

Ababu Persian Kitchen
Ababu Persian Kitchen serves Persian cuisine and is the first Mindanao franchise of the restaurant. I recommend this restaurant if you like kebab and other Persian dishes. Food is affordable and good. 

Photo grabbed from Ababu Persion Kitchen FB Account

Address: Ground Floor, One Montecarlo Building 
Corrales Avenue 9000 Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Telephone Number: 0932 743 1333
Facebook Page: Ababu Persian Kitchen

Dessert Strip
Dessert strip offers freshly baked cakes and pastries. They are 100% homemade baked by Chef Maribel. They are located at the 3rd floor of Centrio Mall and 2nd Level of Robinsons Cagayan de Oro City. You may call them at 09228245933 or email at 

Things to Do in Cagayan de Oro City

Experience Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Cagayan de Oro is considered as the Whitewater Rafting Capital in the Philippines. It is the only city in the country that offers rafting all year-round. Its river depth, incline and rock formations make rafting at the Cagayan River a fun and exciting experience. Rafting enthusiasts can connect with any of the several whitewater rafting operators and choose the level of thrill they can handle from ‘beginner’ to ‘advance’ to ‘extreme’. KAGAY offers affordable packages for whitewater rafting and other activities. 

Visit Macahambus Cave
Macahambus Cave was the site of the memorable Battle of Macahambus on June 4, 1900. A marker from the Natonal Historical Institute is displayed at teh entrance to commemorate the first victoory of the Filipinos agains the Americans during the Philippine-American war. 

Explore the Mapawa Nature Park
Mapawa nature park is know for its enchanting waterfalls, magnificent views and fun-filled activities located in the forest park in Cugman. It offers a soothing environment ideal for those who wants to relax or have fun in the park’s activities.
Celebrate Higalaay Festival
Higalaay Festival is Cagayan De Oro’s annual fiesta celebration which is a week long festivity full of colorful and culturally-rich and fun-filled activities. It’s major highlight is on the 28th of August which is also the feat of the city’s patron, St. Augustine.

How to Get to Cagayan De Oro City

By Air: Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Cagayan de Oro City from major cities in the Philippines : Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Bacolod. 
Basic Phrases to Get you Started
Philippine Airlines : (088) 857-1124 
Cebu Pacific : (08822) 72-66-98

By Sea: Shipping companies have daily schedule of boats departing from CDO to Cebu, Bohol, Bacolod, Iloilo and Manila.
2GO Travel : (088) 231-4176 
Trans Asia : (088) 856-9371 
Sulpicio Lines : (088) 856-8781

By Land: Buses from Davao, Butuan, Surigao, Iligan and Tacloban have daily trips to and from Cagayan de Oro City.

Getting Around: Jeepneys and motorela or rela (tricycle) are the most common mode of transportation in the city. Taxis are also available. 

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