This is a living museum designed to capture how the indigenous tribes of Mandanao island lived in centuries past, including replica houses and crafts, as well as regular tribal shows. The village stands in tropical gardens with panoramic views out over the coastline.
Cagayan de Oro is famous for its whitewater river rafting and kayaking, and there are many companies that specialise in the sport (Kagay Whitewater Rafting being one). Most are easily found along the riverside. The river has a series of rapids, rocks and boulders that make it a thrilling ride.
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy this 18-hole par 72 course designed by the famous designer Robert Trent Jones II. It is considered one of the best in the Philippines. There is a clubhouse, driving range and practice greens - everything to make for a great golfing experience.
Rodelsa Hall is a cultural centre for the performing arts and this landmark building includes a concert hall with state-of-the-art technology. There are areas dedicated to exhibitions too. It is located within the Liceo de Cagayan University and regularly offers a programme of live musical and artistic events and displays.
Only minutes away from the city centre lies Opol Beach, or rather a long stretch of land where several smaller beaches sit next to each other. Boat trips to a nearby island are on offer. There are a number of resorts directly in the area, and affordable cottages available for rent.
Located at the Capitol University, the museum holds a fascinating cultural archive of Northern Mindanao and Butuan. It contains a vast array of artifacts of the Manobo and Higaonon cultural traditions, which includes art objects, ceramics, photographs and even furnishing of old sultans' homes.
Known for their good choice of barbecue and grilled food (and their speciality dish the sisig - a chopped and cooked pig’s head) the two branches of Butcher’s have a bright, cheerful atmosphere and are popular with families. A variety of Filipino dishes are served at reasonable prices.
Filipino and Asian dishes including Ruby’s Favourite Kare-Kare, Pancit Canton, Crispy Pata and Asparagus with Tofu are just some of the dishes presented with a creative flair at Max’s Restaurant. This long established restaurant chain has branches throughout the Philippines.
Those convinced that shrimp and crab aren't really their cup of tea should give Redtail Shrimps & More a fair shot at changing their mind - the establishment might just succeed. Try the fresh seafood seasoned with signature sauce, now served directly in hot, steaming skillets.
There are two Bigby’s in the city, both offering a wide selection of International dishes such as grilled chicken, steaks, fish and seafood dishes, pasta, stews, salads and fabulous desserts. Specialities include Kamikazee Balls, salmon, along with sweet Mango Chantilly Crepes.
Candy's Cafe is a cosy, ambient establishment with a large selection of high-quality sweet and savory foods on offer. Among the highlights are Italian classics (pizza and pasta) and the heavenly desserts - pecan pie and Red Velvet cake among others. Two locations currently operate in the city.
Conveniently located at the Limketkai Mall, Missy Bon Bon Breadshop is a hit with both locals and tourists. A one-stop location for quick savory snacks (breakfast menus available) and a varied array of sweets, coffee and gelato. Treats from Missy Bon Bon make for perfect "pasalubong" to bring home.
Lifestyle District is an outdoor beer garden of sorts, a cool hang out spot for the young locals that gets busy after sundown. There is a number of bars, restaurants, dessert shops and entertainment venues in the area (KTV included) to make for a pleasant night out on the town.
Popular with young and trendy types, the Pulse Live Music Venue offers nightly entertainment and dancing. Local and International bands play live R&B music, there’s karaoke, themed nights, light and laser shows. The Sky Lounge has a bar serving drinks, plus Pulse has a food bar.
A fusion of wine shop and small bar, the Wine Cellar impresses with its exquisite yet extensive selection of wines. The noble liquor to fit any taste can be found here, and beer is served as well. Some in- and outdoor seating available. Look out for "Drink-all-you-can" promotions.
One of the newest additions to the Cagayan de Oro nightlife scene, Illusion club now welcomes party-goers to its bar and dance floor. The club hosts various events (including dance competitions anyone is welcome to join in on), so check to see what's on the day of your visit.
Flamenco Café and Bar is a welcoming evening venue that prides itself in being frequented by locals and visitors alike. The establishment serves quite an array of foods from Western, Chinese and Filipino cuisines, as well as a variety of drinks and desserts. In- and outdoor seating available.
Plaza Divisoria comes alive after sundown when dozens of vendors set up shop in the street (selling clothes, accessories and various knick knacks) and fast food stalls operate in full mode. Live music is played, and the area is closed off to traffic every weekend after 6pm.
The landmark mall of Cagayan de Oro, Limketkai houses department stores and numerous shops selling fashions, accessories and more. There are multiple restaurants, four cinemas and children’s play areas. Visitors can get their eyes tested, have a spa treatment, among other activities.
The city's main public market covers an area of four city blocks, with buzzing vendors' stalls surrounding the 4-storey main building. The market tends to get quite hectic at times, but is the place to be for authentic souvenirs, fresh produce, electronics, street food and more.
Laguindingan International Airport opened in June 2013 and is the first international airport in the region. It replaced the old Lumbia Airport. It is located 46 km from the city centre of Cagayan de Oro. The easiest way to get from the airport to the city centre is by taxi, but be sure that the driver uses the meter. There are also several different shuttle van companies outside the terminal.
Getting around Cagayan de Oro is straightforward, with most people taking a taxi, jeepney or a motorela. White and yellow coloured taxis are seen almost everywhere around the city. Always insist to use the meter. The more adventurous forms of transport are the Jeepney, brightly coloured ex-army vehicles and motorelas, which are a type of covered motorcycle. Always have coins with you to pay as drivers do not always have much change.