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Camiguin PHILIPPINES

Paradise Born of Fire: A Camiguin Travel Guide

October 7, 2019
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On the Bohol Sea lies an island⁠—the island province of Camiguin that astounds all visitors with its natural undisturbed beauty. You wouldn’t expect that an island with seven volcanoes and several volcano domes would be filled with such lush greenery, an immaculate coastline, and a multitude of natural attractions. But it was those same volcanic eruptions that molded Camiguin into the wonder it is today.

Camiguin Pre-Travel Reminders


How to Get There

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Flight from Manila. A domestic flight costs around ₱4,000 and travel time takes a little under 4 hours. Make sure you book ahead to get a better deal!

Ferry from Bohol. Ride a ferry from Jagna Port to Camiguin Balbagon Port. Fare costs around ₱425 and travel time takes 4 hours so make sure you get an early start!

Are you from Bacolod? Check out how to get from Bacolod to Bohol on my last travel guide!

Bus and Ferry from Cagayan de Oro. Take a 2-hour bus from Agora in CDO to Balingoan Port (₱150). Next, ride a ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port in Camiguin (₱150); travel time is 1 hour. From there, take a taxi heading to your resort (₱180-220) which will take less than 30 mins. Camiguin is a small island, after all.


Where to Stay

₱2,500 and up:

Tongatok Cliff Resort – you came to Camiguin with white beaches in mind and Tongatok delivers it to your doorstep, literally!

Paras Beach Resort – people have been talking about this beach resort since FOREVER and I can totally understand why.

₱2,000 and below:

Bintana sa Paraiso – a window in paradise, indeed. This resort offers everything you’ve ever wanted and more!

Lanzones Cabana – WiFi access and budget-friendly? Sign me up!

Pabua’s Cottages – a quaint place that makes you feel right at home

D & A Seaside Cottages – okay so this place has a pool and is by the beach aka a (thrifty) mermaid’s dream come true!


How to Get Around

The best way to travel is by taking a habal-habal or a motorcycle around the island. Short trips will cost around ₱10 and trips to farther destinations can go as high as ₱200. You can also charter it for a day which will cost you around ₱800 but it’ll be worth it since the driver can also serve as your tour guide around the area. However, if you can drive it yourself, you’ll only have to spend half as much (₱400)!

However, the most convenient way to travel for groups is by chartering a multi-cab. This can cost upwards of 1,700 PHP so bring some friends!


3D2N Itinerary and Budget Guide

For those of you that are already excited to plan your trip, here’s a 3D2N Itinerary along with the average estimated costs of a 3 day and 2 night trip to Camiguin! (Note: All computations are approximations, you should still counter-check it with other sources to get the most accurate budget estimate)

SAMPLE 3 DAY 2 NIGHTS ITINERARY

🏖DAY 1 via Cebu

1:00 PM Arrival in Camiguin

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Travel time to Hotel/Resort

1:30PM Check in to Tongatok Resort

1:30PM to 2:30PM Lunch and freshen up

2:30PM to 3:15 PM Head to Tuasan Falls

3:15PM to 4:15 PM Marvel at the beauty of Tuasan falls while also taking a dip

4:15PM to 5:00 PM Head to Old Gui-ob Church Ruins
5:00 PM to 5:20 PM Explore the Ruins at golden hour
5:20 PM to 5:25 PM Head to Sunken Cemetery
5:35 PM to 6:20 PM Catch Sunset at the Sunken Cemetery
6:20 PM to 6:40 PM Head back to Tongatok Resort
7:30PM Dinner

✍️Expenses for 2 person

Accommodation:

Get the average for 3 prices (budget, mid level, semi high end ) since every traveler has his/her
own preference of accomodation
700 + 2,000 + 4000 PHP / 3 = 2,233 PHP/ 2 = 1,116 PHP each x 2 nights = 2232 PHP Each

Transportation for 1 whole day 2 PAX
Get the average for the 3 kinds of transpo since every traveler has his/her
own preference of transportation.
( motorcycle: 400, tricycle: 800, multicab: 1500 )
400+800+1500/3 = 900/ 2 persons = 450 each

Food: 600PHP

200 PHP per meal x 3 meals = 600 PHP

Others: 230PHP

Sunken Cemetery boat + Tip – 200 PHP ( optional if you want to go to the cross itself )

Tuason Falls – 30 PHP

TOTAL: 3,512 PHP

🏖DAY 2

4:45 AM to 5:15 AM Change and Breakfast

5:15 AM to 5:35 AM Head to the white island ferry terminal

5:40 AM to 6:00 AM Boat to the island

6:00AM to 9:00 AM Relax and Immerse yourself on this beautiful island

9:00 AM to 9:20 AM Head back to the ferry terminal

9:20 AM to 10:00 AM Head to Katibawasan falls

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Marvel and get drenched at one of the most tallest waterfall in the Philippines

11:00 AM to 11:40 AM Head to Mantigue ferry terminal

11:40 AM to 12:10 PM Boat ride to Mantigue island ‘

12:10 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Enjoy walking around the island, swimming and snorkeling

