September 28, 2017

2 Days Trip in Camiguin

My son will be celebrating his birthday soon and I remembered our trip in Camiguin. We decided not to have a birthday party since we are not fond of a big party and off we went to Camiguin to celebrate my son’s second birthday. This was our first family trip via plane and my son’s first plane and boat experience.


We're supposed to go to Boracay but we did not like the available flight so we decided to go to Cagayan De Oro and Camiguin instead. There’s no regret because we enjoyed our CDO and Camiguin trip. We booked CDO flight and rode a ferry boat to Camiguin Island.

At that time, I thought we need to reschedule our trip because my hubby will be in Shanghai, China, fortunately, he was able to go home day before our flight. Thank God that we were able to make the trip. Our 5AM flight was moved to 6:05AM because of PAL issue, I was a bit worried because I need to catch up our 8:30AM boat trip to Camiguin. Our plane touchdown is 7:45AM, so it is like an Amazing Race game just to reach the port. We took a cab and haggled for P300 and not P350 trip.

It was bit traffic so I really prayed hard that we can make it because I do not want the second option. We are so happy that we made it on time. We rode, Para Sea Cat Ferry but I’m not sure if they are still operating. It is a two-hour travel time before we reach Camiguin Island.

Rates (2011): 
Deck Php. 400.00
View Deck Php. 400.00
Business Class Php. 600.00

Alternate route (2011):   Go to Agora Market, P350 asking price of taxi driver. Travel time is 30-45 mins. In agora market, ride a bus bound to Butuan City. (Rural Transit-Yellow buses) going to Balingoan (pronounced as balingwan) port (P130) Travel time is 1hr 45mins - 2hrs. In Balingoan bus terminal, walk or ride a multi-tricycle (P7) going to the port proper. (multi-tricycle can carry up to 7pax); port is 100meters away. In Balingoan port,  take the ferry going to Benoni wharf (P135). Travel time is around 1hr 20mins.


Where to stay in Camiguin: 

We stayed in Secret Cove Resort, which is fifteen minutes away from Camiguin White Island. If you are going to Camiguin, finding an accommodation is not difficult because there are a lot of guesthouses. The tough part is choosing where you will stay.

I booked our accommodation one month before the trip. Reserving an accommodation is not difficult, I just emailed them and that’s it. No reservation fee.   I chose Secret Cove Resort because

1. Affordable price.
2. Proximity to White Island.
3. Food. I’ve read so many good reviews and they did not fail my expectations. The food is yummy, they have big servings and price is very reasonable.


During our trip, I was surprised that there were so many tourists in Camiguin maybe because of the approaching Lanzones Festival. I was glad that I booked a tour guide a month before our trip so we had no problem in exploring Camiguin Island. Our tour guide also suggested the boatman for our White Island trip.

Secret Cove Resort
Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
Telephone #: (+63) (88) 387-9084
Fax #: (+63) (88) 387-9184 E
Email: tomsolski@fastmail.fm

We only had two days in Camiguin and here are the places that we visited.

Day 1 Camiguin Tour 

We did not waste our time, we just took our lunch and off we went for our tour. We visited Tres Marias Volcano, Walkway to the Old Volcano, Ruins of Gui-ob church, Sunken Cemetery, Sto Nino Cold Spring, Soda Swimming Pool and Ardent Hot Spring.



Day 2 Camiguin White Island

Your trip won’t be complete without visiting the Camiguin White Island. As early as 5:30 we’re on our way to the island. It is 15-20 minutes boat ride from the resort. There is no shade or trees in the island so we did not stay that long at baka masunog kami.



Camiguin Tour  Part 2 

After our breakfast, we checked-out already and we continued our Camiguin Tour. We visited Katibawasan falls, Camiguin Animal Breeding Center & Ostrich Production Center, Giant Clam Culture.



J&A Fish Pen


After our half day tour, we ate at J&A Fishpen. Do not leave Camiguin without trying this restaurant. The restaurant has their own fish pond where you will choose your seafood and they will cook it according to your preference.

Pasalubong

For pasalubong, don’t forget to buy lanzones or pastel. When we went there, it was “Lanzones Festival” month so we bought lanzones and boxes of yummy pastel.


Have you been to Camiguin?

6 comments:

  1. Sis, super teenager ang peg mo sa first pic, parang walang anak. hehe. Ah, kailan kaya namin mapupuntahan tong Camiguin Island? Sana in the next few years, bago lumaki si Nate (at kapatid nya kung meron, hehe). Btw, read your comment about VUL sa post ko, Thanks for the tip, I'll do that. :)

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    1. Thanks! Sana nga forever na mukhang teenager, need ko siguro pumayat na. hehehe! Yes, sa dami ng products nila baka marami ka proposal na hingin. :)

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  2. Wow, it's super nice there pala. I love beaches! That place looks so serene. Must be perfect for when you want a nice, quiet vacation. Sa Boracay kasi laging ang daming tao na.

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    1. True, madami tao sa Boracay. Okay beach nila kaso crowded lang.

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  3. I imagined Camiguin as a serene and lovely place for couples. When we visited the white beach, we we're disappointed. Though we were less than seven in the entire white beach island, I still didnt find solitude. My expectation was so high perhaps. We were also disappointed on how the locals view tourists. It seems they are after their money. I hope this first impression would be changed din.

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    1. Aww, good thing we did not experience that pero may mga napuntahan din kami na parang more on profit nga.

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