Exploring the Island “Born of Fire”: A commuter’s guide from a Camiguinon

Camiguin Island has lured so many tourists from around the world. Though considered as the second smallest island province in the country-Philippines, it should never be underestimated as it is packed with nature-tailored attractions. Its size is just a number. No wonder why many people come and come again to Camiguin.

If you are thinking of going to Camiguin but don’t know where to start. Then you’ve found the right place! This article will surely be your best friend with “how to get there” guides from a certified Camiguinon.

Where is Camiguin Island located?

Camiguin Island is located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao. For more detailed information about Camiguin Island, refer to this (source).

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Location of Camiguin Island as shown using Google Map (https://www.google.com.ph/maps/@9.5318788,124.0717187,8z?hl=en&authuser=0)

What are the tourist spots/attractions in the Island?

The island is gifted with natural tourist spots. Listed below are the 18 tourist destinations where you can visit and enjoy. Click here for a complete description and photos of 15 of these places (based on my personal choices) as well as how to get there.

  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Ardent Hot Spring
  • Camiguin Nightscapes (stargazing park)
  • White Island Beach
  • Mt. Hibok-Hibok
  • Walkway to the Old Volcano
  • Old Guiob Church Ruins
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Bee Farm
  • St. Nino Cold Spring
  • Soda Water Pool
  • Tuasan Falls
  • Binangawan Falls
  • Pamunglo Cold Spring
  • Giant Clam Conservatory
  • Katunggan Park
  • Mantigue Island
  • Taguines Lagoon

What are the things that I can do in Camiguin Island?

If you’re still in doubt whether going to Camiguin will be worth all the sweat, here are the top 15 things that you can do on the island that will surely convince you to pack your things NOW!

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Diving/Snorkeling
  • Picnic at the beach
  • Taking IG-worthy photographs
  • Cycling or rent a motorbike and go around the Island
  • Sun Bathing
  • Visit sanctuaries
  • Cultural and historical tour (ruins, churches, ancestral houses)
  • Watching the sunset
  • Relaxing/Swimming in the springs
  • Bring home a box or two of famous Vjandep’s Pastel
  • Taste Camiguin’s delicious Lanzones (harvest is often on the 3rd week of October)
  • Visit the restaurants and EAT

Truly, the island is full of exciting adventures that await you! Now, let’s get started with the very heart of this article.

How will I get there?

Getting to the island will obviously depend on where your point of origin is. There are three (3) points of entry to the island: Camiguin (CGM) Airport, Balbagon Port and Benoni Port.

CEBU-CAMIGUIN (via Plane)

Camiguin (CGM) Airport accepts, ONLY, flights departing from Mactan International Aiport, Cebu with Cebu Pacific Air (as of this writing). As of today (January 18, 2017), the departure of the flights are:

  • CEBU-CAMIGUIN: 5:45 AM
  •  CAMIGUIN-CEBU:  6:50 AM
  • Only one flight per day (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun) is available.

MANILA-CEBU-CAMIGUIN (via Plane)

If you will leave from Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), you can just have a connecting flight from NAIA, Manila to Mactan Int’l Airport, Cebu to Camiguin (CGM) Airport.

*For budget and convenience tips: It will be better if you only have one carry-on baggage (7kgs). You can save a lot of money from paying for a check-in baggage, some time and a little less of a hassle!

You can also take this route: MNL-CDO-CGM (via Plane-Bus-Ferry)

NAIA, Manila(MNL) » Laguindingan Aiport, Cagayan De Oro (CDO)

  • Travel time: 1hr and 30minutes
  • Flight carriers: Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines
  • Flight schedule: 4:00 AM -9:00 PM

