Sunday, July 13

SUMMARY: Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon

Hello there! First of all, I want to greet you all a happy Sunday! I have always loved Saturdays more than Sundays but these past few weeks I've been really blessed and was able to enjoy a lot of family time during the 7th day of the week so I'm starting to love it a lot. Although I'm still a Saturday person! Possibly forever and always lol

Anyway!!! As promised I am back to share with you our itinerary and rough list of expenses for day 3 and day 4 as well of my Northern Mindanao adventure. To give you a heads up though, since we availed the package solely from Red Rafts I won't have it divided anymore. So sorry, I already forgot and pretty much didn't ask how much is everything if done independently from a package.

  • 07:00am to 08:00am - Pick up from hotel / travel time to drop-off point for river rafting / orientation or briefing
  • 08:00am to 12:00nn - White water river rafting 
  • 12:00nn to 12:45pm - Lunch / shower and dress up
  • 12:45pm - Departure to Bukidnon
  • 02:30pm - Expected time of arrival at Dahilayan Adventure Park
  • 05:00pm - Departure to Cagayan de Oro
  • 07:00pm - ETA at hotel
  • 07:00pm to 08:00pm - Rest / wash up
  • 08:00pm - Dinner / socials / beer night
  • 10:00pm - ETA back at the hotel

(Please note that this is individually quoted and based on the number of persons who traveled which is in our case 4)
  • Breakfast in McDonald's - P100 (because I'm legit matakaw)
  • Packaged tour from Red Rafts - P2,300 per pax (transportation to drop-off point for white water rafting, Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, and back to hotel, white water rafting advance intermediate course, Dahilayan Adventure Park Zip Zones - longest dual, 150m, and 350m, lunch)
  • Pictures during our white water rafting adventure - P50
  • Snacks - P50
  • Dinner - P200 (again because I'm legit matakaw)

(This day was supposed to be for our Tinago Falls Day Tour but since we weren't able to come then I'll be writing only what we were able to do)
  • 09:00am - Wake up / breakfast from hotel
  • 10:00am - Leave for Vjandep Bakeshop
  • 10:30am - Arrival at Vjandep
  • 11:30am - Departure to Gaisano Mall for SLERS
  • 12:00nn - Arrival at Gaisano
  • 12:30pm - Lunch at Ayala Mall Cagayan de Oro
  • 01:30pm - ETA back at hotel / rest / dress up
  • 02:30pm - Departure from hotel to Laguindingan International Airport
  • 04:00pm - ETA at Laguindingan Internation Airport

(Please note that this is individually quoted and based on the number of persons who traveled which is in our case 4)
  • Breakfast from hotel - P150
  • Tricycle from hotel to terminal of jeepneys going to Vjandep - P10
  • Jeep from terminal to Vjandep Bakeshop - P13
  • Pasalubongs from Vjandep (we're all heavy pasalubong buyers we take it seriously, must warn you ahead of time haha) - P800 to P1,000
  • Jeep from Vjandep Bakeshop to Gaisano Mall - P13
  • Pasalubongs from SLERS - P300 to P500
  • Lunch at Ayala Mall - P200
  • Tricycle back to hotel - P10
  • Cab from hotel to airport - P200
  • Airport terminal fee - P200
TOTAL: 1,896 to 2,296/PERSON

I repeat these are rough estimates and solely based on how I budget my money when traveling which is not high maintenance but not strict either. You can still maximize or minimize this according to how you prefer.

  1. White Water Rafting
  2. Dahilayan Adventure Park
  3. Go to Iligan if you still have a lot of time and spend a day or two!
  • Book your stay at the city center! A lot of places are cheap (250-300 per night kind of cheap) and you are not away from the commercialized part of CDO where everything is basically around you.
  • Get Red Rafts for your white water rafting activity. The river guides are funny and friendly. No regrets! You can always avail the white water rafting separate from Dahilayan if you'd want it that way.
  • During the white water rafting, wear a rash guard and strapped slippers or aqua shoes because this is nothing else other than an activity involving a lot of water so don't expect your rubber shoes to be dry if you're wearing them!
  • It would help if you shower and eat fast so you can leave early for Bukidnon. Travel time takes almost two hours.
  • Bring an estimate of P1,500-2,000 for all the activities in Dahilayan in case you won't be availing the packaged tour. If you will, then a good P1,000 for the other activities will be good!
  • Make sure you don't forget your jacket for Dahilayan since it's located in the mountains. Pretty cold!
  • If you want a hassle-free and private transportation to the airport, you can avail services from Kuya Along our very mabait and honest driver! +639174607499
  • Don't forget to bring SLERS Chicharon and Vjandep Pastel for pasalubong!
  • Get the latest flight back to Manila so you can still do a half day at Tinago Falls in Iligan.
  • ALL-IN-ALL WE SPENT P9,013.50. All trips were packaged and private tours.

Have other tips? Share it on the comment box below and help other people who also plan on doing a Northern Mindanao tour!


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