Travel

Some Days At Camiguin Island


Some days of my summer were spent at Camiguin Island. Not a long stay but enough to escape from hustle bustle city and noise from the neighborhood. It was not a weekend getaway nor a long-planned trip. It was a short notice invitation from a friend who planned to visit his home province, but it is not Camiguin.

Camiguin island is 3-4hours travel time from, where I am, Cagayan de Oro. I took a bus around 4 am from Puerto going to Baligoan where I will meet my travel buddy. I arrived around 6 am and waited for my friend for 10-15mins. Baligoan port is just 5mins away from Baligoan bus terminal.

Of course, we were excited. We couldn’t wait to see one of the mainstream of Camiguin, which is the White Island. But…the thrill was gone when we were stuck in the ocean 15-20mins after the ferry started heading to Benoni Port, reason was the power of the ferry went off. Since we can still see the Baligoan port, their strategy was to bring us back to Baligoan port and take another ferry going to Benoni. To summed up, 4 hours was taken from us. This could happen though.

The ferry 1 was scheduled to sail at 7:30 AM, we were rescued 8:30 AM. We transferred to another ferry at 9:00 AM and we arrived at Benoni port at 11:15 AM. We had our brunch at karinderya first before we took a jeepney going to Mambajao. From bagsakan, we took motorela going to Seascape Beach Resort which is located at Brgy.Bug-ong, Mambajao.

Our original plan was to travel the signature tourist spot in Camiguin within the day and return home tomorrow morning. Since we arrived and booked a room in Seascape at 1:00 PM, we decided to spend our late afternoon in White Island and go to Ardent Hot Spring after our scenic sunset view.

And yes, it happened. I can’t get enough of the beautiful view that God let me see at that moment. It was a beautiful sunset.

Although we didn’t take so long, we enjoyed and relaxed enough in Ardent Hot Spring. I forgot to take more picture though (facepalm). We also had our dinner outside Ardent before going back to Seascape, the most convenient dinner of all time, barbecue + puso. 🙂

And then, we spent our whole night sleeping. I didn’t notice I fell asleep. I’m sure I was tired from swimming. hahaha

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Day 2 at Camiguin was all rush. HAHA. Seriously, our planned was to take a ferry back to Baligoan scheduled at 1 PM or 3 PM perhaps. But delays can happen.

We were out from our room quarter to 8 to have breakfast. It was a nice morning especially if you are having a meal with a beautiful view.

We started our tour at 9 AM. If the guide/driver of the motorbike that we rent didn’t approach us then we maybe we were still killing our time. LOL.

Our first stop was the Walkway to the old Volcano and Stations of the Cross. We only took some pictures as remembrance tho and so with Sunken Cemetery which our second stop.

The Old Church Ruins in Bonbon Catarman was worth visiting, our third stop for the day. One of the unique and interesting structures I’ve ever seen. Built in the 16th century that made from coral stone eventually turned to ruins when a volcanic eruption in 1871 destroyed it.

When I promised myself just to take some pictures in cold spring and falls, Bura Natural Soda Water Swimming Pool didn’t just change my mind but totally changed my heart. It was my first time in Soda Pool and I was totally mesmerized. Ugh! The place is so friendly as well because they also have a playground for kids, cute. We also tried their soda water which is truly safe and FREE (lol).

Sto. Niño Cold Spring was our second to the last spot to visit before we end our Camiguin tour. Indeed, this place is perfectly fit for summer. Feeling cool kids here, HAHA, I mean so refreshing here.

And then we went back to Seascape to pack our things and change clothes. We checked out at 12noon and before leaving, Seascape staff were truly nice to invite us to have some fruit salad for free. There was a birthday celebrant so they had their small gathering. We say our goodbyes then going forward to Mambajao to buy Pastel, one of the best delicacy of Camiguin. But before heading to Benoni Port, we stop over to Katibawasan Falls. Nothing beats nature’s beauty indeed.

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Going back to reality. Thank God and we still able to catch the last trip of the day going to Baligoan port which was scheduled to travel at 5:30 PM. We actually arrived at Benoni Port around 3 PM. Phew! We arrived in Baligoan at 7:30 PM but then, I arrived in Cagayan de Oro at 9:20 PM.

Below is my total expenses.

Description Rate
Bus (CDO-Baligoan) – Aircon Php75.00
Baligoan to Benoni Ticket Php170.00
Terminal Fee Php15.00
Environmental Fee Php2.00
Lunch Php37.50
Jeepney fare to Mambajao Php27.00
Motorela fare Php8.00
Seascape Room Php400.00
Snorkeling Equipment + Life Jacket Php50.00
Dinner Php59.50
Motorbike with Driver to Ardent Php75.00
Pump Boat to White Island Php170.00
Motorbike Day Tour & Port Transfer from Seascape Php300.00
Breakfast Php150.00
Soda Pool Entrance Fee Php30.00
Sto. Niño Cold Spring Entrance Fee Php30.00
Katibawasan Falls Entrance Fee Php30.00
Pastel Php290.00
Fuel (day tour) Php100.00
Benoni to Balingoan Ticket Php170.00
Terminal Fee Php15.00
Bus (Baligoan-CDO) – Aircon Php140.00
Total Php2,344.00

Lunch, Dinner, Room Accommodation, Motorbike w/ Driver, Fuel, Pump Boat Rent, and Snorkeling Equipment are the items that paid by two and I just break it down. Actually, pump boat rent is Php510.00 but since there were three of us in the pump boat, we divide it by 3. I hope this expenses breakdown helps.

Hope you enjoyed my trip. 🙂

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Seascape info:

Visit their website: http://seascapecamiguin.otonomic.com/

Visit their FB: http://www.facebook.com/Seascapecamiguin

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV.”

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