I used to work as a government geologist in Mindanao. When my friends found out about it, they reached out to me to ask for the things they can do when they visit me. So one summer a long time ago, my friends and their colleagues flew to Cagayan De Oro and the rest was adventure-packed history.
Cagayan De Oro River White Water Rafting
When in Cagayan De Oro, you absolutely must try white water rafting and tubing. The upper section of Cagayan De Oro River along the boundaries between Bukidnon where its head water is and the city is defined by steep terrain hence, rapids are pretty normal along this part of the river and thus, perfect for adventurous rafting.
In some areas, the valley is lined with steep rock walls where there are water falls. Part of the tour is going underneath the waterfalls.
Your tour of northern Mindanao is never complete if you don’t visit Camiguin Island, the only island province and the smallest in Region 10. To get there, you’d need to take a barge from Balingoan Port. To get to Balingoan Port, you’d need to take a bus or van going to Gingoog City.
The white island is an elongated stretch of sand that’s famous in Camiguin for those who like like sandy beaches. Majority of beach lines in Camiguin are dark and rocky to pebbly due primarily to the volcanic origin of the island. Camiguin Island has seven volcanoes one of which is active, which is Mt. Hibok-hibok.
When you visit Camiguin Island and feeling artsy, you should visit Enigmata-Haven for the Artists. If I’m not mistaken, this is the only art museum on the island.
This cross marks the spot where the cemetery used to be. The graves lie at the foot of this cross, underneath about 10 meters of sea water. The story was that in 1871, Mt. Vulcan, one of the seven volcanoes of the island erupted and the volcanic materials buried some of the towns around it including the public cemetery which is now under water. This famous spot was once site for a horror film in the 90’s.
Finally, here’s a whole video blog of our trip created by Dennis. Enjoy!