Laguindingan Aiport » Agora, CDO

  • Travel time: 1hr (36.2 km)
  • Taxi: Flag down rate is 40.00Php (white)  and 70.00Php (yellow)
    • Also, you may negotiate some drivers for a fix fare. “I had rented a taxi(white) from Laguindingan Aiport to CdO proper for only Php600.00, though.”
  • Bus:
    • From Languindingan Airport, take a SuperFive shuttle (Fare: Php20.00-Php50.00) to take you to the Bus pick-up point.
    • Take a bus from the pick-up point/national highway going to Bulua Bus Terminal, CDO (Fare: Php50.00-Php80.00; varies bet. aircon and non-aircon)
    • From Bulua Bus Terminal, you can have a Jeepney (Fare: Php13.00) going to CDO proper
  • Express Vans: There are a lot of options that you can choose from but I would just give you two(2) of the best: Magnum Express and LAX.
  • Magnum Express: Its vans are located outside the airport (arrival area)
    • Schedule: 4:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Terminal in CDO is at Limketkai Mall
    • Fare:Php199.00 -Php249.00
    • Contact No.: 852-1999 or 09998887999 for further inquiries
  • LAX Shuttle(Laguindingan Airport Express): Can be found just outside the arrival area of Laguindingan Aiport
    • Schedule:4:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Terminal in CDO is at Centrio Mall (entrance and exit)
    • Fare:199.00Php -249.00Php
    • Contact Nos.: 09177000925 or 09177943131 and look for Ms. Angel

*Note: Express vans allow one carry-on baggage and one extra luggage (no restrictions for weight). Travel time is normally about 30-45 minutes. Once at drop-off points, you can just grab a taxi flag down rate is 40.00Php (white) going to Agora  Bus Terminal

CAGAYAN DE ORO- CAMIGUIN ISLAND (via Bus-Ferry)

Agora CDO » Baligoan Bus Terminal

  • From Agora Bus Terminal, you need to pay for these fees and fares:
    • Terminal Fee: Php3.00 each passenger
    • Bus Fares ranges from Php130.00- Php170.00 (varies bet aircon and non-aircon)
    • Travel time: 1hr and 3o mins. – 2hrs and 15mins.

*Note: Non-aircon bus makes frequent stops to pick-up passenger. Also, those leaving from Butuan and Gingoog City will take the same route below.

Balingoan Bus Terminal » Balingoan Port: You can just walk from the Terminal to the port which takes only 5mins.

Balingoan Port » Benoni Port, Camiguin

  • Fees to be collected are;
    • Environmental fee: Php2.00
    • Terminal Fee: Php15.00
  • Regular ferry fare (as of this writing): Php175.00 (discounts apply to Senior Citizens and Students with vaild ID’s )
    • Ferry Schedule: 5:00AM – 4:00 PM
    • Ferry Travel time: 1hr – 1hr and 30minutes

From Benoni Port, you can get to the capital town-Mambajao, by a Jeepney or Van located at the terminal’s exit gate

  • Jeepney fare: Php25.00
  • Van fare: Php30.00
  • Motorbike rental fee (good for 2): Php5OO.00 per day

* Note: Make sure you have: driver’s license, helmet, complete papers and side mirrors. (Ask the owner as the helmet and the mirrors are STRICTLY monitored in the island).

Ferry Schedule as posted outside Balingoan Port’s Passenger Terminal. Photo was taken by El Corona.

For convenience tip: Taking a Jeepney is far more convenient and you get to see the view better. Oftentimes, vans get loaded with passengers more than its capacity making it difficult to move and even BREEEEATHHH!

CEBU-BOHOL-CAMIGUIN (via Ferry)

Balbagon Port located is at Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin and receives ferries from Jagna Bohol. Here are the following routes:

  • Ferry Boat/Ro-Ro: Pier 8, Cebu City » Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
  • Bus: Tagbilaran City, Bohol » Jagna, Bohol (Fare: Php60.00).
  • Ferry Boat/Ro-Ro : Jagna, Bohol » Balbagon Port, Camiguin Island

Schedule of Ferry: (Fare: Php450.00-Php500.00)

DAILY: 1:00PM Jagna, Bohol Port – 5:00PM Balbagon Port, Camiguin Island

M-W-F: 8:00AM Balbagon Port, Camiguin- 1:00 PM Jagna, Bohol Port

*Note: Be there at the ports one hour early to surely get a ticket.

I hope this article has helped you in some ways. May your trip be safe and enjoy the beauty of Camiguin Island!

If you find this helpful, please share this with your friends and family and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Happy Travels!

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