How to get to Camiguin
Camiguin can be reached via three ways. One is via Bohol at Jagna Port; via direct flight to Mambajao Airport from Mactan Airport Cebu and via Balingoan Port at Misamis Oriental in Mindanao. The latter is the more famous route which we actually took.
Coming from Manila, we flew to Cagayan De Oro City at Mindanao and from CDO's Lumbia Airport, we took a car (fare is P250) to drop us at Agora Market Terminal to catch a bus to Balingoan. Fare is P140 for airconditioned while P60 is for regular. The ride is about 3 hours. Once you reach the Balingoan terminal, you may wish to walk your way (about 200 meters) to Balingoan port or rent a motorella for P7 each to the port.
|Agora Market Terminal, Cagayan De Oro|
|Balingoan Bus Terminal|
From Balingoan port, you may get a roro ticket for P170 each to Camiguin. These boats leave every 30 minutes and the travel time is about an hour before you reach Benoni port of Mahinog, Camiguin.
|Balingoan Port. Camiguin Island at the back.|
|Benoni Port, Camiguin|
As soon as you reach Benoni port, people will be offering their motorcycle or van rentals to you. You can rent a motorcycle (habal-habal) with or without driver to tour you around the island or if you are a in a group, they may offer you a multicab (a small van). Motorella (a motorcycle fitted with a jeepney-type passenger cabin) is the main transport in the island for short distances.
We have personally opted to rent a motorcycle as I am only with my wife and I do the driving. It costs P500/day.
For tours (transportation + driver/tour guide) you may contact Sauro at +63 927 2751086
For motorcycle rentals, you may contact Jonel at +63 927 6307606
|L-R: Jonel (Transportation), Myself, Sauro (Tours), Bibot (Hibok-Hibok Guide)|
Sauro and Jonel are very helpful for my transportation needs and you may call them anytime if you would not like to drive and they will send you a driver or a bigger transportation. They even helped me out in getting a place to stay and a guide to climbing Hibok-Hibok Volcano.
For more information on the prices of tours, you may check the flyer below as it was given by Sauro.
Sauro did the negotiation on finding us a hotel and we did get a steal for P800 per day with a big room/house with 2 queen sized beds. We stayed at Paguia Cottages at Yumbing town and we are satisfied with the accommodation and the accessibility of restaurants and tourist spots (specifically White Island). The contact person for the hotel is Ruby (a guy) at +63 915 3664963.
For more info on Paguia Cottages, you may check our article here.
The Camiguin Experience
After we have our transportation, accommodation and itinerary set up we then headed up on our 1st day adventure.
Heading on with our roadtrip using a Honda XRM 125cc, we then rode to Camiguin's west side and started off with the Sunken Cemetery. It was once a cemetery of the 19th century that was pushed below sea level by rushing lava from Mt. Vulcan's eruption and is now called Pasil Reef which is a great dive site. For more info, you may check our our article Sunken Cemetery, a cemetery turned Coral Reef.
|Sunken Cemetery (Pasil Reef)|
|Gui-ob Church Ruins|
After getting back down, we then head back to our hotel and they arranged for us a tour to the only white sand bar at Camiguin, the White Island which is about 1.5 kilometers away from the shore of Agoho town. The boat ride costs P400 and we were out there in no time doing our jump shots and enjoying the waves.
Know more about our White Island experience White Island, A majestic solitary sand bar at Camiguin.
|White Island, Camiguin|
We woke up early at 5:00 AM as we will be mapping the Yumbing-Ardent Trail of Hibok-Hibok Volcano Traverse. Of which it took us 15 hours to finish. It was a successful mission for Schadow1 Expeditions with the help of our guide, Bibot who can be reached at +63 906 1192537.
Check the whole account of conquering Hibok-Hibok Volcano here: Conquering Hibok-Hibok Volcano 1337 MASL
|The Hibok-Hibok Volcano Crater|
After a gruelling climb, we satisfied ourselves with pizza from Terraza, an Italian restaurant along the main road of Yumbing Town.
We then regained back our strength from a long sleep and re-started our Camiguin Road trip. But now, starting from its east side. Starting off at Katibawasan Falls. You may check out the complete article here: Katibawasan Falls, grandeur with the waterfall flowing from Mt. Campana.
And then checked out the only Ostrich Farm in the Philippines, located at Mahinog town, Camiguin. It a great experience on interacting with these big birds! Ostrich Farm, Camiguin - The only ostrich facility in the Philippines
|Road to Cantaan Giant Clams|
We then continued our road trip and headed to Sto. Niño Cold Springs to soothe ourselves from the very hot weather. It was a relaxing swim together with the fishes! Check out our full article Sto Nino Cold Springs, Camiguin.
|Sto Niño Cold Springs|
Having circled the whole Camiguin Island, we caught up the sunset while riding at Bonbon Town in Camiguin.
|Sunset at the Main Highway at Bonbon, Camiguin|
After a long road trip, we then headed back to the opposite side of Camiguin, back to Mambajao and dipped ourselves to the soothing Ardent Hot springs by the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Ardent Hot Springs - relaxing dip after an H2 Traverse.
It is pack up time. However, it would not be complete if we had not had a taste of Camiguin's specialty, the Pastel! It is a bread bun stuffed with creamy and sweet pastillas. It costs P75 per box of 6 and can be bought at Vjandep Bakery at Mambajao, their main office. These are also available at Benoni Pier and even at Cagayan de Oro airport.
|The creamy Pastel, Camiguin's Delicacy|
|Day 1: Road Trip and White Island|
|Lumbia to Agora||250*|
|Agora to Balingoan||140|
|Balingoan to Camiguin||170|
|Gui-ob Church Ruins||10|
|Day 2: Hibok Hibok Climb|
|Day 3: Road Trip|
|Sto Nino Cold Springs||20|
|Ardent Hot Spring||30|
|Day 4: Pack Up|
|Camiguin to Balingoan||170|
|Balingoan to Agora||140|
|Agora to Lumbia||200**|
* can be shared by two people
** can be shared up to 4 people
The waypoints, road and tracks data gathered in this Camiguin Roadtrip has been mapped and contributed to the +OpenStreetMap Philippines project for free use of travelers who plan to roam around Camiguin with GPS assistance.
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For a more detailed account of Schadow1 Expeditions on its 4-day Camiguin Adventure and Mapping Expedition, check on the links below:
- Camiguin Island Roadtrip - discovering the best of Camiguin for four days
- Conquering Hibok-Hibok Volcano 1337 MASL
- Mt. Vulcan Trail 580 MASL
- White Island - A majestic solitary sandbar at Camiguin
- Gui-ob Church Ruins - a reminder of Mt. Vulcan's Eruptive Past
- Sunken Cemetery, a cemetery turned coral reef
- Katibawasan Falls, grandeur with the waterfall flowing from Mt. Campana
- Ostrich Farm, Camiguin - the only ostrich facility in the Philippines
- Sto. Niño Cold Springs, Camiguin
- Ardent Hot Springs - relaxing dip after an H2 Traverse
- Paguia Cottages, a budget resort with big hotel-type rooms