Camiguin is a cool and amazing island province situated in the Bohol Sea, Philippines. It is about 6.2 miles off the northern coast of Mindanao. This magnificent island is one of the smallest provinces of the country. In fact, it is the second smallest province in terms of the population and land area. Mambajao is Camiguin’s capital and it is the largest municipality of the island.
To get to Camiguin island, from Cagayan de Oro City you can ride a bus or van from Agora Bus Terminal that is bound to Balingoan Port. Bus fare would range from 120 to 150 pesos depending if you’ll take the air-conditioned bus or the regular bus. It is recommended to take the air-conditioned bus to avoid many stops. Travel time from Cagayan de Oro Agora Bus Terminal to Balingoan Bus Terminal is around 2 to 3 hours.
Upon reaching Balingoan Bus Terminal, you can walk to the port and take a barge going to Camiguin Island. Just prepare around 150 to 180 pesos for the ferry fare, terminal fee and environmental fee. Travel time from Benoni Wharf (Balingoan) to the island is around one hour to 2 hours.
First trip from Balingoan Port to Camiguin is scheduled to leave around 5:30AM and the last trip is around 4:30PM. Ferries that leave out from Camiguin to Balingoan Port are scheduled hourly from 4:30am to 6:00PM.
When you reach Camiguin Island, you can take jeepney, motor hire or multicab going to Mambajao Town Proper. If you’re travelling in groups, you can hire jeepney or multicab for a day to take you around the island (price would range from 1,500 to 2,000 pesos) and the drivers will also be your tour guide.
PLACES TO VISIT IN CAMIGUIN ISLAND
WHITE ISLAND would be first on our list because of its picture perfect view. This is an uninhabited white sandbar situated around 1.4 kilometers off the northern shore of Mambajao in the volcanic island of Camiguin in the Philippines. White Island Sandbar is constantly incorporated into each explorer’s and visit organization’s basin list because of the peacefulness and placidness the island offers.
Boat rentals can be found at the ocean side close to Paras Beach Resort. A small boat can be leased for a roundtrip trek to the island for PHP 400 – PHP 500, good for 3 to 4 travelers. A few boats have rooftop covers while others don’t. Make sure to carry a few towels or caps with you to cover yourself from the burning heat of the sun. Travel time takes about 15 minutes.
In the event that you are fond of dawn photography, secure your boat rental reservation the day before, to maintain a strategic distance from the bother. First trip going to White Island is at around 5:30 AM. Catching the dawn from White Island’s point of view is an extraordinary open door. Then again, for dusk photography lovers, water crafts are just permitted in White Island until 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM. The reason is that most water crafts, if not all, don’t have lights or lights with them.
MANTIGUE ISLAND (otherwise called as Magsaysay Island) is a little 4.4-hectare island off the shoreline of Mahinog. From Mahinog, you can rent a boat and the rental fee would range from 550 to 600 pesos.
Its magnificence lies in the white fine shorelines, its stunning coral reefs and clear blue waters. Considered a marine asylum, it has been an incessant spot for jumping fans. Even though it is small, the island has a flourishing group of anglers and ocean growth agriculturists. Inside the island is a little territory for vacationers to camp. There are tables accessible for rental and crisp fish for flame broiling. You can stroll around Mantigue Island’s white shorelines in under 60 minutes.
OTHER PLACES TO VIST
- KATIBAWASAN FALLS
- TONGATOC COVE
- ARDENT HOTSPRING
- STO. NINO COLD SPRING
- OLD CHURCH RUINS
- SUNKEN CEMETERY
- BALAI SA BAIBAI