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Destination - Oroquieta City

Traveling to Oroquieta City for the first time may be challenging for anyone, however, your visit will be worthwhile through all the remarkable experiences that you will encounter. Aside from the unspoiled natural beauty and resources, the hospitality of the Filipino people is a heart-warming gift for everyone. Mindanao, the island in which Oroquieta City lies consists of diverse cultural communities where exciting destinations can be found.

The Plaza Boulevard - Gateway from Dipolog City

International flights to the Philippines are rarely a problem. Planning your trip is very important, however, so that you can avoid potential delays. There are several routes that you can choose in getting to your final destination. First, you can catch an international flight direct to Manila. Another choice is from Hongkong, you can fly direct to Cebu City. Either route will require you to take a connecting flight to Oroquieta City's gateways, such as Dipolog City or Cagayan de Oro City.

Lower Loboc Beach - Wharf (Old Pier) in Background

One significant difference with the international flight to Manila is that it requires you to transfer from the international terminal to the domestic terminal. This would mean transferring your entire luggage from one terminal to the other. Please take note that the international flight terminal to the domestic flight terminal is quite a distance. While the flight from Hongkong to Cebu is less cumbersome since you do not need to transfer from one terminal to the other. Therefore, from Cebu you can catch a flight to Dipolog City or Cagayan de Oro City at the same terminal.

Plaza Kiosk - Oroquieta City

The international terminal in Cebu is located on the island of Mactan. From there, you may want to explore an overnight Ferry ride from Cebu City to Ozamiz City, or Cagayan de Oro City. This trip requires you to take a taxi from the Mactan International Airport to the pier terminal. It is important however, that you coordinate your trip with a travel agency so that tickets for all the necessary transfers are purchased in advance to avoid delays. Although this trip requires you to make a transfer from the airport to the pier, in cases like delays or missing the ferry, you can easily find several hotel accommodations in Cebu City. The delay maybe another advantage as it enables you to enjoy everything Cebu has to offer.

El Triunfu - Oroquieta City

The overnight ferry ride from Cebu City to either city of Ozamiz or Cagayan de Oro is very enjoyable. As you approach the island of Mindanao at dawn, you will see unlimited breathtaking sights of beautiful island beaches and natural greenery. The clean and tropical salt-tasting air soothes your need to revive your youthful health. Arriving at either gateway destinations, a drive to Oroquieta City may take a few hours. The trip from Ozamiz City takes about 45 minutes, while the travel time from Cagayan de Oro City takes approximately 5 hours including a 15-minute cargo/passenger ferry ride via Kolambugan to Ozamiz City.

Kolambugan-Ozamiz Ferry

One of the most enjoyable gateway routes is a ferry ride to Dapitan City where you can take the SuperCat, a fast ferry that travels from Cebu to Dapitan in less than 5 hours. The drive from Dapitan City to your final destination, Oroquieta City is less than 3 hours. This route is less cumbersome and preferably breathtaking as you pass through landscapes of green coconut-covered mountains with alternating sights of the shining clear blue waters and tropical island beaches.

Your first encounter with Oroquieta City is the hospitality of the people that warms your heart. As you enter Oroquieta City, the sight of the Public Plaza where you face another breathtaking view of the shining clear blue waters, and the City Hall building will give you an easy familiar feeling of being at home.

Ging Mutia

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