My trip to Camiguin was a promise made to me by my dear friend, Chow. Yeeeep, she’s sponsoring the trip. *BIGSMILE*
After we graduated from La Salle, we have chosen different fields in College; she pushed through with her sports dream, and now, a Coach. I, on the other hand chose the legal field.
When I got home last October, she wanted me to go to Cagayan de Oro, and unwind. That’s one thing I did not regret doing. I was able to relax and bonded with her.
Suddenly, the idea of a Camiguin trip came out of the blue! I did not expect her to agree with me. Surprisingly, we ended up on a motorcycle backpack trip early in the morning the next day.
How to get there:
By air: You can take a direct flight through Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or Air Philippines to Cagayan de Oro City. ETA from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City is only about 20 – 30 minutes.
By sea: WG&A, Negros Navigation, and Sulpicio Lines offer exciting ferry trips to Cagayan de Oro for those who want to take their time. ETA is 28 – 36 hours.
Whether you’re coming from Lumbia airport, or at Cagayan de Oro pier, you can take a cab from there to get you to Agora Market and Bus Terminal where you have to board on a bus going to Balingoan. When you reach Balingoan, you then a take a ferry bound for Camiguin Island. ETA is about 1 hour before you reach Benoni Wharf.
For back packers like us who took the guts of traveling on a motorcycle bound for Camiguin, we budgeted at least 1k for gas, back and forth, ferry ticket of P600-P700, and a P3, 000 budget accommodation.
Where to go:
1. White Island
Tip: It’s a naked island. You cannot find any shade. It’s best you bring your scarf or beach umbrella if you intend to stay there longer. Also, it’s best to go there early in the morning. Some boat operators may jack up their prices if there are only two of you who will go to White Island. Wait for awhile as tourists and other locals flock in near the wharf and ask them nicely if they need more company to share with the boat fare.
What to do: Snorkel, Sun tanning, try eating sea urchin meat [pour some vinegar on it! yuuum!]
2. Ardent Hot Spring
Ahhh! I wish I can bring this hot spring at home so I’ll just dip myself into it after a long day from work! It’s sulfur by the way. For those with rashes, or suffering from skin allergies, this might just be helpful for you.
Since I needed to dip, and we went there night time, I wasn’t able to take a photo of the spring. But, they got me with this moon while enjoying a really relaxing body dip!
3. Sunken Cemetery
Tip: If you want to revive your faith in humanity, visit this spot either early in the morning and wait for the sunrise [this is the time the tide is low, or by sunset at noon. Your jaw will drop in awe for such spectacular beauty of a sight!
4. Sto. Nino Cold Spring
Tip: When I say, it’s really cold! The spring is also not shallow and is not advisable for kids to swim into, however, there are available life savers that you can lease from the Management at around P20-50 depending on the hours you’ll gonna use it. Oh, you can enjoy some wine, too! 😉
5. Hospital and Church Ruins
There are so many things to do while in Camiguin, but I would suggest planning ahead of time. Also, you won’t find so many ATMs in the area, better bring cash! 😉