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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Camiguin Island: A Dream Vacation

Known as The Island Born of Fire, Camiguin manages to stand out from the rest of the thousands of islands in the Philippines. 

If you're looking for a relaxing and laid-back place for a vacation, Camiguin Island definitely won't disappoint you:  white beaches, fish and giant clams sanctuaries, numerous snorkeling and diving sites, jungle and mountain trekking, hot springs and cold springs, waterfalls, historic places, refreshing greeneries, happy and friendly folks, and a stress-free environment far from the reaches of the chaotic city life. All these stuffed together in one of the smallest islands of the country. This is what differentiates Camiguin from other provinces. Such a small island that offers almost every experience you want with nature. This is Camiguin, a piece of heaven on earth.


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The word Camiguin is derived from the native word Kamagong, which is a species of the ebony tree. Camiguin is a pearl-shaped island province located in the Bohol Sea. In terms of land area, it is the second-smallest after Batanes. The island province is divided into five municipalities: Mambajao (provincial capital), Catarman, Sagay, Guinsiliban, and Mahinog.

The volcanoes in the island of Camiguin are Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Vulcan, Mt. Timpoong, Mt. Mambajao, Mount Butay, and Mount Guinsiliban.

What to Do and Where to Go in Camiguin Island 

1. Road Trip
There is nothing more fun and exciting than having the luxury of time going places the rider way. Motorbike rental is the most famous way of having a tour in the entire Camiguin Island. Just a few bucks and a full tank then you're ready to go for the entire day (and night). Ride, stop, appreciate the scenery, take pictures - whenever, wherever, and however you want.


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The road in Camiguin makes it more convenient to travel from one place to another. The roads, especially the main ones are cemented and leveled, making it easy for motorbikes to pass. To give you a picture of how travel-friendly Camiguin is, just by following the circumferential road that goes around the entire island (64 kms), you can go round and back to where you started in a little more than 2 hours, given your speed is within 50-60 kph and you're travelling non-stop.


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2. Beaches and Snorkeling
You've never been to Camiguin if you haven't visited their beaches that are famous to tourists.

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White Island: Camiguin's postcard-perfect scenery
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Mantigue Island (it has a fish sanctuary snorkeling site)
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Agoho Black Sand Beach
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Giant Clams Nursery at Kibila White Beach
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3. Dipping in hot springs and cold springs
The mountainous island of Camiguin offers both cold springs and hot springs scattered in different areas in Sagay, Mambajao, and Catarman.


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Bura Soda Cold Springs 
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Sto. Niño Cold Springs 
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Ardent Hot Springs 
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4. Visiting Historic Places
The eruption of Mt. Vulcan in 1871 left an entire town devastated, leaving traces of its tragic past in Brgy. Bonbon, Catarman.


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Sunken Cemetery 
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Guiob Church Ruins 
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5. Trekking
With six volcanoes cramped in a 237.95 sq km island, every adventurous tourist would surely never want to not have a taste of trekking in Camiguin. 
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Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross 
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Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross

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Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross

Camiguin offers more than these like the waterfalls, churches, and other historic sites which we plan to visit the next time we go to Camiguin.


There is a certain mystique in Camiguin which draws selected tourists coming back for more. Rising dramatically from the sea, this little piece of paradise manages to be both striking and enticing, a less formidable version of Jurassic Park.
The location of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao somewhat intimidates a large number of tourists, pushing this island province in the lower part of their travel list. However, for those who didn't mind going here surely had the same feeling we had on our visit - that is, having a sense of ownership in guarding this special jewel and its secrets.

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Where to Stay in Camiguin Island
There are a number of lodges to choose from in Camiguin but we highly recommend Casa Roca in Brgy. Naasag in Mambajao. This was our first vacation in Camiguin and finding such a splendid accommodation proved to be an achievement in itself. Jim and Evelyn, the owners of Casa Roca as well as their staff are very friendly and accommodating. By the time we go back to Camiguin, we will definitely book our accommodation again with them.

Casa Roca has 3 rooms and has a homey ambiance. The house is built in the middle of the garden which faces the picturesque sunset in Bohol Sea. They don't have a beach front but there's a view deck and a walkway to the big rocks along the coast.

