Nicknamed as the “Island Born of Fire”, little Camiguin is the second smallest island in the Philippines in terms of area and population. Within this small area lies seven volcanoes, with Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan as the most popular, and the five towns of Mambajao, Catarman, Mahinog, Sagay and Guinsiliban.
Not only a home to the very famous White Island, Camiguin as well boasts of lanzones, a tropical fruit with a pale brown skin and sweet translucent flesh. Claiming to grow the sweetest brand of lanzones in the Philippines, Camiguin celebrates the visited Lanzones Festival every 3rd week of October.
As per an article posted in http://www.govisitphilippines.com, Camiguin Province holds the distinction of having the most volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on earth. Camiguin as well, is the only place in the Philippines which has more volcanoes (7) than towns (5).
How To Get There? 🚎✈🚗
By Plane via Cebu:
Direct flights to Camiguin are only served by Cebu Pacific Air via Cebu. Cebu can be reached through direct flights from almost all domestic airports in the Philippines and from various international destinations like Hongkong, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Korea. Cebu Pacific Air offers a daily CEB-CMG morning flight from Mactan Cebu International Airport for an approximate flying time of 45 minutes.
via Cagayan de Oro:
The second option would be to fly to Cagayan de Oro’s Laguindingan Airport. Cagayan de Oro can be reached by direct flights from Cebu, Manila, Davao and Iloilo served by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air amd CebGo. From Laguindingan Airport, you can catch a ride to Agora Bus Terminal where one can catch buses/vans bound for Balingoan. Balingoan Port is just a short walk from Balingoan Terminal, so remember to get off at Balingoan Terminal. From there, catch a ferry to Benoni Port in Camiguin.
Daily flights are served by Cebu Pacific Air, CebGo and Philippine Airlines from Cebu and Manila to Butuan’s Bancasi Airport. From there, catch a cab ride to Langihan Bus Terminal where buses for Cagayan de Oro are stationed. CDO-bound bus from Butuan stops at Balingoan Terminal. From there, take a short walk to the port amd catch a ferry ride to Benoni Port, Camiguin.
By Sea via Cebu:
Super Shuttle Ferry serves Cebu-Camiguin sailing every friday which departs at 8:00 pm. Please visit Super Shuttle Ferry website for an updated schedule.
Where to Stay? 🏨
We were accomodated privately by an aunt of my companion the time we toured Camiguin. So really, I could not recommend a single place for you to stay. However, here are some popular accomodations in Mambajao, Camiguin preferred by most tourists because these are quiet near to the White Island ferry terminal.
- Paras Beach Resort (Contact #: 63(88) 387-9008/ 09177152285)
- Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin (Contact #: 63(88) 387-0131/ 387-1057/ 09177212798)
- Agohay Villa Forte Beach Resort (Contact #: 09178790879/ 09474155583)
- Pabua’s Cottages (Contact #: 63(88) 387-9033/ 09173210445)
- Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventures Resort (Contact #: 63(88) 387-9146)
- Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort (Contact #: 63(88) 387-9551)
- Marianita’s Cottages (Contact #: 09172764199)
- Paguia’s Cottages (Contact #: 63(88) 387-9018/ 09173107085)
- July’s Haven Seaside Pension (Contact #: 09177075466)
- Camiguin Chumz Travelodge (Contact #: 63(88) 387-9549)
- Caves Dive Resort (Contact #: 63(88) 387-1044)
- Medano Island Resort (Contact #: 09987783140/ 09265422407)
Things to do in Camiguin 👍
- Eat Camiguin-produced lanzones, and if you have the chance to handpick them, do it!
- Visit Old Gui-ob Church Ruins.
- Take a panoramic shot with Camiguin’s oldest tree just behind Old Church Ruins.
- Enjoy the view in Sunken Cemetery.
- Shop for pasalubong items (like ref magnets, key chains, bracelets and other house decors) just before the way to Sunken Cemetery.
- Hike a hundred steps in the Walkway to the Old Volcano.
- Shop for shirts, sarongs and other pasalubong items just across Walkway to the Old Volcano.
- Breathe life and relax at Ardent Hot Springs Resort.
- Try Viola’s Halo-halo in downtown Camiguin.
- If you’re not tired from your daytime activities, embark on a bonfire with friends along the shore.
- Beachbum at Camiguin’s famous White Island.
- Picture is a must with Mt. Hibok-hibok backgrounding you and the White Island.
- Have your heads up for the majestic Katibawasan Falls.
- Don’t skip eating a piece of ‘kiping’.
- Get tanned in Mantigue Island.
- Go snorkeling in Mantigue.
- Admire the silence of nature while on a trail to Mantigue’s forest.
- Enjoy a glass of wine while submerging yourself in the very cold Sto. Niño spring.
DDC Tips 💡
- If you don’t have any friends in the island to stay with, book accomodations nearer to the center, say in Mambajao, as mostly popular destinations in Camiguin (like White Island) can be easily accessed from there.
- Trikes and cabs are stationed just outside the airport, so you won’t have to worry about transportation to your accomodations.
- Camiguin spots can be best toured by habal-habal/multicab ride: 8 hours with driver (Php800.00); one day habal-habal rental without driver, excluding gas (Php500.00); short distance ride (Php10.00); multicab for 8-12 persons (Php1,500.00-1,800.00).
- Camiguin Island can actually be toured in just a day (less White Island and Mantigue Island). Just start early and limit your stay in each stop.
- Lanzones Festival is celebrated during October. Why not travel during this month and see for yourself how colorful Camiguin can be.
- Old Gui-ob Church Ruins, The Sunken Cemetery and the Walkway to the Old Volcano are so near to each other that these three can be toured in a matter of two hours (plus the photo shoots and souvenir shopping).
- When swimming at Ardent Hot Spring, try to stay at the highest pool, its a bit smaller in area than the lower ones but its kind of hotter, quieter and more private there.
- White Island is best visited during sunrise at around 5:30-6:00 am and at 3 pm to sunset.
- Boats for White Island accomodates only 6 persons per boat for a rental fee of Php450 per boat while boats for Mantigue Island accomodates the same number for a fee of Php350 per boat.
- The sea is really wavy while on your way to White Island. Just do what your boatman says and you are completely safe.
- One can request cooked dishes in Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort. You can visit the resort at lunchtime both for lunch and swimming.
- Stock enough cash for your expenses as ATM Machines are stationed in downtown Mambajao.
And the most important tip I could share to you? Travel with the most comfortable friends you have. One single trip could take your friendship to a higher level.