Cagayan De Oro: Day 1, Part 1 of 3 – Arrival

After a very exciting 1st day in Camiguin, we headed back to Cagayan De Oro (CDO). Since the Paras Sea Cat only has one return trip from Camiguin to CDO at 4:00PM, we had to make other arrangements to be able to maximize our time.

We took a ro-ro (roll on, roll off) ferry (Fare is Php 135.00 one-way) at 5:00 AM from Camiguin (I think it was from the Benoni Port) to Balingoan Port. Balingoan Port is around 2 hours away from CDO proper and it is a different from the Macabalan port where we boarded the Paras Sea Cat.

The view of Camiguin when we left above and the view of Camiguin when we arrived below.

We arrived at Balingoan port at around 6:30 AM and met up with our driver, Kuya Adonis (Van rental cost – Php 3,500.00, not including gas. I believe the standard is about Php 2,000.00-2,500.00, but we were charged more due to distance covered by our custom itinerary.) and we headed off to begin our CDO adventures, which included the most anticipated Mapawa River Trek, the Dahilayan Adventure Park for what is supposedly Asia’s longest zipline and the vast Del Monte Plantation.

To be honest, Kuya Adonis wasn’t so confident that we could do everything within the day but we gave it a shot anyway. Look out for parts 2 and 3 of our day 1 CDO adventure!

Do check out my earlier post on what we did the day before in Camiguin and how to do everything within a day.

Note: some pictures were taken from the cameras of my travel buddies.

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