How to Enjoy Summer in Cagayan de Oro

Who doesn’t love summer? I guess everyone does. Even Olaf from Frozen loves summer! While we’re now in the middle of our favorite part of the year, surely you must have planned your summer vacations and outings with families and friends. When in Cagayan de Oro, there’s more to spending summer differently than simply going to beaches and summer parties.

So, here are my top 3 recommendations on how to enjoy summer in CDO.

Forest Park Escapade

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Of course, summer is never complete without hitting the beach or the pool. For a change, try going off to the forest. Yes, to the forest, and no, not the kind of forest you are thinking. There’s a famous forest park up the mountains called Dahilayan Forest Park where you and your friends can definitely have loads of fun with activities that would dare you to conquer your fears. Dahilayan Forest Park boasts of Asia’s longest dual zipline so you can experience how it is to fly like Superman. When you can’t get enough of Zipzone, try something more daring like doing a freefall with their Dropzone adventure.

White Water Rafting Adventure

I didn’t miss to experience the rapids with my friends! (original photo)


You would never want to miss the white water rafting adventure in summer when in CDO. If you love the great outdoors, this one’s a perfect summer adventure alongside your forest park escapade. You get to brave the river rapids of Cagayan River aboard a raft good for 6 to 10 persons. Your river guide can challenge you with little surprises (like capsizing your raft!) on your journey so better be ready.

Summer Coolers Only in CDO

Milk teas, coolers and ice cream! These coolers simply complete summer break! Here in CDO, here is the list of summer coolers I highly recommend:

  • La Favorita Homemade Freshmilk Ice Cream
Photo credits: Judee Dizon-Chaves
Photo credits: Judee Dizon-Chaves

A popular local ice cream brand called La Favorita that is so irresistibly delicious. Their avocado flavor is the bestseller. A little pricey, but it’s worth the price!

  • Chinkee Tea
Photo credits: Judee Dizon-Chaves
Photo credits: Judee Dizon-Chaves

If you want more of tasty summer coolers in CDO, Chinkee Tea is the place to be. Brimming with a variety of milk tea flavors, you can already spend a cozy summer afternoon chat with your friends at this lovely tea house. My favorite choice is always the wintermelon milk tea, with tapioca pearls and ice cream as add-ons.

  • Cool Down Beverages
Thai Me Up’s Love Potion coolers  Photo credits: Judee Chaves-Dizon
Thai Me Up’s Love Potion coolers
Photo credits: Judee Chaves-Dizon

bourbon coolers

Two summer quenchers you wouldn’t want to miss trying: Thai Me Up’s coolers and Bourbon Bistro’s coolers! You can take them with you in your summer activities. They’re real thirst quenchers!

Enjoy the sun and the tan lines and the warm breeze! Enjoy your summer while it lasts!


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