Travel Guide: Camiguin Island

Camiguin is known as the “Island Born of Fire”. The island-province is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is the second-smallest in the country next to Batanes. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay. It is composed of five towns, namely, Mambajao, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman.

This is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao which composes everything you are looking for a nature trip both land and underwater. It is rich of wonderful and untouched natural resources like volcanoes, waterfalls, natural hot and cold springs, fine beaches, white islands, marine sanctuaries, dive spots and rich forests. It is a must to try their own famous delicacies, “Pastel” (a Spanish bun-cake with a sweet caramel inside) and sweet Lanzones. The biggest party in the island is the Lanzones Festival which happens every October to celebrate and thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of the sweetest lanzones.

How to get there

By Air:

You can take direct flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or Air Aisa to Cagayan de Oro City. From Manila, flying time approximately takes one hour and 20 minutes. From Cebu, it may take about 30 minutes.

By Boat:

There are ferry trips are available from the North Harbor aboard the ships of WG&A, Negros Navigation, and Sulpicio Lines going to Cagayan de Oro.

From CDO to Camiguin

Agora Market

Agora Market

The bus terminal located at the Agora Market is where you can get a bus /van for Balingoan. It costs 100 pesos per person if you would be taking the shuttle van while approximately 80pesos for the bus. At Balingoan Port, take a ferry bound for Camiguin Island.  Trips start from 4:00 am till 5:00 pm. Ferry costs 175 pesos for adults and 145 pesos for students. The trip would take about an hour and half going to Benoni Wharf of Mahinog. After arrival in Benoni Wharf, there are different means of transportation available going to your destination like multicab, motorcycle/habal-habal, or jeepeney. There are also vans going to any destination on the island for a fixed rate.

 

Camiguin Ferry Schedule

Camiguin Ferry Schedule

Camiguin Ferry Fare

Camiguin Ferry Fare

Where to stay

There are various choices of accommodation in Camiguin that will cater to your preference.Most of them are budget friendly and good place to stay. Visit our post on different resorts and hotels in Camiguin

 

Where to go

There are different packages available from the registered tour guides that would show your group the different places in Camiguin Island. You may opt to contact Kuya Chris; he is very reliable and good tour guide. You can contact him through 09215637788. Remember, it is important to always make a good deal.

Tips: If you are going in a group there are multicabs available for the tours. If you are traveling alone or as a couple, habal-habal is a budget friendly way to tour around the Island. You can refer to this link for the different tourist spots in the Island that you should not miss.

Important Numbers

 

Contact Number

Provincial Tourism

(088) 3871097 local 120

Fire Department

(088) 3874501

Police Department

(088) 3870038

Camiguin General Hospital

(088) 3877002

Philippine Port Authority

(088) 3874001

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