Casa Roca is a 30-minute motorela ride from Mambajao town proper. Just tell the driver that you are heading to Casa Roca in Brgy. Naasag. Look for the zebra-colored painted gate at the right side of the road. They offer 1 motorbike for rental and in case you need more motorbikes for your group on your tour, they can give you their recommended contact persons.

Visit their website:  Casa Roca Inn
email add: prosolido@gmail.com
 It is recommended that you coordinate with them
through email as cellphones don't get strong signal here.
They regularly check their email for messages
Going around Camiguin Island
What's great about Camiguin is that there are a number of ways to go around the entire island. You may commute around the area or rent a multicab or motorela. You may hire a habal-habal (motorcycle and tour guide). You may also do what we prefer, which is to rent a motorbike and have a road trip to your heart's content. Hiring a multicab or motorela depends on your negotiated price. A little over Php1,000 to take you to a tour to the main tourist attractions of the island. It is the best option if you're travelling in group. 
The habal-habal with a tour guide costs Php1,000. 

Renting a motorbike is the most budget-friendly. In our case, we paid Php350/day and spent Php100 for the gas which we consumed for 2 days.
If you're just a small group, or like us couple,  we highly recommend renting a motorbike because nothing can beat the adventure of having the freedom and the luxury of time in going places. Just be sure you have your license with you and always wear your helmet. 


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How to go to Camiguin Island
As of April 2014, the only direct flights serving Camiguin Airport are those coming from Cebu. From Manila, you'll have to take connecting flights of Cebu Pacific Airlines from Manila-Cebu then Cebu-Camiguin. Camiguin Airport is located west of Mambajao.

How to go to Camiguin Island from Manila via Cagayan De Oro
Another option is via Cagayan De Oro, a little more than one hour of plane travel from Manila. Book a flight to Laguindingan Airport in CDO then take a cab/shared car to Agora Public Market in CDO town proper. There are cars that you can rent that have fixed rates (Php199/head), although there might be other passengers riding with you to occupy the maximum capacity of the vehicle. One inconvenience in travelling to CDO is the distance from the Airport to the city proper. From the airport to the highway will take 15 minutes of your time. Then from highway to Agora takes about 30 minutes. 

At Agora Public Market, ride a bus bound for Butuan and drop off at Balingoan Bus Terminal. Travel time from Agora to Balingoan Terminal is about 2 hours to 2.5 hours at Php148/head. Balingoan Port is just a walking distance from the bus terminal. From Balingoan Port of CDO, the ferry will take you to Benoni Port in Mahinog, Camiguin for about 1.5 hours sea travel. Ferry fare is Php170/head.

At Benoni Port, hail a jeepney bound to whichever main town you're heading to: Mambajao or Sagay. In our case, we booked our accommodation at Casa Roca in Naasag, Mambajao, the municipality where most resorts and lodges are. From Benoni Port to Mambajao the fare is Php25/head for about 50 minutes travel time.

From Mambajao town proper, hail an orange motorela (west bound) to Casa Roca in Naasag. Fare is Php12/head for 10 passengers. I suggest you go to the gas station where you can hail passing motorelas instead of going to their queue on the other side. This way, you won't be forced to hire the whole motorela (about Php100). Some drivers are quite persistent on tourists.

From there, travelling to Casa Roca in Naasag will take about 30 minutes. 

We find this 2nd option a hassle in terms of the travel time. If you sum it up, going to Camiguin from Manila via Cagayan De Oro takes about 8 hours travel time, one-way. The next time we take a vacation in Camiguin, we'd rather take the connecting flights of Cebu Pacific (Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Camiguin).


For the details of this adventure, check out our 5-Day Camiguin Itinerary further below.


Camiguin Island 5D4N Travel Series (Northern Mindanao Adventure)
   Part 5:  Camiguin: Guiob Church Ruins
   Part 6:  Camiguin: Ardent Hot Springs
   Part 7:  Camiguin: Mantigue Island 

