Cagayan de Oro is one of the best cities to visit in Mindanao. It has been called to be the gateway of the Northern region of Mindanao. The people in this city are known for their hospitality. There are many reasons why you should visit Cagayan de Oro like the following reasons:
Learning something New
a. ceramic making lessons A ceramic making place is famous in
Cagayan de Oro. This is in the town of Bulua. There are many things you can find here made from ceramic like gift products and other ornamental items.
b. White water rafting is another sport you can learn in Cagayan de Oro River as well as tubing where you use big inflatable tubes while going down the river with your friends and family. The Cagayan de Oro River belongs to the longest rivers in the southern region of the Philippines.
c. You can learn about the history of Cagayan de Oro in the University Museum of Xavier. Another museum is the La Castilla where some famous heirlooms by famous residents are kept.
Communing with Nature
a. There is a place in Cagayan de Oro where you can enjoy an adventure with your family or friends in a place called The Gardens of Malasag. This is the best place in Cagayan de Oro where ecological tourism is promoted very well. This place has a cultural village with different plants. This is a place where you can see ten different ethnic communities as well as plants that are grown in Cagayan de Oro. This place also has the Macahambus Cave which is also a historical place for the people of Cagayan.
b. Cagayan has beautiful and fine beaches too
You can enjoy different kinds of adventure and sports in the seas. You can go scuba diving in the Mantagale waters as well as in Duka Bay. These are places where you can see some dolphins and whale sharks as well. Some of the beaches with white sands are in Maputi White Beach, Opol Beach and Midway Beach. Cagayan de Oro also has the Tiklas waterfalls and the Sapong Spring where you can enjoy a picnic with your family and then enjoy the waters for a swim afterwards. The wreck of Sta. Ines is considered to be one of the best diving sites in the Philippines. Divers can see a very old World War 2 Pontoon that sunk years ago. It is at a depth of thirty feet. There are many corals that cover the wreckage and some marine animals also live there. Diving fans will enjoy watching different fishes like snappers, surgeons and jacks.
Enjoying a Traditional Festival called Kagay-an Festival
This is a popular festival which happens every 26th day of August. This is a celebration honoring the patron saint of the city, Saint Augustine. The city holds a competition for street dancers, a huge fair , beauty pageants and a sports festival. Many musicians and local celebrities are also invited to witness the event.
Communing with God
Many people go to Cagayan to spend a blessed and solemn Holy Week since the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country. The Catholic Churches in Jasaan is a good church to visit during the Lenten week where you can peacefully commune with God.
Enjoying your stay in the Hotel
Cagayan de Oro has some of the top class hotels in the Philippines which include the Pryce Plaza Hotel. This hotel is in the Carmen Hill. It is just fifteen minutes away from the Cagayan de Oro airport. Some of their rooms have a good view of their swimming pool.