DIY Cagayan De Oro Trip (Itinerary, Budget, Accommodations)

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3 risk-taking adventures in one visit. Where all to start but at the adventure capital of the Philippines, and that’s no other than Cagayan de Oro.What are these 3 adventuresome activities? Here are they:

 

3. Whitewater Rafting

Situated in the mouth of the largest river discharging in the northern central Mindanao, the Cagayan River, Cagayan de Oro offers many watersports  adventures for adrenalin junkies which include but does not limit to river trekking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting with the latter gaining the most popularity these days. You haven’t been to CDO if you haven’t experienced the thrill of rafting along the Cagayan river.

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The representative of the premier river rafting  provider, Kagay, picked us up from our hotel at 8am right after our breakfast. Two hours later,  we found ourselves wearing life vests and water sports shoes to climb the raft after a brief orientation. We needed to overcome a total of 7 rapids as part of the beginner’s group.

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In between rapids, we swam, took photos of the natural scenery and watched children crossing the river just to go to school. Sometimes, we had to stand up with both feet clutched in the raft while paddling every time we grappled with the energetic rapids.

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At other times, we remained seated while still propelling our way out of the current. The important thing is we paddled because according to our guide, the more we just try to hold the raft without rowing, the more we’ll fall. Excitement got the better of us every time we reached a rapid.

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And this was how we felt seven times for 3 hours until finally we’re done with the final rapid and safely landed on the other side of the river where the jeepney driver was waiting for our departure. The experience was truly nerve-wracking, but at the end, it was fun frolicking with the river.

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Kagay Contact Information-premiere and experienced white water provider for our safety. Address: #21 Pres. Aguinaldo St., Cagayan de Oro City
Email: dankaamino@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0917-712-2323
Office: +88 310 4402. Look for Mr. Dan Kaamiño

Beginners Course P700 / head – ( 3hrs. Actual River Run ) 14 Rapids  – Minimum of 6 pax/(Optional):  Pictures P500/CD

From Laguindingan Airport, you can find a  good deal of vans to choose from to bring you to the city center or at your hotel, all charge at  a fixed rate of 150php per person.

 

2. Zipline at Dahilayan Park

After the water adventure, we are ready to set for another one when the sun greeted us the next morning. We rode a jeep gang to Lumketkai mall, in the city center, which is a stepping-off point for excursions to Dahilayan park or Iligan falls.

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We were in tight spot deciding between the Dahilayan park or Iligan falls as we only had one extra morning for a short trip before heading to Camiguin. In the end, we chose the former and skipped Iligan for the meantime.

Riding a bus is a common means of transport to get to the said park but since schedule of the first bus to leave was in the afternoon, unfortunately, time didn’t permit us to do so. In its place,we arranged a trip with a taxi driver. Negotiations and haggling are a must. We settled at 1000php for a roundtrip ride to Dahilayan from the 1500php original charge. Not bad. The ride was as comfortable and relaxing as meandering around the Camp Philips which became our side trip to Bukidnon. Bukidnon is home to the vast Del Monte Pineapple plantation where nearby housing base camps were built in 1926 for the farmstead workers.

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Regarded as the food basket of Mindanao, no visit to Bukidnon would be complete without paying a visit to one of its largest, known fruit plantations, the pineapple in a community situated at Manolo Fortrich.

10 minutes away from the park, I could already sniffed the scent of a mild perfume from the pine, coniferous trees which abound in every bend. The moment I stepped out of the car, I could felt the sweep of the wind which is as cool as Baguio.

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My sleeveless shirt and shorts didn’t shield me a lot from the cool and breezy Bukidnon climate. Quivering at first, I suddenly perspired as soon as I was called next to prepare for the zip line.

Even before the regulator started counting, I was already complaining that the covering wasn’t wrapped carefully around my body, and then I began shouting when they released me from the clutch. Passing above the towering shrubs and trees and electric wires made me scream the entire minute of zip lining. Until I saw myself getting off, I stopped and sighed. Aside from this zip line, there are other challenging activities you could try.

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Beside the forest park is a children’s park. Different playing equipment’s are installed and statues of various funny-looking creatures are placed for picture-taking.

Dahilayan Adventure Park, Bukidnon
– 2hour travel  from CDO (1pm- 6pm) – open, Monday to Saturdays 9:00AM to 6:00PM

 

In the afternoon, we are scheduled to leave CDO for a half-day ride to the enchanting Camiguin Islands. The 5-hour travel was so exhausted and unimaginable. First, we endured an hour drive from Agora terminal to the Balingoan terminal which costs at 120/pax worth.

But the couple who sat in front of us told us that the fare should only costs 100php each. Anyway, we already paid the collector and bus was about to leave. Upon arrival at the terminal, we need to wait for one hour for the last trip departure of the ferry. During the waiting time, a lady chattered with us and right away she organized a tour for us for tomorrow, courtesy of her husband’s habal-habal tour.