Our 5-Day DIY Camiguin Itinerary

Day 1   April 12, Saturday
   10:20 AM    ~   arrived at Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan De Oro (approx. 1.5 hours plane travel)
   10:50 AM    ~   hired shared car bound for Cagayan De Oro City, specifically at Agora Public Market (Php 199/head)
   11:45 AM    ~   arrival at Agora Public Market, approx. 45 mins of travel
   11:45 AM    ~   lunch in Agora
   12:50 PM    ~   hailed a bus at the Agora Bus Terminal  bound for Butuan (Php148/head; drop off at Balingoan Port).
     2:45 PM    ~   arrived at Balingoan Port, almost 2 hours of bus ride
     3:10 PM    ~   Ferry departed Balingoan Port heading to Benoni Port in Camiguin (Php 170/head)
     4:40 PM    ~   arrived at Benoni Port, 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time; hailed a public multi-cab going to Mambajao town proper (Php 25/head)
     5:30 PM    ~    arrived in Mambajao town proper, 50 mins travel time;  hailed an orange multi-cab (west bound) to Casa Roca Bed and Breakfast;  fare is at Php12/head for 10 passengers
     6:00 PM    ~    arrived at Casa Roca Bed and Breakfast            

Day 2   April 13, Sunday
   10:00 AM    ~   started our road trip around Camiguin by a rented motorbike
           Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross
           Sunken Cemetery
           Bura Soda Cold Springs
           Sto. Niño Cold Springs
           Guiob Church Ruins
      6:30 PM  ~ went back to Casa Roca for dinner 
      8:00 PM  ~ headed to Ardent Hot Springs
    10:00 PM  ~ headed back to Casa Roca
   
Day 3   April 14, Monday
    8:00 AM   ~   started our 2nd day road trip around Camiguin by a rented motorbike
        Mantigue Island
        Kibila White Beach and Giant Clams Nursery

Day 4   April 15, Tuesday
   12:00 PM   ~   headed to White Island
     3:30 PM   ~   brief visit to Agoho Black Sand Beach

Day 5   April 16, Wednesday
    9:30 AM   ~   checked-out at Casa Roca
  10:40 AM   ~   arrived at Mambajao town proper; bought pasalubong then rode a van to Benoni Port
  11:40 AM   ~   ferry back to Balingoan Port
    1:00 PM   ~   arrived at Balingoan Port in CDO
    1:15 PM   ~   bus departed for CDO city proper
    3:05 PM   ~   hailed a taxi to Laguindingan Airport
    4:00 PM   ~   arrived at Laguindingan Airport
    5:45 PM   ~   plane departed back to Manila (delayed flight)
        

Budget allotted was Php 12,000.00 at Php 6,000 per head excluding airfare
Actual expense amounted to around Php 10,600 (Php 5,300 per head, excluding airfare)

Expense breakdown (excluding airfare):
   Php       199.00/head         hired car from Laguindingan Airport, CDO to Agora Public Market in CDO town proper
   Php         60.00/head         lunch at Agora Market
   Php       148.00/head         bus from Agora Market to Balingoan Port 
   Php       170.00/head         ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port, Camiguin
   Php           2.25/head         terminal fee 
   Php        25.00/head          jeepney fare from Benoni Port to Mambajao
   Php         12.00/head         motorela from Mambajao town proper to Casa Roca in Brgy. Naasag.
   Php  4,000.00 (5D4N)     Overnight stay at Casa Roca, with complimentary breakfast (Php1000/night)
   Php  1,180.00 (5D4N)     Sum total of dinner at Casa Roca
   Php     700.00                  2 days motorbike rental (Php350/day)
   Php     100.00                  Gas for motorbike
   Php      350.00                 Figures are estimated sum total of all lunch during road trip and tour for 5 days
   Php       15.00/head         Entrance fee at Walkway to Mt. Vulcan and Via Crucis
   Php       50.00/head         boat ride to Sunken Cemetery
   Php       10.00                  motorbike parking at Sunken Cemetery
   Php       30.00/head         Bura Soda Cold Springs
   Php       20.00/head         Sto. Niño Cold Springs
   Php       30.00/head           Entrance fee at Ardent Hot Springs
   Php      510.00/boat         Boat ride to Mantigue Island (Php85/head if group sharing of 6, max)
   Php        20.00/head        Environmental fee at Mantigue Island
   Php        50.00/table        Picnic table rental at Mantigue Island
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkeling fee at Fish Sanctuary at Mantigue Island
   Php      150.00/head        Giant Clams viewing at Kibila White Beach
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkel corkage at Giant Clams Nursery at Kibila White Beach
   Php      380.00/boat         Boat ride to White Island (Php  /head if group sharing)
   Php        20.00/head        Environmental fee at White Island
   Php        12.00/head        Motorela from Casa Roca to Mambajao town proper
   Php        30.00/head        Van from Mambajao town proper to Benoni Port
   Php      170.00/head        ferry from Benoni Port to Balingoan Port, CDO
   Php           2.25/head       terminal fee
   Php      148.00/head        Bus from Balingoan Port to CDO city proper
   Php      480.00                 Taxi fare from CDO city proper to Laguindingan Airport 
   

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Camiguin: Mantigue Island

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We were still a kilometer away from her but we could already see the outline of her white sand. Her beauty is one that will stick to the memory long after you beheld the clear blue waters and feel the powdery - white coral sand beneath your feet.

