Explore Mindanao: Check!
White water rafting (braving the rapids): CHECK!
Boodle Fight: CHECK! Check!
Cagayan de Oro is undoubtedly the new city to look forward to when comes to economic growth in Mindanao. As a capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental, located in the northern part of Mindanao, an upswing in the business side and tourism need an applaud. In my recent visit to CDO, the progressive city is teeming with infrastructures, malls and food establishments, not to mention factories, shipping yards and the people who stood up against the tides of setbacks.
After our Camiguin escapade, we took an hour ferry ride from Benoni wharf to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental and drove to Cagayan de Oro city for one hour and a half. The journey was long and tiring, but I didn't mind, I was enjoying the sight of the rural areas and observing the locals we would pass by. Sights that are not always seen in Manila gives relaxation don't you think? You get to see lush fruit bearing trees, old houses, "kubo" (nipa huts) and fruits stands here and there.
Noticeable as well are the big rural transit buses northbound to Butuan (P210, 3½ hours) and Surigao (P300, six hours), southbound for Davao (P400, seven hours) and westbound for Iligan (P100, 1½ hours). The bus terminal by the way is at Agora fruit and vegetable wholesale market, a couple of kilometers out of town.
Paseo del Rio Center
Here is the model that will soon be the finished project.
Limketkai Luxe Hotel
Right next door to the famous prominent Limketkai Center (mall) is its sister hotel, Limketkai Luxe Hotel. The hotel will soon have their soft opening before this year ends, in time for Christmas.
Talking about the mall, it has gone several face-lifts to accommodate the diverse customers of Limketkai. I found it very peculiar finding Rustan's, Robinson's and SM Hypermarket housed in one mall. Now they are bringing in more high-end and imported brands to cater to the "can afford" citizens and tourists.
Limketkai Luxe Hotel on the other hand is a premier hotel that is the finest when comes to service and facilities and will soon be a dwelling for both business and leisure travelers.
It will feature 213 contemporary guestrooms including 12 executive suites and 16 club executive suites and will provide exceptional room features.
Tourist Destinations You Shouldn't Miss in Cagayan De Oro
White Water Rafting in CDO
Many come to CDO for the thrill of white water rafting. It is what it's known for! A total of 14 major rapids will enthrall you and leave your breath hanging and heart stomping.
Early morning, we were picked up by Bugsay's group on a jeepney. We first paid a visit to their office to fill up a waiver and pay for our adventure. Oro Association of Rafters (OAR) is the core org that monitors the six rafting companies operating in the city, with Golden Friendship Whitewater Rafting, Red Rafts, Great White Water Tours, CDO Bugsay River Rafting, 1st Rafting Adventure, and Kagay Whitewater Rafting as members. They are color-coded so you can easily identify which group you might bump in to.
CDO Bugsay offers 4 different packages according to difficulties and number of rapids: Advance course (P 1000), Beginners Course (P 700), Advance II Course (P1200) and Extreme Course (P 2000). For a first-timer like all of us, we had the Beginners Course, which is a 12 KM. river stretch with 14 class 2+ rapids and scenic views along the river, which usually takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours of river run.
That's me on the left, geared up and ready to paddle for my life. On the right photo is a photo of one of the guide giving us introduction to the adventure. He taught us the different ways of managing the waves, how to use the ore, what to do when someone falls over and things that should and shouldn't be done during the course. No he didn't scare us. But I admit, I pretended to be a toughie.
Almost to the half-way.
Our package included a "boodle" fight for lunch.
Relaxing while waiting for our meal.
Tadaah! Hahaha! Need I say more?
Just so you know, no one from our group fell! I also enjoyed the scenery along the river. The anecdotes and jokes told by Arman, our boatman and the flight of the sparrows, as we glided along still, peaceful water. We all had extreme fun adventure and have more guts to face another one, maybe I could come back and try the advance course.
Let me share you this quote to get you perked up for some more adventure.
"Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Stellar Accommodation From Seda Centrio Hotel
Our group stayed for two nights at Seda Centrio located at the heart of the downtown area, corner of C.M. Recto and Corrales Avenue. Our stay would have been splendid if only we have more time to spend in oour room than sleeping. Our four-day Caimiguin-Cagayan de Oro-Bukidnon tour was jam-packed so we only stay at night in this savvy hotel. My review on the hotel is seen HERE.
To see our itinerary for the Caimiguin-Cagayan de Oro-Bukidnon tour, kindly click HERE.
To see places on where to eat, when in CDO, kindly click HERE.