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Later we learned from our lady-turned- tour guide that next week is their Lanzones festival, and it is easy to understand why it took us another hour before getting to the ferry since it had to dispatch all the hundreds of passengers and cars arriving for the grand festival. Camiguin is famous for its sweet lanzones. And it is so cheap too. A kilo of lanzones costs only 25 php.

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The rough sailing gave me a little nausea but I can’t show it to our new found lady friend who’s keeping us alive with her endless stories about the history and current happenings in Camiguin.It was already dark when we arrived at the Benoni port. After the 30-minute jeepney ride, we helpingly relaxed ourselves by dipping in the hot water of Ardent hot springs. If only we had more time, I could’ve soaked up more my tired body and showered my dusty hair at my own pace in the relaxing, therapeutic hot water. But no, we need to get back to our lodge and sleep.

 

1.One-day Camiguin Island tour

 

We found ourselves in a full-packed island tour the following day starting off with the famous White Islet. The C-shaped Island (which is more emphasized during summer) faces the 3 main volcanoes of Camiguin which offers more scenic backdrop.

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We circled the islet in 5 minutes and spent the rest of the hour snorkeling. Time’ s up to return to the main island before 8am. Completing the tour around the island is feasible in a day with its 92 sq meters in area, as long as you won’t overstay in one of its tourist attractions.

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We didn’t regret changing our accommodation from a small room inside the owner’s house, which we reserved online, to a more comfortable, bigger nipa hut-styled lodge which both cost the same price of 900php per night. The nipa hut is just outside Myrna’s mansion.

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The jam-packed tour was almost perfect except that I forgot that Camiguin has already an airport for direct flight to Manila and vice-versa. This should have saved us more time and energy from waking up at 3 am the following day to travel and to reach the Cagayan airport before the 9am flight back to Manila by van. But we did. What a 3-day adventure it was!

 

Itinerary & Budget
 
Day 1 CDO
 
AM
Laguindingan Airport Shuttle- 150 Php
Tricyle from Agora to hostel 30 Php/2- 15 Php
Accommodation-  St. Nicolas Inn (promo deal booked via Agoda ) – 416 (x2nights/2 pax)
Whitewater Rafting – half-day=700 Php
PM
CD (video & Pictures)- 500 Php
Jeepney (hostel to mall)- 8Php
Food trip in Kagay Resto- 1K php/2= 500Php

 

Day 2 BUKIDNON
AM
Breakfast : free (included in the hotel price)
CDO to Dahilayan (roundtrip) = 1000 Php (/2)= 500 Php
Zipline at Dahilayan park-600 Php
Dahilayan park Entrance Fee- 100 Php
PM
Lunch: 300 Php (/2)=150Php
Agora terminal to Balingoan terminal fare- 120 Php
Kilo of lanzones= 25 Php
Ferry (Balingonan to Benoni, Camiguin)- 135 Php
Environmental fee- 5 Php
Accomodation- GV Hotel– 500 Php/2= 250 Php
Ferries from Balingoan Port to Benoni
Camiguin leave almost every hour from 5Am to 5PM, travel time is two hours.
 
Day 3 CAMIGUIN
 
Whole-day Camiguin Island tour – 900 Php/2= 450 Php
  Attractions
     * Ardent Hot Springs- 15 Php
     * White Island- Env’t fee- 40 PHp
                          – Boat fare for 2 pax – 450 Php/2= 225 Php
     * Old Church Ruins- Free entrance
     * Sunken Cemetery- Free entrance
     * Tuasan Falls- Free
     * Sto. Nino Cold Spring- 60 Php
     * Bura Soda Water Park- 60 Php
     * Old Vulcan Cross- 5 Php
     * Giant Clam Sanctuary- 25 Php Entrance Fee
                                       – 150 Php Clams viewing fee
                                       – 100 Php Mask & Snorkel
     * Ostrich Breeding Farm- 5 Php
Brunch ( at Soda Park) – 465 Php/2= 233 Php
Dinner (at a Vietnames Restaurant)- 300 Php = 150 Php
Accommodation- Myrna’s Bamboo Cottage – 900 Php/2= 450 Php (cheaper if you book online via Agoda)
Day 4 CAMIGUIN- MANILA

 

Breakfast- 100 Php

Van (from Camiguin to airport)= 465 Php

Taxi (Agora market to Laguindingan airport)=600 Php (/2)= 300 Php

 

TOTAL EXPENSE: 

  • Airfare: 4K Php (roundtrip promo deal via Jetradar)
  • Accommodation: 908PHp
                         * CDO -416 (/22)= 208Php
                         * Camiguin –    500 (/2)= 250 Php
                                                900 Php (/2)=450 Php
 
  • Tours /Entrance Fees/ Misc: 2,280PHp
  • Overland Fare : 1, 558 PHp
  • Food: 1,158 Php

 

TOTAL- 9,904 Php (10K)

 

Related post: DIY Camiguin Island 1 Day Tour

 

Do you have exciting adventure this summer? How was it? Please feel free to comment.

 

Disclaimer: Price may vary and may change any moment as the ones indicated in this post are based from our travel in this area last 2017.

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