Mantigue Island is a 4-hectares island consisting of evergreen forest skirted by fine white sand. It is located about 3 km off the coast of Camiguin main island, facing the municipality of Mahinog where it can be reached by motorboat from Brgy. San Roque.

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Apart from the mesmerizing beach, Mantigue Island offers a Nature Park and marine sanctuary among its attractions. The Nature Park boasts of trees and shrubs that are native to the province.


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The friendly staff at Mantigue Nature Park

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Kuya Bobong, our tour guide at Nature Park


A map which showcases the numerous marine sanctuaries and protected habitats near Mantigue Island. An eye-popping paradise for snorkelers and divers!


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As a people whose way of living largely depends on the graces of nature, the locals of Camiguin are all into the conservation of natural resources. Among this advocacy is the preservation of thresher sharks, which were once abundant in most regions of Visayas and Mindanao. There are 3 thresher sharks species and all are now listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources as announced during their press release in 2007.


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Thresher sharks are among the widely demanded and wildly hunted shark species for global fisheries. Their meat is of high quality and their fins are hoarded for shark's fin soup and siomai. By simply refusing to eat and boycotting these delicacies is one of the first important moves in doing our part in the conservation of these fellow earthlings.

The mass slaughter of thresher sharks has alarmed conservationists all over the world. There is one organization founded here in the Philippines and is based in Cebu which promotes the conservation of thresher sharks. They are inviting volunteers as research assistants in conducting fieldwork in our country for the purpose of research on marine conservation (www.threshersharkproject.org).

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The busy life at Mantigue Fish Sanctuary
We were not fortunate enough to witness manta rays. Nevertheless, the abundance of marine life here cannot be denied.





For a world that has much to offer, we are but mere spectators of a much grand plan at work, a plan laid out by the course of nature guided by a Supreme Being. We are just tiny specks of dust that form part of a greater whole. Every living creature struggles for survival, day in and day out. It is bad enough that natural calamities eat up their population and for humans to contribute to the decline of certain species is more than nature can handle. Hoarding has never been a practice until humans decided that any other living creatures are at their disposal. This idea that one life is worth than the others is the root of all the evil in the world. 


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To go to Mantigue Island, ride a multicab to the town of San Roque in the Municipality of Mahinog. Registration includes Php510 for the boat (Php85/head if group sharing of 6, max) and Php20/head for the environmental fee. At Mantigue Island, picnic tables can be rented at Php50/table and snorkeling fee at the fish sanctuary costs Php50/head. There is an additional charge for snorkeling gears. If you opt your boatman to take you to the fish sanctuary instead of swimming your way there, please give them additional tips.


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Where to Stay in Camiguin Island
There are a number of lodges to choose from in Camiguin but we highly recommend Casa Roca in Brgy. Naasag in Mambajao. This was our first vacation in Camiguin and finding such a splendid accommodation proved to be an achievement in itself. Jim and Evelyn, the owners of Casa Roca as well as their staff are very friendly and accommodating. By the time we go back to Camiguin, we will definitely book our accommodation again with them.

Casa Roca has 3 rooms and has a homey ambiance. The house is built in the middle of the garden which faces the picturesque sunset in Bohol Sea. They don't have a beach front but there's a view deck and a walkway to the big rocks along the coast.

Casa Roca is a 30-minute motorela ride from Mambajao town proper. Just tell the driver that you are heading to Casa Roca in Brgy. Naasag. Look for the zebra-colored painted gate at the right side of the road. They offer 1 motorbike for rental and in case you need more motorbikes for your group on your tour, they can give you their recommended contact persons.

