The Ultimate Camiguin Island Budget Travel Guide
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White Beach, Falls And Amazing Facts about the Island of Fire
Are you dreaming of a perfect beach with crystal blue waters? How about the rich history, other natural bodies of water, and a beautiful landscape? If all these seem like something you would enjoy along with good seafood and other adventures then head to Camiguin now because aside from its natural attractions you can visit, Camiguin is also home to Lanzones Festival, a week-long festival held in the province yearly, heritage houses and churches.
In this Camiguin Island Travel Guide Blog, our goal is to provide helpful travel tips, DIY Budget tips, recommended hotels to stay, places to visit, sample itinerary, recommended restaurants, shopping places and more.
Best time to visit Camiguin Island
Camiguin has perfect weather all year round with most typhoons that ravage the North during wet season skipping it, luckily.
Their much celebrated Lanzones Festival happens in October and most locals would advise you to come during these times although you can visit any time of the year.
How To Get There
You can either fly from Manila going to Cebu and fly to Camiguin via a connecting flight. It takes about an hour to reach Cebu from Manila by plane while the flight to Camiguin takes about an hour and a half.
Via Cagayan de Oro City
- Fly from Manila to Cagayan de Oro – (about 2 hours)
- From Cagayan de Oro Airport hire a taxi to Agora Bus Terminal
- Bus Ride to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental – (about 2 hours)
- Balingoan to Benoni, Camiguin – Barge (1 hour)
Via Ferry Boat
SUPER SHUTTLE FERRY will leave Jagna Bohol daily at 1:00 PM and arrives at Balbagon Port at 5:00 PM.
Via Fast Craft
The fast craft will leave Jagna Bohol at 1:00 PM every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This is a two-hour sea travel arriving Benoni port at 4:00PM.
How to get Around
You can go around the island by hiring a multi-cab which can be found throughout for a hefty price of php1,800.00-2,000.00 so go with a group to save some money. There are also motorellas which are the most common transportation in the island.
Places To Visit
You should definitely make the most of your trip and if there’s one thing you absolutely shouldn’t miss, it’s White Beach. It is a bare island that’s perfect to visit in the morning through a “banca” ride when the air is cooler and the sun is a little forgiving.
The White island also gives you the best selfie for the trip making Hibok-Hibok Volcano and Mt. Vulcan your picturesque background.
Cool waters, man-made pool, and Kiping, a native sweet consists of cassava and sweet syrup by the entrance; these are some of the things you will enjoy when you visit Katibawasan Falls. It is allowed to have a picnic here thus the presence of numerous rock tables. The government only charges a minimal fee to maintain the area.
Don’t let the lack of scenic hike going to the falls deter you of this sweet destination. Although the government, in recent years have decided to construct a new road to make the falls more accessible to the public, this natural body of water is still capable of mesmerizing you.
Timpoong and Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument
This is a protected area of Camiguin and it is where most of their treasured natural resources are located like Katibawasan, Binagawan, and Tuasan Falls. It is also home to Camiguin Hanging Parrot, Camiguin Hawk-Owl and Camiguin Forest Mouse and other native animals as well as wild plants.
For people who have a fascination with sea life, Mantigue island is a must-visit on your tour because the most remarkable activities to do there are diving and snorkeling but not only that, photo taking is also a must do since Camiguin Island is at the background.
Giant Clams Sanctuary
In the sanctuary, you will witness giant clams just letting the day passed by without a care in the world. For a minimal fee, you will be assisted by a tour guide who will give you some lectures about these clams. There is an additional fee to witness these clams in their natural surroundings.
Ardent Hibok Hibok Hot Springs
They say that when you plunge into a hot spring, it somehow cures your joints and the soreness you feel from excess activities. This may probably be due to the warmth of the water massaging your body. Let your body loosen up and go back to reality super recharged. Read more about Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort in Camiguin.
Sto. Nino Cold Spring
After a calming hot spring experience, you can now try the cold springs. Cold springs are especially for people who are getting a little bit down due to hot weather. If you’re one of those then you will be grateful there is such a thing to help you cool off! There is a canteen in the vicinity in case you get hungry. There is also a minimal entrance fee.
Mount Hibok-Hibok and Mount Vulcan
It will take roughly 3-5 hours to reach the summit of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and you need to get a permit from the DENR office in Mambajao. The views are breathtaking especially you’ve got White Island, to your north, Bohol; to your east, Eastern Mindanao and the island of Siguijor to your west. The summit also lets you see the crater of Mt. Vulcan; the parasitic cone of Mt. Hibok-Hibok.
There are many old churches in Camiguin that you should visit whether or not you are religious. Three of them are Santo Rosario, built in 1882; Old Catarman Church Ruins, was devastated by the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and the rising of Mt. Vulcan, in recent years, a lighthouse was erected alongside the bell tower and Baylao Church, a mystical church said to have saved the lives of people when the last volcanic eruption of Hibok-Hibok happened.
There’s nothing scary about this Sunken cemetery, in fact, its history is so captivating that it’ll be a crime not visit it. There are numerous souvenir shops that you can buy pasalubongs from and a “banca” ride is essential to get to the cross.
Where to stay in Camiguin
Paras Beach Resort
Address: Mambajao, Camiguin
Telephone: (088) 387 9081
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Dreamland Beach Resort
Location: Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin
Telephone Number: (088) 387 9590
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Bahay Bakasyunan Sa Camiguin Resort
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Originally Published on Oct 30, 2017, this Camiguin Island Travel Guide was last updated in August 2018.
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