Camiguin may be a small island province, but what it lacks in size it makes up for it with attractions that keep visitors coming back for more. It has a beautiful sandbar that has fine white sand and glass-like waters, a challenging mountain to climb, and a waterfall just to name a few of the places you can visit. Camiguin is a premiere destination you can’t miss once you travel to Mindanao.
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How to Get There
Nearest Airport: Camiguin Airport (Camiguin); Laguindingan Airport (Misamis Oriental); Bancasi Airport (Agusan del Norte)
- Camiguin has its own airport but there are no direct flights from Manila, the direct flight comes from Cebu. However, the other airports near Camiguin are in Butuan and Cagayan de Oro City.
- If you arrive at Cagayan de Oro City, take a van bound for Agora Market; the fare is approximately P200.
- Once at the terminal, board either a van or bus traveling to Balingoan Port, the fare is around P150.
- From the port, board a ferry bound for Benoni Port in Camiguin, this costs around P130 to P170 with a P5 terminal fee and P4 environmental fee.
Alternatively, if you depart from Butuan Airport board a multi-cab that has an R4 sign on it; this takes you to the Integrated Bus Terminal, this ride costs P20. From the terminal, board a bus traveling to Cagayan de Oro City and alight at Balingoan Port, the fare is approximately P202.
Entrance Fee and Other Charges
- Motorcycle Rental Rate: P500 (motorcycle only; day trip); P800 – P1000 (motorcycle + driver; day trip)
- Multi-cab Rental Rate: Approximately P1700 (max of 8 pax; whole day)
- White Island Boat Rental Rate: P450 + P40 environmental fee
- Others: P30 (entrance fee for Ardent Hotspring); P30 (entrance fee for Sto. Nino Cold Spring); P30 (entrance fee for Soda Water Pool); P30 (entrance fee for Katibawasan Falls)
- The island is small enough to explore on one full day; relax and unwind in Sto. Nino Cold Spring and the Ardent Hotspring, and walk around the old church ruins and the walkway to the dormant volcano.
- After the said activities, take pictures of Katibawasan Falls and swim in its cool pool to douse the heat.
- The Sunken Cemetery is also a noteworthy landmark because of the story surrounding it.
- The Soda Water Pool is a unique attraction; it may seem like any other pool, but its water tastes like soda.
- White Island is the highlight for many visitors; this white sandbar provides visitors with a picturesque view of the mountains and has clear, cool waters perfect for swimming in.
- Bring enough cash for your trip as you might not be able to withdraw once your activities begin. Ideally, withdraw in big cities such as Butuan or Cagayan de Oro City.
- Bring your own gear if you plant to go snorkeling and you don’t want to rent.
- Bring extra batteries and/or a power bank to keep your gadgets and phone charged.
- Leave nothing but memories and foot prints.
If You Have More Time and Budget
- If you want more beach time, visit Mantigue Island, which is another noteworthy destination in Camiguin.
- After exploring the island province, you can go rafting near Cagayan de Oro City.
- If you’re departing from Butuan, you can visit some of the museums and historical sites in the city.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of choices for accommodation in Camiguin. Here are some of the recommended places in the island province of Camiguin according to Agoda users (as of August 2017).
- Agohay Villa Forte Beach Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- D & A Seaside Cottages. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY
- Nypa Style Resort Camiguin. ✅ CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY