Located three miles from Cagayan de Oro’s city center, Laguindingan International Airport is the main airport serving the entire Northern Mindanao region in the Philippines, replacing Lumbia Airport. Although Laguindingan Airport is declared the first international airport in the region, it currently only has domestic routes including Manila and Cebu.
Laguindingan Airport serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. These cities are loved for their eco-attractions, featuring sprawling forests, coursing rivers, and mysterious caves, which draw many nature junkies to its trails.
To travel from Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan Airport, you may pick from several inexpensive public shuttles. Consider Magnum Express, a passenger van that travels from Magnum Radio in CM Recto; LAX Shuttle, which picks up outside SEDA Hotel; or the cheapest option, a Laguindingan–bound jeepney followed by a transfer to a CDOTransco L300 Van from the highway. If you’re traveling from Iligan, CDOTransco vans and Super 5 Airport Shuttles are your best bet. Taxi fares to Laguindingan Airport are relatively costly as they run by meter.
Cagayan de Oro
The nearest city to Laguindingan Airport is Cagayan de Oro, capital city of the Misamis Oriental province and regional center for Northern Mindanao. Visitors flock to this lovely city for nature sports – popular activities include whitewater rafting down the raging Cagayan de Oro River and zipping down the heart-stopping 400-feet Flying Fox at Macahambus Hill Cave and Gorge.
For a more calming treat, travel northwest along the coast of Iligan Bay to arrive at Iligan City. Sitting 38 miles and an hour’s drive from Laguindingan Airport, this urbanized district is a distinct blend of nature and modern culture. Prized for its abundant majestic waterfalls, such as Maria Cristina Falls, the city has many manmade places of interest. The Maze Park mimics the lagoons and cascades of Iligan’s waterfalls with its turquoise pools and long waterslides winding through the treetops. Or sit on the steps of Anahaw amphitheatre, a unique example of how nature has fused with urban sprawl.
Farther west on the edge of Northern Mindanao lies Misamis Occidental, a province that offers a different experience of nature and culture. Much of its geology is surrounded by curious myths, such as the healing powers of Lake Dumingat and the morphing carving of Virgin Mary in the 18th-Century fort Fuerte De la Concepcion Y Del Triunfo. The city is also home to Dolphin Island, a manmade sanctuary for rescued dolphins.
South Korea, Busan
As Laguindingan Airport currently operates only domestic flights, travelers can transfer to international carriers at cities including Manila and Cebu. One popular destination is South Korea’s Busan, a quiet province with charming rustic villages and highly sought-after seafood restaurants. Dine on fresh abalone and raw fish along the scenic coast, or dip into the waters and fish your own meal by hand.
Another hotspot for travelers from the Philippines is the nearby island of Singapore. A favorite for those who need a quick travel fix, there is little that this city does not have to offer. Its Orchard shopping belt, Marina Bay casino, and Universal Studios Sentosa are enough to give any visitor a reason to return for more.
Or fly across the Philippine Sea to the eclectic country of Taiwan. Whether you prefer sweeping mountainscapes in Hualien or sprawling night markets in almost every region, this peninsula will keep you captivated long after you return home.
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