Believe it or not, I have only been to Camiguin this year of 2016. My friends wont even believe me considering Bukidnon is just a few hours away and that I've lived in Cagayan de Oro for five years. Ha! I've long wanted to travel to Camiguin. It's been on my bucket list since forever. When I was in college, I can't afford out of town trips, except family excursions. Thankfully, this year, I finally got the chance to explore Camiguin. Camiguin is my 23rd visited province in Mindanao. So much for that, I would love to share a little guide for all my backpacker friends and readers out there. So yea, just read along!
Camiguin is such a small island making it the second smallest island in the Philippines. It is barely 25 kilometer in length and 15 kilometer in width. There are about seven volcanoes that lies in this beautiful island otherwise known as the " Island born on fire".
Camiguin Island boast an evergreen forest home to different bird species, white sand beaches, waterfalls, a very rich history and of course delectable delicacies.
We only have 2 days and 1 night to explore Camiguin and I think it was enough unless you want more time for some R&R then feel free to extend and book a stay at some fabulous resorts in Camiguin.
Day 1 - In transit to Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro. Inland tour includes: Tuason Falls, Sto Nino Cold Springs, Old church ruins, Sunken Cemetery and Walkway to the old Volcano and Ardent hot spring (We skipped Walkway to the old Volcano and Ardent hot spring as we were all famished.) More information about the tour company we hired at the end of this blogpost. (Please don't leave just yet!!!!)
Here's what our day 1 Itinerary looked like.
We skipped walkway to the old volcano and ardent hot springs as we were all so famished already. I was already tired and still have to catch up with some online work so we went straight to dinner.
Sto. Nino Cold Springs - On a very hot summer day, you'd really want to dip in this wide cold spring. We didn't have much time so we only checked out the place, ate ginanggang and drank fresh buko.
Tuasan falls- Didn't spent too much time here as well but the water looked so inviting. It wasn't the grandest waterfalls I've seen but I was captivated by its charm.
The 16th Century Old Guiob Church Ruins- this church was damaged some time in the 18th century due to volcanic eruption. Pictured on the left side most of the photo is the century tree.
We spent a goody time here. Took a lot of photos too. Sorry for the photo quality. I'm too lazy to lug my dslr around.
This is where I truly enjoyed our day. It is beautiful. Plus, the sunset here is spectacular I almost cried. OA haha It's undeniably the most photographed spot in Camiguin. Heck, I'm really sure with that.
Day 2 is all about beach beach beach.
Anything beach ignites my inner mermaid so I excitedly woke up very early. Tour starts at 6am. To the white sand bar, we go!
White sand bar in Camiguin - It is just a few minutes away from Paras Beach Resort. This White Sand Bar is best visited from 5am till 10pm as the sun can get really really hot on mid day. The island is ideal for beach bumming, sun bathe-ing, and swimming. With the beautiful view of Mt. Hibok Hibok and the old Vulcan as your backdrop, you wouldn't dare say no.
It was quite gloomy when we visited but glad the sun showed up past 9am. We enjoyed our time here, mostly just bumming around and dipping in the cold cold water. It's really nice to spend more time here.
We left around 10am and went to our next island adventure! Mantigue Island. I heard a lot of good things about this island and I'm pretty much excited to experience everything personally.
Mantigue Island- about 4hectares of healthy forest nature park, beautiful white sand beach and a protected marine sanctuary. The beach here is extra mesmerizing. Most people would say don't leave Camiguin without visiting the White Sand Bar, I'd say please don't leave Camiguin without visiting Mantigue Island! Probably because the serenity here caught me off guard.
Mantigue Island is the highlight of my Camiguin trip!
Camiguin is such a beautiful island and I would love to visit it again and maybe stay a bit longer. I totally enjoyed this trip.
Okay, I know you've waited for this. We availed of Mr. Teddy Pabualan's Package. Owner of Pabualan Cottages where we also stayed. Pabualan Cottages is neat and decent, we had no trouble sleeping in. My friend contacted him thru SMS days prior our tour. Everything was a breeze. Multicab provided was very clean, driver is also nice. Tours can get as low as 700/head with accomodation if you are a group of 7 and above!!!
Basic Tour Package includes:
- Seaport/Airport pickup and transfers
- Clean Multicab Vehicle for getting from one place to another
- 1 day Camiguin Tours
- Tuason Falls
- Sto Nino Cold Springs
- Old church ruins
- Sunken Cemetery
- Walkway to the old Volcano
- Ardent hot spring
- and White Sand Bar.
- All entrance fees at Tourist Spots
- Motorized boat to White Sand Bar
- 1 night A/C accommodation at Pabualan Cottages
** Mantigue Island visit is an additional of Php250.00/ pax
Mr. Teddy quoted us P1220 each (group of 4) including 1 night stay at Pabualan Cottages. Breakfast is an additional of P100. I'd say it's the cheapest tour package and its very wise to book with them. Contact 09175219391 and look for Mr. Teddy Pabualan.
Here's a peek of my expenses for this trip so you'll have an idea.
I know, I'm such a big spender when it comes to food. I also did not include the random chips and soda or impulse buy in the chart so LOL but but but I would have only spent Php2,815 for the Camiguin trip if we didn't stayed in Cagayan De Oro before and after the trip. Php2,815 that cheap. Think of it.
So, there you go! I hope this post will be of help when you plan to visit Camiguin soon.
How to get there:
Fly From Manila, Iloilo or Cebu to Cagayan de Oro - Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily trips to Cagayan de Oro. From Laguindingan Airport; ride a shuttle to Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro, when in Agora Terminal, ride a bus or van going to Butuan and drop off at Balingoan Terminal. From Balingoan Terminal, you may ride a tricycle for Php10 or you may walk to the port. It's pretty near so don't worry.
Fly from Manila to Cebu then Fly to Camiguin- Cebu Pacific flies from Cebu to Camiguin directly thrice weekly service. The Monday, Wednesday, Friday departs Cebu at 6:45am and arrives in Camiguin at 7:25am. The return flight will depart Camiguin at 7:45am and arrives in Cebu at 8:25AM. (Source: Cebu Pacific Website)
Ride a boat from Manila or Iloilo to Cagayan de Oro- via 2go lines. When you arrive in Cagayan de Oro Port of Authority, ride a jeep or tricycle to to Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro, when in Agora Terminal, ride a bus or van going to Butuan and drop off at Balingoan Terminal. From Balingoan Terminal, you may ride a tricycle for Php10 or you may walk to the port.
Ride a boat or Fast craft from Bohol to Camiguin -
VIA FERRY BOAT
SUPER SHUTTLE FERRY will leave Jagna Bohol daily at 1:00 PM and arrives Balbagon Port at 5:00 PM. It will also depart Camiguin from Balbagon Port at8:00 o'clock in the morning bound for Jagna Bohol and will arrive at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon.
Via Fast Craft
The fast craft will leave Jagna Bohol at 1:00 PM every Wednesday, Friday andSunday. This is a two hour sea travel arriving Benoni port at 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The Sea Craft will also depart Camiguin from Benoni port every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 11:00 o'clock in the morning and will arrive Jagna Bohol at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon. (Source)