This travel guide will provide you with basic information on how to get there, things to do, where to stay, suggested itinerary and estimated budget that will help you plan your visit to the "island born of fire".
HOW TO GET THEREFrom the Cagayan de Oro City to Camiguin
Go to Agora Market Terminal, take a Bus bound for Butuan and get off at Balingoan Bus Terminal. Fare is 143 PHP and travel time is about 2 hours. Walk towards the Balingoan ferry terminal and take a Ferry bound for Benoni Port in Camiguin. Fare is 170 PHP and travel time is 1 hour.
From the Butuan to Camiguin
Take a bus bound for Cagayan de Oro and get off at Balingoan Bus Terminal. Walk towards the port and ride a ferry to Camiguin.
TRANSPORTATIONThe whole island of Camiguin can be toured in just 1 day via its circumferential road. In going around, public transportation is available but it is scarce. I recommend that you get a habal-habal (single motorcycle) or a multicab to easily visit all the tourist spots in the island. The best thing with Camguin is that they're transport service is well organized, there is a standard rate so you wouldn't get fooled by operators who tend to overprice.
RATES PER DAY:
Habal-Habal (with the driver) - PHP 800/day
Habal-Habal (without the driver) - PHP 500/day
Habal-Habal (without the driver) - PHP 400/day if 3 to 7 days
Habal-Habal (without the driver) - negotiable if more than 7 days
Multicab - PHP 1,200 - 1,500
Jojo Ocular - 0905-9566288
He knows well where to bring you and gives a handful of information on the spots you go to. He will be your tour guide, travel companion and photographer rolled into one. Highly recommended!
ACCOMMODATIONSSince I only did a day tour of Camiguin, I won't be able to recommend any accommodation in the island. But there are a number of accommodations available, from expensive resorts and hotels to cheap and affordable hostels, guest houses and inns. Click here or download this for a list of accommodations in Camiguin.
ITINERARYHere's my suggested itinerary for a day tour in Camiguin.
05:30 AM - CDO - Balingoan
07:30 AM - ETA at Balingoan Ferry Terminal
08:00 AM - ETD for Camiguin
09:00 AM - ETA in Camiguin
09:30 AM - Start of the tour
10:00 AM - Cantaan Giant Clams
11:00 AM - Old Catarman Church Ruins
11:30 AM - Via Crosses, Old Volcano Trail
12:00 NN - Sunken Cemetery
12:30 PM - LUNCH
01:30 PM - White Island
03:00 PM - Catheral and Capitol
03:30 PM - Katibawasan Falls
04:30 PM - ETD for Benoni Port
05:00 PM - ETD for Balingoan Port
06:00 PM - ETA in Balingoan
08:00 PM - ETA in Cagayan de Oro City
THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Giant Clams Ocean Nursery
- Old Catarman Church Ruins
- Old Volcano Trail
- Sunken Cemetery
- See the Ancestral Houses
- White Island / Sandbar
- San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral
- Camiguin Provincial Capitol
- Katibawasan Falls
Other tourist spots:
- Tuasan Falls
- Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool
- Esperanza Ardent Hot Spring
- Sto. Nino Cold Spring
- Macao Cold Spring
- Tangub Hot Spring
- Taguines Lagoon
- Mantigue Island
- Mt. Hibok Hibok
LANZONES FESTIVALYou may also opt to visit the island in October during their celebration of the Lanzones Festival. Celebrated every 3rd weekend of October is a two day grand festival where sweet Camiguin lazones harvests are proudly displayed. Highlights of the festival include street dancing competitions that feature traditional dance with participants in colorful ethnic costumes.
TRAVEL EXPENSESFor the summary of travel expenses of this 3-day Northern Mindanao Adventure, click here.
CONTACT DETAILSTransport Services
Jojo Ocular - 0905-9566288
Camiguin Provincial Tourism Office
(088)3871097 loc. 119-120
This is part of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure that happened last August 6-8, 2011. Camiguin is the 32nd province on my list and this Northern Mindanao adventure is my 7th solo trip.
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