CAGAYAN DE ORO RIVER ADVENTURES (Uguiaban to Kabula)
City Ordinance No. 11087-2008: Prescribing the rules and regulations in the conduct and operation of whitewater rafting in the city.
Article IV: Fixed river rafting minimum uniform rate, regular or privilege, to be paid by the rafting guests.
- From Uguiaban to Kabula section of the Cagayan River, the rate is P1,000 per guest;
- From Rest House, Dansolihon to Kabula, P800; and
- From Aura, Mambuaya to Kabula, P700.
ORO RAFTERS ASSOCIATION:
1. Cagayan de Oro River Tours Corp. WEBSITE: www.raftingcdo.com
2. Golden Friendship White Water Rafting Corporation WEBSITE: http://goldenfriendshipwhitewaterrafting.com/
3. Rafting Adventure Philippines WEBSITE: www.raftingadventurephilippines.com
4. Kagay WEBSITE: http://www.kagaycagayandeororafting.com/
5. Bugsay Corp. WEBSITE: www.bugsayrafting.com
6. Great White Water Tours, Inc. WEBSITE: www.riverraftingcdo.com
Cagayan de Oro City is known as the Whitewater Rafting Adventure Capital of the Philippines
Kayaking – WEBSITE: www.kayakdomain.com
Macahambus Cave (Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City)
MONIGUE CAVE (Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City)
CUEBA DE ORO – Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City. TEXT BELOW taken from Nature Spirits – Philippine Travel Articles (http://www.philippineholidays.com.au/All_Articles/Cagayan_nature_spirits.htm)
A short drive from the city’s center brings you to the jump-off point for Cueba de Oro, a cave open to exploration by more adventurous tourists. Named by TV host Miriam Quaimbao who was one of the first tourists to go through it, Cueba de Oro is no ordinary cave. To enter it, one must rappel 120 feet down to its entrance. While the guides do give you a clear briefing on all the rappelling techniques, it does not prepare you for the slipperiness of the cave walls. It is a tiring vertical walk down as you spend a lot of energy trying to get good footholds on the wet cave wall. Once at the bottom however, you can look up and appreciate the great height that you rappelled down from. It will feel like another great achievement to tell your friends back home.
Vandals do not abuse the cave as the only entrance is the mouth that you have to rappel down from and the exit is a submerged opening on the other side. The stalactites and stalagmites are preserved and are a wonder to see. Claustrophobic people beware however, there are moments when you are walking in shoulder-level water and the cave ceiling is just a few inches above your head. But if you can get over that, the sensation actually feels quite peaceful and relaxing.
There are moments when you are submerged up the neck, but mostly you are splashing in ankle- to knee-deep water. The whole underground journey takes about an hour, just the right amount of time to make you feel like you’ve really gone “spelunking” without getting too tired of the darkness.
Cueba de Oro Rapelling (120 feet down from cave entrance)
Exiting the cave is as exciting as entering it because you have to walk submerged through a passage to get to the outside. While you only stay immersed for a short while, the thought of it is daunting. It helps to be in the company of guides who are experienced and trustworthy outdoorsmen. In neck-deep water, a guide will help you maneuver through the underwater passage, while another guide awaiting you on the other side, will help pull you up to where there is air space to breathe. When you open your eyes, you will see sunlight and after just a few steps you will find yourself in a pool by the cave’s exit.
The guides tell of the time they first explored the cave and discovered this underwater exit. The pool beyond was then being used by women to wash their clothes. When the long-haired mountaineers appeared from this unknown passage, the surprised women ran away screaming. They thought swamp creatures had suddenly come up from the depths of the earth! In a way, you sort of feel that way when you emerge into the sunlight.
F.S. Catanico Falls (view and creeking)
Balubal Lookout (view, maybe creeking in the future, maybe BASE jump in the future, MTB ride)
Sagpulon Falls (view and swim)
Sapong Spring (if this is still running)
Tagoloan River (kayaking, canyon view)
Jasaan River creeking
Agutayan Island (white sand, swim, snorkel, scuba)
Malasag (MTB ride downhill, Lenten season)
Opol shoal (swim, sea kayak)
MTB rides (PLENTY, ask these guys -> attackcdo.org)
GUADALUPE SHRINE – Igbalalay Hills, Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City
River Trekking (going to shrine)
River Tubing (going back)
MAPAWA NATURE PARK – Malasag, Cugman; WEBSITE: http://mapawanaturepark.multiply.com
Horseback Riding (15 min., 30 min., 1 hour)
Horseback Trail Ride
NOSLEK CANOPY WALK – Magbais, Claveria, Misamis Oriental (1 hour 45 min. from Cagayan de Oro City) TEXT BELOW taken from Nature Spirits – Philippine Travel Articles (http://www.philippineholidays.com.au/All_Articles/Cagayan_nature_spirits.htm)
Built under the Department of Tourism’s Eco-Tourism Program, the Canopy Walk was inaugurated in December 1997. It was built by the DOME or De Oro Mountain Explorers, which continues to maintain it. Keeping to an “all environmental” policy, no nails were used to construct it and the design was based on how much the trees could carry without getting stressed. The design was based on the first canopy walk built in nearby Bukidnon by John Kelson, a Canadian representative of Conservation International who went to the Philippines to study its indigenous birds. In tribute to the man who first brought the idea to the country, it is officially called Noslek Canopy Walk, Noslek being an anagram of Kelson’s name.
