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Monday, June 30, 2014

Camiguin: Guiob Church Ruins



When Mt. Vulcan caused so much destruction in its birth in April 1871 a large portion of Old Catarman, then called Cotta Bato, crumbled. The ground was broken into deep crevices by the unimaginable horrific earthquake, submerging a large part of it into the sea. Houses and old churches crumbled into pieces and lives lost forever.






The only notable marker that stood its ground, although in ruins, was the Old Spanish San Roque Church with what was left with its convent and bell tower. Coral stones were also once abundant in this part of the country. Just like the churches in Bohol, the Old Guiob Church, its bell tower and convent, were also built of coral stones, using egg whites as a binding element in the finishing stage of its construction.


What was left of the convent


The ruins were made of coral stones

The ruins of the Spanish San Roque Church, better known as The Guiob Church Ruins

Presently, the locals and the local government unit of Camiguin preserved what was left of the Church Ruins. They exerted effort to promote and beautify the surroundings, planted trees around the church, and maintained the cleanliness in this historical site. The centuries old tree still stands beside the convent ruins.

The centuries-old tree believed to had been planted at the
aftermath of Mt. Vulcan's eruption 

A modern lighthouse built behind the ruins of the convent


At the far end is what used to be the bell tower


Destruction caused by man and his selfish decisions is something that is neither necessary nor beneficial. It is bad enough that we have intermittent earthquakes, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions but to have man contribute to the destruction of our home is way too much. Nature has its way of healing itself, if left on its own unlike man-made destruction, which is usually irreversible.








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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.

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. 

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 (standby for our published post)
   Part 8:  Camiguin: Kabila White Beach and Giant Clams Nursery (standby for our published post)
   Part 9:  Camiguin: White Island (standby for our published post)
   Part 10:  Camiguin: Agoho Black Sand Beach (standby for our published post)
   Part 11:  Camiguin: Casa Roca (standby for our published post)

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
        Kabila 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 Kabila White Beach
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkel corkage at Giant Clams Nursery at Kabila 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 
   

Backpacking Pinoy Couple 2014
Backpacking Pinoy Couple

Camiguin: Ardent Hot Springs


Camiguin is blessed with a number of both hot springs and cold springs. Among the hot springs, the most well-known and perhaps most visited is the Ardent Hot Springs, located by the mountainside of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. The water coming out of the jungle of Mt. Hibok - Hibok has a temperature of 40°C, getting colder as it cascades into 4 separate pools.



The first of all four pools receives the 40°C temperature. The second pool has a temp of 35°C. The cold waters from other parts of the mountain forest combine with the hot spring, making the springs colder as you go from the topmost pool down to the other three.

It was believed, as locals told us, that the Ardent Hot Springs originally had hotter springs, to the point wherein it was not recommended staying in the water for about 30 minute or longer. The temperature changed after a series of earth movements that perhaps changed the course of the source of hot spring.

Entrance to Ardent Hot Spring is Php30/head as of April 2014.





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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.

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. 

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 (standby for our published post)
   Part 8:  Camiguin: Kabila White Beach and Giant Clams Nursery (standby for our published post)
   Part 9:  Camiguin: White Island (standby for our published post)
   Part 10:  Camiguin: Agoho Black Sand Beach (standby for our published post)
   Part 11:  Camiguin: Casa Roca (standby for our published post)

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
        Kabila 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 Kabila White Beach
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkel corkage at Giant Clams Nursery at Kabila 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 
   

Backpacking Pinoy Couple 2014
Backpacking Pinoy Couple

Camiguin: Sto. Niño Cold Spring

In our previous post, Camiguin Island: A Dream Vacation, we enumerated a number of hot springs and cold springs in the province. Among them is the Sto. Niño Cold Spring.


The temperature of the waters in Sto. Niño Cold Spring is about 20°C. The water is so unusually clear for a freshwater lake, that one wearing goggles under water can easily see the end of the pool from the other end.



Picnic huts are available for rent. Rates depend on the type of hut or cottage. Rates start at Php50/hut.



To get to Sto. Niño Cold Spring, leave the main circumferential road in the village of Looc, near Catarman on the South-West side of the island. From the main road, the cold spring is about 2km into the forest.




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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.

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. 

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 (standby for our published post)
   Part 8:  Camiguin: Kabila White Beach and Giant Clams Nursery (standby for our published post)
   Part 9:  Camiguin: White Island (standby for our published post)
   Part 10:  Camiguin: Agoho Black Sand Beach (standby for our published post)
   Part 11:  Camiguin: Casa Roca (standby for our published post)

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
        Kabila 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 Kabila White Beach
   Php        50.00/head        Snorkel corkage at Giant Clams Nursery at Kabila 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 
   

Backpacking Pinoy Couple 2014
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