Visit their website:  Casa Roca Inn
email add: prosolido@gmail.com
 It is recommended that you coordinate with them
through email as cellphones don't get strong signal here.
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Going around Camiguin Island
What's great about Camiguin is that there are a number of ways to go around the entire island. You may commute around the area or rent a multicab or motorela. You may hire a habal-habal (motorcycle and tour guide). You may also do what we prefer, which is to rent a motorbike and have a road trip to your heart's content. Hiring a multicab or motorela depends on your negotiated price. A little over Php1,000 to take you to a tour to the main tourist attractions of the island. It is the best option if you're travelling in group. 
The habal-habal with a tour guide costs Php1,000. 

Renting a motorbike is the most budget-friendly. In our case, we paid Php350/day and spent Php100 for the gas which we consumed for 2 days.
If you're just a small group, or like us couple,  we highly recommend renting a motorbike because nothing can beat the adventure of having the freedom and the luxury of time in going places. Just be sure you have your license with you and always wear your helmet. 


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How to go to Camiguin Island
As of April 2014, the only direct flights serving Camiguin Airport are those coming from Cebu. From Manila, you'll have to take connecting flights of Cebu Pacific Airlines from Manila-Cebu then Cebu-Camiguin. Camiguin Airport is located west of Mambajao.

How to go to Camiguin Island from Manila via Cagayan De Oro
Another option is via Cagayan De Oro, a little more than one hour of plane travel from Manila. Book a flight to Laguindingan Airport in CDO then take a cab/shared car to Agora Public Market in CDO town proper. There are cars that you can rent that have fixed rates (Php199/head), although there might be other passengers riding with you to occupy the maximum capacity of the vehicle. One inconvenience in travelling to CDO is the distance from the Airport to the city proper. From the airport to the highway will take 15 minutes of your time. Then from highway to Agora takes about 30 minutes. 

At Agora Public Market, ride a bus bound for Butuan and drop off at Balingoan Bus Terminal. Travel time from Agora to Balingoan Terminal is about 2 hours to 2.5 hours at Php148/head. Balingoan Port is just a walking distance from the bus terminal. From Balingoan Port of CDO, the ferry will take you to Benoni Port in Mahinog, Camiguin for about 1.5 hours sea travel. Ferry fare is Php170/head.

At Benoni Port, hail a jeepney bound to whichever main town you're heading to: Mambajao or Sagay. In our case, we booked our accommodation at Casa Roca in Naasag, Mambajao, the municipality where most resorts and lodges are. From Benoni Port to Mambajao the fare is Php25/head for about 50 minutes travel time.

From Mambajao town proper, hail an orange motorela (west bound) to Casa Roca in Naasag. Fare is Php12/head for 10 passengers. I suggest you go to the gas station where you can hail passing motorelas instead of going to their queue on the other side. This way, you won't be forced to hire the whole motorela (about Php100). Some drivers are quite persistent on tourists.

From there, travelling to Casa Roca in Naasag will take about 30 minutes. 

We find this 2nd option a hassle in terms of the travel time. If you sum it up, going to Camiguin from Manila via Cagayan De Oro takes about 8 hours travel time, one-way. The next time we take a vacation in Camiguin, we'd rather take the connecting flights of Cebu Pacific (Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Camiguin).


For the details of this adventure, check out our 5-Day Camiguin Itinerary further below.


Camiguin Island 5D4N Travel Series (Northern Mindanao Adventure)
   Part 5:  Camiguin: Guiob Church Ruins
   Part 6:  Camiguin: Ardent Hot Springs
   Part 7:  Camiguin: Mantigue Island 

Our 5-Day DIY Camiguin Itinerary

Day 1   April 12, Saturday
   10:20 AM    ~   arrived at Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan De Oro (approx. 1.5 hours plane travel)
   10:50 AM    ~   hired shared car bound for Cagayan De Oro City, specifically at Agora Public Market (Php 199/head)
   11:45 AM    ~   arrival at Agora Public Market, approx. 45 mins of travel
   11:45 AM    ~   lunch in Agora
   12:50 PM    ~   hailed a bus at the Agora Bus Terminal  bound for Butuan (Php148/head; drop off at Balingoan Port).
     2:45 PM    ~   arrived at Balingoan Port, almost 2 hours of bus ride
     3:10 PM    ~   Ferry departed Balingoan Port heading to Benoni Port in Camiguin (Php 170/head)
     4:40 PM    ~   arrived at Benoni Port, 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time; hailed a public multi-cab going to Mambajao town proper (Php 25/head)
     5:30 PM    ~    arrived in Mambajao town proper, 50 mins travel time;  hailed an orange multi-cab (west bound) to Casa Roca Bed and Breakfast;  fare is at Php12/head for 10 passengers
     6:00 PM    ~    arrived at Casa Roca Bed and Breakfast            

