Settled in the northern Mindanao, Philippines, is a pear-formed volcanic island of Camiguin, relevantly called as the “Island Born of Fire”. It is about 100 kilometers north of Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental.
It can be considered as the Hawaii of the South East Asia as this island was made by volcanic emissions and land developments. It has a sum of seven volcanoes, one of which is the dynamic Mount Hibok-Hibok that last emitted in 1953. Having been honored by regular miracles and recorded fortunes, the island is really a heaven.
Among the most well known points of interest of Camiguin is a uninhabited white island that is around two kilometers off the shore of Agoho. It is really a sandbar that offers a pleasant perspective of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. This sandbar submerges generously amid high tides.
HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN
Via Cagayan de Oro. Most major airlines fly to Cagayan de Oro City (Laguindingan Airport), the most usual gateway for tourists visiting Camiguin. The most important note to consider when booking a flight to Cagayan de Oro is the schedule.
There is another way of getting to Camiguin that doesn’t have that much of a time pressure. One can travel to the Balingoan Pier and take a ferry to Benoni Wharf in Camiguin.
- At the airport, take a shuttle to the city center (P200)
- At the Agora Bus Terminal, ride the bus/van bound for Balingoan (Fare: P120, Travel time: 1.5-2 hours)
- Board the ferry to Benoni Wharf, Camiguin! (170 fare + 15php terminal fee)
From Benoni Port, you can hire multicabs for your round-the-island tour, including the ride to your hotel. A day tour would cost around ₱1,500 for a group of 6 to 10. Solo travelers may rent motorbikes (Habal-habal). Habal-habal fees are as follows:
- Habal-habal with driver = ₱800/day +(200 if you want to see giant clamps, ostrich farm, Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Katunggan Mangrove Park in Mahinog )
- Habal-habal without driver = ₱500/day
- Habal-habal without driver for 3-7 days rent = ₱400/day
PLACES TO VISIT IN CAMIGUIN IN JUST 1 Day
1. WHITE ISLAND – Medan Island (or Medano Islet) is 10 minutes away from the northern coast of Camiguin. Resorts also offer their own day tours to this pristine, powdery paradise.
Boat Rental : 400 maximum of 6 person in a boat with life vest
Goggles/Snorkel gear Rental: 100php
Entrance Fee :20php
2. Walkway To Old Volcano –just skip it if you want, only you can see in here was the station of the cross
3. Sunken Cemetery –There used to be a graveyard where the cross marker erects until a volcanic ejection and quake submerged the spot under the ocean. It speaks to the continually changing scene of the little island with its not one but rather seven volcanoes, some of them still dynamic. It additionally speaks to the assurance of the general population here to constantly move the tune of the island’s continually evolving geology. Fine, you can lease a vessel to get to the cross marker. One can likewise plunge submerged yet our guide said there is not a lot to see any longer as the burial ground has been taken by the ocean.
4. Katibawasan Falls – not advisable to visit according to our guide because few water coming out.
5. Gui-ob Ruins-Located in Brgy. Bonbon in Catarman, the Old Guiob Church Ruins was one of the structures that remained standing after the disastrous eruption.
No Entrance fee but Donation are welcome 🙂
6. Ardent Hot Spring Resort – not advisable to visit hot spring are not working due to the recently typhoon.
Entrance Fee :30php
7. Bura Soda Pool- don’t expect you will taste the flavor of coke or sprite, its just a carbonated water. skip this place if you want to see the other place in a limited time also just a big pool.
Entrance Fee :30php
8. Sto. Nino Cold Spring – At first glance, the Big Pool is much like your ordinary resort swimming pool. The difference becomes obvious as soon as you get a good look at its bottom — sandy, pebbly, and bubbly, as spring water makes its way to the surface. Once I took a dip, I knew how different it really was — it was cold. Not freezing cold but definitely colder than the usual, around 20 degrees Celsius.
9. Katunggan Mangrove Park in Mahinog –Mahinog’s Katunggan Park is a small mangrove forest that has been converted into a viewing area to showcase the black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans).
Entrance Fee :
10. Ostrich Farm –Located in Mahinog in the island province of Camiguin, the Ostrich Farm is the only one of its kind in the country. When we reached the area its was closed time check was already 4pm , saturday that’s why we are not able to see the entire place.
11. Tuasan Falls – no entrance will be the next attraction soon once its will developed.
12. Tongatoc Cove – Just a quick stop here for a photo opt would be fine. It is more of an overlooking spot where you can appreciate the view.
13. The Giant Clam Sanctuary in Camiguin is located in a bay near Cantaan. In there lies a beautiful white sand beach named Kaliba Beach where a sanctuary of giant clams awaits the visitors. Kabila Giant Clam Conservation and Ocean Nursery homes more than 2,600 clams including the giant clams in which one can find the seven (out of nine) species of giant clams in the world.
14. Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary –Its an old church that is being repaired
We visit the place in just 1 day, yes 1 day only. for every tourist spot we just stayed for 15-30 min for our goal to tour the entire Camiguin island. and almost 2 hours in Giant Clamp Sanctuary.
4:30am- 5:45am = balingoan pier to benoni pier
6:00am-6:30am = Benoni port to Pabuas cottage
6:30am-7:00am = Breakfast and Preparation
7:00am- 8:00am= White Island
8:30am-8:40am = Tongatoc Cove
8:40am-9:15am = Tuasan Falls
9:15am- 9:30am = Sunken Cemetery
9:30am- 9:50am =Gui-ob Ruins
10:00am-10:20am = Bura Soda Pool
10:30am -11:00am = Sto. Nino Cold Spring
11:00am to 11:30am= Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
11:30am-12:30am = lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm = giant clamp sanctuary
2:30pm- 3:20pm =Katunggan Mangrove Park in Mahinog
3:20pm-4:00pm =Ostrich Farm
Expenses good for two:
Fare roundtrip: 370php
Habal- Habal Tour :800php+200 /2 = 500
Boat Rent: 400php /2 =200
Entrance Fee: 20php
Giant Clamp Sanctuary: 350php package
Mangrove Park: 20php
Bura Soda Pool & Sto. Nino Cold Spring: 30×2= 60