12 Things to see in Camiguin for 2 days
DIY Camiguin Island Tour
I would like to call this pear-shaped island as Philippines’ Hawaii Island. Like the latter, this Island Born of Fire has several volcanoes on it. This islet comprises of five municipalities that offers a variety of tourist attractions.
How to get there: CDO-Camiguin (3hours)
From our hotel, Oscar and I rode a jeepney going to Divisoria to get our CD from the KAGAY office. A few walks later led us to Agora Market where we rode a van en route to Balingoan Port. Fare was 100php pnly each. This would take 1.5 – 2 hours travel time. Then,another 1-1.5 hours by ferry to get to Benoni Port.
Mambajao is the commercial center of Camiguin. Most of the resorts, hotels, banks and restaurants are located here. Hitting Mambajao at night meant saving the activities the next day. However, Oscar and I managed to get a quick relaxation through dipping our tired muscles into the ardent the hot spring and rewarded our habal-habal driver with 200Php for this trip.
1.Ardent the hot spring
Entrance fee- 30 php for adult ; 15php for children.
2. White Island
As early as 6 am, our habal habal driver, Philips, drove us to the embarkment area for registration.
- Environmental Fee – Php40.00
- Round trip ferry ride for 2 – Php450.00
It is recommended to visit White Beach during summer (April-May ) where the C-shaped of the island becomes apparent.
We never fail to bring our water shoes but the life vests were rented for 150 php each for snorkeling only to find out that there were no conducive site around the island for this water sport activity.
8am-6pm: Camiguin Island Tour
The whole day tour began.
3. Old Church Ruins – Free entrance
Just behind the church ruins stands a centuries-old tree.
4. Sunken Cemetery- Free entrance
This outsize cross is the sole remain of the sunken cemetery when Mt. Vulcan erupted in 1870.
5. Tuasan Falls
The waterfall was so cold I didn’t dare to swim into it but Oscar was excited.
6. Sto. Nino Cold Spring – Php60.00 Entrance fee
The water running to its pool comes from the mountain which explains why its cold.
- Brunch – Php465.00
7. Bura Soda Water Park – Php60.00 Entrance fee
This park was closed during our visit.
8. Walk Way to the Old Vulcan (Stations of the Cross)- 5 Php entrance fee
We didn’t get to the top since we still had other attractions to visit on that day.
9. Giant Clam Sanctuary
This sanctuary is managed privately and has a wide collection of various types of clams. The enormous ones resemble like giant flowers. A young girl explained us (in English) the types and origin of these clams. Later, a young boy led us to dive and got a glimpse of these colorful giant clams underwater.
Entrance Fee: 25.00 Php
- Clams Viewing Fee – 150.00 Php
- Goggles- 50.00
- Life Vest- 50.00
- Flippers- 100.00
- Mask and Snorkel- 100.00
10. Lanzones festival
If you happen to visit Camiguin on the 3rd week of October, most likely , you ‘ll get to witness their week-long Lanzones festival. If not, just don’t forget to buy lanzones which comes very sweet and cheap in this island.
11. Ostrich Breeding Farm- Php5.00 Entrance fee
Before heading to Sagay, we passed by the Provincial Animal Breeding and Ostrich Production Center. It is the only facility in the country that breeds ostriches. So, the ostrich salpicao we ate in CDO was from here?
Late afternoon was a brief visit to Sagay, a town square 5th class municipality.
The main attractions in Sagay are the centuries-old Sagay church and the British cannon.
CAMIGUIN TO MANILA
We woke up as early as 3 am to catch up the van that transported us from our hotel to Agora Market for 465php. From Agora Market, due to time constraint, we paid a taxi instead of opting for bus or jeep for 600php to drive us from the market straight to the Laguindingan Airport.