Imagine yourself 12 stories up in the air, and the only thing supporting you is a metal bar two inches wide that’s shaking in the wind. You move to step on the next little bar but you are distracted by the view below you… a 120-foot drop to the forest floor. That’s what the first moments on the Canopy Walk in Claveria, Misamis Oriental feels like.
The city of Cagayan de Oro in Northern Mindanao is a perfect jumping point for adventure trips that combine both an adrenaline rush and an immersion in unspoiled nature. An hour’s drive from the city will bring you to the jump-off point to the Canopy Walk. An uphill, 1.5-kilometer hike through the lush rainforest of Magbais will bring you to the first platform.
There are five platforms built around trees 100 to 120 feet tall. To get from one to another, you have to walk on hanging bridges made out of steel cables and those two-inch stepping bars. Even if you are double harnessed to a safety cable overhead, the first moments are terrifying! The bridge sways with the wind and shifts with your every movement. When you get to the next platform, you will likely fight the urge to hug the tree and hang on for dear life!
MACAHAMBUS ADVENTURE PARK – Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City (25 minutes from City Proper, 10 minutes from Lumbia Airport) – CLOSED FOR RENOVATION
Sky Bridge – 123 meters long, 150 meters high
Zip Line – 120 meters long, 150 feet high
MALASAG ECO-VILLAGE (Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City)
- monkey bridge (php 10.00/pax)
DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK – Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon – WEBSITE: www.dahilayanadventurepark.com
Zip Zone – (Longest dual cable line in Asia-840 meters)
Zipline rates (Effective April 1, 2010)
- Ride-All-You-Can Package: 840 meters + 320 meters + 150 meters Zip Rides Php 600.00/pax
- Zip Line 840 meters only – Php 500.00/pax
- Zip Line 320+150 meters – Php 250.00/pax
DAHILAYAN GARDENS AND RESORT – Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
Jet Boating – A battery operated jet boat (similar to a jetski): P200/10 min
Water Balling – A large inflatable ball that allows you to “walk on water”: P100 /5 min
Tilapia Fishing – Go fishing at the lagoon for tilapia and have the option of bringing it home or have it grilled by resort staff
- P100/person – fishing fee
- P60/kg – tilapia fee
- P40/kg – grilling fee
Horseback Riding – P100/round
MANTIANAK ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDEN (Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental) – all photos by chitgoks
- with camping and picnic site
- mini zip line for kids (Php 30.00/pax)
INITAO NATURAL PARK – Initao, Misamis Oriental
- cliff diving
LASANG SECRET ADVENTURE – Initao Natural Park
Lasang Secret Adventure is located within the 57-hectare natural forest called Initao Natural Park with diverse flora and fauna. What makes this park unique is that the National Highway (Cagayan de Oro to Iligan) snakes through the forest. Spelunking, fishing, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and diving from the high steep rock surface down to the sea water are one of the most exciting activities that can be go through in this place.
Entrance Fee (Php 250.00) includes:
- 100-meter boardwalk from the highway to the forest’s inner sanctum;
- 74-step spiral staircase;
- skywalk that are fastened on decks of mounted on giant endemic century-old Talisay Gubat trees (100 ft above ground); and
- zipline (125 meters)
GLONWICKS HIGHLAND RESORT – Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City (first dual zipline in the city)
- zipline (500 meters) – P200 – adults, P150 – kids
- Contact: 09207206730; 09072434148
ULTRALIGHT FLYING “THE FLYING GECKO” (Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon)
- Cost (15 min flying) – P950.00
- Contact: 09165937034 (Cal Frias)
Contact: Gina Amador of La Montana Tours (+639209600192)
JATICO ADVENTURES – EXTREME ADRENALINE (Bayanga, Cagayan de Oro City)
- 4-course ziplines up to 2,500ft, hanging bridge, zorb, big swing, bungee tramp;
- a 360-degree view of North-South-East-West of Mindanao Island
- Contact: (088) 309-4986 or (088) 858-4986
ULTRA WINDS MOUNTAIN RESORT (Pualas, Baungon)
last updated 29 October 2013