Camiguin Island, Philippines
I am excited to share with you guys my Camiguin trip! I have been looking forward for this trip for a long time since visiting Camiguin is included in my bucket list of places I want to visit for 2015.
To provide you with useful information of how to get there; from Cagayan de Oro, simply ride a van or v-hire to Camiguin (P500.00). This is very convenient because you will no longer commute from Cagayan de Oro to Balingoan and take the ferry to Benoni and another ride to your chosen resort. This option is slightly higher in terms of fare but it will totally save you from all efforts of 3 rides commute.
The van terminal going to Camiguin is at Gaisano mall infront of Centrio mall. The last trip going to Camiguin will leave at 11:00 AM. This is a 4-hour travel so you better be prepared with food and water. From Cagayan de Oro, the van will travel to Balingoan port, but no worries, the van will also ride the ferry so there is no need for you to go out of the van, but if you want you are free to do so. When you arrive in Camiguin the driver will take you to your resort or place where you are staying. It is like a hassle free door to door delivery and I love it because it is not stressful like our previous land travels.
For our tour, we hired a multicab (P1,500.00) that took us to Camiguin tourist destinations. Thanks to Ate King and Kuya Ibiw who accommodated us and planned our itinerary for this trip.
We started our tour by visiting the Old Catarman Church Ruins, this church was destroyed after the volcanic eruption in 1870’s.
This is the Sunken Cemetery. Just like what happened to Catarman church, the cemetery of the town sinked below sea level after the volcanic eruption. The place is commemorated by this huge cross.
This is the Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross entrance. This is an 8 km path with 14 stations that served as a pilgrimage site during holy week. I only had my shot taken at this area because we do not have enough time to explore the place.
In the middle of the tour we stopped at this place to appreciate the beautiful view to the point that you would wish you had a house overlooking the mountains and the sea. So surreal!
Our fourth destination was the White Island. In order to get there, we hired a boat (P450.00) and there was a (P20.00 entrance fee per person).
Being in White Island felt like being in El Nido, the sand is so white and fine, the water is crystal clear and so pristine. If only it was not too hot I would have stayed longer.
This is the Katibawasan Falls. For you to enter, there will be a (P30.00) entrance fee per person as a government mandated fee. I’ve seen a lot of falls, some of them are unique, some are just the same as other falls, but this one is exceptional! The water falls abundantly you can hear it even from above where I am standing to take this photo. The force is so strong that the grasses beside the falls are blown off. There is only one word to describe this place and that is “astonishing”.
Our next stop was the Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort. Just like Katibawasan Falls, there was also (P30.00) entrance fee. Since we have been touring for more than 5 hours, we decided to relax and enjoy the hot spring. It is not literally hot but lukewarm, it will ease muscle aches and sooth your nerves.
This is the Soda Swimming Pool (P30.00 entrance fee per person). It was believed that the reason why it was named Soda is because the water tastes like soda, I didn’t try it though and I would also not recommend because we don’t know what type of bacteria’s are in there. Lol.
Our last destination was the Sto. Nino Cold Spring (30.00 entrance fee per person). This I can truly attest as literally cold, it is like being dipped in a tub full of ice that you would really shiver. I did not like it at first but when I stayed longer my body started to adapt with the change in temperature. Though I can’t really stay longer than 20 minutes, I would still dip from time to time.
We stayed there the whole afternoon so we had our lunch served there was well. We ordered Chicken halang halang, sinugbang baboy and kinilaw for lunch. Burp!
Hope you’ll also visit Camiguin in the future! This is truly an incredible vacation.