Northern Mindanao: A quest to adventure

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Bukidnon • Camiguin • Lanao del Norte • Misamis Occidental • Misamis Oriental

About the region

Northern Mindanao is considered to be the eco-tourism hub of the Philippines because of its diverse environmental and cultural heritage. The region is composed of five provinces: Bukidnon,  Camiguin, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental.


How to get there and go around

By Air. Lumbia airport at Cagayan de Oro is the gateway to Northern Mindanao. The airport services Regions 10, 12 and 13. Carriers that offer flights to Lumbia airport are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirPhil Express and Zest Air.

By Sea. The region has links to Manila, Cebu and Davao. The major shipping lines servicing the region are Sulpicio Lines, Inc., Aboitiz Transport System Corp. (WG&A Supper Ferries and Cebu Ferries), Negros Navigation Co., and Paras Sea Cat (for Camiguin trips).

For traveling between provinces, air-conditioned vans, buses, and jeepneys are viable options for the traveler. For going around districts and towns, jeepneys and tricycles are available. Major cities in the provinces have taxis and other shuttle services.


Where to stay

The region has many hotels, inns and pension houses that can accommodate tourists, most of which are well within the vicinity of various places of interests.

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What to eat

This region in Mindanao is widely known for its sweet and sumptuous pastries and delicacies, like salvaro (dry cassava) and caycay (peanut biscuit). Tourists should also try the turones de mani of Cagayan de Oro, the pastel of Camiguin Island, Cheding peanuts (greaseless peanuts) of Iligan City, and binaki (young corn delicacy) of Bukidnon. Rice delicacies are also famous in Northern Mindanao, such as dudul, pastil, and katilapan. Travelers should also sample the region's savory dishes like chicken curry, sinigang baka (beef stew), tinadtag and seafoods specialties such as kinilaw, crab, and prawn.

What to buy

The region is known for its fabrics, the most common of which is the malong; this particular fabric is used as a skirt or a dress, even as a sleeping blanket. A more unique fabric is the t'nalak, or hand-woven abaca clothing material. Fruit products are also popular, such as banana chips and dried mangoes.

What to see and do

At Bukidnon, tourists and bird-watchers can take in the pristine natural beauty of Kitanglad National Park and witness the flight of many exotic birds, including the Philippine eagle, which counts among the largest birds of prey in the world. Visitors to the province can also go adventure-rafting and sight-seeing at the Natigbasan, Gantungan and Dila waterfalls. Additionally, families can enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the Luan-Luan and Matin-ao springs, and Napalit Lake. Interested people can also take a tour of the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation, the largest of its kind in East Asia. On the other hand, pilgrims and devout followers can visit the Monastery of Transfiguration, which is renowned for its boys' choir.
Visitors to Camiguin can take a tour of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, and continue on to the 14 Stations of the Cross at the walkway along the mountain ridges. Nature lovers can visit the natural cold and hot springs as well as the majestic waterfalls and the black and white sand beaches scattered around this volcanic island. Adventurers can go rafting through the waterfalls, or immerse themselves in the beautiful dive spots at Jicdup, Burias Shoal and Cabuan Point.

Lanao Del Norte
This province boasts of yet another popular subterranean river in the country: the Lidpa Subterranean River, located in Munai. The city of Iligan alone is home to 20 waterfalls that tourists can visit, including the famous Maria Cristina Falls. Other known falls of the province are the Tinago Falls, Limunsadan and Cathedral Falls. There are also popular beaches in this province, including Timoga, Samburon and Lacida beach resorts.

Misamis Occidental
In Misamis Occidental, tourists can take a tour to see the giant bells in Bukugan Hill, and then visit the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Devotees can include in their itinerary a tour of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Ozamis City, and then relax at one of the beaches of the Seven Islands of Plaridel. Meanwhile, ecotourists can enjoy the diversity of the flora and fauna of this province, some found at the Regina Spring and Naomi's Botanical Gardens.

Misamis Oriental
This province offers beautiful white beaches in Calamcam, Talines, and Alibuag, where families can enjoy excursions and swims. More adventurous visitors can go diving and snorkeling in the Agutayan, Constancia and Punta Diwata reefs, where they can witness the wonders of the corals in the region. Backpackers can treat themselves to nature visits, with Sagpulon Springs and the falls in San Isidro their prime destination, while those seeking rest and relaxation can lay back and enjoy the august evenings at the Sapong Cold Spring.


Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Office
Tel. No.: (+638822) 723840

Gingoog City Tourism Office
Tel. No.: (+6388) 861-0166

Ozamiz City Tourism Office
Tel. No.: (+6388) 521-0100

Tangub City Tourism Office
Tel. No.: (+6388) 395-3120 Fax (088) 395-3130

Iligan City Tourism Office
Tel. No.: (+6363) 221-3785
Fax. No. (+6363) 351-7602

Bukidnon Provincial Tourism Office
Kaamulan Park, Malaybalay City
Tel. No.: (+6388) 221-3272

Camiguin Provincial Tourism Office
Camiguin Province
Tel. (+6388) 871097

Misamis Oriental Provincial Tourism Office
Capitol Hall, Cagayan de Oro City
Tel. No.: (+638822) 727275
Misamis Occidental Provincial Tourism Office
Capitol Hall, Oroquieta City
Tel. No.: (+6388531) 1530-1062

Lanao del Norte Provincial Tourism Office
Tubod, Lanao del Norte
Tel. No.: (+6364) 341-5467
Fax. No.: (+6364) 421-7868

PH Department of Tourism


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