Camiguin is a small, pear-shaped island in the northern coast of Mindanao. It is approximately 54 kilometers southeast of Chocolate HIlls and roughly 90 kilometers from Cagayan De Oro City.
Camiguin is a volcanic island with a rugged and hilly terrain. In fact, Camiguin has seven volcanoes and the most well-known among the seven is Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Its eruption in 1951 made a significant impact in its present tourist destinations.
Camiguin is one of my three favorite destinations in the Philippines. The other two are Batanes and El Nido.
Holy Week 2011.Good thing the movie in the Paras Sea Cat trip to Camiguin was entertaining.
During the trip, I was busy surfing the net using my galaxy tab and watching the movie at the same time (multi-tasking
I arrived at the Benoni Port before 4pm.
It was not a hotel but a house owned by a couple being rented for local tourists (homestay). No choice. I grabbed it!
Imagine, I do not have my separate comfort room, it is not even air-conditioned, and not even furnished and the price for a day a was Php 700 (that was the price of my lodge in Bohol). Well, I negotiated for a lower price the owner was under the influence of alcohol (actually, nag-iinuman pa sila ng dumating ako, tagay daw ako!? Huh??)
First thing I did was to wash my clothes. I was running out of cash and clothes. Clothes need laundry, cash needs ATM. And there was no BPI or BDO atm (my luck also was running out).
And so I went back to my homestay, and I planned my tour for the next day.
Day 2 in Camiguin
Camiguin is one of best island destinations in the Philippines. To name a few, you have Boracay, Apo Island, Siargao, Bohol, and Marinduque.
Camiguin offers a variety of tourist destinations ranging from water falls, hot and cold springs, volcanoes and beaches.
It is the place where you can enjoy your honeymoon!
First in the itinerary - White Island.
I walked the entire beach a multiple times and appreciated the beach, sight of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and the old volcano which destroyed the island sometime in 1871 (so much for my history).
I stayed for one hour and a half and then decided to proceed to my other destinations for the day.
Enjoyed its white sand beach..
From the island, you can see Mt. Hibok-Hibok.
I met my guide ("Ibo") at the port and I reminded him of the places we agreed the previous day and we embarked on our journey. Motorcycle tour at its best! =)
Normally, it takes one to walk it back and forth for 2 hours but we were able to finish it an hour's walk (brisk-walking hehehe).
This is actually the landmark of Camiguin.
Then, a series of tourist destinations followed...
Old Church / Old Gui-ob Chirch ruins (destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok in the 1800s)
Soda Water Resort
You have to taste the water to believe that it really tasted "soda."
And yes! It tasted soda..
Jump-off point to Tuasan Falls
One-hour trek started and you have to hire another guide.
My guide and I trekked towards the falls, I did not know that the site was that far.
After minutes of walking, I can hear the sound of the falls and it was just a five minute walk.
Finally, the Tuasan Falls!
Sto. Rosario Church (one of the oldest churches in Camiguin)
One of the delicacies sold in Camiguin.
Along the way home, we passed the Old-Volcano.
Day 3 in Camiguin
The next day I had to check out and bring my things because I will be going to Cagayan De Oro.
Another beautiful day in Camiguin followed!
Taking a brief respite along its white sand shoreline.
The last destination for that day was Mantigue Island.
I was having the time of my life. I was not able to brich any sun block and so I had to wear my jacket .
Again, I had to pay for the entire trip. I paid PhP1,500 for the trip. But it was worth every penny of it!
You can trek the island inside the forest.
I enjoyed the trek!
I love Camiguin! Fell in love with the island. I promised myself that I will be back.
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