Camiguin is a small volcanic island located in northern tip of Mindanao where Mount Hibok-Hibok—one of the active volcano in the Philippines— is situated. This gives a reason why the island is dubbed as “Island Born of Fire”.
For my year-end backpacking trip,I booked a flight from Iloilo to Cagayan De Oro and traveled by road to Camiguin. If long road-trips makes you feel uncomfortable, then you can book a direct flight to Camiguin via Cebu Pacific from Cebu City.
HOW TO GET THERE:
- From Cagayan De Oro airport,ride a shuttle van direct to Agora Terminal where you can catch a bus or van bound to Camiguin.
Travel Time: 2-3hours
200 pesos- CDO airport to Agora Terminal
100 pesos – Van to Camiguin (Balingoan port)
From Balingoan port, ride a ferry to Camiguin Island which leaves every hour.
Travel Time:45 minutes
Fare: 170 pesos (w/terminal fee)
- From Cebu, book a flight direct in Cebu Pacific to Mambajao airport.
- From Bohol,ride a ferry or fast craft to Camiguin island. The estimated travel time is 4 hours.
I arrived in the island around 6PM and texted Kuya Eric,a local guide, to fetch me up. There are lots of accommodations in the island,however, most of them were fully booked on weekend.Good thing, Kuya Eric helped me to find a room that would fit my budget. After half an hour of strolling, I decided to stay in Lucky 7 Haven that offers 500 pesos for a fan room.It has a private bathroom, 3 twin size bed,cable TV and balcony.
The island tour is normally cost 1000 pesos excluding entrance fees on every tourist spots. You can also wander around Camiguin by renting motorcycles for a day that would cost 600 pesos.
Boat Fee-450 pesos
-Kuya Eric let me join in a group to cut the expense for boat fee.A boat can accomodate 5persons.
Terminal Fee – 20 pesos
Entrance Fee-30 pesos
Boat fee -100
-no entrance fee
Other tourist spots:
OLD SPANISH CHURCH
MT.HIBOK HIBOK ARDENT SPRING
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
SODA WATER POOL
If you want to explore the island of Camiguin,I recommend Kuya Eric to help you getting around for a whole day.He owns a motorbike that can only accommodate 1-2 persons for the tour.For further information, contact him on this number 09161152602.
Feel free to email me for questions.