3:30 PM to 4:00 PM boat ride back to the terminal

4:00 PM to 4:10 PM Head to Katunggan Park

4:10 PM to 4:30 PM explore the Mangrove park

4:30 PM to 5:20 PM Head back to the resort to catch sunset

5:20 PM to 6:00 PM Sunset watching at Tongatok cliff Resort

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Dinner

✍️Expenses

Transportation for 1 whole day 2 PAX
Get the average for the 3 kinds of transpo since every traveler has his/her
own preference of transportation.
( motorcycle: 400, tricycle: 800, multicab GOOD FOR 8 PAX: 1500 )
400+800+1500/3 = 900/ 2 persons = 450 each

Roundtrip Boat to White Sandbar – 2700 php for a boat that’s good for 6 = 450 php each
Others: 190PHP

Entrance & Environmental Fee – 40 PHP

Table & Umbrella – 150 PHP

Katibawasan Falls – 30 PHP

Boat to Mantigue: 3300 PHP good for 6 persons / 6 = 550 PHP

Katunggan Mangrove Park – 20 PHP

Others: 490PHP

Snorkel – 150 PHP

Fins Rental – 150 PHP

Snorkeling Fee – 50 PHP

Swimming at the sanctuary – 20 PHP

Environmental Fee – 20 PHP

Long table – 100 PHP

Food: 600PHP

200 PHP per meal x 3 meals = 600 PHP

Total: 2,760 PHP

🏖DAY 3

6:00 AM Wake up

6:30 AM to 7:00 AM Head to Ardent Hotsprings

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Enjoy the Hot springs

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM head to Mt. Hibok hibok View point

8:30 AM to 8:45 AM take good pictures and enjoy the view

8:45 AM to 9:20 AM head back to the hotel

9:20 AM to 10:00 AM fix and get ready to check out

10:00 AM to 10:25 AM head to the La Dolce Vita

10:25 AM to 11:00 AM Early lunch at an authentic italian resto

12:00 PM – Flight back to Cebu/Manila

Expenses:

Transportation for half day
Get the average for the 3 kinds of transpo since every traveler has his/her
own preference of transportation.
( motorcycle: 200, tricycle: 400, multicab: 800 )
400+800+200/3 = 466/ 2 persons = 233 each

Ardent Hot Spring Entrance Fee – 30 PHP
Food: 500 PHP
250 PHP per meal x 2 meals = 500 PHP

TOTAL: 763 PHP

TOTAL EXPENSES: 7,035 PHP FOR EACH PERSON for the grand total for a 2 person itinerary*


Things to Do

Lounge around on Camiguin White Island

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While not really an island, this beautiful white sandbar looks straight out of a postcard. No wonder it’s such a coveted travel destination for tourists! The turquoise blue waters will entice you to staying there the whole day.

Expenses: Take an outrigger boat from Rocky Village in Yumbing, Mambajao. A boat for 5pax costs ₱600 (roundtrip) so make sure your bring some friends that are willing to split the bill.

Relax in the Pools of Mt. Hibok-hibok Ardent Hot Spring

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Another place to visit is the Ardent Hot Springs! We were not able to visit the hot springs so above is just a picture of us with the view of Mt. Hibok Hibok! However, if you decided to dip in the hot springs, I guarantee it will be one of the most relaxing experiences. Crystal clear and going up to 40°C, the pools are the perfect way to cap off your day in Camiguin so save (and savor) it for last!

Expenses: habal-habal ride to the spring costs around ₱80-100 depending on how far it is from your resort. Entrance fee is only ₱30, too!

Dip into the refreshing Sto. Niño Cold Spring

If hot springs aren’t your thing, might I recommend a cold spring, instead? The big pool reaches 2 meters deep and looks almost like commercial swimming pool, except for the endless supply of bubbly spring water coming from the sandy bottom! It’s super stunning in person and even has a smaller, shallower pool for kiddos.

Expenses: The spring is located in Catarman and has an entrance fee of ₱30.

Refresh at Tuasan Falls

Camiguin-Complete-Travel-Guide-Tia-LacsonThe most popular waterfall in the island, is just a few minutes away from the cold springs. Tucked in the jungle and accessible via a short hike since the public transportation can only take you so far, this quiet and unspoiled waterfall is definitely a must visit for nature lovers.

Splash around Katibawasan Falls

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Next, we’re heading to Katibawasan Falls! I can’t even begin to describe how stunning to see this scenic waterfall in person was. It’s not enormous, but the narrow 70m stream made it look so enchanting, and it fell into a pool surrounded by lush greenery and orchids; it felt like another world! A must-visit-again!

Expenses: The falls is located in Mambajao and is easily accessible. Entrance fee is around ₱30


Other beautiful sites in Camiguin

Go and Bask in Mantigue Island

 

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Visit the Sunken Cemetery

 

Visit the Old Spanish Ruins

Katunggan mangrove park

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Where to Eat:

La Dolce Vita

Honestly, this is the perfect place to have lunch on your first day in Camiguin! You have to try out their pizza: a sweet life, indeed!

Tongatok Cliff Resort

To me, this is the best place to have dinner after soaking at Ardent Hot Springs. You also get a stunning view of the sunset if you’re nearby!

Try their”Kiping” also known as casava chips with brown sugar syrup

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