Day 2   April 13, Sunday
   10:00 AM    ~   started our road trip around Camiguin by a rented motorbike
           Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross
           Sunken Cemetery
           Bura Soda Cold Springs
           Sto. Niño Cold Springs
           Guiob Church Ruins
      6:30 PM  ~ went back to Casa Roca for dinner 
      8:00 PM  ~ headed to Ardent Hot Springs
    10:00 PM  ~ headed back to Casa Roca
   
Day 3   April 14, Monday
    8:00 AM   ~   started our 2nd day road trip around Camiguin by a rented motorbike
        Mantigue Island
        Kibila White Beach and Giant Clams Nursery

Day 4   April 15, Tuesday
   12:00 PM   ~   headed to White Island
     3:30 PM   ~   brief visit to Agoho Black Sand Beach

Day 5   April 16, Wednesday
    9:30 AM   ~   checked-out at Casa Roca
  10:40 AM   ~   arrived at Mambajao town proper; bought pasalubong then rode a van to Benoni Port
  11:40 AM   ~   ferry back to Balingoan Port
    1:00 PM   ~   arrived at Balingoan Port in CDO
    1:15 PM   ~   bus departed for CDO city proper
    3:05 PM   ~   hailed a taxi to Laguindingan Airport
    4:00 PM   ~   arrived at Laguindingan Airport
    5:45 PM   ~   plane departed back to Manila (delayed flight)
        

Budget allotted was Php 12,000.00 at Php 6,000 per head excluding airfare
Actual expense amounted to around Php 10,600 (Php 5,300 per head, excluding airfare)

Expense breakdown (excluding airfare):
   Php       199.00/head         hired car from Laguindingan Airport, CDO to Agora Public Market in CDO town proper
   Php         60.00/head         lunch at Agora Market
   Php       148.00/head         bus from Agora Market to Balingoan Port 
   Php       170.00/head         ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port, Camiguin
   Php           2.25/head         terminal fee 
   Php        25.00/head          jeepney fare from Benoni Port to Mambajao
   Php         12.00/head         motorela from Mambajao town proper to Casa Roca in Brgy. Naasag.
   Php  4,000.00 (5D4N)     Overnight stay at Casa Roca, with complimentary breakfast (Php1000/night)
   Php  1,180.00 (5D4N)     Sum total of dinner at Casa Roca
   Php     700.00                  2 days motorbike rental (Php350/day)
   Php     100.00                  Gas for motorbike
   Php      350.00                 Figures are estimated sum total of all lunch during road trip and tour for 5 days
   Php       15.00/head         Entrance fee at Walkway to Mt. Vulcan and Via Crucis
   Php       50.00/head         boat ride to Sunken Cemetery
   Php       10.00                  motorbike parking at Sunken Cemetery
   Php       30.00/head         Bura Soda Cold Springs
   Php       20.00/head         Sto. Niño Cold Springs
   Php       30.00/head           Entrance fee at Ardent Hot Springs
   Php      510.00/boat         Boat ride to Mantigue Island (Php85/head if group sharing of 6, max)
   Php        20.00/head        Environmental fee at Mantigue Island
   Php        50.00/table        Picnic table rental at Mantigue Island
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkeling fee at Fish Sanctuary at Mantigue Island
   Php      150.00/head        Giant Clams viewing at Kibila White Beach
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkel corkage at Giant Clams Nursery at Kibila White Beach
   Php      380.00/boat         Boat ride to White Island (Php  /head if group sharing)
   Php        20.00/head        Environmental fee at White Island
   Php        12.00/head        Motorela from Casa Roca to Mambajao town proper
   Php        30.00/head        Van from Mambajao town proper to Benoni Port
   Php      170.00/head        ferry from Benoni Port to Balingoan Port, CDO
   Php           2.25/head       terminal fee
   Php      148.00/head        Bus from Balingoan Port to CDO city proper
   Php      480.00                 Taxi fare from CDO city proper to Laguindingan Airport 
   

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