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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!


5D4N Itinerary and Budget Guide

For those of you that are already excited to plan your trip, here’s a 5D4N Itinerary along with the average estimated costs of a 5 day and 4 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)

DAY 1

11:00AM Arrival in Camiguin

12:00NN to 1:30PM Lunch before heading to your hotel/resort

2:00PM Check in to your hotel

2:30PM to 3:30PM Freshen up and get ready for the beach!

3:30PM to 4:00PM Head to White Sandbar via boat

5:30PM Sunset-viewing

6:30PM Head back to the mainland

7:30PM Dinner

Expenses:

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 4 nights = 4467 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

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

Food: 600PHP

200 PHP per meal x 3 meals = 600 PHP

Others: 190PHP

Entrance & Environmental Fee – 40 PHP

Table & Umbrella – 150 PHP

TOTAL: 6,157 PHP

DAY 2

8:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM Start heading out for the tour

10:30AM Old Gui-ob Church Ruins

11:00AM Walkway to the Old Volcano

12:00NN to 2:00PM Lunch

3:00PM Sto. Niño Cold Spring

3:45PM Sunken Cemetery

5:00PM Head back to your resort and freshen up for…

6:30PM …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

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 )

Sto. Niño Cold Spring Entrance Fee – 30 PHP
TOTAL: 1,280 PHP

DAY 3

8:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM Katunggan Mangrove Park

12:00NN Lunch

2:00PM Tuason Falls

3:00PM Katibawasan Falls

4:00PM Ardent Hot Springs

5:30PM Watch the sunset at Tongatok Cliff Resort

6:30PM Dinner

7:30PM Head back to your resort (or if you’re staying at Tongatok, get some shut-eye 😉 )

Expenses:

Transportation for 1 whole day
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: 80PHP

Katunggan Mangrove Park – 20 PHP

Tuason Falls – 30 PHP

Katibawasan Falls – 30 PHP

TOTAL: 1130 PHP

DAY 4

6:30AM Breakfast

7:30AM Head to Brgy. Mahinog (jump off point to Mantigue Island)

8:30AM Registration

9:00AM Travel to Mantigue Island

12:00NN Lunch

1:00PM Head back to Brgy. Mahinog

3:00PM Head to Benoni for the Camiguin Zipline

4:00PM Head back to your resort

5:30PM Early Dinner

6:30PM Rest up because we’re going home tomorrow!

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: 1500 )
400+800+1500/3 = 900/ 2 persons = 450 each

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

Food: 600PHP

200 PHP per meal x 3 meals = 600 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

TOTAL: 2,090 PHP

DAY 5

7:30AM Breakfast

8:30AM Head to the port and head home!

Expenses:

Transportation
Multicab to Roro port/airport : 1000 (for accomodations that is far off ) / 2 persons = 500 php each
Multicab to Roro port/ airport: 500 ( for accomodations that is close to the city center) = 250 php each
Get the average 1000+500/2 = 750 php
Breakfast: 200 php
TOTAL: 950 PHP

TOTAL EXPENSES: 11,607 PHP FOR EACH PERSON ROUND UP TO 12,000 PHP 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! This is probably one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve ever had while travelling. 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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