After participating in the 34th National Milo Marathon in Cagayan de Oro City, our group headed to Opol, Misamis Oriental to relax and unwind. Opol is the municipality next to Cagayan de Oro City and is known for its long stretch of gray sand beach dotted by a number of resorts.
Opol is about 11 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro City. We hailed a taxi from Willshire Inn and proceeded straight to D. Yasay Beach. We paid Php 115.00 for the taxi fare.
Shooting through the fence of D. Yasay Beach Resort.
Since it was a Sunday, most beach resorts are full as expected. It was a good thing that one of our companions already have a cottage reserved at the D. Yasay Beach. The cottage was next to the bamboo fence which separates the resort from the beach front, offering us a good view of the sea and the sands.
The cottages of D. Yasay Beach Resort.
The long stretch of Opol beach.
Aside from D. Yasay, other beach resorts along the shoreline of Opol are the Apple Tree Hotel and Resort (formerly Lauremar), Roan Beach Resort, San Pedro Beach Resort and Marvilla Beach Resort. These resorts have basic facilities such as open cottages for picnic, closed cottages for overnight accommodation, vidoke machines, shower and comfort rooms and cooking area. Some resorts offer water sports facilities such as jetski and banana boat ride. The Apple Tree Hotel and Resort, is the most well-developed among all the Opol beach resorts. It is a high-end hotel with restaurant, swimming pools, function rooms and other amenities.
Snapshot of a child playing in the sand.
Beach resorts in Opol are usually crowded during Sundays and holidays.
Opol, Misamis Oriental is about 11 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro City. It can be reach by taxi, passenger jeepney or any private vehicle.
Where to eat:
You may bring and cook your own food as most resorts have cooking area. The resorts also have their own "sari-sari" stores where you can buy snacks and drinks. The Apple Tree Hotel has a restaurant where you can order food and drinks.
Where to stay:
Some resorts have fan and airconditioned rooms/cottages for overnight stay. Or if you want a more luxurious accommodation, you can stay at the Apple Tree Hotel and Resort.