Top Five Local Summer Destinations in CDO

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Summer in the Philippines has always been fun and exciting. With the whole archipelago blessed with natural wonders, there are just plenty of things that you can check out this hot season. From crystal-clear blue seas and white sand beaches to spectacular caves and mountain trails, enchanting rivers, lagoons, and waterfalls, the Philippines is absolutely an idyllic summer destination.

Here in Cagayan de Oro City, there are also several amazing places where you, your friends, and the whole family can enjoy a relaxing and memorable summer vacation. Being located near Bukidnon, Opol, and Initao, you can also try checking famous resorts and tourist destinations outside CDO without the need to travel for longer hours. Check out these summer spots in the City of Golden Friendship:


Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan River


Besides being called as the City of Golden Friendship, CDO is also known across the country as the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines. As a matter of fact, a lot of adrenaline junkies visit the city of Cagayan de Oro just to experience and enjoy this extreme outdoor adventure. If you haven’t tried checking out this local attraction yet, it’s about time that you do. Find out what’s drawing people to go back time and again just to navigate the rapids of Cagayan River.

Around the city, there are plenty of outfitters where you can arrange your whitewater rafting adventure this summer season. Enjoy conquering the rapids of Cagayan!


Monigue Cave in Barangay Mambuaya

Another hidden gem in the city of Cagayan de Oro is Monigue Cave, located in Barangay Mambuaya. It may not be as famous as the historic Makahambus Cave, but it is also worth exploring especially for outdoor junkies out there.

If you want to experience spelunking, then visit Monigue Cave this summer. You’ll absolutely love the cave’s astonishing calcite formations. And of course, getting inside the cave is already a thrilling adventure that’s perfect for the hot season.


Apple Tree Resort in Opol

Located in the municipality of Opol, which is only a few minutes outside CDO via the CDO-Iligan Road, Apple Tree Resort is one of the premier beach resorts that Kagay-anons love to check when they plan on having a relaxing staycation.

With its tranquil and welcoming ambiance (not to mention its spectacular share of view of Macajalar Bay), it’s definitely the perfect summer destination. Apple Tree has 39 guest rooms, all of which are luxuriously designed to provide their guests with their much-deserved relaxation. The resort also has several pools where you can dip and escape the heat of the sun this season.


Ultra Winds Mountain Resort in Baungon, Bukidnon

Want to go somewhere this summer that’s not a beach resort? Then here’s one for you. Situated in Baungon, Bukidnon, which is just 20 minutes away from downtown Cagayan de Oro, Ultra Winds Mountain Resort offers its guests a break from the city’s regular hustle and bustle.

Enjoy the laid-back mountain ambiance and the scenic view of the city from above. Accommodations at Ultra Winds Mountain Resort are categorized into hotel rooms, dorms, and villas. You can also try glamping there with the resort’s comfy and unique Safari camping tents. Apart from its vacation-worthy accommodations, Ultra Winds Mountain Resort also offers several fun activities that guests can try including horseback riding, ziplining, and golfing. The resort even has a karaoke where guests can belt out their singing prowess.

And of course, let’s not forget their beautiful swimming pool that is perfect for the summer heat.


White Sand Beaches in Initao

Want to enjoy white sand beaches this summer? Then head to the town of Initao, which is just an hour away from Cagayan de Oro City. There are several beach resorts there that boast crystal-clear blue seawater and powdery white sand. No need to travel to Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, or Surigao just to enjoy the beauty of white sand beaches because we already have several pristine resorts here in Misamis Oriental.

Among the most popular white sand beach resorts in Initao are Midway Beach Resort, Blu Sand Resort, and Don Arc Resort.

And to make your summer adventure here in Cagayan de Oro even more exciting, make sure to take along with you a box of Calda Pizza when checking the local hangouts we’ve listed above. When you’ve several slices of delectable Calda Pizza, everything gets better! Calda Pizza offers several varieties of pizza that you and your whole summer squad will surely love.

Enjoy your summer vacay, mga Kagay-anons!